New pattern for you today! Free Girl’s Flounced Ruffle Capri Legging pattern. (Looking for the Basic Full Legging, capri and shortie pattern? I moved it here.)
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 girl’s 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 while my sewing machine was getting serviced.
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.
Once I had my machine back, I could still sew because I could 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! But, I finally finished the last episode and got back to work.
|Outfit sources. Top: Gymboree. Legging fabric: Upcycled knit dress from Ross. Flip flops: Zulily.|
The fabric I used for these leggings actually came from a maxi dress I found on the clearance rack at Ross for $5. I originally planned to upcycle it into a maxi dress for my missy, but decided it would be cuter as a pair of summer capris.
Can I just say how much I love flounced ruffles? (and 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. (See my flounced sleeve peasant dress here.)
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 all those yellow flowers are amazing!
The fit on the leggings is slightly looser than my basic legging pattern.
Ready to make your own leggings?
- Depending on size and length, you will need up to 1 yard of stretchy knit fabric
- 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, choose auto rotate and print. (I can’t guarantee printing accuracy unless you use their free adobe reader to print.)
- -Since you are sewing on a knit, if not using a serger, I recommend increasing 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 here, as it includes instructions on how to add a flounce to any size.
- -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, lol)
- -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… )
Products used and recommended in this post:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics, fabric.com 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
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!