To begin, we needed a pattern. I like to use old rolls of cheap wrapping paper to draw out patterns. It's a great way to get a lot of paper for very little money. Sis has a pair of leggings that is her absolute favorite. They fit just right and look cute, so we decided to use those to draw our pattern. Roll out your paper until it is long enough to trace your leggings on. Cut that piece off of the roll then fold it in half lengthwise to find the center.
Now you're ready to sew the leggings!! I have sewn a million pairs of pajama pants in my day and leggings use basically the same method. I am an OK seamstress, but a terrible teacher so I sat here for about an hour trying to write up a tutorial that would make sense to y'all. Finally, I threw in the towel and found an AMAZING tutorial at One Little Minute. No sense in trying to re-invent the wheel, right? Miranda teaches you how to draft a pattern from scratch, which is pretty fancy. If you copied a pair of leggings you own and love like I did, you can begin following along about halfway down the page where she starts sewing the black and white fabric. She sews her leggings exactly the way I sewed mine, only she is awesome at explaining what she's doing!! You'll be grateful I sent you her way, I promise.
My only tip for you is that you need to make sure and finish your edges when working with a sweater knit like this. If you have a serger, that would work beautifully. I do not have a serger, so I sewed each seam then went back and sewed a zig zig stitch along each seam allowance so that the leggings won't start unraveling at the seams.
After less than an hour of cutting and sewing I ended up with these fun, stylish leggings for Sis:
Wholeport to get some sweater knit fabric to make some for yourself.
**Supplies to make this project have been provided by Wholeport. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.**