an easy way to make the leg warmers and the leg coverings is to use old trousers, they do not have to fit around your waist and you can even get away with using kids ones if you just want to cover your ankles. if you are lucky to find two of the same you can also use baby skirts.
I'm taking sewing classes starting next week. I'm excited, I have had a machine over a year and have done a shirt, hemming and helped my friend with a costume. It will be good to learn some basics so I can do whatever I want. I have big deams for my festival costumes this year.
it will not be long before you start looking at every thing differently if you are making costumes, keep an eye out in second hand shops for a cheaper way of getting fabric, the best thing to do is forget what it was supposed to be eg, the baby skirts :)
I have been looking thru Craftster.org, the Hooping Costumes Tribe and the Playalicious Playawear Tribe for lots of ideas. I haven't worn a costume (other than halloween) since high school but I'm really looking forward to summercamp (Chillicothe, IL) in May b/c I want to dress up. Here are a couple of the tutes I have found:
I kinda lurk on Craftster and Burdastyle, so if I come across anything else, I'll post it here. I do have one saved from one of those sites for fairy wings if anyone is interested.
Safire, I've watched a lot of your vids and I'm interested in the outfit you wore in your "Misery Business" video! Did you design it or make it from a tutorial? I'd love to have something similar, esp. the skirt. I also remember something about making a bag for a camera to wear while hooping. Did one ever come about? I just found these wrist/ankle wallets on Etsy and it made me think of that!
I am about to get a serger - yay! - and will be developing some patterns for stretchy hooping pants and tops. I have some pant and skirt patterns and tutorials online now, all sewable on a regular machine. There are more, but these are suitable for hooping in.
You can also make wide bottomed legwarmers from thrift store sweater sleeves. Cut at the shoulder hem, serge or zigzag stitch around the edges of where you cut. then put them on. The wrist part goes around your calf. Make sure you have a stretchy wrist cuff so it will fit properly!