Friday, December 13, 2013

Lined Baby Leggings Tutorial

Hey, friends! I have been one busy lady with all the holiday preparations and celebrations, Christmas shopping, working on Etsy projects, and sewing Christmas presents. I have dubbed the past few weeks my own "finish-a-thon," since I have been trying to get as many projects wrapped up before I have to head back to school next month. One of the things I made for Zia a little while ago were some adorable chevron/Aztec print leggings.

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Stay tuned for some more pictures of the final product below...They are seriously adorable.
I have been making lots of leggings for Zia now that the cold weather means she needs more than just a onesie. ;) When I saw this perfect Fashionista Aztec-ish chevron print (click on the link to buy it on on sale at our local Cotton Shop, I knew I wanted to make a maxi skirt out of it. I bought enough to have a little extra for some Zia clothes, too.

When I got home and tried to decide what to make, though, I realized it was too thin for some of the projects I had in mind. Bummer, right? Instead of giving up (not quite my style), I decided I could line the fabric with another layer of jersey knit. So, read on for a tutorial on lined baby leggings!

You will need:
-About 1/2 yard of main fabric
-About 1/2 yard of fabric for lining (Try to make sure the two fabrics are of similar weight and stretch.)
-Another pair of leggings to use as a pattern
-1 inch elastic for waistband (I needed about 18 inches for this pair)
-All the usual sewing stuff--scissors, pins, thread, sewing machine, and a serger if you have one (if not, a zig zag or stretch stitch on your normal machine works just as well)

For the first step, fold your pattern pants in half and trace with the side seam on the fold. Use this picture as a guide to leave a 1/4 inch seam allowance along the seams. I added about 1 1/2 inches on top and only 1/2 inch on the bottom. It's a little different since we are lining them. It will make sense later. Cut one then refold the fabric and cut a second piece using the same measurements. Make sure to line up your chevrons, if you are using similar fabric. Sorry, I didn't think to take a picture of the first step!

Repeat this step with your lining fabric.

Photo credit to Make it-Love it. Find her full tutorial HERE. Use this tutorial if you just want regular leggings, not lined ones. :) I love her site.
Next, you will line up both pieces so you have one lining and one main fabric piece, both with right sides facing.

Sew along the bottom of the leg. Normally you would have to turn up the edge and hem, but using this method lets us skip that step! :) Make sure you use a stretchy stitch or serger so there is plenty of stretch.

Flip both legging pieces right side out and press the bottom seam flat.

Put the two pieces together, main fabrics facing in.

Pin along the bum and front of the pants. If using a patterned fabric, make sure you match up the main fabric to your liking.

Sew along the front and back of the pants (Don't sew the legs yet, though! Or you will end up with a skirt. :))

Line up the legs, still right sides facing in. Make sure your front and back seams match up. Pin if desired.

Sew/serge along the inside of the legs.(Sorry about the lopsided pictures, by the way. Working with a baby around sometimes means I am in a rush or trying to do things with only one hand. ;))

Also sew the top edge of the pants to keep the two fabrics together for our next step.

Almost done! Now we just need to make the waistband. Fold the top of the pants down 1 1/2 inches. Pin.

Sew around the waistband using a 1 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure you leave a couple inches of the waistband open so you can put the elastic in. (For this step, I always use a straight stitch and just stretch the fabric a little bit as I sew.)

I have sewn around the waistband here but left a few inches open in the back for the elastic.
Cut your elastic to about 1/2 inch smaller than your baby's waist. Stick a safety pin through one end of the elastic and thread it through the waistband. Overlap the two ends of your elastic by about 1/2-1 inch and sew together securely.

(Sorry, another blurry picture!)
Sew the hole shut using the same 1 1/4 inch seam allowance, and you're good to go! You can also add a tag if you want. :)

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Now put those cute pants on a baby and take some pictures!

I felt like Zia was trying to pose for me while I was trying to take pictures. She would wiggle around for a little bit but always returned to this pose and stared at me. She cracks me up.

Paired with some homemade faux-suede baby Uggs, these leggings make for one stylin' baby!
I hope you make these, too! They were fast, easy, and turned out even better than I expected. If you make some, post a picture in the comments! I would love to see your work! :)

Happy sewing!