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New Flounced Ruffle Capri Legging pattern (includes full length legging, flounced capri and shorts)

It's only taken about a year since I promised it, but I've finally gotten around to updating my flounced capri pattern that I posted almost 2 years ago.  (The original legging pattern was only in 2 sizes and had inner and outer side seams.)  This new version of the pattern comes in sizes 3 to 8, has only the inner side seam, cut marks for shorts and full length leggings plus the flounce for the capri length.  (If you need a different size or want to add a flounce to the shorts or full length version be sure to check out the original tutorial since it details how to make a legging pattern and flounce pattern for any size.)

I started working on the pattern update a few weeks back as something to do when my sewing machine broke.  Then... I discovered HBO had all 6 seasons of True Blood available for me to watch on my computer and I've not been able to get very much done since.  That show is waaay, waaay too distracting.  I've been sewing because I can watch the show from my sewing and cutting table, but was impossible to concentrate enough to write or anything else that actually else that takes mental focus!

I finally finished the last episode and got back to work!

The fabric I used for these leggings actually came from a maxi dress I found on the clearance rack at Ross for $5.  I thought I would upcycle it into a maxi dress for my missy, but decided it would be cuter as a pair of summer capris.

Flounced Ruffle Capri Legging pattern (includes full length legging, flounced capri and shorts) Free! Comes in sizes 3 to 8.

I just love that flounce ruffle! (and the pink)  Sadly, my missy has recently informed me that her new favorite color is blue and purple, so I guess be prepared for more blue and purple and less pink...  sniff, sniff

I have to twist my hubby's arm every year to not mow down this section of our property.  It looks pretty weedy until about mid may, but once the wildflowers bloom it's amazing!

Outfit sources. Top: Gymboree.  Legging fabric: Upcycled knit dress from Ross.  Flip flops: Zulily
Ready to make your own leggings?  Here's how!

Materials needed

  • Depending on size and length, you will need up to 1 yard of stretchy knit fabric
  • pattern
  • 1 inch or 3/4 inch elastic
  • ball point/stretch needle

Pattern info and tips: 
-Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance unless otherwise stated
-Download and save the pattern to your computer, open with adobe reader, turn off all scaling and print.  (Do not print directly from Google Docs.)
-Increase the stitch length by a setting or two when using a straight stitch.
-Use a Ball point needle and a skinny zig zag or other stretch stitch on seams that need to stretch.
-The flounce is only sized to fit the capri length.  If you want to add a flounce to the other sizes, it not very hard to make your own flounce pattern.  Just refer to the original tutorial I mentioned above.
Make sure your fabric has at least a 50% stretch.  Otherwise your child might not be able to pull them on. (ask me how I know that...)
I added a 1/2 inch hem allowance for the full length legging and shorts.  I suggest trying the shorts/leggings on before hemming.  (you can leave your knits un-hemmed if you wish, you may need to trim the length... )

Step 1. Assembling pattern and cutting out pattern pieces.

Trim the pattern pieces around the gray boxes, line up the A, B, C and D dots.  Tape pattern together and cut out the size needed.  (I cut out the longest length needed and folded the pattern up to the capri length.)

*The legging length is based on standard generic child measurements.  If your child is shorter or taller than average, I recommend comparing the pattern length to a pair of leggings/capri's/shorts that you know is a good length.

If you are adding the flounce to the capri's, cut out 4 flounce pieces w/ the flounce pattern.  If you are not adding the flounce to the capri, trim 2 inches off the length for sizes 6, 7 and 8 and 1.5 from the 3, 4 or 5.

Fold fabric in half, with the stretch running side to side and cut out two pattern pieces.

Step two: Sewing the leggings.

Line up the two fabric pieces, right sides together and sew (or serge) the front and back together as shown below, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Flip the leggings around so the front and back seams and leg seams line up.  Sew along the leg seams using a 3/8 seam allowance.  (shown below and yes, 3/8 is correct)

Line up two of the flounce pieces, right sides together and sew together using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Repeat for the 2nd flounce.

Right sides together, line up the inner flounce edge with the bottom of the leggings and attach with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Repeat on the other leg.  You may want to use a stretch stitch here if you have one on your machine.  (I used the one that looks like a lightning bolt.)

Cut a piece of 1 inch elastic to your child's waist measurement plus one inch.  Overlap the edges of the elastic (1/2 inch each side) and sew together with a tight zig zag.  Trim excess elastic.  If you don't have a child to measure, you can use these standard measurements:  3: 20.5  4: 21  5: 21.5  6: 22  7: 22.5  8: 23

Divide the elastic circle and legging waistband into quarters and mark with pin or fabric marker.  Line up the marks and pin together, lining the elastic about 3/8 inch below the edge of the fabric.  (sorry to switch fabric on you...  I didn't like the original photos and she wore her capris to school today.)

