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Design and Sew Your Own Leggings

Feb 28, 2012

by Cal Patch handmade and vintage goods

I adore leggings. I live in leggings. I always wish I had more leggings: colored ones, printed ones, stripey ones, long cozy woolly ones in winter, and shorter lightweight cotton ones in summer. I wear  them under dresses or tunics, I wear them to the gym, I lounge and sleep in them. As a clothing designer, I’m glad I can make my own, because when I look around I don’t see nearly enough options out there in fun colors, prints, and natural fibers. Today I’m going to show you that you can make your own leggings, too!

You’ll need to measure yourself, draft a pattern, get some stretchy knit fabric, and stitch it up. This isn’t a difficult project, but I’m assuming you’re at least a competent beginner sewer. Let’s get started!

Materials You’ll Need:

For the pattern:

  • Paper to make the pattern. Get a pad or roll; bigger is better. (I like an 18 x 24” pad of drawing paper.)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Scissors (for cutting paper)
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler (clear 18” x 2” sewing ruler is best)
  • Clear tape

For the leggings:

  • About 1 ½ yards of nice stretchy knit fabric, like cotton/Lycra jersey.
  • About 1 ½ yards of cheaper stretchy knit fabric, like cotton/Lycra jersey (for the muslin).
  • All-purpose thread to match.
  • Pins
  • Scissors (for fabric)
  • Sewing machine

You’ll need the following measurements:

  • Length
  • Half Waist (Waist divided by 2)*
  • Thigh Circumference*
  • Knee Circumference*
  • Ankle Circumference*
  • Front Rise Height
  • Back Rise Height
  • Distance from Thigh to Knee
  • Distance from Knee to Ankle

Okay, now let me explain how to go about measuring each one, as I’ve no doubt you might have a question or two! I’ll explain them as though you’re making the leggings for yourself, but you can make them to fit anyone, even kids. All of these measurements can be taken while holding the tape fairly snugly; you might want to wear something close-fitting (like a pair of leggings) as you measure. Actually, if you have a pair of leggings that fit well, putting them on will help you in determining some of these measurements that you may never have thought about before, such as where you’d like the waist to sit.

Length: This is really a design decision, but it will also relate to your body.  Hold the tape measure at your side, where you’d like the waist of the leggings to sit (anywhere from waist to hip), and drop it down to your ankle. A full-length mirror should help you see the measurement of your desired length. If in doubt, I recommend going an inch or two longer. You can always shorten!

Half Waist (divided by 2)*: Measure around your waist, at the point where you want the top of the leggings to sit (and where you measured your length from). If this is more like your hip, that’s fine! Just measure yourself there. Then divide this number by 2, for your half waist.

Thigh Circumference*: Measure around the full circumference of one thigh, at its highest point (just below the crotch).

Knee Circumference*: Measure around one knee.

Ankle Circumference*: Measure around one ankle, exactly where you want the leggings to end.

Front Rise Height: This might sound odd, but here’s the best way to get this measurement: Take your ruler and hold it between your legs, as high up as is comfortable.  Be sure the ruler is parallel to the floor. Now measure up from the ruler, in a straight line, to where you want the waistline of the leggings to rest. (Note: The rise seam will be curved, but for now you just want the height, which is a straight line, so don’t measure all the way from where the inseams intersect.)

Back Rise Height: Same as Front Rise, but in the back.

Distance from Thigh to Knee: Along your side, measure from the point where you took your thigh circumference down to where you took your knee circumference.

Distance from Knee to Ankle: Same, but from knee to ankle.

Now that you have all of your body measurements, we just need to do a tiny bit of math before we begin drafting the pattern. First though, we need to talk about an important concept in patternmaking: ease. Ease is the difference in size between you and your clothes. In a woven fabric, the garment needs to be bigger than you in order for it to fit and be comfortable, because wovens generally don’t stretch. This is called positive ease. When working with knits, the garment might be bigger than you, or exactly the same, or even smaller, depending on the style. The latter is possible because knits stretch and mold to fit the body, and is called negative ease. Leggings are generally meant to cling snugly to the body, so you will want to incorporate a bit of negative ease. If you prefer a looser fit, you can skip this step.

You also need to decide on the type of knit to use. Different kinds of knits have vastly different amounts of stretch. 100% cotton sweatshirt fleece has very little stretch, while 90% cotton/10% Lycra jersey has lots of it. Lycra or Spandex (same thing, just different brands) give a fabric the ability to stretch and will also give it recovery, or the ability to return to its original shape after stretching. So if you’re not a fan of baggy knees, you might want to choose a knit with 5-10% of an elastic fiber added to it. My favorite fabrics to use for leggings are cotton/Lycra jersey or rib knits, and wool jersey or rib (with or without Lycra; wool has better recovery on its own than cotton does).

Assuming you’ll be using one of these types of knit, you can deduct 10% from each of the measurements with a * after them for negative ease. These are your four horizontal circumferences. If you are using a knit with less stretch, you might want to deduct only 5% or none at all. You will now use these adjusted numbers in place of the original measurements.

Next we need to figure out the depth of the rise seam. Take your Thigh Circumference (after deducting ease), and subtract from it your half-waist (also minus ease). Let’s call this D (for Depth). Multiply D by 1/3; this is your Front Rise Depth. Multiply D by 2/3; this is your Back Rise Depth. Write these down, you’ll need them in a little while.

So we’re ready to draft our pattern! It’ll be just one pattern piece (there’s no need for a side seam), from which you’ll cut two pieces (one for each leg) to make a pair of leggings.

This is what your pattern piece will look like after you follow the steps below.

Patternmaking Directions

1. To begin, you need to cut (or tape together) a piece of paper that measures at least 4” longer than your Length measurement, and at least 2” wider than your Thigh. Draw a vertical line down the center of the paper (or fold if it’s easier); all of your drafting will originate from this line. Imagine that this line will run down the side of your leg, where a side seam would be; this will be the center of the pattern, and I’ll refer to it as the Center Line (CL).

2. On CL, make a small mark about 2” down from the top edge of the paper. Then measure down the full Length measurement, and make another mark. At this mark, draw a line, perpendicular to CL, that measures your Ankle Circumference. Half of the measurement should extend from either side of CL.

