Leggings are stupidly easy to make and are the perfect project for a beginner seamstress or really anyone that is feeling a little creative and wouldn’t mind using a sewing machine. I’ve gone and drafted a free legging pattern in size small (EU 36) that you can download and print. I admit it was slave labour, but totally out of love. Below are simple instructions but I have written up beginner detailed instructions.
*New!* Photos for instructions and PVC legging tutorial found here.
- sewing machine or overlock machine
- 1 1/2 yards of spandex, stretch jersey, or any 4-way stretch fabric
- 2 spools of matching thread
- 5/8″ wide elastic
- stretch fabric needle
- twin needle (or use small zig zag stitch)
- scissors, pins, pens, and any other notions you’d usually use
- Download, print and assemble the pattern by cutting to the bounding box and matching the number/letter notches. 1A should match with 1A, etc. Tape the sheets together. Make sure that the test square measures 4″ x 4″ when printed out. If it doesn’t, you may have to adjust your printer settings so that it is not set on ‘scale to fit’.
- Cut pattern out of fabric. The pattern has 5/8″ seam allowance and 1 1/4″ hem allowance.
- Zig zag stitch or overlock the leg seams with the right sides of the fabric together. Do the same to the center seam while matching the front and back of each leg.
- Hem the leggings and stitch with twin needle or use a zig zag stitch.
- Cut elastic to length of where the waistband will sit + overlap allowance. I used 26″ + allowance. Make a circle and zig zag stitch overlap.
- Place elastic into waist on the wrong side of the fabric. Pin in place. Stitch top edge or elastic with zig zag or overlock being sure to stretch elastic if needed. Turn elastic under and stitch lower edge of elastic with twin needle or zig zag stitch. Detailed tutorial.
Notes: You can find some really cool stretch fabric at Spandex House or your local garment district but stretch fabric is also available in stores like JoAnn’s in the dance and swimwear fabric aisle.
Search the web and use high fashion retail sites such as Net-A-Porter to find images like the ones I’ve posted above. Happy DIY-ing!