Attach the elastic to the legging, using a long, wide zig zag stitch.  Sew from pin to pin, stretching the elastic to the width of the legging as you go.

Fold the elastic over and pin in place.  Using a zig zag or stretch stitch sew right along the edge of the elastic. (but not on the elastic.)

Trim any excess fabric and don't forget to add a tag!

You are done!  Do you like this pattern?  Please pin it:   

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  1. Thank you! I love that pink stripe!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! I've been looking for some kind of leggings pattern and yours is perfect for summer :-)

  3. Thank you so much for putting this together. I will definitely be using this pattern!

  4. Es hermoso, gracias por compartir.

  5. These are so cute and so trendy right now... you can never have too many pairs of leggings and so simple to make... thanks for sharing... Cathy

  6. Oh, we must be kindred spirits! I made my (first ever) pair of leggings for my daughter out of the same knit owl pattern you have there! I can't wait to make these - thank you so much for posting at A Pretty Life's link party today. PS - pinned for a project.

  7. These are seriously adorable, Jamie!

  8. What cute pants! I love the thick striped pattern that you chose. Thanks for sharing with us at Much Ado About Monday. Enjoy your weekend!
    ~Emily @ Huckleberry Love

  9. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing on the #mondayfundayparty !

  10. Super cute! pinned. Thanks again, for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  11. So Cute!! Thanks so much for sharing on the Creative Exchange Link Party. I featured you this week:

  12. These are DARLING!!! If only I had a little girl to make them for! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Exchange!

  13. Thank you for posting. My girls always need leggings, and we have a difficult time finding them some times. These are so much cuter than what we find in the store too. I can't wait to give them a try.

  14. Seriously?!? These are adorable! You are so talented and kind to share this. Thank you!

  15. Thanks for sharing and the awesome tutorial. which many of us of poop sappy sewers really need! We really appreciate your hard work and making our grandma years easier!!! :-)

  16. LOVE love love love love!! Thank you for sharing!!

  17. Hi Jamie, I was trying to download the file but it says it can't be downloaded because too many people have already downloaded and that i may have to wait 24 hours to download. Can anything be done about this or am I just going to have to wait it out?

    1. This is some sort of bug on Google's end. Are you logged in with google? (I just created a new gmail account and logged in, and it was working.) Also here is a work around posted by someone yesterday:

      "I found a weird workaround. At first I was just trying to download the pattern to my desktop, which is what gave me the error. Then I hit print, which opened up an Adobe Reader dialogue box. Then I hit cancel print, which left the PDF open in Reader. From there I was able to save it to my desktop from this weird shadow menu that appeared at the bottom of the document if I sort of hovered my mouse over it. Bizarre, but I made it work. Thanks! I can't wait to get started."

      Let me know if this works for you and hopefully this will be fixed soon, because all of my patterns are stored on google drive.
      Good luck,

    2. Hi Jamie, Love the leggings. There is no pattern pieces to print out. I see the tutorial, but no pattern. Is there another way to get it? Thanks your help.

  18. Thank you so much, I really appreciate all of the time and effort it took to create both the pattern and the tutorial :)

  19. Thanks so much for this leggings pattern which I am using to make my son's Halloween costume this year. I am a little confused though -- I think there is a typo in the pattern. The "front" is really the "back". When printed and taped together, the rise is higher and the seat is fuller which to me signals it is in fact the "back". I noticed that in your photo of the pattern, the "front" and "back" are not identified. Please confirm. Thanks again, Neeta

    1. You are very right! I'm so glad you caught that... I'll get it fixed and re-uploaded.
      Thanks, Jamie

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  21. I absolutely love this! Question: How would I scale this down to an 18 month size? Thank you!

  22. Please tell me which grain direction of the fabric to cut the pattern. Thank you.

  23. The stretch should run side to side.

  24. Trying to work out the printing of this pattern. Don't have adobe reader so I'm using the PDF program I have. When I remove the formatting does the whole pattern fill the page or is it not quite to the edges? Thanks!

    1. Hi, the pages are 7.5 by 10, so if you are printing on an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper, the gray box will not fill the page.
      Looks like this:

    2. Oh great! Thanks, that's what mine looked like. Just wanted to make sure. So excited to make these pants.


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