3. From the Ankle, use your Knee to Ankle Height measurement to determine where to draw your Knee Circumference, also centered over CL. Draw the Knee line, perpendicular to CL.

4. Repeat this step, using your Thigh to Knee Height, to Draw the Thigh line. Connect the dots from Thigh to Knee to Ankle on each side. You will probably have a slight angle at the knee point; smooth it into a gentle curve.

5. Now let’s work on the rise seams. On the Thigh line, measure in from the right side your Front Rise Depth, and make a mark. From this mark, draw a line upward, measuring your Front Rise Height, perpendicular to the Thigh line. From the left side, measure in your Back Rise Depth, and mark. From here, draw a perpendicular line upward, measuring your Back Rise Height. Connect the Front and Back Rise points, starting out perpendicular from the top of the Front Rise line, and gently curving up to meet the Back Rise line. This is the Waist line. Next, slope the Back Rise by holding your ruler along the Waist line, at the top of the Back Rise, and drawing a perpendicular line which intersects the Thigh line. Draw curves to fill in the lower corners of the Front and Back Rise lines.

6. All that’s left is to add seam allowance. I use ½” seam allowance on all seams except for the bottom hems, where I add a full inch for hem allowance. Draw the seam allowance around all sides of the patterns, and cut it out. CL becomes your grainline, and you can label the pattern and write the cutting instructions of Cut 2.

Now you can make a muslin, or fit sample. Try to find a cheap fabric that has similar stretch to the real fabric you plan to use. All you really need to sew are the inseams and rise seams to test the fit and make corrections. Don’t bother finishing the waistband or hems since you may want to adjust them; just remember that you will lose a little height at the waist and length at the hem when you do finish these edges in the final garment. If you see anything you want to change or adjust, pin or mark with chalk on the muslin. If you need to add fabric, such as if you want to raise the waistline, just pin on a scrap to extend the edge to where you want it. Then be sure to correct your pattern accordingly. Every body is unique, so are likely to need a few tweaks to get the fit just right. If you only make slight adjustments, you can probably jump straight to your final fabric, but if you change the pattern drastically, I’d suggest making a second muslin.

How to Sew Your Leggings

When sewing knits, you need to use a stitch that will stretch as much as your knit does, or the seam will break. Test a few options on a swatch of the same fabric, until you find a stitch that works well. I recommend using either a stretch straight stitch, or a small (I like 1.5 x 1.5mm) zigzag stitch on your sewing machine (or a serger, if you happen to have one). Fold each piece upon itself, right sides together, along the inseams, pin and sew. You’ll now have two individual leg pieces.

The edges of most knits won’t unravel, so you don’t really need to finish the seam allowances, but you might want to trim them to ¼” and either zigzag over the edges, or sew a second stretchy seam right next to the first, in case any stitches do break. Turn one leg right side out and place it inside the other, matching up the front and back rise seams and pinning together. Sew the rise as one continuous curved seam front front to back. Finish as you did the inseams, if necessary.

Finishing the Waistband

There are several ways you can finish the waistband. I usually use ½” elastic, cut to waist size, and seamed into a loop. Lay the elastic loop on the wrong side of the leggings waist, right at the top edge, pin and zigzag the edges together. Then turn the elastic down, so the waistline seam allowance covers it, and stitch again along the lower edge with a stretch straight stitch or a wide 3-step zig zag.

Another way is to make a folded waistband casing (with or without elastic inside) made from a separate piece of fabric. Cut the piece to your waist measurement (minus ease, plus 1” for seam allowance), by twice the desired casing width (plus 1” for seam allowance). With right sides together, sew the short seam. Sew the elastic into a loop if you’re using it, and fold the casing over it, wrong sides together. Pin the raw edges of the folded casing to the right side of the waist, and stitch around. Zigzag the three seam allowances together to finish.

To hem, turn the bottom edges under by ½”, then turn them again by another ½”, and pin. Sew with a stretch seam along the fold that is ½” from the edge.

Cal Patch is a renaissance crafter, with know-how spanning the fields of crochet, pattern-making, sewing, embroidery, dyeing, printing, spinning, and beyond. She is the author of Design-It-Yourself Clothing, writes a blog, and can can be found teaching classes around New York state (and beyond).

2 Featured Comments

  • rorymosman

    Rory Mosman from FeatherKeeper said 9 years ago Featured

    While I am not going to making any leggings for myself my wife and two daughters love them. In fact my 4 year old loves them so much when we leave the house and I ask her to put some warmer pants on she puts them right over the leggings! Always a surprise when helping her use the restroom in a busy supermarket while keeping my 15 month old son from lying on the floor! At any rate I am going to show my wife this post so she can create some colorful leggings for the girls! Thanks for sharing!

  • StefNeff

    Stefanie Neff from StefNeffStudio said 9 years ago Featured

    Wonderful instructions! I have been wanting to sew up my own pair of leggings for some time, but just never got around to looking into how to go about it, I'm a beginner/intermediate sewer (depends on the project I take on, lol!) I am always searching for the perfect leggings to go with my long tunics and t-shirt dresses, now I'll be able to just go ahead and make my own finally, Thanks so much!


  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Great project! How can you not love leggings?!

  • Elizabeth1182

    Elizabeth1182 said 9 years ago

    oh I LOVE this tutorial and love Cal and can't wait to try and sew a pair of my own. . . coolio.

  • SweetElisabeth

    Elisabeth Miranda from SweetElisabeth said 9 years ago

    Very cool! Can't wait to make my own! Thank you, thank you!

  • AvasYellowRainBoots

    April Foss from AvasYellowRainBoots said 9 years ago

    awesome ideas!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 9 years ago

    This is fantastic! I always wanted to learn how to do this! Thanks!

  • clothscapes

    Chantelle from clothscapes said 9 years ago

    I will definitely be trying this pattern out. You are right, there is just not much available beyond basic black.

  • NewcombeWatson

    NewcombeWatson from NewcombeWatson said 9 years ago

    <3 it, cal! thanks for the great tutorial!

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello from JamieSpinello said 9 years ago

    stencils and bleach is the way to go!

  • SarahLochTest

    Sarah Loch-Test from SarahLochTest said 9 years ago

    Great tutorial and awesome photos along the way!

  • Blairgbob from BlairBarbour said 9 years ago

    Love it! Can't wait to get started!

