The younger lass needed another pair of leggings for dance class. The design brief was very simple – plain long leggings. We raided the fabric stash and I very generously offered some beautiful patterned fabric that I’ve been hoarding for me. From left to right – black active wear, patterned cotton spandex, blue double brushed poly (DBP) and black DBP.
The younger already had a pair of black DBP leggings and was unwavering in wanting another pair exactly the same. So very Melbourne Black!
This time I used the Made to Measure Leggings template pattern from the mother ~ daughter team at Sewhere. I’ve used the template to make bike shorts for myself.
I measured the younger’s circumference at her waist, hips, knees and ankles. Next came the vertical measurements between waist – hips – knees – ankles, then I measured her outside leg. These transfer to points on the template.
Joining the dots means I got a leggings pattern for the younger. Cut out two legs and away I went. The beauty of black DBP is that it has no observable nap or right/wrong side.
I stitched up the inside leg and crotch using a three thread overlock stitch. The younger likes having stretch thread in the loopers – so soft on her skin. I gave her many colourful options for cover stitching the waistband and hems:
The younger refused everything. She insisted on black for the waistband and no hemming at all at the ankles.
Fabric – Black DBP from LA Finch fabrics $10.00
Elastic – black 2.5cm ribbed elastic $1.50
Pattern – M2M leggings $20.00
Totals = approximately $32.00, allows money for elastic and thread.
Do it again? Oh yes, this was a fuss free make.
The younger is happy!