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Beowulf65
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:14 pm    Post subject: Making Leggings Reply with quote

Just wondering if any of ya'll know the best way to make leggings as I'm wanting to learn.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Step 1; Select material and determine the style of leggings most appropriate for your historical character. Wool is most commonly cited as material for leggings, though leather was also noted by many contemporary observers. The vast majority of Indian styles of leggings were sewn with the right-side out, leaving a flap along the outside seam and often the flaps were highly decorated. It's up to you to research the specific styles and methods of decoration appropriate for your own historical persona.

Step 2: Take your measurements. The length of the leggins should have been determined during your research. Measure the circumference of your leg at the thigh and calf while wearing the clothing that you will normally wear beneath your leggins.

Step 3: Measure and cut your material. Fold your material in half, length-wise. If using leather, cut the pattern the same length as the finished garment. If making them of fabric add 1/4" to 1/2 inch at both the top and bottom edges for hems. To mark the top of the legging, add 1" to your thigh measurement and divide that number by 2. Measure this distance from the fold and mark with chalk or similar. Mark the bottom of the legging in the same manner, using your calf measurement plus 1 inch, divided by two.

Step 4: Stitch a straight line between the two marks. Although a back-stitch is probably stronger, a fine running stitch should be plenty strong for leggins.

Step 5: Trim the flaps to suit the style of leggins you want.

Step 6: If fabric is used, hem the top and bottom to prevent the material from raveling.

Step 6: Sew ties at the top of the side seam, which will be used to suspend the leggings from your belt or sash.

Step 7: Decorate your leggings in whatever manner is most appropriate for your persona.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:03 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Thank you very much Swanny.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: Leggings Reply with quote

What does one use to stitch leggings or moccasins? It appears that artificial deer sinew and linen thread are the choices; is that correct? Which is more appropriate, meaning for me 1780 period correct?

Thanks in advance for your help,

ThreeF
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use waxed linen thread on most projects. Artificial sinew is - well - it's artificial, and wasn't around during the period.

If you know people who hunt you might be able to get natural sinew from them when they harvest an animal. There is a clip in one of the "Pioneering" videos (with Mark Baker) that shows how to harvest it.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've looked around for some linen thread, and gotten a little confused about what to look for. Some has six, some four some two strands, and some appears to be fine thread for sewing machines. Can you please orient me?
(The projects are moccasins and leggings, to start with.)

Many Thanks,

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually opt for the 6 or 7 strand for leather or heavy wool projects. It's not that hard to separate the strands for lighter stuff.

Hope this helps a little,

Daniel

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I buy 4 or 6 unwaxed and can always split and retwist to the size I want.
Unwaxed is important to me only because I always wax it anyway with beeswax plus it's easier. (I"m lazy)

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