  • eversolovely

    Ever So Lovely from EverSoLovely said 9 years ago

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • MootiDesigns

    Alexandra from MootiDesigns said 9 years ago

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  • shannondzikas

    shannon dzikas from shannondzikas said 9 years ago

    Thank you, I knew this couldn't be too difficult to do. I may have to bust out the sewing machine and put away the spinning wheel for a few days...

  • goodbeads

    goodbeads from goodbeads said 9 years ago

    So beautiful,great art.

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 9 years ago

    I've been playing with knit fabrics lately and this sounds like so much fun!!! Can't wait to try it out. I've been meaning to make some for my daughter to wear under her twirly dresses. I think she'll like the color block ones best. Thanks!

  • mikiheather

    Heather Butler from MikiandHeather said 9 years ago

    cool idea!

  • giliadesign

    Gilia from giliadesign said 9 years ago

    It's amazing! I'd like to try it out too, but sew with knit fabric will be a challenging. Thanks for sharing!

  • VoleedeMoineaux
  • bogARTstudiogallery

    Claudia Bogart from bogARTstudiogallery said 9 years ago

    LOve leggings too they are necesary in my closet, and legs :)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    FAB. U. LOUS. Thank you sooo much for this. I love leggings, but they hardly ever seem to be the same shape as any known human being & the few pairs I've had that have been a good fit are made from inferior material. Such clear instructions are encouraging to even a reluctant seamstress like myself to give it a go.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections from KettleConfections said 9 years ago

    These blog entries make me wish I learned how use the sewing machine in school.

  • my2handsstudio

    Donna from my2handsstudio said 9 years ago

    Wow I can't believe they are home made!

  • BombshellBelle

    Liza Jimenez from BombshellBelle said 9 years ago

    Great article! Can't wait to put it to use :) Thanks for sharing!

  • BellaEpoca

    BellaEpoca from BellaEpoca said 9 years ago

    Awesome! I never think of making leggings when I sew. Put this on the to do list!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 9 years ago

    How cool :) I am always wearing leggings , very comfortable for me :)

  • treehousebrooklyn

    sirius treehouse from treehousebrooklyn said 9 years ago

    Cal you're always inspiring, and I feel so lucky to have a few custommade hodgepodge pairs in my closet! I think I'm going to go put a pair on now! Congrats on the article...I may be brave enough now to try to make my own;)

  • LAccentNou

    Anastasia from LAccentNou said 9 years ago

    How did you know it was I wanted to learn? Great! Thank you!

  • BeatificBijoux

    Amanda Kloster from BeatificBijoux said 9 years ago

    I've always shied away from knits as I don't have a serger. Maybe I'll give this a go!

  • DollsAndDaydreams

    Sarah from DollsAndDaydreams said 9 years ago

    Love it ... brilliant instructions, thanks so much :) .... Now to find some time!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 9 years ago

    Sew cute:)

  • nerinet

    Angela from FlowerCityThreads said 9 years ago

    Awesome article, thanks for sharing!

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 9 years ago

    Great idea! I love leggings

  • poppiwear

    poppi from poppiwear said 9 years ago

    I like this pattern. Thankyou for sharing this. Poppi

  • misswoof

    Helga from bitsydoodle said 9 years ago

    Great and super clear instructions....thanks for the info!

  • megk8199

    Megan Morris from MadebyMegShop said 9 years ago

    This is great! Wonderful job developing this tutorial, it's super detailed. Thanks so much!! :)

  • Easy123

    Michele from Easy123 said 9 years ago

    What a fun idea! Thanks!

  • Nataliaraya

    Natalia from Nataliaraya said 9 years ago

    I loooove them! I am terrible sewing but I adore her shop!

  • papernickle

    Brandy from BrandyCupcakesStudio said 9 years ago

    We can't wait to make these for our daughter!

  • mudoftheages

    Alexsondra Tomasulo from mudoftheages said 9 years ago

    thanks for the lesson. I just posted this to my FB page. Legging are great for all ages.

  • ParagonSigns

    Paragon Signs from ParagonSigns said 9 years ago


  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez said 9 years ago cool! thanks for sharing this!

  • nanoutriko

    natacha from nanoutriko said 9 years ago

    So great! Thanks!!!

  • HelloMountains

    Audrey from HelloMountains said 9 years ago

    great!! I love leggings!!!!

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 9 years ago

    This is the neatest idea. I'm going to have to try it! I love leggings too.

  • franstradingpost

    Frances Royal from franstradingpost said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing with us;;wish I'd had this info when I was sewing for my girls!

  • TheInvintage

    Molly Green from TheInvintage said 9 years ago

    so much better than buying a 45$ pair of leggings!

  • PopLoveCouture

    Shai Wallach from PopLoveCouture said 9 years ago

    Great tutorial - patternmaking 101!

  • NoFrump

    Ashley of Pamplepluie from Pamplepluie said 9 years ago

    oh wow, I love this project..can't wait to try it!!

  • shellseye

    Shelley McElhiney from shellseye said 9 years ago

    Fun! Thank you for posting the tutorial!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 9 years ago

    This project looks like so much fun!

  • sewwon

    Pamela Pandolfi from sewwon said 9 years ago

    Never thought of making original leggings!! Thank you for putting this tutorial out!! I am going to make some for my daughter!!

  • KatiesCandles1926

    Diane Gjendem from KatiesCandles1926 said 9 years ago

    This is so creative. What a fantastic idea.

  • LittleNevasBakery

    Wendy from LittleNevasBakery said 9 years ago

    This is great! well done.

  • glusk

    Tara Galuska from GluskDesigns said 9 years ago

    I adore leggings but always thought they'd be too tricky to sew for myself. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • QsGoodies

    Q from QsGoodies said 9 years ago

    How cool is that?! I luv leggings! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brigette58

    Joyce from CaughtMyEyeDesigns said 9 years ago

    Great article, but I had an idea if there are a pair of old leggings you like, take them apart and use them as your pattern.

  • vanessavenneman

    Vanessa Venneman said 9 years ago

    Wow! Their is some amazing leggings out their!

  • rebourne

    Marni from rebourne said 9 years ago

    Awesome!! Thanks so much for the tut!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 9 years ago

    So cool!

