Anything But Basic Women’s Leggings

(77 customer reviews)


The Anything But Basic Women’s Leggings sewing pattern is the leggings pattern you’ve been waiting for! This wardrobe staple is drafted with all shapes in mind and the perfect introduction to garment sewing for the explorative beginner. Complete with our Perfect Fit adjustment tutorials, you’ve never felt so fabulous in your leggings!

Difficulty Rating: 0.5/5

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Pattern #WK-76529

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  • Lengths: Mini // Knee // Capri // Ankle
  • Wastband: Tall Knit Band // Short Knit Band


  • Beginner sewists and beyond
  • Knits with 4-way stretch and strong recovery

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77 reviews for Anything But Basic Women’s Leggings

  1. alwayshis2007 (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this simplistic yet very well thought out pattern. It doesn’t matter your body shape. You are covered with this pattern. Each alteration is well explained to make a custom fit. As always, DIBY delivers a fantastic pattern! Oh, try out the shorts version. Great running shorts!

  2. Hannah Sharma (verified owner)

    This leggings pattern is perfect! I’ve made several pairs and definitely will be making more. Even though it’s free, it is just as detailed and thorough as all of the DIBY patterns. I had tried several other leggings patterns from other designers and never liked the fit of any of them. The ABB Leggings are the first pair I love. Never will buy store bought leggings again!

  3. shemaurice5 (verified owner)

    I gave the “Anything But Basic” leggings a 5 because it is a great starter pattern that fits well straight off the printer. Sure, there may be a few tweaking necessary for some people. However, this pattern is very easy to adjust because of the side seam. Also, the pattern comes with plenty of fitting help. After using this pattern, you will be able to adjust/fix most,(if not all) of your pants fitting dilemma.

  4. Shareesa (verified owner)

    I love these leggings. They fit so much better than other patterns I have tried. They have less negative ease so they are more comfortable. I think next time, I will raise the waistband a little because I like the “tummy tuck” look ha!

  5. jleko (verified owner)

    I have tried many leggings patterns and I can say that this is the best one. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. What puts this pattern above others is the instructions to get a perfect fit. They help you through each step from measuring and cutting what will fit you! I recommend this for beginners to advanced sewists.

  6. nicole_marie30 (verified owner)

    This is one of my favourite patterns for leggings. The fit tips right on the pattern are awesome, the instructions clear and concise. The fit was great. Highly recommend.

  7. pitterpatch (verified owner)

    So, who needs *another* (free) leggings pattern?? Uh, you do. But only if it’s this one. Sure there are things unique to my own personal shape that I had to adjust on this pattern, but the clear markings of hip, thigh, and calf made this SO MUCH easier than any other pattern I have tried. I have been impressed with DIBY patterns in general and this one was no different. All the charts and measurements provided, plus the step by step directions were super helpful for getting a great pair of leggings that fit perfectly.

  8. karen.derby (verified owner)

    Great pattern, easy to read and amazing fit. Really easy to make adjustments because of the side seams.

  9. Tiffany Copon (verified owner)

    Easy to sew and adjust as needed. Solid pattern.

  10. angelajeanlocke2013 (verified owner)

    Easy to sew and am pleased with them will definitely make more

  11. Tiffany Copon (verified owner)

    I’ve made these leggings four times this month. The pattern is beautifully drafted and easy to follow.

  12. Debbie Rasmussen (verified owner)

    Love these leggings , great pattern.

  13. Teckla Buller (verified owner)

    I have been asked to review this pattern and I would love to. However, I purchased it a few weeks ago when I was just starting into food preservation for the year. I have very little or no time to sew through these few summer months so will not be making these up for a couple months. I do want to say that I like DIBY patterns and am looking forward to my fall sewing, especially this pattern, because I am always cold and am looking forward to having a stylish way to layer clothing. The instructions are very clear and the style of most DIBY garments are a good match for me. I also have the ABB tee pattern and will make that up with the leggings. Looking forward to adding both of these to my closet and will try to remember to update my review after sewing.

  14. daniellequiring (verified owner)

    I really wanted to love these leggings but the fit was way off for my body. I made them according to my measurements and they ended up being enormous. i had to take about 2 inches off of each hip, several more off the thighs and 3 off each ankle. I will attempt them again now that i know they fit big but in the meantime I’m not super impressed with the pattern.

