Friday, January 10, 2014

Sweater Leggings

Hello!! All I can say is where has the time gone?  I apologize if you have been checking out our blog and we haven't had any new ideas to share with you. I think Christmas time slowed us all down and we are all trying to get back into the swing of things.

Anyhow enough about that. I hope you all have had a great start to your year. It has been an awesome start around here. Put all the Christmas stuff away and trying to put my house back together. Along with trying to put my house back together means organizing and making a few trips to donate some things. I always go through my clothes and take out a few things that I think I can transform into something cute for my daughter. I found this old gray sweater that after a few washes no longer looks very nice. So I thought instead of getting rid of it I was going to try to transform it into something warm and cozy for her. I thought of cute little sweater leggings. So I took a pair of her leggings for a pattern and the sweater and started to cut them out. I used the original bottom of the sweater for the hem on the leggings. It worked out best I think. They look better then myself trying to hem the bottom, plus it took WAY less time. So I will try to explain how I did these pants as I show you the pictures.

This is the before picture of the sweater along with the little pants that I used as the pattern.

I cut the leggings along the seams on both sides of the sweater so I only had to sew along the seams on the inside of the pants instead of along the outside as well. I also line the pants up with the bottom hem of the sweater, as I stated above, so that I had a nice finished hem on the pants. Here is the partially finished product below. This is without the top of the pants finished. I didn't know if I should do elastic or not.

Here is a close-up of the bottom of the leggings.

So I decided not to do elastic at the top and make it more of a yoga top pant with the top flap folding down. (hopefully that makes sense to you). I took the sides of the original sweater and cut it out to make the top waistband. I just sewed it onto the top wrong sides together and then flipped it over to make the top band. I figured much more comfortable on her little belly then elastic and since this sweater was a little bit airy she was going to have to wear pants under it anyhow.

Here are the finished tops and the finished pants. I am super happy with the outcome!!

Then here they are on my little model. I just LOVE how they look on her chubby little legs. She hasn't fought me about wearing them so they must be cozy. :) She is already getting picky about what she wears and she is ALMOST 2!! She is WAY  to young to be deciding what to wear. Here she is putting her little slippers on because this is her favorite game to play...put them on and take them off.

Have a great day!!!

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  1. Oh, my goodness! What a terrific idea! Now, when we make something out of a thrift sweater, we don't have to waste the sleeves. Thanks for the great tutorial! Hope you have a blessed weekend. :-)
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  2. such a cute and easy idea
    for making some cozy leggings
    for your little one

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded this week!

    Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

  3. oh wow..these are SO adorable!!!(and so is your model.) sweeet! thanks for sharing on grey dey thursdey! ;)

  4. These are so cute! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  5. This is so adorable! I featured this post on TTG FB page today!

  6. What a great idea and they are super cute! Thanks for sharing at my HOME and have a wonderful new week.


  7. How cute and what a great way to repurpose a sweater! Love those chubby baby legs. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  8. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  9. I must tell you, the leggings are darling, but it's those cubby legs that made me swoon! lol! Too bad chubby legs aren't quite so cute at my age. Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  10. Those turned out so cute! And your little girl all cute baby I just want to hug that little body! The tiny ballet slippers are just darling! Your photos really captured her activity so well! Thank you so much for joining my party!

  11. These are too cute. You've been featured on Friday's Five Features! Stop by and grab a button.