Stop spending money on patterns that don’t have everything you want.
Learn to draft your own so you can build your own custom library of leggings patterns and activewear at a fraction of the cost.
It’s easier than you think!
(Leotard Not Included 😜)
You Deserve More
Commercial and even independent sewing patterns assume your body is shaped like some “average” body. The reality is NO ONE is exactly Average. So, pattern companies decide what proportions to use, and how to resize the pattern they start with. Then they need to decide how many size options they will offer, and what the size gap will be between the sizes.
Then, they must choose what styles they will include in the pattern envelope. This usually translates to 2, maybe 3 length options, and maybe 2 different waist options.
Or, they toss in a basic legging like this with a hoodie, jacket, or tunic pattern, in which case they usually give you one leg-length option. And that’s it because the focus of the pattern is on the top.
To get a variety of styles, you need to buy a ton of patterns.
Save Money on Patterns
Get the styles you really want.
Customized for You
Measure yourself to get a custom-fit legging for your body. Learn what measurements are used where, and why. You’ll also learn how to adjust your pattern for your own comfort and fit preferences.
Learn how to draft leggings with 3 Rise-heights and 7 leg lengths. No simple legging pattern has this much variety. (Though, technically, the options are limitless and based on your personal preferences).
Choose Your Fit
Do you want a close fit for working out? Do you want more compression for shapewear-like fit? Or are you looking for a semi-close-fit legging to lounge around in?
I’ll Walk You Through
All the Basics of pattern drafting (and more)
Getting good measurements is paramount to drafting a good pattern. Learn what measurements you need and how to take them. I even toss in some tips for getting decent measurements if you have to do it solo.
Learn the basics of drafting a legging, including best-practices, and industry terms. Auxiliary to this, you’ll also learn about stretch fabric and how to choose for your pattern. Or, perhaps, how to draft your pattern to the fabric of your choice.
There are two types of customizations that you’ll learn. The first is how to make the initial draft fit YOU better, or more to your liking. And the second is how to draft some common, variations in leg length and rise height.
This Course Covers a LOT
Over 6 hours of instruction, countless tidbits, and hints for measuring, drafting, and sewing.
Body Measurements are the cornerstone of both choosing a pattern and drafting a pattern. Even if you just want to purchase a pattern, you’ll need some measurements. learn how to measure yourself, solo if necessary. Use the included course materials to document your measurements for future reference.
Fabric choice can make or break a garment. Learn how to choose the fabric for your legging, including measuring stretch percent. Your fabric choice will influence how you draft your pattern. You’ll learn why and how, and how to adjust your pattern if needed if using a different fabric down the road.
Pattern drafting uses different tools from just sewing. You’ll learn what is needed, and optional for measuring, drafting and creating a sloper. You’ll also see some of my favorites, including rulers and paper.
This is what this course is all about, how to draft a pattern. You’ll learn some best-practices for getting a good initial draft. You’ll also learn how to make your initial draft into a sew-able pattern. This includes truing, pattern marks, and seam allowances. Plus general guidance on drafting hem allowances and a simple elastic waist.
A sloper is an awesome thing to have if you want to use your basic leggings draft to create a variety of styles including some more advanced styles not covered in this course. If you want to make fitted dance pants, leggings with pockets or funky style lines, you’ll want to create a sloper so you don’t end up ruining your legging patter when you add to your style collection.
While I could just assume you know how to sew up leggings. I’m not. I’ve included a bonus chapter with step-by-step instructions. You’ll need to know this to create a test fit as well as a final garment.
Check out the list of lessons. There’s almost 7 hours (6.9 hours) of video instruction. Plus you get a printable download.
Course Introduction and Download
- Chapter 2 Introduction
- Tools Needed
- Measurements Needed
- Tips to Measure Yourself
- Fabric Stretch and Negative Ease
- Calculations Needed
Drafting the Legging
- Chapter 3 Introduction
- Materials Needed
- Making the Initial Draft Part 1
- Making the Initial Draft Part 2
- Draft a Test Fit Pattern
- Making a Mock-Up — Tips
Pattern Adjustments for Fit
- Chapter 4 Introduction
- Evaluating the Mock-up for Fit Part 1
- Evaluating the Mock-up for Fit Part 2
- Drafting the Adjustments Part 1
- Drafting the Adjustments Part 2
Preserving Your Patttern
- Chapter 5 Introduction
- What is a Sloper?
- Paper and Storage Options
- Finalizing the Sloper
- How to Transfer (to Tag)
Length and Rise Modifications
- Chapter 6 Introduction
- Rise Modifications
- Leg Length Modifications
- Finalize Your Sewable Pattern
- Chapter 7 Introduction (What’s Next)
Bonus: Sewing Simple Leggings
- Chapter 8 Introduction
- Cutting the Fabric
- Sewing the Legs and Crotch
- Finishing the Elastic Top
- Hemming the Legging
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Does the Class Expire? Will I lose Access to the Content?
No. The class doesn’t expire. I want to say this is a forever class or “lifetime” access. But I cannot promise technology over that kind of timeframe. What I can promise is that, should technology get wonky, I will do what I can to make the content available to you “forever”.
Is there a time limit to complete the course?
No. You can go at your own pace. You can skip lessons you don’t need, you can rewatch lessons you want to see again. And I will help with questions that you put in the discussion to the best of my ability.
And you can come back to the course time and time again to make many different tote bags.
I have used a basic-legging pattern as a spring board for many different dance and activewear designs.
It’s amazing the different styles you can make from a simple pattern.
The catch is, you need that simple pattern. And while I bought mine years ago, I haven’t had any luck recently finding a simple legging pattern from any online pattern retailers.
All the styles I found have style lines or color blocking. Which doesn’t work if you want to make your own styles. Or, if you just want a simple straight-forward legging to wear under a tunic, dress, leotard or shorts. To be honest, I can think of many different uses for this simple legging pattern that doesn’t involve much more than changing leg lengths and rise heights.
But if you do want to make more elaborate designs those patterns can’t be easily made into pants like my capri ruffle pants, and my layered ruffle pants. While a simple legging can.
And I would love to teach you how to design unique leggings to workout in, hang out in or dance in. But, I can’t do that if you can’t get your hands on a simple legging pattern with no side seam.
Quite frankly, I’m not surprised that a super simple legging pattern is hard to find, but I am a little disappointed.
So, I’ve take it upon myself to learn to draft a pattern, so I can share that knowledge with you.
It’s easier than you might think!