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Thursday, August 11, 2011

DIY Suspender Leggings

Hi everyone!! Today I have a little amateurish DIY project to share with you guys. 


The story goes: I saw this pair of leggings that I really liked on nastygal.com, which looks like THIS. But I didn't have the money to justify spending 70 over dollars on a pair of leggings at the time (because I am always broke and I always have a gazillion and one things that I really want to buy). I always went onto the website to look at it, mentally compose lots of different outfits that I could wear it with and imagining how happy my life would be if I were to have that pair of leggings. 


Until one day.....


I checked the site again and it showed the two words that online window-shopping addict dread most, "SOLD OUT". Do you guys understand that feeling? When you suddenly realize how badly you wanted something only at that moment when you do not have the possibility of getting it anymore, when you have lost it... (ok, it might sound a bit dramatic but oh wells)


At that moment I realized I REALLY REALLY wanted them, so I tried looking everywhere online to see if I can buy it elsewhere. But apparently not many online shops store that brand (it was by an Australia brand called Evil Twin, for those who are curious), and the leggings were already sold out on those that did.


I was ready to give up until I read THIS POST by Lid Off a Daffodil. I was so inspired by her that I decided that if she could make something that seems so difficult and impossible to make, I could perhaps make a pair of leggings myself. And so I did!!! And I really liked how it turned out so I am going to share how I made it on here so that maybe I could inspire someone else like how Lid Off a Daffodil inspired me. 


Here are the instructions on how it's made~~


STEP 1. You need to go out and buy a pair of normal footless leggings, and the key here is the material. You need a pair of leggings that are of cotton (like a thick cotton cloth) type material. If you do not get the right leggings (ie, the kind that are more typical for tights, that varies in opacity?), it is going to fall apart when you cut it.


STEP 2. Put on the leggings and mark the approximate position of where you want to cut-out parts to be (I wanted mine around the middle of my thigh). I used a dressmaking pencil that came with a cheap sewing kit.

Step 3. Take off the leggings and readjust the position of the cut-out. You need to leave at least one and a half inches from the crotch of the leggings. 
Use a round object to draw semi circles on both side of the legs (I used little plates but anything round will do), leaving about 2 inches in the middle. I would suggest that you start off with something a little smaller, mark it and put on the leggings again to see if you are happy with the cut-out size. I clearly did not do that when I made mine so the cut-out bits ended up being a little bigger than I would want.


STEP 4. Once you are happy with the position and size of the cut-out (trial and error, just keep readjusting until you are happy), pin around the edges of your markings, and then carefully cut along the markings that you have made.

STEP 5. Once you are done with cutting both sides, you will end up with this.


STEP 6. The next thing you need to do is roll in the edges, pin and sew them. I really can't advice you much on this but because I seriously can't sew to save my life. I used the only stitch I remotely remember from my home educational class back in high school. So yeah... just improvise.


 Hello my dear readers!! I love you all!!!


 Treating my bed as a giant pin cushion.

AND FINALLY. THIS IS THE END PRODUCT~~~


I wore it out the next day and I have gotten so many questions and compliments for them. It was definitely worth the effort 


You can use the same method to make leggings with different cut-outs. So I really hope that you find this helpful and will try to make your very own cut-out leggings. 


Until next time. xoxo

56 comments:

  1. good idea, those look great! xx
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  2. hahahah so funny!!!!:):):) super cool!!! I think that I couldn´t do nothing like that, I am a disaster.. ahha But they are really reallly cool;)
    kisses from Spain!
    PS. our lipstick is from CHANEL
    Paula

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  3. Thanks so much for the mention! I'm glad you decided to try DIYing yourself :) These are super cute! I'm definitely trying them.

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  4. soo creative!!!

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  5. Cool! I'm pretty sure this would certainly test my patience if I started out with a project like this, but I'm sure it was worth it!

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  6. you did a great job :) looks just like the real thing!

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  7. thanks for comment!

    great idea ! It look very cool!

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  8. Thanks heaps for the comments everyone!! I am so happy that you guys like it!!

    I hope some of you would try to make your own cut-out leggings!! Please let me know how you go if you do try~~ I would love to see it!!

    xoxo
    Lizzo

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  9. Nice photos! Love your leggin!:))

    X

    Alexandra

    http://fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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  10. I love your blog ...and so I follow you here and on bloglovin..I hope that u follow met too
    kiss Erika ♥

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  11. wow u are so creative and it looks super cool Dear I think will try to do the same thanks so much for sharng this u are wonderful Dear loads of love Virgit

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  12. Tht is so unique. Love it!

