So I made myself some tights! What do you think?! Pretty chuffed myself actually; self-drafted, and I did make up a paper pattern for next time although of course not all stretch fabrics are created equal and I think each fabric would have to be judged on its own stretch factor for this purpose before using a pattern...
I didn't get enough fabric to go the whole length from toe to hip and initially was kicking myself for this frugality, but then realised that, of course! no one is going to see above hip height anyway! so not necessary to have an unbroken length of fabric all that way anyway... so made the above hip part of the tights separate to the leg part of the tights and joined them together after. So all turned out beautifully as this meant I used the whole width of fabric and had no leftovers, yay! As all seamstresses will agree; leftovers can be handy occasionally, but can also be a fiddly nuisance filling up one's available fabric storage space...
The leg seam goes from little toe around the front of the toes and up the inside leg, there is a centre front and centre back seam on the above-hip portion (no side seams at all!) Then the round-the-hipbone seam joins top to bottom, and finally the top is folded over to form a casing and 2cm wide elastic inserted.
(OK, so I'm wearing them here to show them as full length as possible, but in reality I will probably wear these with boots and longer skirts...!)
Today's random picture below; witch's hat with a view, seen this morning
Dress; Body & Soul, it's so long since I bought this (approx 12 yrs ago) the label is washed white and unreadable
Tights; own design, stretch print jersey
Shoes; Nina, from David Jones