For All You Noobs: Make Your Own Simple Leggings (PART 1 of 4)

Posted: July 23, 2010 in Design Process, The Dying Art of Sewing, Tutorials

This is part 1 of 4 in the tutorial “Make Your Own Simple Leggings”. There are better ways to do this but I don’t feel like getting real techy here because I’ve got other shit to do. So when this is all completed you will have a simple sized medium (possibly a one size fits most) pair of leggings. Part 1 is going to show you how to draft the leggings onto paper. I will show you where to plot points on a large sheet and then in part 2 we will complete the pattern by blending the points and cut it out. Part 3 will be selecting the fabric to use and getting everything together to prepare to make your leggings. Part 4 will be actual construction, machine settings, and fitting.

PART 1:
Grab your materials. Paper scissors, tape, pencil, paper or large sheets of pattern paper, ruler, yardstick or measuring tape.

1) You’re going to need a large sized sheet to plot points. The sheet I used is 34″ wide and 42″ tall. I just taped a bunch of paper together to make mine and you can do the same. Or use pattern paper. Whatever.

2) Lay your sheet down. Directly in the middle draw a line from the very top all the way down to the bottom. This is the grainline. We will be plotting letters on this line. The line will be 42″ long; the size of the sheet.

3) 17 dots will be plotted down this line. What I did was have a measuring tape lying next to the line. The top of the paper is the start at 0 on the measuring tape and the last dot is at 42″ on the measuring tape and this point is right on the edge of the paper.

4) 1/4 inches down from 0 on the grainline, mark dot A.
1 5/8 inches down from 0 mark B.
2 1/8 inches down from 0 mark C.
10 1.5 inches down from 0 mark D.
11.5 inches mark E. (Continue all from 0)
19 5/8 inches mark I.
20 3/8 inches mark M.
23 3/8 mark N.
26 5/8 mark J.
27 3/8 mark O.
30 1/8 mark K.
31 1/4 mark P.
33 3/8 mark L.
35 3/8 mark Q.
38 1/4 mark R.
40 1/4 mark S.
42 inches at edge of paper mark F.

Vertical plotting is done, now for horizontal plotting.
5) To the left of plot A, mark a dot 6 1/4 inches to the left.
Plot B does not have any horizontal plotting.
To the right of Plot C, mark a dot 6 5/8 inches.
To the right of plot D, mark a dot 8 3/4 inches.
To the left of plot E, mark a dot 10 1/8 inches.
To the left of plot I, mark a dot 7 3/4 inches.
To the right of plot M, mark a dot 7 1/8 inches.
To the right of plot N, mark a dot 6 5/8 inches.
To the left of plot J, mark a dot 6 1/8 inches.
To the right of plot O, mark a dot 6 inches.
To the left of plot K, mark a dot 5 1/2 inches.
To the right of plot P, mark a dot 5 1/2 inches.
To the left of plot L, mark a dot 5 3/8 inches.
To the right of plot Q, mark a dot 5 inches.
To the right of plot R, mark a dot 4 3/4 inches.
To the right of plot S, mark a dot 4 1/2 inches.
On plot F, mark a dot 4 3/4 inches to the left and 4 1/2 inches to the right.

6) For all the dots to the left of the grainline, start at the dot from E and connect all the dots all the way down to the edge of the paper F (left side).

7) For all the dots to the right of the grainline, start at the dot D and connect all the dots all the way down to the edge of the paper F (right side).

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

Yours should look similiar to this but if it's not exact that's ok.

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