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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 knits....you'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!
lots of helpful tips and many versions to choose from. very cute!!
easy to follow and fitting was a breeze
Love these MJ look alikes. Can't wait to make them for my daughter. These shorts are fabulous.
Easy to make and fit was great!
very clear and easy to follow directions!
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.
*Sewing machine capable of doing a zigzag stitch
*1 yard of 1/2" knit elastic
*Strips of all-bias fusible knit stabilizer
*Other regular sewing supplies like scissors, iron, etc.
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