Spring has sprung in Ohio. Curly has done some growing and needs a wardrobe revamp. Creating new clothing makes for lots of fun for Curly and Mama. ;) I've been wanting to use ruffle fabric for some time. I found this tie-dye version online. It does have a bit of a see through issue. She'll wear these with a shirt to cover, so it works ok for us. This week's tutorial is a bit of a two for one. I'll show you how to create a leggings pattern from a pair of leggings. Then I'll show you how I used the leggings pattern to make this pair of ruffle capris.
Knit Fabric with lycra or spandex
A pair of leggings that fit
Elastic for the waist (I use 3/4")
Ballpoint sewing machine needle
Directions: (Some of the directions are specific for the ruffle fabric. If you're not using ruffle fabric ignore them.)
Trace around the perimeter of the leg. Leave seam allowance and an allowance for the casing. (My casing is 1 1/2") I did the full pant leg for future use.
Pin or weigh down your pattern.
I folded my fabric over two times to enable me to cut both legs at once and be sure my ruffles would line up on both legs. If you cut the legs separately make sure to lay your pattern so that each leg has the ruffles in the same spot. Otherwise your ruffles won't match up when you sew the legs together.
Use a 2 wide by 2 long zigzag stitch and a ball point needle when sewing with knit fabrics.
With right sides together, stitch each "J" (crotch) curve.
Please be sure to show us your knit capris...ruffle fabric or not. ;) You can email pictures to us at squigglytwigsdesigns at yahoo dot com.
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