  15. Eveliina Tuores (verified owner)

    This pattern is amazing and the instructions include a fitting guide! Love love love the inclusive sizing! My first pair fit perfectly, although I needed to do a generous 2″ full belly adjustment, but this is something I need to do on all pants because I do have a considerable “baby pouch”. I also needed to add a narrow elastic on top of the waistband because they kept sliding down. That wasn’t a problem for me, but maybe instructions should include an optional elastic instructions for newbies. Also note that this pattern has a side seam, so if you aren’t into that look I recommend checking out Patterns For Pirates Peg Leg leggings.

    All in all I love this pattern and I can recommend it for everyone from a newbie to seasoned sewist!

  16. Annie Filion (verified owner)

    This is an amazing pattern…. I’m a beginner and it was easy to make…was a pleasure to work with that pattern…thanks !!!

  17. Susie (verified owner)

    I finally just made a knee-length pair of leggings using this pattern. They’re perfect for wearing under dresses and skirts in humid summer.

    I used a plain old knit cotton jersey fabric. I was kind of surprised how well they fitted without any adjustment and they didn’t ride up at all above the knee. My first pair of leggings – I’m a convert! These were super quick to cut out and sew and quite enjoyable to make 😀

    Planning to make many more long pairs to wear in winter.

  18. ladeej2 (verified owner)

    So many good things have been written about this pattern I really have nowhere to go! The fit was spot on, the ease of making resulted in my immediatly making more – what can I saw, when it comes to patterns DIBY knows what they’re doing!!

  19. janeyj (verified owner)

    I love this pattern – really simple to follow and make and I now have leggings that fit!

  20. Jennifer Fogleman (verified owner)

    This is the first pair of leggings I ever made. So much easier than I thought, and they fit perfectly every time!

  21. joyful3j (verified owner)

    Wonderful pattern. Easy to follow directions. Perfect fit. I am not a leggings person, made a pair while teaching family members to sew using an online pattern. Everyone was happy with the outcome including me. Will be making another pair.

  22. Amanda Tennent (verified owner)

    I finally built up the courage to make these – I haven’t sewed in years and whenever I made clothes for myself I was always disappointed so I was really nervous about making these. They turned out fantastic! I’m so happy – the instructions on getting a custom fit were so easy to follow and made sure that I really got a perfect fit. So happy. I can’t wait to try the other patterns that I’ve bought form DIBY now!

  23. Vicki Harrison (verified owner)

    This pattern does it all! The instructions are so clear and thorough. I highly recommend it for new sewers and peeps jumping into the knit world. I can’t say enough good things about it. I’ve made 3 pair so far. Love it!

  24. Sheila Thompson (verified owner)

    Thank you for this pattern! The directions and fitting guide were just right. The pattern fit me–and in the hard-to-fit-perfectly crotch curve–when I made them from lightweight yoga fabric. I made the full-length (shorten for 5’1″ height) and the high-waist regular waistband. I did have to take in the waistband an inch or more due to the very stretchy fabric.

  25. judithrcns (verified owner)

    I made two pairs of these for yoga pants and they worked perfectly. The instructions are good and the cutting and assembly went easily. I’m still experimenting with waistbands so there will be more in my future.

  26. Lesley Isaac (verified owner)

    This is a great introduction to DIBY patterns. The instructions are so well written and easy to follow. I particularly like the adjustment section to help get the perfect fit esp as it indicates which can be done AFTER sewing – incredibly helpful. I highly recommend this as a good intro project for new sewists as it is a fast easy sew and has really follow excellent grading and fitting instructions.

  27. janifid (verified owner)

    I made these for my grand daughters who have various body shapes. The fit is incredible I was able to make adjustments for perfect fit. EASY cutting and sewing for beginning sewists.

  28. Adele Bielecki (verified owner)

    I love this company for their wonderful patters but in particular the clear, easy to follow instructions provided. This is the first time I’ve tried to sew leggings and the results were great. Thank you !!

  29. Jill Schoenig (verified owner)

    Oh my gosh, what can I say? Terrific, wonderful, fabulous! These are the best fitting leggings I have ever made! I have a little more junk in the trunk and they fit perfectly! All my RTW leggings seem as though they are pulling down in the back. Not these. So simple to make with clear instructions. Don’t hesitate just make them. You won’t be disappointed!

