So I lovelovelove leggings (and I wear them as pants, so sue me) and am especially obsessed with unique leggings. Anything destroyed, with slashes, cut outs, bows, cool graphics etc. Bandage leggings are some of my favourites right now, they look amazing layered over pantyhose & are amazing attention-getters. So I've thrown together a really quick tutorial of how I made my own pair from some old leggings!
here's what you'll need:
- a pair of leggings (i'm using a super worn out pair of metallic black ones that have lost their shine in places :( )
- measuring tape
- fabric scissors
- a serger or sewing machine
Flip your leggings inside out & lay them out flat. Then decide how high up your leg you want the cut-outs to start. This is important cause it determines the level of skankiness-- i'm going for high. lol.
From there, measure out where you will be cutting the "strips". I decided to make each strip 2 inches wide and made sure that there would be an EVEN number of strips to criss-cross (I made 12 strips, so 24 inches in total).
Then cut across the top line & the bottom line you've drawn (along the front layer of the leggings only). And cut the entire inside seam from the top to bottom slits so that your leggings open like the photo shown above.
cut the other leg in the same way! (measure carefully so that both are cut evenly)
Now fold the leggings in half with the "flaps" still open. Your chalk marks from the beginning should still be there on one leg ;)
Both layers should be matched up precisely so that you can cut both layers at the same time (why do the same thing twice, right?!). Grab your scissors and cut each of the 2 inch strips, being careful to cut them perfectly parallel.
Now take each of the strips & cross them over each other. You can keep them in pairs like I did or you can choose to randomize them a bit.
Pin all of the strips in place & sew or serge along the entire inseam to keep them in place! & you're all done!
After completing them with the strips in pairs, I decided that this look was a bit too 'orderly' for me. I wanted to go for a more bandage-wrapped effect & that failed because of how uniform these x's were. So I took another stab at it & alternated the strips differently and came up with this:
hooray! my new favourite leggings :)
these will be permanently on my legs for the next little while.
& they look fab layered over dark pantyhose, bright leggings or even patterned ones :)
that wasn't too hard right?
now do it yourself fool.