Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Legging Tutorial!!

Who wants to learn how to create the cutest baby ever! Kidding, that would be disgusting and very inappropriate, I meant cutest baby leggings ever!! Silly me ;)

Welcome to my first tutorial! Don't judge my terrible skills but I tried, and I am actually very proud of myself. Go Me!
These baby legging are c/o Small Fry Blog. They posted THIS easy peasy DIY tutorial yesterday, and now i am obsessed. I want to run out to Forever 21 right now and pick up every body con skirt they sell in every print! Anyways I happened to have an old one that was stuffed in a tub under my bed and, Ta-Da, new leggings for Harper Girl! (It looks cuter on her anyways!) So here is my tutorial on it. Don't judge me... I tried my best and know I left out some parts but here goes nothing... I also made a headband out of the scrap material and a little flower to go on the hip to make them more girly. Thank You Small Fry Blog for my newest sewing obsession!

What You Need
-Old stretchy pencil skirt
-Leggings for pattern
-Sewing Machine
For Flower and Headband
-needle and thread
-extra material

The bodycon skirt I used. Its a size small from Forever 21.

These are the leggings I used as my pattern and are from Target and are size 6 months.

Step 1:
I placed the leggings on top of the skirt. If you have a fabric pencil you can trace your pattern out onto the skirt but I just decided to eyeball mine. I also pinned the leggings to the skirt before I cut so they would stay in place better. Make sure you are lining the leggings up with the cuff of the skirt down!!

Step 2:

Cut the outside and inside thighs like this. I would recommend cutting at least 1/4" more for room to sew your seam. These leggings are also getting a little small for Harper so I wanted these new ones to last longer, that's why I didn't cut exactly to size. Also, I'm not the most precise sewer so I need all the extra material I can get!

Step Three:
 Once you've finished cutting, un pin the pattern from the cut out skirt. Now you will have 2 pieces of the skirt. Place the 2 pieces together right sides out and pin around edges. You don't have to use the pins but I think pinning gives you more control, especially with those pesky stripes. I tried lining them up perfectly and it took me forever and then as soon as I started sewing, that perfect lining up went out the door!

Step Four:

Sew! Sew the seams down both outer thighs and the inner thighs. I left the bottom of the leggings raw because I suck at hemming but I didn't like how it looked so unfinished so I decided to add a cuff... 

If you decide not to add the cuff your done!! How frickin easy was that! I also thought of something when I was done. I wish I have not sewn the cuff of the skirt down, Instead I should have pinned it up (after cutting the leggings out of it down) so that I could adjust the cuff when shes wearing them. Does that make sense? But anyways, here's how I added the cuff. I used some scrap material that was laying around from when I make my baby legs and I used the same technique. 

Leftover scrap material from baby legs.
I fold these (individually) inside themselves so they look like this...

Then I line these cuffs up to the bottom of the legging leg so that all the raw edges are lined up. You will have to stretch the legging material to fit because the cuff width is a lot smaller.

I then sew around the edge of all the lined up raw edges and you have a perfect cuff! OK just kidding, its NEVER perfect, but after alot of practice it is almost perfect. I think the cuff adds a little more to the leggings. 

Finished Product!!

 With the matching headband and flower detail I added.

I'm in LOVE! The tutorial on Small Fry is a lot simpler, but I just thought I'd show the process of my first pair. I hope this made some sense and if anyone tries this tutorial let me know I want to see!!!

For the Headband, I just took two pieces of extra fabric and sewed them together to fit Harper's head size then I used THIS (the words are in a different language but I just followed along with the pictures, and its pretty self explanatory.) tutorial from Pinterest to create the little flower petals which i used as bows, Then just hand sewed the bow on to the headband with another piece of scrap fabric as the middle part. and the flower detail I did in the same way. Just made some petals from the tutorial and strung them all together on one thread and then cut tiny small strips and sewed them on top of the flower for the flower middle and then hand sewed the flower onto the pants. Pretty easy, just took pretty much my whole morning, (along with entertaining the princess) but I'm pretty proud of myself for using pretty much the whole skirt! 

Here's the star of the show in her new leggings. I think she likes them!

I don't know about this bow Mom...
Okay, never mind, I like it too!

1 comment:

  1. Those leggings turned out so cute! And Miss Harper looks as adorable as ever!