Monday, April 16, 2012

Tutorial: winter to spring tights

 Some of our footed baby tights got too small, with the crotch creaping down to the knees, so I decided to cut the toe off, add stretch lace to the ankle and have tights for spring!

I remember having the stirrup leggings in the 80s as a kid, but unfortunately the pants were never long enough, but I would still try to wear the cool stirrup with two pairs of neon socks on top.  I would spend the day babysitting my leggings as they were too short and the crotch would keep working their way to mid-thigh.  My mom cut off the stirrups and then the leggings were floods.  So I remember her sewing lace on the ankles and loving them once they were sort of long enough.  So these are inspired by my 80s childhood and the fashion dilemmas of girls with stork legs.

MATERIALS:
tights that are too small
10" stretch lace (found in trim section)

INSTRUCTIONS:
Cut off the toe of the tights and cut the stretch lace in two 5" pieces. 

Fold lace in half and sew raw edge together with scant 1/8" seam allowance.
Use a baby zig-zag (.5 length and 1.0 width) or a stretch stitch.

Mark half point opposite side seam and pin to half marks on tights.  
Overlap the lace 1/4" on top of the right side of the tights.

Sewing on the inside of the tights, carefully work your way around the opening.
Use the same zig-zag/ stretch stitch as this seam will have to stretch around the heel of the foot.

Repeat on other leg!


She kept squatting hiding the tights.

6 comments:

  1. so cute im gonna have to do this. She reminds me of Olgra from The dark crystal "Don't know..ugh Don't know". Cute dress too!

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  2. Cute idea, and even cuter little gal! She looks like she's growing up so fast!

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  3. This is a great idea! Your little model is so adorable too :)

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  4. Such a clever idea! What a cutie pie.

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  5. So cute!! Is it bad that I now want to add lace to my leggings?! I'm such an 80s kid ;)

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