Currently Listening To: “Within You” (Labyrinth) David Bowie
Rest in peace you brilliant man.
I was originally going to make a post about this when I made my first pair, but I never got around to it. This is pretty simple. ^u^
- Furry fabric. ~My first pair was made out of a blanket I found in the thrift store. These ones were made from actual furry fabric that was, again, found in the thrift store.
- Basic sewing supplies.
1). So first, measure around the thickest part of your calf. Mine was almost 14in, so I just used 14in, as the measurement. This is how big your need to make the top of the leg warmers. For the bottom measurement, it depends on how much you want it flared out. I wanted mine cut out along a pre-hemmed edge, so I was stuck with 21in as my bottom measurement. But this measurement is just personal preferance.
2). Start with the longest measurement (bottom one) and measure that out on your fabric first. Then find the middle of the measurement (mine was 21 so the middle is 10 1/2), draw a line from that point to however long you want them (mine are 18 I believe, so I did 20) and make a mark. Now find the middle of your top measurement (mine’s 14, so 7). Line the middle measurement number with the line you drew and draw your calf measurement. I found this was the easieest way to make sure the leg warmers were evenly flared. I hope this made sense, I don’t know how to explain this.
3). Next, line some straight edge up along the end of the top and bottom lines to make a connecting diagonal line. I used my sewing measuring tape and pinned it down so it wouldn’t move while I was tracing. Do this to both sides. Cut it out.
(The pins are there because I was cutting both out at the same time to make sure they were equal.)
4). Now to make a channel for the elastic. Fold the top edge over so that the channel is big enough for the elastic to fit in. Sew this.
I knew my machine was going to be a little bitch about sewing this (I sewed my first pair by hand) so I didn’t put the foot piece down. I had to steadily sew it without the help of the foot, so obviously my stitching isn’t the straightest. But everything went much smoother that way.
5). Fold the whole thing in half so all the edges match up and then sew along this. Avoid sewing where the elastic channel is ~ because then you obviously can’t put your elastic in xD
6). Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the channel. Be careful not to lose the other end into the channel! Hehe I almost did. ^.^”
7). Sew up (I hand sewed this part) the elastic and the open end of the channel. And you are done!
Wheee! Had to take last minute photos of my pink ones. Since I never did the post the first time, I deleted the photos. Whoops.
I thought these black ones would be itchy on the legs, but they’re not. So I didn’t need the lining. but it probably would have helped with getting them on and off of tights. The friction makes it a slow and careful process. Heh, oh well. :3 I like how they turned out and the mass amounts of black fluff everywhere does not bug me as much as the pink did. I still have tuffs of pink fluff in my carpet and clothes. >.< At least black is a color that won’t be noticable, haha.
Anyway, I cannot wait until it is warmer out and there is no snow on the ground (snow is everywhere, I’m stuck inside ><) so that I can run around in my cyber gear. I have bought a pair of black ones from the Halloween section this year, but they are pretty bad. They shed everywhere and they’re not very well put together, but they were good enough to hold me over for a while. I’ll probably still wear them once in a while, but these new black ones will be my first choice. :3
Hope you guys enjoyed! I have quite a bit of black and pink fabric left, I’m not sure what to do with them, so if anyone has any ideas please let me know! I need some projects to keep me occupied since the snow has me held hostage in my bedroom. (I could go outside, but I don’t have the proper shoes or clothing, plus I hate the cold xD). Haha, bye guys!