sewing with knits

my leggings!

I’m so pumped about these leggings.  I followed Miranda’s (One Little Minute) tutorial for self drafted leggings and made my very own pair. I had gotten this black’white print from fabric.com a while back and figured I might as well cut into it.  I love them!

I did end up re-measuring myself though because apparently I didn’t quite measure as accurately as I could the first time.  So this next round that I plan on making I adjusted the overall length and rise a bit.

If you’re at all uncertain of knits this would be a great project to start with.  And if you’re shopping for fabric, just check the material content of an existing pair of leggings you have (or even go check out what a pair at the store is made of).  I got a bunch of this Laguna Stretch Cotton Jersey (it’s 95% cotton 5% Lycra, same content of the store bought ones I had).

I know it might seems ridiculous to sew a pair of leggings when they’re only $10 or so at Target, but when you make them yourself, they’ll be made to fit your body!  So if you have really long legs, or larger calves, or you like them to not feel like they’re showing your butt when you bend over, this is your answer.

Have a great long weekend!!!

31 thoughts on “my leggings!

  1. The leggings look great! Why didn’t I have Miranda give me a 1 on 1 lesson before she moves next week!!!

  2. Beautiful! Love it!

  3. Those are really cute and look comfy!

  4. Allie says:

    Awesome! Another reason to sew your own instead of buying a cheap pair at a big box store… so you can be sure they weren’t made by children and/or exploited workers in dangerous environments: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57585804/cbs-news-goes-undercover-in-a-bangladesh-clothing-factory/

    1. Anna says:

      yes! thank you for sharing this!

  5. Carolyn says:

    Eh, if we were all sewing to save money we would have given up a long time ago (or at least I would have!).
    They leggings look fantastic. Not only do you get a great fit by making your own, but you get to use such fabulous fabrics!

  6. kristin says:

    I’m just gonna say ditto to Carolyn’s entire comment up there ^^. These look so awesome on you, Anna!

  7. Yay for leggings, love them Anna!

  8. And don’t you look great in them! Love that shag carpet and your furniture. Such a cool look.

  9. Wow, impressive. And you look phenomenal!

  10. Mrs Knight says:

    i love them,Im a tights gal! Im starting to make them for my little miss 3month old sooo sweet.

  11. SaraBeth says:

    These are great. I love leggings and they never seem to fit properly, must bookmark the link for later.

    Sarabeth
    Life of an Agnostic Sunday School Teacher

  12. Vanessa says:

    Those look awesome – seriously love that fabric!!!!

  13. Katy Cameron says:

    Love that fabric, they look great!

  14. Aless says:

    Thank you SO much for this. I am a (lower end) plus size but cannot find leggings to fit me where I live. I have bought a pattern, but that would still be a bit hit and miss, so self-drafted is the solution for me.

  15. Perfect! I’m excited to try this, thank you for sharing! I’m hoping to make some to wear while I’m pregnant (and after) to go under some of the really really short, but adorable, dresses I’ve been seeing everywhere! Yours look awesome!

  16. Sew Much Ado says:

    Oh my word, those are so cute and look awesome on you Anna! That print is to die for!

  17. Rosie says:

    I love those leggings they look great on you.

  18. diana says:

    i saw a great tut.on youtube before and wanted to make a pair of these she used a pair she already had layed them out on a piece of fabric and drew around them and cut out
    also i made a couple of your noodlehead baskets and turned out great after i figured the divider attaching thanks

  19. mle says:

    Those are awesome! I’m still really unsure about sewing with knits, don’t you need a special needle? I’d like to make a shirt with some knit jersey I have but I just haven’t done the research to get started. 🙂

  20. Delia says:

    You look awesome. I am so impressed and love that print!

  21. Meghan says:

    These legging look great on you! I love the print too!

  22. These are great leggings – such great fabric!

  23. Lovely and look really comfortable, I’m going to have to make one or two of these!

  24. crafterhours says:

    I love them. And I love the shirt. And I love them WITH the shirt. It’s just one big lovefest over here. Remind me to make these when I can wear pants again.
    A

  25. Franziska says:

    Looks great. And it’s not about the price it’s about making it on your own. It’s the journey of making it what it’s about. Isn’t it?

  26. Cindy says:

    These look great on you- look sooo comfy!! Nice job, Anna!:)

  27. dana says:

    adorable! love these Anna and love them on you! 🙂

  28. Truly Myrtle says:

    They are fab. It is tricky to get the rise right though isn’t it? Walk us through it!

  29. You are awesome! These are fabulous m’dear! Love them on you! great print!

  30. melissa says:

    Awesome! these are fabulous,Thanks so much for sharing.

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