Archive for July, 2010

American Craftsmanship…

Posted: July 30, 2010 in Ya Blew It

…doesn’t exist.


Oh wait, it's dripping.



PART 3 of 4: Fabric slection, materials needed, cutting out the fabric using your pattern.

So this is what you should have: A coverstitch machine and a serger (if you don’t have any of these fine machines then your sewing machine will work), 24 inches of black elastic about an inch wide or so, and 42″ by 42″ of 4 way stretch spandex fabric. In my example I used fishnet lace stuff. It’s ugly but I have a million pairs of leggings already. Check these ones out here if you’d be much obliged, as they say in the Old West. Not showin’ off or nothin. But, you know, I made them. No biggie.

Pick a nice 4 way stretch fabric (preferrably spandex). Sometimes people call 4 way stretch fabric 2 way stretch. Just as long as you can pull your fabric East and West, and then North and South with similiar stretch, then cool. If you’re kinda fat, pick black. Makes everyone look sexy, or in the very least, “kinda sexy”. (If you’re offended that I said “fat”, don’t be. Some girls look good being larger, that is, if it’s distributed throughout your body nicely. If you’re just a big blob of a mess with no style, hit the gym. You’ll feel better.)
I’m just going to throw the whole slideshow in right now and fix this tutorial tomorrow because I’m tired as hell, and I need to work on my DJs BodyCon Dress.

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Here are some diagrams of the construction. Should be easy but if not let me know.

What your fabric should look like after cutting

Fold your pieces right side together.

Turn your sewn pieces right side out.

PART 4 of 4: Waist band and then completed leggings.

PART 2: Blending line, making crotch curves, cutting out.

Get your shit together. If you happen to have some french curves or hip curves grab them and use them. Lay your paper with the plots on the ground or table or whatever and we’re going to create the ass and crotch curves as well blend the legs and cut the pattern out. *NOTE* A 3/8 inch seam allowance is already incorporated so don’t worry about it.

I’m gonna go really sloppy here but you should be able to get it.

To finish the ass and crotch curves, grab a french ruler like mine as seen in the slideshow.

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To the right of your grainline is the crotch curve and to the left of the grainline is the ass curve. Since leggins are very stretchy and forgiving you don’t have to have these curve lines exactly like mine, even though it helps. Mark the crotch side and butt side accordingly so that when we sew this together you won’t get confused.

In the slideshow, I show how I made these curves. Just copy what I did.

Then down the legs, where the dots are connected, you want to blend this to make a smooth line all the way down instead of a choppy jagged line.

Cut out after creating the top line from plots A, B, and C. Just connect these top dots and blend.

Where we left off.

Take your french curve and make a crotch and ass.

Blend the lines of the legs to make smooth curved lines.


Cut it out.

PART 3 of 4: Fabric slection, materials needes, cutting out the fabric using your pattern. Coming tomorrow.

APC Denim Chainstitched with Union Special Chainstitcher