Are we ready for Thrifty Thursday?
In my house, nothing is more basic than leggings. My girls have lived in leggings most of their lives and, when I started sewing, leggings were one of my first clothing projects. Now I have more experience, leggings are still a quick and easy project. Every year, I fill with my daughters' drawers with a rainbow of colors.
Years ago, Love Notions released the Leggin’s, a free pattern that has a size range from 2T up to 14. I'm all about free patterns so I tried it out and it's been our go-to pattern ever since. I started making Leggin’s' when my youngest wore a size 6 and now she's fitting into 12 width and 14 length. It's been that long.
The pattern includes two waistband options, a yoga waistband or an elastic version. When my youngest was little, we always had to make the elastic version since leggings constantly slid down her hips. Nowadays, she prefers the yoga option for comfort and ease. However, the technique to attach the elastic waistband is my favorite for a nice and clean finish and it's worth picking up the pattern just to learn that.
Leggin’s only have one length, an ankle length pant, but the pattern is easily shortened to capris or shorts as your needs require. I "hacked" mine into some great basic shorts for my daughter to wear under dresses (and, coincidentally, used some lilac double brushed polyester or DBP there too).
Lately, my youngest has decided her favorite color is purple, but not just any purple, *lilac* so the lilac DBP from Amelia Lane Designs is just what we needed. It coordinates beautifully with the rose rib knit also available in the shop. In fact, this fabric has such great stretch these leggings turned out a little longer than required. But in true mom fashion, I'm not going to shorten them. I know her legs will get longer and it just means this pair of pants will last a little longer.
(And yes, that is a photobombing chicken...)