Part two of my ongoing Storm cosplay creation is the leggings. (If you missed part one - the cape, then check it out here)
I spent over a week visiting various fabric stores, trying to find the right material for this project. Eventually I dragged my mom along to Chamdor in Northlands Deco Park and we found a material that was close enough to what I needed. I adore going there because it is basically fabric heaven! They had the perfect plastic/faux leather but it was only available in white so instead I opted for the slightly shimmery, black stretch fabric that most of my leather look leggings are made out of.
I bought two metres which may have been excessive but I am sure I will find some other use for what is left over.
I’ve never made anything like this so I chose to use some sort of template to start off with. I grabbed a pair of leggings and used them as a stencil. After measuring them on my own legs, I saw that the full length of the tights would be enough for me to trace and cut out the basic shapes.
Using leggings as a template
I am a little crappy when it comes to accuracy because I don’t have marking chalk or a proper setup (or maybe it’s just who I am as a person) so things were a little wonky but I don’t mind. As long as I have fun while creating these costumes, then it is worthwhile.
Cutting the black fabric
Once I measured and cut out the black fabric, it was time to move onto the gold. I used the same technique as previously where I folded and cut, which in all honesty did leave it a little wavey but I simply went back and trimmed it to shape.
I only needed one strip which I cut into four pieces and began to lay over the top of the legging.
The gold fabric
In order to get a sharp triangle at the top, I recommend something like a Post-It or soft cardboard that you can cut and stick underneath the fabric. Most sewing machines should be able to sew through thin card, mine is currently giving me issues so I opted to do the little triangle by hand.
Use a Post-It to get that strong triangle shape
Once that was complete, I pinned the rest of the gold onto the legging (make sure it is the right side – I sewed my second piece onto the bottom and had to start all over again!)
After I sewed the gold lining on
Then I sewed the gold lining on very carefully.I left a little excess on either side so that it would be able to tie a little tighter just in case the legging was loose or I messed up in some way. I then turned it backwards so the open part was at the front, tied it to my leg and began to pin it all the way down.
Pinning the legging
I would highly reccomend doing this step because it allows you to match the fabric to the curve of your leg.
Unfortunately my machine was not cooperative, and I had to sew the leggings by hand but it was alright, because it was just a simple stitch down the back.
I repeated this same process for both of them and stuck them on over a pair of black shoes and I have to say that I am pretty happy with the results.
The final leggings
There are just a few more components left to this costume, so stay tuned for more videos and posts next week!
If you are interested, you can check out the full video tutorial below!