MakeIt Kids: Leggings


Welcome to my first post!!

This is Ellery, my almost 2.5 year old.  About 5 or 6 weeks ago we potty trained, and unfortunately in London there aren’t too many days that are warm enough for “nudie legs” as we call them.  Her wardrobe is full of jeans but the thought of peeling off jeans after an accident wasn’t terribly appealing, so I decided to make up a quick pattern for leggings and was able to make 4 or 5 pairs in a jif.

If you haven’t ever made your own pattern, don’t worry – I’m going to go through it in-depth but it’s not actually very difficult.  And if you’ve never sewn with knits, don’t fear!  It’s scary at first and I find it a bit harder to take them apart if I’ve made a mistake, but generally knit garments are very forgiving so they tend to fit and look nice even if they aren’t perfect.  And contrary to popular belief, you do not need a serger / overlocker in order to sew with knits.  In fact, they don’t fray so if you don’t want to, you don’t even have to finish off the inside seams.

Here’s what you need in order to make your own leggings:
There’s more after the jump!