We saw these cute ruffled lace legwarmers online recently. Actually we've seen ruffle lace skirts, rompers, leggings, and dresses, too. Since Allison is in dance and loves frilly things, she wanted a pair of these legwarmers. It has take quite a bit of research, trial, and error to figure out how to get ruffles and stretch at the same time without using stretch lace. I wanted to use materials that were readily available and inexpensive. Stretch lace isn't inexpensive or easy to find for most.
So here is what we learned.
Knit fabric for the lining For Allison we used a 16 x 12 rectangle for each leg.
1 1/2" wide Lace- 8 yards of flat lace Where we live, gathered lace is less expensive (per flatened yard) than is flat lace. So we bought 5 yards of ruffled lace and unruffled it.
About 18" of 3/8" elastic
1. Measure this part of the foot to determine the width of fabric you need for your leg warmer. Add 2" to this measurement.
2. Measure the top part of a knee high. Add 2" for fluff and the top casing. Mark the knit rectangle with top and bottom.
Sorry I didn't get a casing picture. I was too excited to see them finished.6. With the legwarmer inside out, fold the top knit edge down to form a casing. Stitch around the bottom edge of the casing, leaving a 1" open space to insert the elastic.
Cut a piece of 3/8" of elastic that is 1" smaller than the circumference of the leg.
Thread the elastic through the casing. I put a safety pin on the treading end to help with this.
Stitch together the elastic ends, and pop the elastic into the casing.
Stitch up the casing opening.
Enjoy your Ruffley Lace Legwarmers. This ruffle lace application can be done with any type of garment where you'd like to have rows of ruffley lace.