So this was all that came out of my studio last week.  One pair of little girl bike shorts.  A test pair, at that.  I traced a pair of little girl’s leggings and I wanted to make sure that I got the pattern right before I started using my “good” fabric.  Good, meaning old t-shirts that don’t have stains on them.  As opposed to the knit that I used for this project – an old t-shirt WITH stains all over the front.   I’m  classy like that.

I have plans this week to shorten some thrift store capris into awesome shorts for me.  And of course to use that bike shorts pattern to make up a bunch of shorts for little girl to wear under her playdresses this summer. 

Would there be any interest in a tutorial for how I traced the leggings/bike shorts?  It’s a little different than most of the methods I’ve seen.  Most tutorials have you fold the pants in half and trace around, giving the same shape to the front and back crotch.  But if you look closely, you’ll see that the back crotch is longer than the front.  If you just fold them in half, part of the back crotch wraps around to the front.  My anal-retentive self wanted to figure out how to replicate those shapes without cutting the pants.  Anyway, if it’s something you’d like to see, I’d be happy to share it.

By Anne Weaver


9 Comments so far

  1. Marisa on May 31, 2011 2:30 pm

    I would love a tutorial!!

  2. Kelly on May 31, 2011 2:41 pm

    I would love to see a tutorial too. I have had the same thoughts about the crotch needing to be different. Thanks for sharing

  3. Rae Ann on May 31, 2011 2:42 pm

    Yes, please! That has been bugging me about all of the tutorials I have seen.

  4. Tammy on May 31, 2011 4:50 pm

    the timing of this is amazing! I would love a tutorial!! thank yoU!

  5. Sonja on May 31, 2011 11:35 pm

    Would love to see a tutorial as well. I’m classy like you too :)

  6. Sandie on June 1, 2011 4:12 am

    I’d love to see a tutorial on this PLEEEEEZE! It couldn’t come at a better time ready for those long, hot days of summer (whenever they arrive)!

  7. christine on June 1, 2011 7:22 am

    share! i just took 8 pairs of my daughters leggings and cut them off for under play dresses. i would love to make some new ones.

  8. Erin on June 1, 2011 1:19 pm

    I have a pair of my own leggings that I’ve been wanting to use as a pattern…thanks for helping to make me brave (by showing others do it, too).

  9. Carla on July 14, 2011 4:25 am

    What a great idea, reusing old t-shirts! We’ve got plenty of those around our house. Thanks for the tutorial.

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