  30. Amanda Bickham (verified owner)

    I can’t believe this pattern is free. The instructions are great, and I love how much I learn with every new pattern I try. These leggings fit me PERFECTLY after being taught to grade the pattern for my measurements!

  31. JJ O’Brien (verified owner)

    Super quick pattern and very easy to follow. I made a pair of high waisted shorts and it took me just 2 hours from print to wear. These are the comfiest leggings I have ever worn – will definitely make more.

  32. Audrey Martin (verified owner)

    Excellent pattern! The instructions are clear and complete. I have learn some techniques with it. Used it for cosplay as a base that I have modified. Also did a pair of shorts for training. I’m currently using it to make capri for training and modified the partner to add some stripes. It fits perfectly. Thanks for this pattern!

  33. Jeremy Fisher (verified owner)

    I have been taking on different challenges to improve my skill level, having never sewn with Lycra or adapted a pattern for best fit this was a interesting sew. The clear instructions allowed me to change the pattern to my body shape, with a new understanding of how patterns work. Sewing the fabric was easier than I expected again due to the clear instructions.

  34. Julie Janko (verified owner)

    I love this pattern, so easy to put together and use and the explanations are great! Thanks.

  35. Kate Morgan (verified owner)

    These are the first leggings I’ve ever made and I will be making more! Super simple and quick to make, great instructions to get the perfect fit and it’s all so clear and easy. DIBY patterns are amazing and the extra info at the end of this pattern about pant fitting issues will be valuable for other pants too. Love this! Can’t believe it’s free. Jess is always spot on with every DIBY pattern I’ve made!

  36. Monique Derrick (verified owner)

    Love this pattern for easy and quick leggings. So simple to make and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

  37. jane (verified owner)

    Like many women, my measurements don’t fit a single standard size. So I love the detailed instructions for getting my perfect fit with these leggings. Comfy leggings are a must! So impressed!

  38. yvette.boutin (verified owner)

    These are the only leggings I have made but after extensive research from other sewers these were the ones that came out on top for the least amount of modifying needed and the easiest and most comfortable. And everyone was right. These are amazing. I am a beginner sewer and these are so great. They fit perfectly the first time and I did not grade the pattern, and I am not the typical hour glass shape. I am 165 lbs and 5’6″ and I got the leggings out of 1 yard of french terry fabric and made a slightly bigger cuff. I can bend over with absolutely no issues – no see through material issues here the ease is perfect. Love ’em.

  39. Elisabeth Rademacher (verified owner)

    This pattern is easy to trace and easy to sew. Ic made a pair for my sister and she loves them! Great fit! I’ll hopefully be able to make myself some woollen ones to keep my warm while cycling in winter.

  40. Avril Coetzee (verified owner)

    Stunning Pattern and lovely fit. Nice and easy to sew

  41. Elizabeth Dent (verified owner)

    This pattern is super easy and super versatile. I’ve made full length leggings and shorts out of different fabrics; one being the thickness of a pair of tights, which is what I was after. I look forward to sewing my own long johns for the winter and trying my hand at a pair of jeggings. The only limitations with this pattern that I can see is one’s own imagination.

  42. Heather Doell (verified owner)

    This was my first DIBY pattern and I have made several pairs of leggings for my daughter and myself. It was easy to piece together and trace and the instructions for size grading, length adjustment were easy to follow and ended up with leggings that fit perfectly!

  43. Kristin Mueller-Heaslip (verified owner)

    Excellent free legging pattern. I’ve used it twice, once with a lightweight knit and once with stretch denim for jeggings. Very wide and inclusive size range and very clear instructions on how to customize it for a perfect fit. This is now my go-to leggings pattern and I plan to use it many more times!

  44. drganesen (verified owner)

    Great design! Simple and fits well

  45. Ani Vihervaara (verified owner)

    I made these leggings as my second project on a sewing course, and the instructions are very clear easy to follow, and the leggins are easy and quick to sew. These leggings became my favorite clothing to wear. The instructions teach you how to adjust the pattern to suit your unique body measurements. I have never seen this precise, yet easy to follow instructions on any other patterns. It teaches you not only how to make these beautifully fitting leggings, but as you do this you learn a valuable sewing skill of how to adjust basically any sewing pattern to your own measurements. I am very pedantic with my sewing projects and this was perfect.

