Tuesday, November 8, 2011

No Pattern Knit Pants

My girls only wear knit leggings and I have been meaning to make them some for a long time.  I figured it couldn’t be that hard and now that I have sewn with knits I few times I wanted to give it a go.  For my more detailed post about sewing with knits, please go HERE.

There are several patterns out there for sewing leggings but I decided to try the FREE tutorial on From an Igloo.  I really love this blog and am so sad that Christine isn’t blogging anymore but there are so many wonderful tutorials on there that you should really go check it out!

Anyway, back to the pants.  Christine gives terrific instructions for making your own pattern using a pair of leggings that fit your child.  I have always been a little scared to try this method but knits are so forgiving because they stretch.

Well it worked out great!  You do need to remember to add 1/4” to 1/2” on all sides for seam allowance.  I added a bit more as the pants I used for my pattern were getting to be a bit snug on my girls.

Well they love their groovy knit pants! 

I really like that they have a fold down yoga style top to them rather than an elastic waistband.  Super comfy!

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I used the same fabric as in the tutorial for two reasons. 
A.) I really liked it!  Smile
B.) I wanted to make sure that the fabric that I chose had the right amount of lycra in it. 
This fabric was found on Chez Ami.  Occasionally , I will by knit fabric at Joann’s or the discount fabric warehouse near my home.  However, the fabric at Chez Ami is far superior and worth the investment in my opinion.
I hope that you give these a try.  They were super easy!

Happy  Sewing!


  1. They turned out really cute. I've made lots of knit pants for my girls, but always with elastic. I should try making some yoga style.


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