I really like the split leggings/shorts they sell for adults and I haven’t found any for toddlers so I decided I would try and make one for Dahlia. This Split Legging DIY is my first attempt but if you would like to try it, this is what I did:
Things I used:
- One legging
- Contrast fabric
- Jersey Lining (because I used lace as contrast)
- Tape measure (Ruler works too)
- Seam Ripper (not used but it would have been handy)
- Sewing Machine & Thread
- Pins (not shown here but needed)
1) First step was to trace one leg of the legging onto the jersey lining (this was easier than on lace because it white).
2) Add ½” seam allowance (for sewing)
3) Once the lining was cut out, I traced the same shape onto the lace
4) Then the lace needs to be cut out too
5) Next I cut out the entire side of the legging that I was going to replace with the new contrast fabric (in this case I cut the front right side only). In this step it is very helpful to have a seam ripper to tear the inner seam and waistband.
6) Leave the elastic waistband (do not cut off)
The next few steps require sewing:
7) Hem the bottom of the contrast fabric and lining (Sorry no pic for this step)
8) Then I pinned all three layers together (legging, lining and lace). The lining stays in the middle of other two fabrics.
9) Once all layers are pinned together and machine is threaded in similar color to ground color of legging (in my case white) then you can sew the pieces together at side seam and inseam of legging.
10) The final step is to turn the waistband of the lace/lining inward to cover the elastic.
This DIY did take me a little longer than others because I haven’t sewn in a while but I really enjoyed it so I will try to make Dahlia more things….She looked awesome in her new split leggings! Different than any other girl on her block, haha!