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Turn a plain pair of leggings into exciting statement legwear with this unbelievably easy slash and weave technique! I've seen this method used on a lot of T-shirts, but when I saw it recently on a pair of leggings I thought it looked so good that I decided I had to try it out. It isn't technically a braid, it's more like a crochet stitch, but either way, I was honestly shocked at how easy it was and how good it looked. It has exactly the kind of biomechanical aesthetic I love, like stylized spinal column or snake skin made of cloth. I will now have to restrain myself from attacking all my clothes with scissors, and giving them little spines!

All you really need to create this look is leggings and scissors, but a few other things help, and there are a lot of design options to play with. In this Instructable I'll show you what I've discovered so far.

Step 1: Supplies

Leggings to mod - Almost any leggings will work, but if you want to run this detail down the side of the leggings, it's better to use a pair that doesn't have a side seam. If your leggings do have a side seam, you can just create your detail on the front and back of the legs. Also, this detail will look best on leggings that are not super tight and have a good amount of stretch.

Scissors - make sure they are sharp enough to cut fabric well

Tailor's chalk - chalk that will wash off your fabric (unless you want to freehand your cuts)

Ruler - I find an 18"x2" clear ruler to be an absolutely indispensable tool for patternmaking and sewing, in fact I go pretty crazy if I don't have one, but you could do this without it

<p>i really want to try this! not shure if mom will let me though...</p>
Eh! It'll be okay, hun!
This is such a cool idea! How do they hold up to washing?
Pretty well!
<p>I haven't found out yet, but I imagine they will be fine. I could see that they might get stretched if they got caught on something, so hand washing, or washing them alone or in a net bag like you would with lingerie would probably be the best idea. I'll let you know after I wash them :)</p>
<p>Have you washed them yet Mikaela? :D</p>
<p>I made it!! It's relly easy and super cool! I made mine for Halloween, and all my friends are cray about them too! Thank you so much, it took some time to convince my mom though....</p>
<p>This is great but i don't get how to do it so...</p>
<p>Great little Instructable! Must be tricky to put them on - with toes getting caught in the holes along the way!</p>
<p>Haha, yes, you do have to be careful not to get the toes caught. Angling your foot towards the un-cut side helps.</p>
As someone stuck in a cast until further notice I'm hoping the biomechanical look works well with with a robot-like air cast on my right foot. It really is simple, I did it with no chalk or ruler, with an old greeting card for a straight edge in less than a n hour.
<p>Thanks for sharing!! I bet it will look interesting over a robot air cast :) Sorry your foot is hurt!</p>
<p>Cool! :) Thank you for sharing. </p><p>Greetings from Helsinki</p>
That is cool. Here is where i cross the line though..it helps when you have a proper shape. Those that should never ever be in public in leggings, will never look better with this cool modification. <br> I especially like what you did with the black pair with the more complex lines.<br> Being a guy...i will never get away with it, but that doesn't mean that I cant appreciate a cool idea and a well written ible.
<p>I think SOME guys could definitely get away with this look--like someone who looks good with &quot;guyliner&quot; and can rock skinny jeans (yet another clothing item not meant for every body type)...but it's good to know yourself. :)</p>
Thats funny. I was trying to stay away from any girly-guy comments but now i just broke my vow of silence. I need to design a thought filter....
<p>ditto</p>
<p>Well-written 'ible! I love projects that only LOOK complicated, but are super-simple to execute, and look so cool that even strangers can't help but compliment you on this eye-catching mod!</p>
<p>Great innovation. Great plan, great idea and perfectly executed.</p>
<p>Totally do-able! I like!</p>
<p>sooooo cool! I need to buy some leggings or do this to leggings with holes in the knees</p>
<p>Love how simple it is! </p>
<p>Those are super cool :) Do you remember where you got those leggings?</p>
<p>I got these at Target, their Mossimo brand.</p>
Cool I really like it I'll try to make it
<p>Very cool! Does the weaving hold up to a washing machine or would these be a hand wash item?</p>
<p>I think the only danger would be if they got caught on something in the wash, so washing them in a net bag like you would with lingerie might be a good idea.</p>
<p>I see you dont like sew</p>
<p>I love sewing, but some people don't have access to sewing machines, so it's nice to show what can still be done without them.</p>
<p>Fun effect! And they'd give you a very interesting leg tan. :D</p><p>These would also look neat with contrasting colored tights underneath.</p>
These are great for old leggings! Thanks! :)
<p>That was cool!</p>

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