  • VeiledIntensity

    Bethany from ParadoxicalPhoenix said 9 years ago

    I am SO SO SO excited about this article!!! I have refused to buy new maternity pants for this pregnancy but I can't use my old ones unless my legs grow to twice their size (which I am NOT going to let happen). So I have decided to resort to tunics, dresses, and leggings. :D You probably just saved me tons of money. There is always a ton of free fabric and old clothes (i.e. material) at the dump! Upcycle!

  • buttonforbutton

    buttonforbutton from buttonforbutton said 9 years ago

    thank you for your useful article

  • TeemiesCountryBlooms

    Teemie from TeemiesCountryBlooms said 9 years ago

    Great Article! Thank You for sharing

  • VanessevaDesigns

    Eva from VanessevaDesigns said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for this great college aged daughter lives in leggings and asked me a while ago if I could make some...what fun! She comes home for Spring break on Friday and guess what we are going to do over the weekend! Look forward to more tutorials!

  • AiChngGanBhullar

    Ai-Ch'ng said 9 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant tutorial! Great pictures, fantastically clear instructions, great writing style and lovely photos. Thank you so much, Cal, you are a wonderful teacher. I am off to try making a pair of my own.

  • KRUSTYstuff

    Kristy Overman from KRUSTYstuff said 9 years ago

    Thanks, Cal. Growing up in the 80's, it was all about the leggings. I still wear the heck out of them.

  • HandmadeIsAllAround

    HandmadeIsAllAround from iammieOWLshop said 9 years ago

    Cool idea!

  • kathleenmcmahon

    kathleenmcmahon from kathleenmcmahon said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 9 years ago

    This project is SO on my to-do list! :D

  • avanda28

    Avanda M from avanda28 said 9 years ago

    this is great. i have always wondered how to make a great pair of leggings. especially being short with a bigger butt :)

  • akinto

    cindy santos from akinto said 9 years ago

    wonderful project! Makes me want to be diligent in my sewing to improve my skills

  • heavensearth

    Serena Wilson Stubson from heavensearth said 9 years ago

    I am so excited about this! I love leggings and can never find any cool ones in my size! thanks so much for the tutorial!

  • HoneyThistle

    Wei from HoneyThistle said 9 years ago

    thanks for the tutorial! I've been thinking of making my own, but I've never had the courage to try (anything pants related looks daunting).

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 9 years ago

    That's such a great pattern. I think it would be such a blast to make. I love sewing, so.... I would love to make myself some. Maybe I'll go shopping for fabric.

  • thehairshebang

    Lina from thehairshebang said 9 years ago

    omg this will make yoga classes even more fun! Im about to make some this weekend!

  • eleven44

    Linda from eleven44 said 9 years ago

    awesome tutorial.... nice to see my chevron leggings featured below your wonderful instructions ;)

  • NinthStreetNotions

    Amanda Brandenberg from NinthStreetNotions said 9 years ago

    Cool idea, but I would rather have tights. Can I adapt this pattern to make tights?

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 9 years ago

    how cool is this?! I've been needing some leggings lately....:)

  • BDSA

    Brandy from BLinkDesignSA said 9 years ago

    This is such an awesome tutorial!

  • cherlynl

    Cherlyn L (Stickerlicious) from StickerliciousCo said 9 years ago

    For a non-sewer.. the DIY leggings is a very challenging project! I wish I can sew as well... Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine said 9 years ago

    Very cute leggings! I hope I can pull off this project.

  • lissilulu

    lissilulu from lissilulu said 9 years ago

    I love this...especially since I still have three daughters at home

  • ShinyBead

    ShinyBead from ShinyBead said 9 years ago

    Wow,hope soon I can start to make special pcs for my own!

  • MakeMeUnique

    Tara from CrowdCapture said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tutorial I love leggings and would love to make them in different designs so they are unique and my own creations.

  • robinshopechest

    Robin said 9 years ago

    Love this! Thanks so much for making the tutorial! =D

  • Apseed

    Ira from Apseed said 9 years ago

    Wow! It's incredible! Thank You for the tutorial!

  • heartSunshine

    heartSunshine from heartSunshine said 9 years ago

    Thank you!!! ♥

  • ekohaus

    FeltWoolSlippers S from FeltWoolSlippers said 9 years ago

    Great idea! Thank you for the tutorial!

  • SuperSkivvies

    Steph Evans from SuperSkivvies said 9 years ago

    Super cute! I can't wait to make my first pair. Thank you!!!

  • Gingerpalace

    Magdalena Acs from Gingerpalace said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the post, I will try to make one piece for me!

  • seriouslyBunny

    seriouslyBunny from seriouslyBunny said 9 years ago


  • ShilohWinterJewelry

    Laurie Lenz from LaurieLenzANGELS said 9 years ago

    Thank you! Really. I get such grief from friends and family for my legging obsession. I love leggings. So thrilled to share this love with the rest of you! So excited now to make my own. Whee! More leggings for me! (You can never have enough.) :P Laurie

  • seriouslyBunny

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  • clairejefferson

    Claire Jefferson from ClaireJefferson said 9 years ago

    Excellent! I'll definitely give them a go.

  • Silkcraft

    Romana from SilkCraftEco said 9 years ago

    You make it seem so easy! I might even try to make some leggings!

  • raori

    Hanna Westergren from raori said 9 years ago


  • Uptightso

    Penny from Uptightso said 9 years ago

    Great post! Thanks so much for featuring our leggings:)

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 9 years ago


  • FiliGraceJewelry

    FiliGraceJewelry from FiliGraceJewelry said 9 years ago

    Fantastic tutorial! So informative. Thank you!

  • DiscordVintage

    Discord Vintage from DiscordVintage said 9 years ago

    Fantastic tute! Will give this a try with some neon and pastels.

  • wildfireatheart

    Courtney from Run2theWild said 9 years ago

    Awesome Thanks!

  • Shallot

    Shallot from Shallot said 9 years ago

    That's so cool!

  • theangrystitch

    Ms. Stitchx from theangrystitch said 9 years ago

    This looks fantastic! Thank you so much for inspiring me!

  • KatiBrownDesigns

    Kati Brown from PraiseBead said 9 years ago

    Fabulous, thank you so much for sharing this!

  • SierrasSunshine

    Sierra Oceana from SierrasSunshine said 9 years ago

    Absolutely adorable! I'm realizing I don't have enough leggings in my wardrobe either!

