If you cycle in long trousers then to keep them from flapping into the chain or against the dirty frame, you'll probably either roll your socks over your trousers, or use sprung clips or velcro bands. I prefer to use clips, but find that my trousers pick up splashed dirt from the road, so I thought it would be good to make some calf-length wraps to prevent that.
There are only a few measurements to take, and it's probably best to take them while wearing a typical pair of trousers. Err a little on the loose side - the narrow top and bottom should keep it properly located.
|Circumference||Distance to knee|
- Measure around just below your knee (its circumference).
- Feel along your calf from your knee for where the widest part ends and measure both around that, and from there along your shinbone to where you measured your knee.
- Measure around your ankle, and along your shinbone to where you measured your knee.
I generally draw patterns on tissue paper, but for small and simple things like this, I either draw on brown paper (because it's easily held on fabric while cutting, and it makes cutting duplicates easy) or I draw directly onto the fabric with a marker (one should use a fabric marker, I use a sharpie).
- Draw a straight line up your paper, the length of your knee-to-shin measurement. Call this the mid-line. Call one end 'knee' and one end 'ankle'.
- Mark on this line the height of your calf-end measurement, starting from the 'knee' end.
- Turn the T-square so it hooks onto the side edge of your table and slide it level with each of the marks, drawing a line across, with half the circumference relating to each mark on one side of the mid-line.
- Join the marks together with a smooth line.
You'll end up with three strips of velcro perpendicular to each straight edge, on opposite sides and edges, so that when worn, the velcro should be hidden and the seam will be at the back. The hooked velcro should face outwards, so it won't catch your trouser fabric.
- Cut two panels and sew the curved edges together.
- Cut three or four squares of fuzzy velcro. Cut the same number of rectangles of hooked velcro, twice as long as the squares.
- Pin the velcro bits to the fleece a quarter of an inch in from the edge, the fuzzy squares along one edge to face inwards once the gaiter's wrapped around your leg, the hooked rectangles to face outwards on the other edge.
- Use a straight stitch to sew the velcro to the fleece in the pattern shown, but with the corners meeting properly (they're staggered for clarity in the diagram).
When putting these on, it's easiest to secure the top first.
For some reason, the calf measurement seems to end up being too generous, but it's easy to trim and re-sew.