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DIY Liquid Leggings from Stretch Vinyl

Liquid leggings, which essentially look like uber-tight, shiny faux leather pants, are all the rage with Hollywood stars, but finding the look for yourself to fit your body and personal taste off the rack can be difficult. These edgy leggings can be made of any glossy synthetic fabric; however, it is easiest to use stretch vinyl, which is more forgiving to both body shapes and sewing abilities than other fabrics of this type.

To make your own pattern, use your favorite pair of legging and turn them inside out. Keep in mind that while stretch vinyl does stretch, it does not stretch as much as most leggings do, so you should be careful to leave extra room on each side, erring on the side of larger than necessary. Leave enough fabric at the top to insert an elastic waistline of whatever size is the most comfortable to you and enough fabric at the bottom to hem them; if you are not experienced with making your own patterns, leave more than you think you will need.

Start by using a loose stitch to sew together the primary four seams so that you can try them on for size. Sew a loose stitch along your new seams to bring them in tighter for the celebrity super-tight look. When you have found your perfect fit, go over your final seam with a tighter stitch and consider reinforcing your seam, especially through the crotch, as stretch fabrics, whether bought in the store or made at home, can be prone to creating gaps if the seams are not tight enough.

From there, put your elastic waistband in and hem the leggings to fit you. Once you have finished, wear a loose top or conservative blazer to contrast the tightness and suggestiveness of your pants and wedges or platform pumps to complement them and enjoy showing off your new liquid leggings.

October 17, 2011 Posted Under Uncategorized
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