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lizthecraftybitch
« on: September 25, 2009 02:28:00 PM »

So I went to American Apparel to look for shiny silvery things for my halloween costume (don't worry, i am sewing most of it myself, but that is another post for another day), and saw some leggings with zippers running up the legs. Of course their leggings cost $52 (US), which is a whole heap of crap. I ended up not buying anything at the store cuz I can make all of it myself.

And for some reason I really wanted some zippery leggings. I know that they are weird, but the little punk i have hiding deep within me was like "Metal! Zippery goodness! Badass! I must have them!" So I bought some thrift store Leggings and some zippers, and in about half an hour i had them! yay!




and of course they can be unzipped, for fun.


and here is the original inspiration:


The zippers on mine don't go all the way to the waist, but that's fine as i don't intend to wear them as pants. The will be worn under sexy or edgy dresses and skirts.

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!
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notanotherxerox
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2009 02:33:46 PM »

Those look awesome! Great job. As soon as I saw these I instantly thought the same thing as you,  haha:)
How did you get the zipper to go on so smoothly? Every zipper I sew becomes really wavy.

-Tabitha
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2009 02:37:31 PM »


How did you get the zipper to go on so smoothly? Every zipper I sew becomes really wavy.


well, i first sewed them by stretching the fabric to as stretched out as it would be on me, and the zippers were all wavy. So then i sewed them again leaving the fabric unstretched, and i set the presser foot pressure to 1 on my machine, so the fabric didn't get all stretched as i sewed. they aren't perfect by any means, there is a little wavyness at the knees, but it ain't no thang.
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aris_raver
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2009 03:44:11 PM »

Awesome Wink
I know i've been planning to get some leggings and mod them to no end. I cant believe the prices on leggings with zippers, even the ones just at the ankle.
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2009 03:59:59 PM »

I was just in American Apparel today, completely appalled at their prices for items that were basically pieces of fabric, so I am 100% admiring this project and I am super tempted to try it myself. You did a great job - I know that if I did this, my zippers would be hideous.
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2009 04:18:04 PM »

Great job on the leggings, love them; but those shoes are DA FREAKING BOMB!!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2009 04:42:29 PM »

I love these! But I seriously love your shoes. Where did you get them?

OH and I love your tattoo!
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2009 06:07:44 PM »

Those are hxc stellar.
Awesome job.
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2009 06:29:14 PM »

I love these! But I seriously love your shoes. Where did you get them?

OH and I love your tattoo!

Thanks! i got the shoes at buffalo exchange, which is a used clothing store. but the brand is breckelle's, and maybe you could find them  online?

and the tattoo is a prickly pear cactus. i knit some gloves in exchange for the tat. crafting is magical currency.
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2009 06:53:22 PM »

oh my oh my do i love those shoes! and most definately especially with those leggings!


so excited over the shoes i can't even type a sentence that sounds right. lol
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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2009 07:13:09 AM »

I love them! they are awesome
I love zippers right now.. but we are in a love/hate relationship Sad
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2009 07:16:45 AM »

I was just in American Apparel today, completely appalled at their prices for items that were basically pieces of fabric, so I am 100% admiring this project and I am super tempted to try it myself. You did a great job - I know that if I did this, my zippers would be hideous.

While I agree American Apparel is expensive, you have to remember this is a product that is made completely in the US by workers that are paid a fair working wage.  When big chain stores can offers things so cheap, you really have to think about "why". That's really where the price comes in.  But of course, Kudos for finding them at the thrift store!  always the best option! (Sorry for being preachy.  Just had to throw in my 2 cents, for what it's worth).

Oh, by the way...awesome job!!
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PrincessProcrastination
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2009 11:28:03 AM »

They turned out great! It's outrageous to pay so much for a pair of leggings from a store, and yours look just as good if not better.
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« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2009 12:21:50 AM »

those look AWESOME. I live in Japan and AA is almost TWICE as expensive as in the US, (as if it wasn't already overpriced!), so I always leave the store heartbroken too.  I might have to try this myself! Actually I have a leggings pattern in one of my books, maybe I'll even give it a shot from scratch if I'm feeling gutsy, lol.
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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2009 12:51:07 PM »

Those look amazing! I love them.
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« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2009 07:13:24 AM »

Yours look a million times better than the AA ones do! I work there so I've seen them on many people and like yours a whole lot better Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2009 07:43:35 AM »

*covets* You've inspired me. I now want to do something with zippers. I may add them to a pair of jeans. Or a dress. Something. Awesome job by the way. They look very professional and unique! I love them!
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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2009 11:55:07 AM »

OMG!  OMG!  That is the most badass, metal thing that I have seen all day.
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« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2009 06:58:22 AM »

i really love these.  what a great idea!
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Kizzie421
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2009 08:40:34 AM »

i must try this! my FH saw me looking at this and i told him i wanted to make a pair, he actually offered to take me to the store to buy the stuff!!!

kudos to you!
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