  • SameheartDesigns

    Nadia Sameheart from SameheartDesigns said 9 years ago

    Ah! You read my mind! I was about to start on a project of leggings!

  • CosmicEmotions

    Lorena from CosmicEmotions said 9 years ago

    LOVE this! Love leggings~ Love sewing~ Thanks for sharing!

  • knightcloth

    Christine Knight from knightcloth said 9 years ago

    Thanks for this .. I love leggings too and I love when they fit.

  • nicandthenewfie

    nicola armster from nicandthenewfie said 9 years ago

    thank you heaps for this tutorial! i've been thinking about how to tackle a project like this for myself!

  • CynsibleCreations

    Cyn from CynsibleCreations said 9 years ago

    Love this idea for little girls also.

  • SandraKay

    SandraKay from SandraKay said 9 years ago

    Thank you I am so happy you shared this. I can't wait to make a pair.

  • emmylucy

    Judy from emmylucy said 9 years ago

    Beautifully executed directions! I love leggings, always have, now I can make my own thanks to Cal!

  • LadyInTheWood

    LadyInTheWood from LadyInTheWood said 9 years ago

    The gray and pink leggings are pretty

  • mariacruz3

    Maria Cruz from BabyLoveknitting said 9 years ago

    Great Execution!

  • dianamcginnis

    Diana McGinnis from dianamcginnis said 9 years ago

    i will totally use this! thank you so much!

  • SwankUnderpinnings

    Ann (Swank) Berger from SwankUnderpinnings said 9 years ago

    Exactly the project I've been wanting to try! Thanks!

  • janellehaskin

    Janelle Haskin from janellehaskin said 9 years ago

    Awesome project! I am for sure going to try this, thank you!!!! :)

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta from NicoleNicoletta said 9 years ago

    cool! thanks for the detailed instructions!

  • IndigoMollyCat

    Amy Somerfield said 9 years ago

    Love it! I can never find ones that fit right. And they are my fav under skirt/dress item, and they provide the perfect sleeve to keep my knee braces from causing blisters.

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 9 years ago

    This looks like so much fun! Now I just need to learn how to sew ;)

  • TokulVintage

    Kathy Hogan from TokulRoadVintage said 9 years ago

    Thank you! I am going to give this a try one of these days.

  • rorymosman

    Rory Mosman from FeatherKeeper said 9 years ago Featured

    While I am not going to making any leggings for myself my wife and two daughters love them. In fact my 4 year old loves them so much when we leave the house and I ask her to put some warmer pants on she puts them right over the leggings! Always a surprise when helping her use the restroom in a busy supermarket while keeping my 15 month old son from lying on the floor! At any rate I am going to show my wife this post so she can create some colorful leggings for the girls! Thanks for sharing!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 9 years ago

    awesome, very helpful for beginners :)

  • TheSlowCurve

    Andrea Schoedel from TheSlowCurve said 9 years ago

    Going to have to try this...Have been sewing for years and would love giving this a to. Great tutorial!

  • CheshiresHideout

    Jenna Bradshaw from CheshiresHideout said 9 years ago

    Thank You ;) Can't wait to make some!

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Um.. done and done! I love this, thanks Cal! Thanks Etsy!

  • KnotInLove

    Jeanie from KnotinLoveDesigns said 9 years ago

    You are so kind and generous to share your wonderful knowledge! Now, to put this to work? That will be challenging. Thank you!

  • marilibrary

    Mary Bridger from SophiesRainbow said 9 years ago

    So creative and charming! My teenager would love them.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 9 years ago

    Cool! Or, just buy them on Etsy.

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 9 years ago

    Wow fantastic! Good leggings can be hard to come by...hooray for handmade!

  • hodgepodgefarm

    cal patch from hodgepodgefarm said 9 years ago

    i love hearing all of your comments everyone! can't wait to see what you make. for those who mentioned *wishing* they knew how to sew, it's never too late! and no, you don't need a serger to sew knits ;n)

  • 622press

    Kristin Joiner from 622press said 9 years ago

    Ooh can't wait to try, thanks so much for sharing! Pattern-making was always a mystery to me, so I'm excited to follow your instructions!

  • SewBizarre

    Maryn Cohen from SewBizarre said 9 years ago

    super cool! I'm so excited to try!! thanks for sharing

  • DominiqueD

    DominiqueD said 9 years ago

    These are so good! Anyone find a decent fabric supplier? My city's fabric shop is no good...

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Great tutorial, I've never been sure about wearing leggings though I think I miss the foot part that you'd usually get on tights but then I live in a cool climate!

  • cakeeater

    Natali from cakeeater said 9 years ago

    This is awesome, thanks for posting this!

  • 2TrickPony

    Rachel from 2TrickPony said 9 years ago

    nice! me sewing??? hmmm. comedy relief.

  • SayitWithPaper

    Nicole Phillips from SayitWithPaper said 9 years ago

    Awesome tutorial! Bookmarking it immediately : )

  • StefNeff

    Stefanie Neff from StefNeffStudio said 9 years ago Featured

    Wonderful instructions! I have been wanting to sew up my own pair of leggings for some time, but just never got around to looking into how to go about it, I'm a beginner/intermediate sewer (depends on the project I take on, lol!) I am always searching for the perfect leggings to go with my long tunics and t-shirt dresses, now I'll be able to just go ahead and make my own finally, Thanks so much!

  • Walkingquail

    Terry Blair from Walkingquail said 9 years ago

    thank you! I never learned patterns in sewing so this was great!

  • handmadehomedecor

    Jenica Tilly from handmadehomedecor said 9 years ago

    this is fantastic! I also live in my leggings.

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 9 years ago

    Wow, this is one of the most interesting how-to's I have seen on Etsy. The pattern on the first picture is genius! Great to learn new things and keep creating, no matter what it is. Definitely bookmarking this to try when I have a bit more time. Thank you for sharing!

  • cyasarcan

    Canan from Zembil said 9 years ago

    Hi Cal! Thanks for the tutorial. I have your book and am planning to make good use of it!

  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty said 9 years ago

    Sooo cool!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 9 years ago

    ♥♥♥♥ I'm SO doing this.

