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Comfy-Fit Shorts & Leggings Sizes 12m-12

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Author Birdsong Patterns
Price $8.50
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by Sipe, Kelli
on January 4th, 2016

“Super easy to follow!~ Fit is nice and a very quick sew.

You will receive 2 PDFs with this listing to sew up a pair of ruffle or plain shorties, full-length leggings or 3/4-length capris in sizes 12 months to 12 years. These leggings are designed to be worn under skirts, dresses or long t-shirts because of its slim fit. If you desire a roomier legging or want to sew the different ruffle options, you'll want to go up a size for the extra ease.

There's no need for a serger! You may use your regular sewing machine, as long as it's capable of doing a zigzag.

New to sewing with knits? I've designed this pattern for you, and included 12 pages of fully-illustrated tutorials on how to sew with'll learn the basics from choosing fabrics all they way to tips on sewing with pre-ruffled fabric, as well as a professional method of adding elastic to the waistband so it won't twist. There's also a "Resources" section so you can find great knit fabrics and other notions.

The pattern pieces in both PDFs are computer-drafted and designed to print properly on either A4 or U.S. Letter-sized paper. Both U.S./Imperial measurements and metric equivalents are used throughout.

Birdsong™ is dedicated to creating accurate patterns, tutorials, and e-books. This pattern was thoroughly tested by several home sewists. You'll enjoy this if you're new to knits or an experienced sewist!


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Fabric: 58"-60"- (1.5m) wide jersey knit, with about 50% stretch (I demonstrate how to measure stretch percentage in the tutorial section). Knits that contain at least 5% spandex are best for leggings, to prevent bagginess and stretching at the knees.

Please see the measurement charts included in the photo section to determine the size to sew and the amount of fabric to use.

Other Supplies:
*Sewing machine capable of doing a zigzag stitch
*1 yard of 1/2" knit elastic
*Strips of all-bias fusible knit stabilizer
*Polyester thread
*Stretch needle
*Ballpoint pins
*Other regular sewing supplies like scissors, iron, etc.

by Sipe, Kelli
on January 4th, 2016

Super easy to follow!~ Fit is nice and a very quick sew.

by Cook, Jackie
on August 24th, 2014

These make up so cute!

by Annee
on February 18th, 2014

Directions are easy to follow. However, I am experienced with knits and sizing up two sizes fits snug on my daughter. Patterns were printed properly and care was taken during construction. Disappointed in fit.

by L. Tabor
on September 7th, 2013

lots of helpful tips and many versions to choose from. very cute!!

by Anthony, Susan
on July 22nd, 2013

easy to follow and fitting was a breeze

by Traylor, Kim
on July 19th, 2013

Love these MJ look alikes. Can't wait to make them for my daughter. These shorts are fabulous.

by Baum, Margaret
on July 18th, 2013

Easy to make and fit was great!

by Spoon, Susan
on June 22nd, 2013

very clear and easy to follow directions!