  46. Kayla Hawkins (verified owner)

    This pattern was so easy to use, and I’ve used so many of the sizes offered by the pattern already. It’s perfect!

  47. Hagit Oron (verified owner)

    Great Pattern! I loved the fitting notes, used them, and the legging turned out excellent.

  48. Debbie Clarke (verified owner)

    I made the knee length and it was so easy to stitch up and these are now my new go to leggins. The pattern is going to get a huge workout as I’m in love <3.
    I didnt have to make many alrerations at all as the size is what it states!!, unlike other patterns from other designers (no names), which all seem to be a bit or a lot on the smaller size.
    Never will I need to buy RTW leggins or shorts again <3 Thanks DIBY!!!

  49. Cécile Jallais (verified owner)

    Perfect leggings. The pattern comes with a lot of informations and help. I already did it 3 times!

  50. Debbie Clarke (verified owner)

    So simple. Easy to sew. My new favourite leggins. I also made a pair of these into shorter length to go with a tank top for a swim outfit. So comfy that these have been made my go to leggins pattern. I never have to buy RTW again 😀

  51. Ágnes Szabó (verified owner)

    This pattern is awesome. Especially the instructions are fantastic. I am a beginner at sewing and I always have a hard time, when I try to create clothes. This was the first one what I really like. My prototype turned out just great. I still want to adjust some minor details on it next time, but it is wearable and fit well. I’ve learned a lot from the instruction. Thank you!

  52. Shirley Harrell (verified owner)

    great pattern! The instructions are good and the fit is great

  53. Dianne Robertson (verified owner)

    Great pattern. I am going to have to make the mini length shorts next. My husband wants me to have a pair.

  54. Maren Katz (verified owner)

    I love this pattern! I used it with a bit thicker fabric and I love my new pants so much, that I made 3 pairs already!!! Thanks for offering this well fitting pattern! no adjustments needed for me, 3x

  55. SEPHORA TITIRO (verified owner)

    Just love this pattern, the instructions and how the end garment turned out. These are my first handmade leggings and it fits perfectly. I made many adjustments according to the instructions: shorten, more belly adjustment, alter the crotch for a better fit. I´am going to do more of it.

  56. Edina Cole (verified owner)

    Wow! This pattern was amazing. Such a simple garment but often the patterns for leggings are poorly drafted. This one is not! I was so happy to find a pattern designed for a shorter and curvy person! And when I say curvy,I don’t mean a large person although this pattern is size inclusive, I’m talking about a curvy body with a large hip to waist ratio measurement. I recommend it to everyone who is curvy and short

  57. Katholene Hofner (verified owner)

    Great pattern, love the fit adjustment explanations.

  58. Christina Brack (verified owner)

    I loved the helpful tips on combining sizes or altering for a perfect fit! I have made these now for both of my preteen daughters and they love them! From tracing to completion, only took me a couple of hours. Great that I could choose which sizes to print for less fuss in prepping.

  59. Linda Chan (verified owner)

    I’m a beginner to sewing with stretch fabrics and found this pattern so easy to understand. I have a fantastic new pair of leggings and another pair in mid production. Thank you so much!

  60. Diane Alexander (verified owner)

    This is a five star pattern. Simpler and better than most standard patterns. With a serger, I can sew a pair in about 20 minutes! I’ve already made 3 pairs with one more planned. The pattern even explains how to adjust the pattern – something ive always wanted to try but was afraid to do. Try It! You won’t be sorry!

  61. tmcos (verified owner)

    These leggings were very easy to size & make. I have never made leggings before thinking they wouldn’t look good on me, but these turned out really well. I appreciate all the information & instructions that are supplied with each of Jess’s patterns. Thanks to Jess I have learnt to measure myself correctly & custom size her patterns. appropriately.Thank you Jess for yet another great pattern with easy to follow instructions. Maeve. Western Australia.

  62. Deb Wren (verified owner)

    Easy to understand instructions.
    Great tutorials on adjustments that really work. I don’t feel like such a newby now. Great experience.

  63. Nikita Geldenhuys (verified owner)

    I love how useful the instructions are to help beginner sewist create the perfect fit. Not only that, but this pattern doesn’t require much fabric so if you have to make it twice to get it right – like I did – you won’t waste lots of fabric. The DIBY team is also really supportive with guidance if you have a question. Can’t wait to try their other patterns!