  • milanvanmanen

    Milan van Manen from milanvanmanen said 9 years ago

    this is great! Legging Love

  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    Mary Beth Klatt said 9 years ago

    The best leggings, IMO, are made out of stretch silk. Yes, stretch silk...which is actually on sale at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL. Right now. Now it's all solid colors (I prefer prints)...but it's such a great deal. Use it to make long underwear for your favorite pair of jeans, silky pajama, the list goes on. It's all in the main silk room at Vogue Fabrics (a very big place).

  • ValReavesArtStudio

    Val Reaves from ValReavesArtStudio said 9 years ago

    Thank you! Great instructional! I've always loved leggings...thanks again!

  • sewlola

    lola from dearvintagecupboard said 9 years ago

    Super cute tutorial! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Feltoza

    Feltoza from LinenPearls said 9 years ago


  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood from mythunderstood said 9 years ago

    Love these leggings, and this is a great tip, even tho it's always seemed to me to be a difficult thing to make and sew.

  • snugglyugly

    Indira Villalobos from snugglyugly said 9 years ago

    beautiful project, love it.

  • TwistedWhimsyDesigns

    Joanna Otten from TwistedWhimsyDesigns said 9 years ago

    Love leggings, what a fun project! I'm super excited to take a course at Squam this fall with Cal! :)

  • sarahndipities

    Sarah from Sarahndipities said 9 years ago

    This is fantastic!! I'm definitely going to try this out!! Thanks so much for the crash course in pattern-making!!

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 9 years ago

    Sweet! Thanks for the tutorial. Super cute, good job! I have found that you can never ever have enough colors of leggings, especially for my little girl. They're so sweet with a dress, sweater, tunic, everything!! I'll def have to give knits a try!!

  • montanamui

    Montana Mui from montanamui said 9 years ago

    it's always not easy to sew knits with home sewing your fun colors matching and cute patterns~ i wish i hv time to make one later :)

  • WhatsOliviaWearing

    Olivia Royale from WhatsOliviaWearing said 9 years ago

    I love this concept. Ive accumulated so many leggings in my life and when I get bored I dye them and give them a new print and new life!

  • vintagerenewal

    vintagerenewal from vintagerenewal said 9 years ago

    I've been trying to figure out how to sew leggings. This is so awesome! Thank you so much!

  • Justlena

    Elena Justlena from Justlena said 9 years ago

    Cool!Thanks for sharing !!!

  • simpleeluxx

    Ivonne from heatherhazelcouture said 9 years ago

    Amazing tutorial! Definitely will try this out!

  • littlepackage

    Caroline from littlepackage said 9 years ago

    Thanks Cal for the great, super well-written tutorial. I have drafting experience, a serger, and this weird (almost old-fashioned) sort of almost itchy wool knit laying around, so I gotta say this was a real easy project. I subtracted 7% because the knit wasn't that stretchy, but then I forgot to add seam allowances down the sides. I got very sad thinking I was making too-small leggings, but they turned out fantastic! It just goes to show how much wiggle room one has with knits. I used the serger to blind hem the cuffs and blind hem in some elastic and they're super pro-looking & made to last forever. So, I tried posting a comment like this one yesterday but it didn't go through. This time I have a link to a photo of my leggings, so crossing my fingers it works this time. Thanks again for sharing!

  • muddyum

    muddyum from muddyum said 9 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for the instructions.

  • marieowltoinette

    Marie Owltoinette from marieowltoinette said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous! I definitely want to give this a try!

  • yqsl66

    Ada Ada from idajewelry66 said 9 years ago

    Very cool!awesome ideas!




  • chanelecooper1

    Chanele Cooper said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing...I can now make some leggings for myself!

  • Borettoart

    Lesley Boretto from Borettoart said 9 years ago

    I love leggings! I am defenetevely going to try to make my own ones now!!! Thank you for sharing

  • vidsuc

    Vid Su from Shineonglamour said 9 years ago

    Thank you, Handmade ideas are always useful !

  • JennysTreasuresForU

    Jennifer from JennysTreasuresForU said 9 years ago

    I love how at first they look like lacey cut-outs! :)

  • jewelkingthai

    jewelkingthai from jewelkingthai said 9 years ago


  • TheNoisyOyster

    Faith Berry from TheNoisyOyster said 9 years ago

    I'll be making a special pair to go with a tshirt that I'm going to remake into a short dress. Thanks so much for the instructions

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 9 years ago

    I'll be sewing some up for my 5 year old! She'll love that! THank you!

  • blufaerie

    Tishana Trainor from bluknotsoriginals said 9 years ago

    Soooooo glad you posted this! My daughter lives in leggings and I'm planning to make her many pair of these as she leaves for college in the fall. <3

  • madamelecrochet

    madamelecrochet from madamelecrochet said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much! I live in leggings everyday!

  • cynthiaottewill


    Thank you so much for your generous information.

  • FlyingOwlfeather

    Owlfeather from OwlfeathersNest said 9 years ago

    Ohhhhhhhhhh, what fun!! Thank you so much, I cannot wait to get started!! Here in the Pacific NW, we dress in layers, and leggings are pretty much essentials. Now I want to do some outrageously fun ones!! WhoooHoooo!!

  • dianne702

    Dianne Flinn said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for posting this. I can't wait to make some for my toddler daughter. The only part I'm confused about is drafting the rise seams. It says to measure in from the front rise depth and then the back rise depth. How do we determine these measurements since the instructions don't initially tell us to measure them? They only say to measure the rise heights. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could clarify this for me since I'm really looking forward to trying this. Thanks :-)

  • dianne702

    Dianne Flinn said 9 years ago

    Nevermind, I just re-read the instructions and I had missed this step. Thanks again for the wonderful tutorial!!

  • dianagerling

    Diana from dianagerling said 9 years ago

    This is wonderful. I have been thing of making some leggings, so now I'm looking forward to giving it a shot on my next sewing day. Thank you!

  • eyewearglamour

    Allene from eyewearglamour said 9 years ago

    Leggings are the best, besides making your legs look wonderful.

  • cookiefriends

    Bea Weidner from cookiefriends said 9 years ago

    Wonderful you, I've wanted to know how to make tights forever. Many thanks!

  • fazjewelry

    Fa Fa from fazjewelry said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for your detailed sharing !! Hope I can make my own one then ~~:)

  • ORINewYork

    Kaori from ORINewYork said 9 years ago

    thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I can't wait to make mine!

