Basic Legging Pattern Sewing Instructions:
- fabric (up t0 1 1/8 yards of 58-inch fabric for a size 12)
- 1 inch elastic
Products used and Recommended:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Fabric.com, Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Ballpoint/stretch needles
- Ballpoint/stretch double needle
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start off with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
- use fabric with a touch of lycra for recovery (at least 3 to 4%)
- must use knit w/ about 50% stretch for best results (see recommendations on page 1)
- 1/4 inch seam allowance
- 1/2 inch bottom hem allowed
Elastic cutting chart:
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.
*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.
Cut elastic according to the elastic cutting chart or for a custom fit, cut the elastic to your child’s waist measurement plus 1/2 inch.
Fold fabric in half, with the stretch running side to side and cut out two pattern pieces.
Step 2: 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.
Tip: You could hem the legging now (it is easier than hemming after the legs are sewn together, but if this is your first time sewing this pattern, I recommend waiting until the end so you can check the length.
Flip the leggings around so the front and back seams and leg seams line up. Sew along the leg seams using a 1/4 seam allowance.
Cut a piece of 1 inch elastic according to the chart above. For a custom fit, cut the elastic to your child’s waist measurement plus 1/2 inch. Overlap the edges of the elastic (1/2 inch each side) and sew together with a tight zig zag. Trim excess elastic.
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.
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!
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