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This super fast and simple pattern can be made in
about 15 minutes with very little fabric. This is a great
pattern for beginners and will be used often to
complete your outfits!

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Fabric Requirements (in yards)
Size

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Sizes

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2

3

4

5

5/8

2/3

3/4

7/8

1

6

7

8

10

12

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1 1/8

1 1/4

1 1/4

1 3/8

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*Fabric requirements based on 60” wide fabric.

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Suggested fabrics: Designed for stretch knits
only with 25% stretch across the grain such as
jersey, interlock, matte jersey, double knit.
Notions: Universal or Ball-point needle,
Polyester thread, 1 package 1/4” elastic.

Quick Measure

OPTIONAL: Wooly Nylon or Maxilock Stretch
Thread

Leggings
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Sizes 1-12
Designed by Laura Johnson © February 2013

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unless otherwise marked are ¼”. the shaded areas are the wrong side of the garment. there are two ways to achieve a professional seam inside your garment with this pattern: 1. Use an overlock stitch or a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine when stitching the seam. Waist 17” 18” 19” 20” 21” Size 6 Size 7 Size 8 Size 10 Size 12 Stretch Ratio – Stretch ratio is the maximum percentage a fabric will stretch. GLOSSARY Finishing seam edges – Knits do not fray or ravel so a finished seam is not necessary. (See last pattern page). Inseam 20” 22” 24” 26” 28” Waist 22” 23” 24” 25” 26” Stretch Memory – The amount a knit will return to its original shape after being fully stretched. Use a serger when stitching the seams. © February 2013 Laura Johnson 2 Ellie Inspired . FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS Size Size 1 Size 2 Size 3 Size 4 Size 5 Inseam 10” 12” 14” 16” 18” Shaded areas in diagram – In all of the diagrams in this pattern. IMPORTANT: All seams. However. by Laura Johnson Please read through all directions before beginning. Most knits range from 18-100%.CUTTING OUT THE PATTERN Leggings • Cut out TWO pants pieces on the fold. 2.

Sweater Knits . 3. Example: T-shirt fabric. crew neck collars. Moderate Knits . Super-Stretch Knits . © February 2013 Laura Johnson 3 Ellie Inspired . Example: velour. Stable Knits – Knits with 18-25% stretch ratio. If interfacing must be used. Stretch wovens are created by weaving lycra within bolt on the sewing machine. double-knits.Knits with 51-75% stretch ratio. which gives the fabric more room to stretch. Rib knits out of shape. It will not bubble or pucker like Pellon or woven fusing. stretch terry. It is a great choice to cut down on skipped and broken stitches. jerseys. and relax 1.Knits with up to 100% stretch ratio. then the other (zag). 6. Machine Stitches: 1x1 Ribs stretch more than 2x2 or 3x3 ribs. cotton spandex. Interfacing: Interfacing should be used very sparingly with knits because it will prevent the knit from stretching. Example: stitching and elastic.Knits with 76-100% stretch ratio. seam binding. 2. However. interlocks. use tricot interfacing which has a cross-wise stretch. 2. nylon spandex. make the hems lie flat. or a piece of woven selvage can be used to reinforce jumbo spandex. Stabilizers such as twill tape. are created by alternating vertical stripes of stockinette stitch with vertical stripes of reverse stockinette stitch. Example: sweaters and sweater dresses.Knits with 18-50% stretch ratio. waistband ribbing. Stretchy Knits . Stretch Stitch – The stretch stitch looks like a lightning ribbing. fabric. Rib Knits . Zig-Zag Stitch: A stitch that goes one way (zig).Pressing Knits: It is not necessary to press knits while TIPS FOR SEWING WITH KNITS constructing the garment since they do not take a sharp crease. shoulder seams and prevent the garment from stretching 5. 7. Stretch Wovens . the garment can be blocked when Types of Knits: finished to shape it. polar fleece and sweat fabrics. 4. some T-shirt fabrics. Example: spandex. Example: cuff 1.Knits with less than 18% stretch ratio.Knits with 26-50% stretch ratio.