  • miraculousfabric

    tong xin from miraculousfabric said 9 years ago

    beautiful, I will try it

  • RecycledGrace

    Grace Cooley from RecycledGrace said 9 years ago

    thanks so much for sharing your pattern and process! It is sooo difficult to find leggings long enough for me - so happy to have a way to make them for myself and make them plenty long. Godspeed :)

  • rosebarden1

    Rose Marie Barden from JewelsintheMaking said 9 years ago

    Guuuurl Stop! I love this idea, and I sew too! Look out, cuz here I come! Talk about creativity! I am a firm believer that, anything you want to put your name on, you can, I just decided to go on and make my own jewelry!

  • BowMoBBB

    Diane (Mo) Collins from BowMoBBB said 9 years ago I can make leggings for my grand-daughter. She lives in them. Great tutorial and easy to follow.

  • thegoodmona

    thegoodmona said 9 years ago

    know i should've probably done the mock up, but in case anybody else like me dives into this, please note that if you are using a fabric where it matters which side is the right side, FLIP YOUR PAPER PATTERN before cutting the 2nd leg. I made 2 left (or right!) legs with a metallic spandex and I'm doing some serious surgery right now to get them wearable for a costume party.

  • frogGallery

    DJWG from FrogGallery said 9 years ago

    Great article and I encourage anyone who can sew to try them. I LOVE leggings, LIVE in leggings other than a period of selling real estate where I needed to dress in a more professional manner, but the minute I got home at the end of the day, on went my leggings, colourful & comfortable! My daughter always annoyed that I wore leggings, said to me about 2 years ago, "Mom leggings are back in style" to which I responded, "Danielle, I never thought they went out of style!" Generally I've worn black everything, and of course have always made my own leggings, but recently have created some for myself using a combination of colours & textures & of course for my boutique,completely unique. Have no fear, get creative.

  • nbottles

    Nicole Bottles from FreshSqueezedLymeAid said 9 years ago

    I have SCOURED the internet for a good leggings DIY and found only vague ones. this is PERFECT. having measurements & pattern drafting is my cup of tea! I can't wait to try and make them tomorrow. thank you so much, cal...really incredible!

  • Chuka

    Chuka from Chuka said 8 years ago

    I drafted my pattern last night and made the leggings today. So simple and so awesome. I will be making more for sure. It's so nice to have a pattern that is precisely to my measurements and it didn't cost me anything!

  • Flaxandfleece

    Flaxandfleece from Flaxandfleece said 8 years ago

    These instructions are just fantastic. My daughter made some yesterday. We started about 4pm (after buying the fabric), made the pattern, sewed up the 'cheap version' and then moved on to the crushed velvet, had two pairs made by tea time. A perfect fit. We'll be making lots more.

  • snowsmile99

    Snowsmile Chen said 8 years ago

    Thank you very much for your instruction. However, I am still a bit confused about figuring out the depth of the rise seam and work on that. Could any one please explain more about this or make an example? Thank you and much appreciate for your help.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks! The instructions are great. They remind me that drawing a diagram, like I used to in grade school to solve word problems, is still very relevant and useful. Thanks for the how-to!

  • mochaisis

    Chanel said 8 years ago

    This is awesome! I'm just learning how to sew, and I LOVE leggings...So many ideas, and I'll be using this as a pattern for all of them :)

  • Cikka

    Cikka said 8 years ago

    Brilliant! Thanks so very much. Whilst I never wear leggings, I have just bought some fab cotton lycra covered with hibiscus to make a pair for my sis who lives in them - and since it is covered with huge hibiscus I really like that there's no side seam to cut up the design:). I have yoru book and love it, BTW.

  • ThePoplarStudio

    ThePoplarStudio from ThePoplarStudio said 8 years ago

    Excited to make these with my own design Spoonflower fabric, but I am in love with the lacy print fabric you used. Do you mind sharing your source? Or did you dye it yourself? Thanks! :)

  • NorseKnits

    Signe Richter from NorseKnits said 8 years ago

    I drafted the pattern last night and have just one question: Is the waistline you come up with when drafting the pattern supposed to equal half your waist measurements (ease deducted)? When drafting according to instructions, my pattern waistline ended up 5cm / 2 inches smaller than half my actual waist measurement (ease deducted) and I'm afraid it will be too tight.

  • teddydesigner58

    teddydesigner58 from teddydesigner58 said 7 years ago

    This looks like fun. I am sure my 7 year granddaughter will want at least a couple pairs. My head is swimming with what great designs that can be made. Thank you for the instructions.

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 7 years ago

    That's such a fun project. I'll have to try it!

  • tranquilityy

    Von'Dez Redman from tranquilityy said 7 years ago

    perfect will give it a try thanks so much for your help and god bless.

  • mimsytoo

    Barbara from Mimsytoo said 7 years ago

    Can't wait to make a pair!! Many thanks for sharing your expertise!

  • karlyrose1

    WhiteKittenCreations from WhiteKittenCreations said 7 years ago

    I'll have to try this for my granddaughter!

  • zegami

    zegami from zegami said 7 years ago

    This is great! I haven't worn leggings since high school and whenever I see them at most shops they are always quite expensive. I will try to make these since I can use whatever pattern I like without looking like a schoolgirl. Love This!

  • noinaa

    B.noinaa phifer from bnoinaa said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I love to make leggings+pants. They are fun and affordable. I stock up (hoarding) about 30+ pieces of knit/lycra fabrics and try to find the time to make them. Thanks again :)

  • UshkaStyle

    Urszula Marciniak from UshkaStyle said 7 years ago

    Great! Just switch places with the camera for a better picture. See, now you have the light behind you so youre front is all in shadow. You need to have the light in front of you for a a good picture.

  • MyCatLucy

    Nancy Sideris from MyCatLucy said 7 years ago

    I can't wait to try this! Thank you sooo much for the great tutorial! I went to fashion design school but I'm too lazy to figure it out for myself these days!

  • sofisticata

    Hirjalda Mobley from sofisticata said 7 years ago

    Wonderful tutorial!! Thank you!!

  • HatsbySharon

    S. Panozzo from NouveauHatsbySharon said 7 years ago

    I never thought of making my own leggings but this looks like fun. Thank you.

