I realize that it's a bit late in the game for people to be starting new sewing projects, but here's one that's SUPER quick. You can whip up a pair of leggings in a couple of hours!
I am not normally a leggings-wearer at all, but having a cast on your leg, well, changes things. Using this tutorial, I made myself a pair of sparkly gold leggings and a pair of black lace ones, both using material I had on hand. I'm super proud of them! Because I'm not super proud of my figure, I'll probably mostly wear them under skirts/dresses for added warmth/modesty. Who knows what a couple of drinks will do, though?
But... yeah! Two pairs of perfectly-fitted, comfy, go-with-my-costume leggings for zero dollars and a couple of hours' work!
So, for anyone else who's thinking they need some playa leggings or that they'd love a quick sewing project to do while they procrastinate from their other preparations... here's the tutorial: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/09/su ... ieces.htmlNotes
1. The tutorial doesn't really specify this in words (although the pictures show this), but when you lay the pattern on the fabric to cut it, you need to have the part with the crotch-allowance (the curvy-slopey bit) away from the fold. And if the other side of the pattern has a bit of a curve, just ignore it and leave the fold intact
. This is probably obvious, but I can imagine myself forgetting this in a moment of excitement/distraction.
2. You need to use a pair of leggings or stretchy pants (NOT footless tights) that fit you in order to make the pattern (you don't have to wreck them, though). Obviously, you want to use ones with approximately the same amount of stretch as the fabric you're using to make the new ones. Use less-stretchy fabric for the new ones, and they won't go on; use more-stretchy fabric, and they'll likely be baggy or saggy.
3. Don't worry if the leggings you use as a pattern are more complex. I used a pair of technical running pants that had like 400 seams, but just tracing their basic shape worked out fine.
4. I figure if you use a loose, non-stretchy pair of pull-up pants (e.g. pyjama pants), then you can also use a non-stretchy fabric. This hypothesis has yet to be tested, but the principle is sound. The trick is that the pants you use have to be pull-on, elasticized-waist or drawstring-waist pants (no fly) and the two fabrics have to be similar in stretchiness.
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