Around 7 years I made my first pair of leggings using a commercial pattern. They were umm…..not a complete mess but very ill fitting. I didn’t know anything about knits and needles for knits and stitches for knit. I’m still very new to knits but I have learned so much within this last past about them. And I actually prefer to sew with knits over woven especially when it comes to shirts.
I put leggings on the back burner because my first attempt at sewing them wasn’t that great and they are so cheap in the store. The main reason I decided to take another go was, I was tired of my “ankle” length leggings not hitting at my ankles and the waistband digging into my stomach. I’ve heard rave reviews about Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs and since it’s a free pattern I was even more willing to give leggings another try.
I used a cotton polyester spandex rayon blend from Girl Charlee for $3.25 a yard.
It comes with sizes XXS-Plus 3X.
Lengths: Shorties, Bike, Capri, Ankle
Different types of waistband options
There is a couple of tutorials on the their website and adds on.
I lengthen mine by 1 inch at the capri line. I’m around 5’6. It’s states to add 1/2″ for every inch over 5’5. They are a little tight around the ankles, I’m not sure if it was the fabric or where I added the length.
They turned out almost perfect for me. They sure can use some more tweaking but I’m pretty happy with the fit as is.