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  13. Brilliant outfit, you are looking great!
    Have a great weekend :)

    xoxo Robine @
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  14. Wow this is amazing! Have to try it out for myself now, you're an inspiration!
    xo, threadbareaffair.blogspot.com

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  15. Very creative!

    Thanks for your lovely comment, I'm glad you liked my blog

    X Zoe X
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  16. haven't seen anybody do this one yet! creative girrl!

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  17. Cool DIY!

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  18. You guys are so sweet!!! I appreciate every single comment~~ it makes me so happy that you guys like posts like this!! I will try to plan to do more in the future!!

    xoxo
    Lizzo

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  19. Thanks for your lovely comment!
    I love your blog!
    xx

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  20. Thanks for your lovely comment!
    I love your blog!
    xx

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  21. great outfit and photos! :))))

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  22. wow that's a great idea! you're so creative!
    i like!
    btw, thanks for dropping by my blog!
    let's follow each other and keep in touch!
    i'm having a giveaway, you might also like to join!
    here's the link:
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  23. interesting !!


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  24. I want to invite you to check out my fashion blog, if you like ;)

    With love, Samm
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  25. Ahhhh Amazing work!! Such a clever idea!!

    Please check out my blog x

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  26. answer:thank you so much for your lovely comment!;D
    I'm really happy you visit my blog;D

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  27. answer:thank you so much for your lovely comment!;D
    I'm really happy you visit my blog;D

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  28. WWWOW ! i like this leggins haha ^^
    Thanks for your comment.

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    kisses

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  29. love the leggings!! turned out amazing :)
    cool blog :)
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  30. Such a cute idea. I love it! It looks great with the dress you wore it with, and is such a cool design. You probably saved a ton as well! Anyway, I'm very happy I found your blog. You post about so many really interesting things, and give great tips. Would you like to follow each other? Let me know by following me or commenting, and I will return the favor ASAP! Hope to hear from you soon!

    xoxo

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  31. Oh wow...the leggins look so amazing! You are really talented girl:) Love it! You got a new fan!!! Greetings from the look-scout team! XOXO

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  32. Oh wow :) that is such a great Idea !!

    looks like i will be spending my time doing this to my leggings !!

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  33. I feel so overwhelmed by the amount of responses that I have gotten on this post!! Thanks so much everyone!!

    Sorry I have been a little slow in replying to messages and not updating my blog these few days >__< I am in the process of moving and it is just so much work.

    I have fun posts planned so please check back soon.

    LOVE YOU ALL!!

    xoxo
    LIzzo

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  34. wow thats so creative! cute blog :)

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  35. haha what lovely idea!

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  36. cool!!
    follow each other?
    kiss

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  37. Nice idea, love what you done :-)

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  38. Looove the idea! Very cool, never thought of that!
    And I've heard of Evil Twin, thanks to Nylon mag ♥ :D
    I loove the I ♥ U needle pins, so cute :D
    LOL, I too use my bed as a giant pin cushion! :D
    I love how you hanged your clothes on your wall, so cool, loove that!
    It's like what they do in boutiques. :)

    I'm gonna follow your blog, cuz I think it's cool. :)
    -Eliza

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  39. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting!!

    Hi Eliza!! I love the Evil Twin brand so much! They always have very amazing pieces!! And once I hung the clothes on my wall I ended up leaving them there for the longest time.. LOL

    xoxo
    Lizzo

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  40. Great DIY, I really like how they turned out girly!

    Kaylee
    xo

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  41. that is awesome.. thanks, i can't wait to try it :)
    love your blog..

    follow each other?
    i'm also having a giveaway for a Casio Gold Watch so check it out if you like :)
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    xoxo

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  42. Thank you so much!! This is my first DIY and I am so happy that you guys liked how it turned out!!

    xoxo
    Lizzo

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  43. I will definitely try this, thanks for sharing!

    Xo
    Lee
    www.ItsMissLV.com

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  44. Hi!! I've been stressing my self lately because I can't seem to find this design of tights being sold on the internet.. And when I saw this.. I mentally slapped myself! Now my cosplay is complete!! It's really helpful and easy!

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  45. I am so happy you find this post helpful!

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