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Sewing up your leggings (after making your pattern)

This is part two of DIY leggings - for how to make your pattern, see previous post . Leggings: •       Suitable fabric (stretchy knit), the length that you would like your leggings plus a little for hemming, prewashed and dried. Aim for fabric with a similar amount of stretch to the leggings you're using for your pattern.   (The Drapery recommends our soy/organic cotton/spandex knit , 100% New Zealand Merino jersey or rib, Australian made cotton/spandex knit or even the gorgeous Lillestoff organic cotton/spandex stripes ) •       Elastic, your preference but soft and fairly wide is recommended (1/2 inch used here) •       Dressmaker's shears or rotary cutter •       Poly/all purpose thread and stretch needle for regular sewing machine •       Overlocker if you have one (optional but great) For some great tips on sewing with knit fabrics, we can recommend information on a couple of blogs: Made by Rae MADE - Dana Willard Lay your pattern

Make a leggings pattern by tracing a pair you own

If you have a pair of leggings that fits really well, you can trace the shape and make yourself more. It's just a single pattern piece! Here's how to make the pattern. It's really rather simple so don't be put off by the length of this post... we're just trying to make it super-duper clear. Supplies Leggings that fit you well A large piece of paper (or several taped together) Pencil & scissors First, make sure your leggings are freshly washed so they are, as much as possible, in their original non-stretched shape. Lay them out on your paper, front side up, with the outside of the leg in about the middle of the paper. Make sure there's extra paper at the top and bottom too, for adding waistband and hem allowances. You'll be working with one leg/side only so you'll need to be tucking the other side away a bit. Line up the inside leg seam so it's right on the fold, all the way from ankle to... ahem... crotch. (There's really no nic

The Who and the Why of The Drapery

Hi there! We're Fiona and Jane, proprietors of The Drapery, a bricks-and-mortar fabric and haberdashery shop in Adelaide, South Australia, opened in April 2013. 308A Glen Osmond Rd, Fullarton SA 5063 We met when our children went to the same local school and kindy. We also connected through the world of blogging. Fiona was one of Australia's crafty blogging pioneers with Hop Skip Jump , and her book of toy making by the same name was published by Penguin in 2011. Jane was a relative blogging newcomer with Lempo Bee , which she started in order to share her sewing (mainly clothing) with the online community. We soon discovered a shared passion for sewing and using natural and sustainable materials to create things of lasting quality. A casual conversation about our 'dream fabric store' turned into a plan, and after many, many cups of tea and months of research and investment, The Drapery was born. After all, no-one else in Adelaide seemed to be about to open that

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