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.