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Topic: How to make tights out of non-stretchy fabric?  (Read 773 times)
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« on: November 22, 2008 01:24:40 PM »

Coming out of my lurker shadow to ask a question!

I know there's a wonderful tutorial of how to make leggings on here, but it's made out of a stretchy fabric.  I bought 5 yards of (I think it's cotton?  Maybe?) diamond print fabric for $1, and it would make great tights.  But, it's not stretchy.  Should I get a pair of tights that fit and just trace the pattern or something?

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2008 07:13:07 AM »

Without any stretch in the fabric you will never get a tight fit to your legs and they will not be very comfortable, think too tight pants.  if you cut them on the bias (45 degree angle) you will get some stretch but that may throw off the cool pattern. your best bet would be to make some skinny pants as opposed to tights.  As for a pattern, you would be better off tracing your legs onto paper then copying existing tights especially if they are stretch they wouldn't be the right size. I hope this helps.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2009 03:32:56 PM »

...Might I ask where that stretchy legging pattern is?HuhHuh?

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2009 04:54:17 PM »

You'll want to make them more like skinny jeans than tights, but even most skinny jeans have some elastic in them. If you have a pair of skinny jeans, try tracing them, adding seam allowances and if they are stretch jeans, a little bit of ease (extra fabric) that takes the place of the elastic. If you only own flare jeans, copy down to the knee, measure around your heel/widest part of your foot, divide by 2, and this is the measurement that it will be at the bottom. Make sure you have the length right, then connect the knees to either side of the line you drew at the bottom.

For the waistband, you probably aren't interested in sewing in a zipper, so don't taper it in at the top, the top should be the same width as the hips, then make a casing and thread through some elastic.
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