With the arrival of my new baby girl I was inspired to dust off my sewing machine and make her some clothes. Sewing small things is much easier and so satisfying. I recently fell in love with these prints I found on vintage fabrics. I digitized the prints and had them printed on knit fabric via Spoonflower. The orange print is one I designed a while back. You can buy all the prints here.
First, take a pair of leggings that fit your baby, fold them in half and trace them leaving 1″ seam allowance on the bottom, 1/2″ on the side and 1 and 1/2″ on the top.
Then fold your fabric and pin your pattern piece to your fabric placing the side without any seam allowance on the fold as shown above. Cut 2 pieces this way.
Then before sewing your pieces together fold the bottom hems under and sew. Because we’re using a knit fabric there is no need to finish the edge. Then place right sides of fabric together and sew the upper slopes.
Then sew the inner legs as shown above and fold the waistband over. Sew the waist band down leaving 2 inches on the back side to thread the elastic.
I measured the elastic by wrapping it around my baby’s waist to figure out a secure, yet not too tight fit. Thread the elastic by pinning one side, attached a bobby pin or safety pin to the other side and thread threw. Then sew the ends of the elastic and close the waistband. That’s it, now make some more, they’re addicting!