The Fawn Leggings add a great bit of flair to the everyday legging and being that leggings are such a staple in my home, they have become one of my go-to PDF patterns! To take these leggings up another notch on the awesome chart Molly Cauble added fringe! Uhmmm, yes please!!! Here is how you can achieve this look with another Make It Mine pattern hack.
Hey everyone! Molly here, owner of Noble Dixie Clothing and tester for the awesome girls of Petite Stitchery & Co. I love simple leggings, but sometimes you just need a little more sass, so I added ruffles and fringe to a few pair. I love how perfectly it pairs with the Elk Family Birch knit from Phat Quarters! I wanted to share my spin on the Fawn Leggings with a tutorial on how to achieve these looks.
Step 1: Cut out your patterns pieces according to instructions. You can use the simple leggings or the tuxedo stripe. I haven’t had a chance to try one with the tuxedo stripe, but I know it would be so cute!! If using the tuxedo stripe version, go ahead and sew the stripe into the leggings as instructed in the pattern.
Step 2 – Cut your ruffles or trim.
A – Trim that does not need to be gathered: Lay one of the leg pieces down with the right side facing up. Line up the bottom of the trim with the bottom of the leggings. Cut the bottom layer the same width as the leggings. Place the second layer on top of the first, overlapping a bit. The overlap doesn’t have to be an exact amount, just use your best judgement. You can’t mess this up!! Cut this layer the width of the leggings and continue up until you have the number of layers desired.
I normally use a disappearing fabric marker to draw a line straight across the top of the trim. This will be what you use to make sure your ruffles are straight.
Repeat these steps with the other leg.
B – Ruffles that need to be gathered. I like to start my ruffles just below the knee, so I did 3 layers of ruffles – 2-5 inch ruffles and 1-4 inch ruffle, on each leg. Again – you can’t mess this up! Measure the width of the bottom of the leggings. You will want to double this measurement to make your ruffle, then add 2” to the width for each ruffle as you go up the leg. This pair was 8” across the bottom, so I cut the bottom ruffle 16” x 5”. The middle layer is 18” x 5” and the top layer is 20” x 4”.
Lay one of the leg pieces down with the right side facing up. Line your bottom ruffle even with the bottom of the leggings and place a pin or mark on both sides of the leg piece, at the top of the ruffle.
Lay the next ruffle on top of the bottom ruffle, overlapping by 1”. Place a pin or mark at the top of this ruffle. Repeat with the top ruffle.
I use a disappearing fabric marker to draw a line straight across from one pin/mark to the other. This will be what you use to make sure your ruffles are straight. Repeat these steps with the other leg.
Step 4: Sew the ruffles/trim onto the leggings.
A – Trim. Starting with the bottom ruffle and working your way up, line the top of your trim with the lines you drew, pin in place and sew across the top of the trim, using a zig zag or other stretch stitch.
B – Ruffles. Starting at the bottom and working your way up, use your preferred method to gather the ruffles to the width of the leg. Align the top of the ruffle with the lines you drew. Pin in place and sew across, ¼” from the top of the ruffle. Because you are using knit, the top of the ruffle won’t fray so you can leave it raw. If you want a more finished look, when you get to the top ruffle you can sew it right sides together with the bottom of the ruffle up towards the top of the leggings. Sew across, flip the ruffle down and top stitch.
Step 5: Continue sewing the leggings per the pattern instructions.
If you want to make your own fringe, follow the steps for the gathered ruffles. After you finish the construction of the leggings, start at the inner leg seam and cut the ruffles into ¼- ½ inch strips all the way around the legs.
Step 6: Try them on your girl and adore the cuteness overload!