  64. kerri H (verified owner)

    Just made these today. I needed a plus size patter that had enough of a crotch length and the patterns I own, although it had the right hip sized, the crotch length was too far off for me to fix. I tried this pattern, combine two sizes and it was a great fit. Now I just need to add a pocket. I will make these again.

  65. Elizabeth Deneeve (verified owner)

    So I am a full time designer and seamstress so I know I am not crazy. I really do not understand how these leggings have such great reviews. First of all the measurements are insanely off. I made them according to my size and the legs fit sort of ok but then the rise was almost 8” too short. I am thinking these are Frankenstein pants. As in you out the parts together however you want? I am not really sure but I am very, very glad I did not pay anything for them as I ruined some stretch fleece that I loved making whatever I made. Two stars for the leg curve work which is something I hadn’t see before.

  66. Talia Gertman (verified owner)

    These leggings are just perfect for any body type. I made 3 of them already for both my daughters and myself and with different knit fabrics. They are just beautiful!

  67. Ezelle Field (verified owner)

    Easy pattern to assemble and making plenty for camping. Yeah

  68. Ezelle Field (verified owner)

    Awesome, awesome and more awesome. This pattern is perfect.

  69. softanimal (verified owner)

    Very beginner friendly yet professional looking. I think the biggest value in any diby pattern are the great instructions, even if you don’t really need them it’s nice to notice the attention to detail.
    With appropriate grading the hip/waist/belly part was very loose on me, not too wide just more loose than I would like for leggings. I would go a size down from what the pattern says but that might also depend on fabric choice and preference.

    One thing I would advise people who are very much taller (and probably also if shorter) than the standard size this pattern was made for: don’t just divide the extra length in 2 but actually measure your leg above and below the knee separately and adjust accordingly. I am almost 6ft7 and if I follow standard instructions the knee ends up a bit too low. Not a big deal in leggings but making it perfect only takes 1 extra measurement 🙂

  70. Kristen Cox (verified owner)

    Love these leggings! I made mini ones that were a straight size (not graded) and 2 pairs of leggings that were graded between sizes (somehow my calves are 4 sizes larger than my hips size) but now I have perfectly awesome leggings in prints that are more fun than anything you can buy in the store. Once the pattern was graded and cut out it was so easy to crank out pair whenever you come across fun fabric!

  71. Ezelle Field (verified owner)

    Love,Love, love this very simplistic pattern. Very easy to assemble and what a joy to sew.
    Will recommend this to anyone novas or experienced sewer.

  72. Leena Lujamaa-Reisner (verified owner)

    A simple, straight-forward pattern with excellent instructions and fitting help.

  73. Marina Stock (verified owner)

    Brilliant! Went together fast. I’m tall and they were easy to adjust. Made 2 pairs and will make more!

  74. Nancy Hirsch (verified owner)

    I am super happy with the fit of the ABB Leggings. I used 50% vertical + 50% horizontal stretch fabric. I made size 12 which fits my “sit-down” hip measurement. The only change I made to the pattern was to shorten it by 1” since I’m 5’3”. The leggings are comfortable and look great with a tunic or above the knee dress. I’ve made two pairs already and will be making a “Yoga class” pair once I find fabric I like.

  75. Cynthia Taylor-Luce (verified owner)

    I wasn’t sure about these. I’ve never made a fabric waistband with no elastic in it. I took a chance and used a nice stretch fabric for my daughter as a test. Her waist is 29″, hips 40″, and she’s 5′-7″ tall. I made the leggings exactly to the pattern and they look fantastic on her. I used the wider version of the waistband and I could have actually made the band an inch wider because she likes things to come up to her waistline. This was slightly below but she had no complaints at all. I’m very happy because I can whip these up on my serger and coverstitch machine in a couple of hours including cutting out the fabric. I’m very happy. I may try making myself some, but I’m plus size and losing weight so I think I’ll wait a little bit. Highly recommend this pattern.

  76. Alexandra Gottlieb (verified owner)

    The pattern is great and the explanations are even better! Can’t wait to make another one or two pairs!

  77. Paulina Dominguez (verified owner)

    Okay, I am obsessed, I learned through Jessica’s tutorial how to custom fit these leggings and they fit like a glove! What an amazing pattern and pattern company, thank you so much for these! Can’t wait to try your other patterns!

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