Sometimes, you want to get dressed to the 9s. High heels, lipstick, full skirt and a billowing blouse paired with a good blow out. And sometimes it’s 15 degrees out and the idea of putting on pants is abhorrent. It’s then that I pull out my leggings and thank whatever genius created tights with thicker fabric. The Ixia Leggings are just that. Thicker than tights but comfortable like you’re not even wearing pants, the Ixia Leggings are perfect for throwing on under a tunic dress or circle skirt and heading to work, or going to the supermarket in a sweatshirt. Plus, this pattern is super basic, so the fabric combinations are endless. Use pleather or shiny spandex for going out, or a conversational print for a funky statement piece!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 2 yards of Light Heathered Gray Stretch Bamboo Jersey
- MDF112 – The Ixia Leggings Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 22.
The Ixia Leggings are by far the easiest things I’ve ever made, and I once made a grilled cheese sandwich using a clothing iron. First, connect the rise on the two front panels and the two back panels. Line the rises up and sew the inner seams.
Once the inner seams are all lined up and sewn into place, you can line up the outer seams and sew them up.
At this point, you’ve got a pant shape going on. Try them on, make some adjustments if need be. Then, you can sew on the waistband. Sew the width of the waistband together.
Usually, I would stitch one side of the waistband down, and then slip stitch the inside. Because this fabric is so soft and cozy, and it doesn’t fray, you can simply fold the waistband in half and sew it all down right there.
Try your leggings on one more time, and make sure the length is accurate. You can even mess with the length a little, whether you want cropped leggings that go just below the knee or all the way down to the ankle.
Hem the bottom of the leggings, and there you have it. There is a space on the pattern, at the bottom of the ankle, for you to enter a zipper. I chose to omit that to keep it basic, but feel free to add that cute little detail! Simple, stylish, comfortable, the Ixia leggings are almost too easy! I would love to see these made from some fun fabric, like sequins or velvet, or with some alterations like a corset tie up the calf!
What will you be making the Ixia Leggings out of? Let me know in the comments!
thanks for the pattern
You’re welcome, enjoy!
I love this pattern. I sew it three time alredy.
Please continue to make patterns available in plus sizes!
Me gusta la costura
Thank You. I am so Excited that your patterns include Plus Size. I Love It. ❤❤❤
Do these sit at the natural waist (high)? If not, what is the best way to lengthen the rise?
Yes, these are high-waisted! 🙂
Awesome pattern, thanks for sharing with the sewing community!
Muchas gracias tus vídeos muy buenos y explicativos excelente
Does this pattern include seam allowances?
Yes, 1/2″ seam allowance is already included! 🙂
Love this idea! Do you have a pattern for the dress or something similar? In that case- could I make that in a sem-lightweight(light, but not sheer-light) linen?
Hi Mathi! She’s wearing our Brassia Dress. 🙂
Hi ! I love the patterns that you allow us to download for free . Its awesome
No puedo descargar el patrón para leguiens
Hola! Email [email protected] para el patrón! 🙂
Muy buena pagina util
Me interesa por que es hermoso
Muchas gracias es perfecto!
I’d love to make some leggings, but I’ve not sewn with jersey on my machine before. What kind of stitch do you recommend? I cannot tell from the photos exactly what you are using, but it looks like some sort of zigzag?
Hi, Cheryl! A zig-zag stitch can work, but if you have a machine that can do an overlock or faux-overlock stitch, that’s even better! This is a faux-overlock stitch, which is option #8 on the Mood Sewing machine. When sewing with knits, I also recommend a ballpoint needle and a walking foot attachment for your machine – they both make it super easy to sew jersey!
Thank you for the pattern! Since the waistband is smaller circumference than the leggings, do you have any tips on that part? 😀
Hi Katharina! Stretch the waistband when sewing to accommodate for the larger circumference of the leggings. To make that a bit easier to sew, split the circumference into 8ths or even 16ths. To do this, line up the side seams of the waistband to the waist of the leggings and pin together. Repeat with the center front and center back. Keep repeating until you have the waistband evenly distributed around the waist of the leggings. Good luck!
Such a fast, easy project! I made the Ixia leggings from Mood’s black polyester stretch velvet (#306822). They look so beautiful. And as someone with a 33.5″ inseam, I’m used to having to add length to all my projects. It was wonderful to find this was already plenty long as drafted in the size 20/22 (I took off about 2″ or so when I hemmed them. I’ll definitely be making more of these in a variety of fabrics. Thanks!
Nice pattern and super easy and fast to make! The sizing seemed pretty off though. According to measurements, I should have been a size 8, which seemed weird because I’m usually size 0-2, so I measured the pattern and made size 0-2 since the length of the waistband was already longer than my waist measurement. Size 0-2 fit good around the legs, but I still had to take around 3 inches off the waist.
Call me crazy, but where exactly is the pattern???
Hi! If you’re having trouble downloading the pattern, send an email to [email protected] and they’ll send it over!