  • JmilliesJustVintage

    Jmillie from JmilliesJustVintage said 7 years ago

    Yay Cal Patch!! I just might give this a try. Now, where can I find your granny square crochet head warmer pattern? hugs Judy

  • jentekruijsen

    Jente from KnittingHedgehog said 7 years ago

    Great tutorial! I'm going to the store to buy some soft and cozy Lycra cotton right now. :-D

  • kroondesigns

    Jenna Kroon from KroonDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! my costume will be smashing now ;)

  • laurenholmes932

    Lauren Holmes said 7 years ago

    I've just found thing via a link from haute macabre but i can't wait to give it a go over the christmas holidays!! Thanks so much for all the instructions.

  • honeyoriginal

    Honey from HoneysSewSweetBoutiq said 7 years ago

    Hi there, I was wondering if I could commission you to teach me how to make patterns. I have a few ideas for some outfits that I would like to make for my girls. If you are interested in making a few bucks please contact me. We can work independently through paypal or we can work through freelancer or guru. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks

  • maggielaura

    Maggie McMillan from BalsamicMoon said 7 years ago

    Is D supposed to be a negative number?

  • RaederlePhoenix

    Raederle West-Jacot from RawRaederleShop said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this very useful how-to post. (Your leggings are adorable!) I just followed all of your directions with some good results, but also with a bit of confusion. For example, this line, "Take your Thigh Circumference (after deducting ease), and subtract from it your half-waist (also minus ease)." If I subtract my Thigh Circ from my Half-Waist, I get negative 3.7 inches. I figured you must mean it the other way around. But the fact that I was getting a negative number gave me a lot of pause and trying to figure out if I was even in the correct ballpark range. I did your directions for ease. I was unfamiliar with the term before now and found your description and directions on that very helpful. I used my calculator to multiply all circumferences by .9 and ta-da! You might specify that to subtract 10% you just multiply by .9. Not everyone is familiar with these things. One issue with the entire formula for making the pattern is allowance for the knee being somewhat larger than the thigh just above. On women with ample leg muscle, this won't happen. For myself, my thigh is actually smaller right above the knee than at the knee, so I had to adjust for that. Another point of confusion was that you said to start the height measurement two inches from the top of the paper. If I had actually done that, I would have needed more paper taped on because the back of the pants required the waist to go up more than two inches above the top of the pants height line. It was more like four inches up. Another tip you might add is to save paper from shipments and use that for patterns. I save that paper for various things and it turned out to be perfect. I didn't have to buy the paper or have to tape anything together. I just already had a big piece of paper ready to go. I keep a bin full of excess packing materials that come in boxes that I order for various crafts, mailing my own packages, etc. Its very useful. I also appreciated your suggestions for how to figure out the right stitch for the stretchiness of the fabric. That allowed me to finally get the right stitch for my fabric. That explains why I've had seam-breakage problems before. I never specifically tested the stitch to be sure it was just as stretchy. I was thinking of all stretch stitches as being equal. Overall, I'm very glad I found this post. I hope you take the time to make amendments based on this feedback and save other amateurs my delays and hemming and hawing. One last thing: It's always good to remind people to pay attention to which way the fabric stretches. I recently forgot to think about that with a critical part of a shirt and now I have to take it all apart again to my dismay. Thank you! *hugs*

  • RaederlePhoenix

    Raederle West-Jacot from RawRaederleShop said 7 years ago

    So I just finished making my first pair with these directions. Before I had accidentally made two left legs and no right leg. That's okay since I want to make two pairs, at least. (Side note: annoying how etsy removes paragraph breaks in comments!) They look FANTASTIC! All except one little detail, which is really my fault for not following your example better, but I didn't understand the importance. When you "rounded" the bit that goes into the crotch, I made mine quite a bit more *gently* rounded, which resulted in some excess wrinkles and fabric around the crotch. I've figured out how to fix it and will do so tomorrow, but that's another thing you might explain a little in the post. Thanks again!

  • sebzapata

    Seb Zapata from HotVenom said 7 years ago

    Not sure if I'm being silly, but for the front and back rise heights, if the ruler between your legs is parallel to the floor, surely the height to your waistline would be the same for each as we are measuring straight up, not along the curve of your bum/belly. Could someone advise me on this. Thanks :-)

  • juliennehankins

    Julienne Hankins said 6 years ago

    Can anyone help?! I'm really confused on step number 5 for creating the pattern. I made my sample legging from cheaper material and I didn't have enough material on the back and the seam is going right up my cheeks (sorry, tmi??) I drew the line for the back rise right..but what is that second line beside the back rise height? I know that's what I'm missing, but I'm not understanding it through these directions.

  • feb141994

    k said 6 years ago

    Julianne, I had to look at the picture before the light bulb came on... the first line you draw on the back is just to get to the height to the back waist' s edge. Bc the front waist edge is a lot different than what the back's is (unless you are a flat buttock type of person). This why the line for the waist' s distance itself from front center to back center is drawn at this time. Once that waist pattern line is drawn you take the end of your ruler (straight hopefully) and on the waist line lay it perpendicular on the far left (back center/small of back area). The Long edge of the ruler will intersect the thigh line now creating an angle, which you trace. Then follow the directions for sketching in the curve from far left thigh line up toward and connecting with your angled line. Look at those pics again for those the things, the perpendicular ruler edge on the waist, the long edge of the ruler as it crosses the thigh line at an angle, and the sketching of the back crotch seem.

  • brettgoose88

    brettgoose88 said 5 years ago

    Thanks Cal for sharing this. It's good to learn the knowledge of making leggings as a more custom fit. I've been wearing leggings for years now. Some might think its odd for a guy to wear leggings. They're so comfortable, I practically live in them... Lol.

  • alexiandro

    Alexiandra Levi said 186 days ago

    This is fantastic! I made these yesterday with some stretchy fleece. It was fun and fast. They came out perfect- they truly fit like a glove! Just 2 comments- 1. I wanted them to be a bit long. Add extra length by adding it to the ankle to knee distance or to the bottom. I added it to the length measurement but that doesn't work when you draw the pattern. 2. Make sure they'll fit over your foot. The circumference of my foot is bigger than that of my ankle. Obviously with super stretchy material (as is recommended) it's less of an issue. But these came out great in (2 way stretch) fleece with just a little adjustment for that.

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