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Sewing Pattern for Leg Warmers?

topic posted Mon, June 5, 2006 - 4:42 PM by  Vena
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I'd like to put together an outfit for a club that I'm go go dancing at next week. The theme is red (for Hell) and I got a bunch of red fake fur that I'd like to make leg warmers and a miniskirt with. The leg warmers are the kind that go over go go boots like the ones shown here: disguys.tribe.net/photos/d5...f31d8c438b
It seemed like an easy idea until I put the fur against the boots. If I simply wrap the fur around the front of the boot, there will be a giant wrinkle to make the bend. Does anybody have a sewing pattern for the leg warmers?
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Vena
Los Angeles
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    Re: Sewing Pattern for Leg Warmers?

    Tue, June 6, 2006 - 11:26 AM
    Just make a paper pattern from newspaper. It's super-easy. I've made tons of fun fur legwarmers, and the shape is basically a cone, i.e. narrower at the top of the calf and slightly bell-shaped at the foot. You can use velcro (though I don't think velcro and fun fur mix), a ribbon tie, or elastic to keep them up. If you do a lot of dancing, use elastic. It will hold up better.
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      Tue, June 6, 2006 - 12:20 PM
      Thanks. What do you use to hold it to the boot at the bottom? I want to keep the fur on all night and don't want the toe of the boot to show halfway through the night. I'll be one of the go go dancers so there'll be a lot of dancing.
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        Tue, June 6, 2006 - 2:49 PM
        Oh nevermind... I just figured it out. It's a lot easier than it looks. I just made the right one and after jumping around, it held up. Now I'm working on the left one. I used wide elastic on the bottom and drawstrings on the top (only because I ran out of elastic). But luckily I have loops on the back of my boots so I can just feed the string through the loops. Since I had extra material, I also made some cuffs and I might make a nice minskirt too. Woo Hoo!
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          Thu, June 8, 2006 - 9:26 AM
          Well, there you go! Post some pix when you're done. :-)
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            Thu, June 15, 2006 - 11:38 PM
            OK, so I wore them last night and they held up pretty well. The only problems I had were that the elastic still wasn't holding them around the soles very well so they would slip off the toe, then slide down in the back and I'd step on them. By the end of the evening, I had stepped on them so much that they were black at the bottom. I posted a picture in the gallery (disguys.tribe.net/photos/14...863876983) and you can actually see that one of them has already slipped off the right toe. Any ideas to remedy this? I was thinking of a strap along the bottom like a stirrup....
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              Fri, June 16, 2006 - 9:14 AM
              What if you made llike an inner "sock"? Almost like a liner that could fit tighter around the boot/leg?

              Out of curiosity, how much does furry material like that cost where you live? I just went to a store here (in Mexico) and it was about $8.50 a meter which seemed high to me. I was thinking of making a mini-skirt out of red, white, green for the World Cup but felt a bit deterred with that price. Maybe I'm just being cheap.
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                Fri, June 16, 2006 - 10:05 AM
                The inner sock idea sounds good but I have really limited sewing skills. I'm sure there has to be an inexpensive and simple solution.
                I got the fabric at a store that International Silks and Woolens, a large fabric supply store in Beverly Hills. It sounds expensive but they're actually reasonable. I think I paid $20 for 2 yards (about 2 meters), after sales tax, so your price is about the same. They do have different levels of fur and I got the cheapest one.
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                  Tue, June 20, 2006 - 4:12 PM
                  An elastic stirrup might work, especially if it goes under the arch. under the toe will make you likely to slip unless it is small enough to go between spaces in a pronounced tread.

                  The easiest leg warmers I've made are modified tights. you could try doing this to make a liner to hold a fur covering in place:
                  1) cut off the legs. (I sometimes use the panty part as matching hot pants.)
                  2) cut a slit across the toe.
                  3) wear them turned upside down so the foot part is above the calf and the thigh part bells out over the boot.
                  4) cut out the back to make a hole for the heel to keep the tights in place.
                  when I do this, I usually just surrender to the boot showing at the toe. I kind of like the look of it that way, anyway. Like spats. Since you don't want yours to show, the tights could replace the elastic at the top and the elastic strap under the boot. if you attach the fur to the tights so the fur falls just the way you want it to, it might stay by virtue of its own weight without the slippage factor of elastic. for example: if the arch of the boot is 2 inches about the floor, attach the tight to the fur next to the underside of the arch two inches above the end of the fur. If all else fails, remember that there are people like me out there who think that the boot toe showing adds to the cuteness. :)

                  I agree that fun fur is expensive. I've seen some fur for $12-$15 per yard/meter. Though I have friends who make regular pilgrimages to the LA garment district for the cheapest deals.

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