Hi there!! Glad to hear you are feeling better now!! Well, I just wanted to ask you if there was any chance of you teaching us to do our own leggings like the ones you are wearing with that gorgeous blue coat! VIVA DYI!!!! Kisses. Alicia.

Hi Alicia!
Leggings are actually more difficult to make than one might think…there’s a tutorial here on Threadbanger that teaches you how to make a pair of yoga pants that you can use as reference:

http://www.threadbanger.com/tb-projects/episode/THR_20100312/how-to-make-yoga-pants-threadbanger-projects

However, what I would add to this is first of all try to find a fabric with a similar amount of stretch and sheen as the leggings you are copying. Different fabrics have different amounts of stretch, which can make or break the fit in something as tight as leggings. Secondly, though the Threadbanger tutorial says to draw a scooped front – actually *trace* the front of the leggings you are copying; don’t draw it freehand. Add about 1 3/8″ above the scooped front and back of the leggings to accommodate a 1/2″ waist elastic; after tracing and cutting out, sew the side seams together and fold the waistband under in order to create a casing (in which you will thread your elastic through). Thirdly, you need to make a front AND a back for your leggings – do not just trace the front as in the tutorial. (The width of the front and the back of your body is NOT equal – your front, side seam to side seam is actually about 1/2″ to 1″ wider than your back.) If your leggings pattern does not reflect this, the side seams can be too far front, resulting in a bad fit. You don’t have to trace onto a piece of paper if you don’t want to; you can just pin your leggings on top of a folded piece of fabric, and trace the shape directly on the fabric.

The leggings I was wearing were a first sample where I was working on the pattern; I found that the fabric was too different from my original pair..it had more stretch, which is why the leggings are baggy around my knees. Usually something tight fitting like leggings will be cut at least 1/2″ smaller in circumference than your legs so that the fabric hugs you.

Edit 4/4: Reader Carolyn noted in the Comments that BurdaStyle also offers a $2 leggings pattern for those who don’t have their own leggings to copy.  Thanks Carolyn!

I hope this helps and you’ll be able to make a pair of your own! Let me know if you have trouble!:-)
xoxox
Carly

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I have a theory that Socks are FABULOUS…SockTheory.com

SockTheory.com, a brand-new (as of January 2010!) online store devoted to legwear in all its fabulosity, has me drooling.

No, seriously.  Drooling over…socks?

Well, it’s not just socks.  They are purveyors of not only the trendy, but also the tasteful, elegant, everyday needs, and the hard-to-find items of legwear even the most die-hard connoisseursmight have a hard time sourcing elsewhere.

Pantyhose with toes?

Yup.  They sell ’em.

Lace-up slipper socks?

Sure.  (Getting that Chanel S/S 2010 look for $7 sounds like heaven to me!)

Printed stirrup-socks?

Yes, sireee.

And they also stock armwarmers too (a personal fave).

A-a-a-and everything on the site is $25 or less, with many items of legwear under $10!  (Oh, and they deliver internationally – woohoo!)

Owner Morgan developed the concept of legwear as the centerpiece of an outfit, instead of just an accessory.  She writes “I’ve been sock- and tights- obsessed for my whole life, so branching into this is a dream I’ve always had. When you are a lifelong New Yorker and walking Seventh Avenue every day, it’s impossible not to be fashion-minded. City-style fashion is something that inspires me.”

“Selecting only products that are unique and interesting is important. I’m not interested in carrying only your standard “top seller basics.” Sock Theory is about branching out and expanding your legware horizons =). I own, wear, and model everything you see on the site.”

SockTheory: Sexy Socks and Legwear for Any Theoretical Outfit!

Well, Morgan’s got a great eye for variety, and a gorgeous pair of gams to say the least!

And, exclusively for Chic Steals readers: enter code CHICSTEALS in the coupon code box during checkout to receive 10% off of purchases of $25 or more!

So what are you waiting for?  Check out SockTheory.com now, browse through the many images of covetable legwear, get some great styling ideas, and clickety-click your way to 10% off, just in time for Easter.;-)

xoxoxo
Carly

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