Posted on | August 25, 2009 | 17 Comments
I openly admit that I’m very inspired by the both queens from Kingdom of Style — and there is at least one thing I share with Queen Michelle: the love for legwear. She recently introduced two fabulous pairs of Black Milk leggings — on which I will definitely splurge when the time is right. But right now the budget is really an issue for me, so I decided to shamelessly rip off the Spidermans.
The idea of Spidermans is actually quite simple. The leg is slashed from the front to slices
that probably narrow down just a bit when going downwards to the ankle. Edit. taking a look to the original, no they don’t. I guess that the original version is different in that way that there are actual cutouts between the straps, so there is less material on the woven part. But I don’t actually mind about the slight extra coverage in the front, so I will be happy with my version as it is. Then the fabric strips are woven together in a very simple way, for a knitter the technique is instantly clear if I say that the loops form a single vertical column of stockinette stitch.
Even if you are not a knitter the technique is extremely easy to learn and a pair of leggings is “knitted” in a matter of minutes.
Here’s a short illustrated tutorial how to make your own webby woven/knitted leggings.
Take a pair of leggings, preferably size or two larger than you usually use — the technique takes off some from the leg circumference. Or make sure that the material is extremely stretchy. I used a pair of 15€ Gina Tricot latex look leggings. They are not particularly stretchy, so I took a pair of size XL (I usually use size M leggings from GT).
Fold the leggings carefully so that the inseams are together and the leg folds neatly from the front and the back — like you were about to make front creases for the leggings. I did not use any pins to secure the folds because latex surface is easily broken, but if you use some less delicate material it is better to pin the legs together –and even iron the fold lightly. Just don’t do that on this kind of plasticky ones!
I used rotary cutter to slice the front of the legs. Start somewhere from the upper part of thigh (or why not close from the waistline — I left the leggings uncut from the top, though. Cut relatively close to the inseam but be careful not to cut over it. I did this freehand but you can make a guide from cardboard if you don’t trust your skills on cutting neat strips. I also gradually made the straps slightly narrower when going towards the ankle. The difference is not huge, but it is there. Note that all “making of” pictures are overexposed to get some detail out from black fabric.
The straps are neatly on the front leg.
Now cut a small opening up to the thigh, above the straps and on the middle of the thigh.
Start weaving. Pull the first strap through the small opening from the inside out. Now you have a small loop in your hand.
Pull the second strap through the loop, from the inside out. And you have again a loop.
Continue pulling the next strap through the loop until you reach the ankle. Don’t pull the last strap through the loop (the one with edge seam, fastened with a pin on the image below). Does not look too fancy right now, but trust me, they look totally different on!
Secure the last loop by tying some strong yarn from the loop and around the last ankle piece. It should look like this. You can also sew it on place with few stitches, but I was not in a mood for sewing today.
Put the leggings on. You can still adjust the width of the openings cutting them more open with scissors. I opened the knee area a bit more, it gave a better line for my leg. I probably will open them all just a little bit more.
And I totally agree with Queen Michelle, these are excellent piece for layering! Here just on bare legs, though… I’d bet that these would be very useful in different colours, I’m thinking nude or some sort of dusty dove grey. And pair of matte black cotton ones would be fab, too. Maybe there could be even several woven columns of fabric, how cool would that be?