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Knit Tights ala The Crafty Gemini

on Jun 2, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, sewing | 0 comments

Knit Tights ala The Crafty Gemini

Vanessa, of the Crafty Gemini, said “You can never have enough tights.” and my 14yo agrees. With that simply quip, I watched her excellent tutorial and set out to create more tights based on a pair my 14yo already owned.

I have a serious amount of grey jersey knit fabric. Let me tell you why: Thrift Store!! I bought this giant grey jersey flat sheet with the intent of making a maxi dress or maxi skirt. Sure, it was bedding, but at the end of the day it was still a super soft jersey knit. I think I might have paid $5-$7 for the huge sheet.  I heart thrift stores!

If you cannot find a jersey flat sheet at the thrift, you can always grab jersey knit sheets here.

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Vanessa walks you through all the steps on her video.  I sorta skipped a step though… I didn’t trace it onto paper first. As it turns you, you should totally do that!  No worries. I’ll do that for the next pair.

Instead, I just grabbed a ruler and rotary cutter and set forth to cut out a piece 5/8″ larger than the folded tights.

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That worked out.

Back in college, I made my brother about 25-30 pair of shorts from various woven cottons and flannels. Do you guys remember “jams” from the 80’s? We’ll we were rockin’ those well into the 90’s. I can whip up a pair of shorts, pj pants or… as it turns out… leggings in no time at all.  Fun fact.

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The serger made the construction even faster and is perfect for stitching knits.

Vanessa uses a great technique for the waistband. I had actually never tried this technique before, but I can tell you, it will be my go-to from now on. Holy smokes it was super fast, super easy AND I didn’t have to look for safety pins or create a waist band casing to hold the elastic. Her method is the bomb!

The elastic is serged (or zigzag stitched) to the fabric’s cut edge at the waist.

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Fold down and zigzag it into place. Very cool.

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Last step should be the leg hems. Those are also zigzag’d.

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But then my sweet 14yo tried on the pants. Turns out, I should definitely have created a “front” and a “back” pattern template. (which is why next time I’ll definitely be tracing the pattern onto paper first.) The front had way too much pooch, so I had to take that in a couple inches.

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So, take in center front seam and lower the waistband, as it fits on the body, by about two inches. Done and done.

I think I’m going to need to hit the thrift shop for more fabric!!

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