Sunday, June 3, 2012

Leg warmers.

I've always wanted to make my own leg warmers - especially as I have two pairs of boots (one suede and one from knitted material) that sag down sadly around my ankles after a few minutes' wear. I knitted a pair of leg warmers last year, but used cheap leftover wool, so they looked ...well ... like cheap leftover legwarmers. Also, they didn't provide the required bulk for these particular pairs of boots. Earlier this year I spotted a picture on tumblr (I forget where) of an old man and woman in traditional clothing - they may have been Chinese or Russian - I honestly can't remember. And they wore these lovely thick fabric embroidered boots/socks. So that got me thinking to making legwarmers from fabric, and quilting them with a layer of batting.

































I used the legs of an old pair of jeans - the section from knee to ankle- cut them open, narrowed them down, and attached buttons to fasten. Then I added batting and fabric for the inner lining and embroidered the top section (which peeks over the top of the boot).
They look pretty nice if you like a rough gypsy/peasant effect, but most importantly, they work!

8 comments:

Le 'usband said...

especially as I have two pairs of boots

not to mention one pair of legs ...

Kathrin said...

Love the gypsy peasant effect a lot! And the stitching..... so beautiful with its nice folkloric feel. Did you go through all the layers of batting with your embroidery?

JAMIE SAYS DREAM said...

I think they are really beautiful! It looks like a part of some traditional costume, and a little boro inspired too. Lovely!

Linda Sue said...

What a great idea- I have cut the arms off of jumpers to use as leg warmers but I like this more substantial pair you have made much better!

Leenie said...

Be careful! There could be a giant market for such unique, wonderful and yet practical leg warmers. If the word gets out, you will be overwhelmed with orders, go into business to keep up the the demand and, although you will be fabulously wealthy, you will hate your life.....

or not

frayedattheedge said...

You always come up with the most fabulous ideas!!

nathalie et cetera said...

le'usband is always so funny! Love your leg warmers! there really is a north russian/chinese feel to them.

kendalee said...

Very, very cool! As in stylish, 'cause clearly, they're designed to be warm :) love 'em!