I spent my elementary years in a school uniform, in a skirt and knee socks. I never wore anything special underneath the skirt. But these days I prefer to send my daughter out of the house with a pair of, let's call them, modesty-shorts whenever she sports a skirt. But what pattern to use?
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There are a lot of patterns and tutorials out there, which can make it difficult to choose. Here are four sources that I rely on:
- Top: The first tutorial, from Make It & Love It, clearly explains how to trace an existing pair of leggings into a pattern and features an elastic casing.
- Bottom: The second tutorial, just out this week from Dana Made It, is a video with instructions for sewing on a regular sewing machine or on a serger. It also features variations on tracing/creating your pattern and on the waistband and hems. They make it look so easy. Because it is.
- Middle Left: I have yet to sew this pattern from Oliver + S, but if it's like other Oliver + S patterns, I'm sure it's a mini master class in sewing technique. You can purchase the Playtime Leggings as a single or as part of the Playtime ensemble.
- Middle Right: Finally, one of my tried n' true patterns, the Go To Leggings feature various lengths and embellishment options, plus an attached skirt. These are the only leggings in this list to include the shorts length perfect for underneath skirts. Of course you could make any of the above into shorts, the difference here is this one has already done it for you.
As The Peanut moves more into wearing skirts and dresses I have found a need for more of these leggings as modesty shorts. Even though I've recently sewn up a pile of undies, I still don't want the world to see them while she's wearing them. I already had the Go To Leggings pattern out after making those Summer Knits Staples last month, so I decided to quickly sew up a trio of shorts. These were cut and completed in one quick morning; utilitarian sewing at it's best. They round out her current wardrobe nicely. Like so...
|Top: Lottie Skirt, Middle: Charlotte Dress, Bottom: Penny Vintage Dress|
PS -- Thanks for reading to the end. If you're looking for other wardrobe staples check out these two tried n' true patterns I reach for every Spring/Summer!
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