Recreating Your Favorite Leggings

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Today I wanted to share a quick post on how to recreate your favorite leggings. My daughter has a pair of store bought leggings that I absolutely love the fit and style, but they never match anything!

I decided to make her a pair just like them out of some awesome stretch denim I had from Mily Mae Fabrics.

So here’s a couple quick tips on DIY leggings.

The first thing you want to do is fold your store bought pair in half, making one straight edge as pictured to lay on the fold of your fabric.

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Leggings on Fold

Now cut out around your leggings, allowing for seam allowance. I used 1/4″ seam allowance down the leg, 1/2″ for hemming the bottoms, and 1″ along the top to allow for my elastic. Cut TWO of these on the fold.

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Sew down the seams to the point

Next lay your pieces right sides together and sew the crotch seams (AS PICTURED.) I had already cut my rise (the next step)before taking the pictures, but it helps show another angle or option for cutting your front rise. 🙂 )

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Front and Back Rise

Next you want to recreate the same rise your store bought pants have. I cut one half and then folded it over to make sure I copied my cut exactly on the other side.

Now serge (or use a stretch stitch) all the way from one pant leg, around the crotch, and down the other leg. Turn right side out.

After that, I serged 3/4 ” elastic all the way around. Stretch your elastic as you go to fit the width of your pants. I measured my RTW pants, but you can also measure the waist of your model.

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Fold your elastic down into your pants and top stitch being careful to catch your elastic in your stitch and stretch again as you go.

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Top stitch using a twin needle or stretch stitch.

Next fold your pants legs up a 1/2″ and hem. Last, but DEFINITELY not least, I printed out vinyl hearts to recreate the whole look and applied them. LOVE how they turned out!!

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H&M vs HANDMADE

I finished out the outfit with the Going Home Raglan from Ellie and Mac for my daughter’s top. This adorable purple chevron was also from Mily Mae Fabrics! ❤

 

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Fabrics:

Indigo Stretch Denim by Mily Mae

Purple Chevron by Mily Mae

Patterns:

Going Home Sweater by Ellie and Mac

 

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