Cal Patch Patternmaking Simplified: Leggings 9/16
Make Your Own Leggings
Taught by the wonderful Cal Patch, author of Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified
People are often surprised to learn they can make their own leggings, but guess what? YOU CAN! And you don't even need a serger to sew with knits. Cal will show you how to draft a pattern for this wardrobe essential, based on your own measurements. Then we'll stitch up a first draft fit sample, adjust our patterns if necessary, and proceed to make a pair of real-live leggings. You'll never buy them off the rack again! Please have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.
- Day & Time: Saturday 10:00 - 4:00 (half hour for lunch)
- Date: September 16th
- Teacher: Cal Patch
- Students: 6
For the pattern:
- Pad or roll of paper, at least 14″ wide (can be newsprint, drawing paper, etc)
- Scissors (for paper)
- Ruler (ideally 2″x18″ clear plastic sewing ruler)
- Tape Measure
- Clear tape
- For the leggings:
- Fabric Shops Online: Girl Charlee, The Fabric Fairy, Hart Fabric and Fabric.com all have great choices for prints and solids. Robert Kaufman Laguna is a tried and true fabric for leggings. You can use a bamboo, rayon or any other knit you just need to make sure the fabric has 4 way stretch i.e. stretches horizontally and vertically/has some lycra or spandex .
- 1 1/4 yds* of cotton/lycra jersey for fit sample (most likely will become a "wearable muslin")
- 1 1/4 yds* of cotton/lycra jersey for finished leggings
- Thread to match
- 1 yard 1/2" elastic (or enough to go around your waist)
- Sewing Machine: **Craftwork has machines available please call to reserve one for you!**
- Basic sewing kit: Scissors (for cutting fabric), pins + pincushion, seam ripper, chalk
- *note: most stretch jersey is 58/60" wide, and will be wide enough to cut both legs out of one length. If your thigh circumference is more than 30" you'll need twice the length (2 1/2 yards).