Walking Foot . Bindings. 3.A twin needle will sew two parallel lines of stitches on the top of a piece of fabric. Use polyester thread in the needle to create stable seams. and a single zig-zag stitch underneath. It is a stretchy trim with a knitted-in foldline. or picot-edged. which is a great benefit when sewing knit fabrics. Ballpoint needles have rounded tips and neckline. through under the needle evenly. It also offers great coverage when stitching rolled hems. Ball-point needles – Sharp needles pierce the fabric and 3.3. Fold-Over Elastic: This can be used to bind edges. © February 2013 Laura Johnson 4 Ellie Inspired .A walking foot is optional but it will help zig-zag stitch which works better with tightly knitted greatly in diminishing puckering in the seams.Polyester thread has more elasticity and can stretch a little with the fabric. and Ribbed Finishes: 1. Use this thread in the upper looper of the serger and in the bobbin of the sewing machine. are designed to glide through the loops instead so that the fabric is not harmed. comes in different widths. matte. shiny. making the seam decorative and stretchy Fold-Over Elastic. Ribbed Finishes: When cutting rib knit for cuffs or cut the fibers. It stretches. Polyester thread . It helps to fabrics to prevent skipped stitches and bunching under grip the top of fabric so that the top and bottom pass the needle. Notions: 2. 1. Twin-Needle Stitching . 4. stretch the fabric when cutting. Wooly Nylon or Maxilock Stretch thread – These threads create seams that recover after being stretched. 2. Three-Step Zig-Zag Stitch: A variation of the traditional 4. Self-Fabric Bindings: Use a knit with a high stretch ratio.

Stitch close to the measurements. Hem the bottom of each leg by turning it to the inside following chart as a guideline for average 1/2“ twice. enclosing the raw edges. use the 2. Cut a length of elastic the correct folded edge. sections only. length. Stitch the curved center back and center front 3. Place the two pants pattern pieces right sides together. If child is not available for measuring. Open out the pants and place them right sides together so that the center back and center front seams that were just stitched are now in the centers and match at the crotch. measure the waist of the child and subtract 1”. Stitch the front to the back along the inseam. Size Elastic Elastic © February 2013 Laura Johnson Size 1 Size 2 Size 3 Size 4 Size 5 17” 18” 19” 20” 21” Size 6 Size 7 Size 8 Size 10 Size 12 22” 23” 24” 25” 26” 5 Ellie Inspired . If possible. Finishing the Waist: 1.SEWING THE LEGGINGS Stitching the Front to the Back: 1.

Mark these four spots or place a pin in them.ellieinspired.ellieinspired. www. Stitch in place . please always give credit to Ellie Inspired as the designer (i. s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g again to fit and using a zig-zag stitch to finish the edges.com. If you sell garments made using this pattern. in consideration of the many hours spent on the design.2. “Leggings” pattern by Ellie Inspired.com 6 Ellie Inspired .ellieinspired. “Leggings” is a special thank-you gift for my amazing customers and is available for FREE! It is only available on my website: www. Please do NOT re-post this pattern in its entirety.com. Copyright © February 2013. No part of this pattern may be reproduced or copied without permission in writing from the author. Stitch with a ¼” seam. Place over the top of the WRONG side of the leggings. 5. I hope you enjoy this gift from me to you! Fair use of this pattern are subject to the following conditions: 4. © February 2013 Laura Johnson For questions on sewing patterns by Ellie Inspired. This seam will be the center back. A link may be provided back to my site. Join the elastic in a circle by overlapping ½” and stitch the ends together. close to the raw edge. For personal use only. Leggings 3. No mass production is permitted using this pattern. All rights reserved.e. Fold the elastic down on the inside of the leggings. matching up all the ¼ points. Special thanks to my wonderful pattern testers and wonderful customers.com). visit the discussion forums on our website: www. To see more patterns by Laura Johnson go to www.ellieinspired. By Laura Johnson. Find the center front and the ¼ marks around the elastic for the two sides. s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g the elastic to fit the top of the leggings.

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Use the black rectangles to match up the pieces of paper and check 1” square to make sure the pieces printed at 100% © February 2013 Laura Johnson 8 Ellie Inspired . (Page 13 is only for sizes 8-12).Instructions for cutting out pattern: The pattern pieces for the leggings are on pages 9-13 and should be taped together as seen below.

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