This model is part of the New Year's Resolution Workout Wear collection. This is the Easy Yoga shorts pattern for women.
Long ago, when my family and I moved from Paris to Sydney, I didn't know anyone in our new neighborhood. I needed to resolve some anxiety issues. New city, new house, new friends, new school and friends for my children, finding personal fulfillment and not knowing how to drive… all of this caused a lot of stress. To help me get through all of this, I joined a gym, one of those chains where there are lots of classes but no real in-depth instruction. So I decided that running on the treadmill and Thai boxing would give me the release of much-needed endorphins to start my brand new daily routine.
During one of those boxing classes, I got distracted and got punched in the chest, causing one of my discs to move in my lower back. The pain took my breath away at that point, but things got worse. Every night after that and for the next two years, I slept in three-hour increments, forcing myself to get up and stretch to relieve the pain and fall back to sleep. It was a very tiring and painful time for me. I spent time and money looking for someone who would help me without having to resort to surgery.
It wasn't until we moved to Singapore that I found a surgeon who asked me a weird question… Do you want the easiest, shortest and potentially less painful method (surgery) or a method more holistic and longer to solve this problem? I chose the longer route simply because the idea of back surgery terrified me. Why would a surgeon suggest a longer route which, in fact, did not involve surgery? On the surgeon's wall, among his many diplomas, was a series of photos of a woman who turned out to be his wife in very complex yoga poses. His name was Zera (meaning a fresh start) and she had the same injury as me. When the doctor caught me looking at the photo, he said, “What you see is a lot of the longest ride. Learn yoga, and the best way to learn it is to become an instructor. I was hooked and took the plunge to become a certified yoga teacher. Ten years have passed since then and I felt no pain for eight of them.
Yoga is an exercise routine that improves your posture, deep muscle tone, focus, and overall happiness. What's not to like?
This is my gift to you, a yoga shorts pattern for women to dive into a fresh start. They are perfect for creating a new personality painlessly, or simply for wearing around the house.
- One meter of knitted fabric with a minimum of 25% stretch
- ball needle
- Matching topic
- Rotary knife
- cutting mat
- Overlock/coverstitch machine (ideal, but not absolutely necessary)
Body Guide Measurements
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Adjust your yoga shorts model
The key to this yoga shorts model is the waistband and the hem. Consider the 25% stretch of the fabric when choosing your size. Measure from your inseam to above your navel and compare this distance to inseam plus band minus seam allowance (3/8″) (1cm). You will then know if the shorts will more or less cover what you need. Ideally, the band will fall just above your belly button and the hem will be 3 3/4″ (9.5 cm) from the crotch.
Sewing and cutting instructions
This project is for advanced to intermediate beginner sewers. The pattern only has two pieces, but they will all need to be cut twice, so fold your fabric and place the pieces on the fabric and use weights and a rotary cutter for best results.
The seam allowance for this pattern is 3/8″ (1cm). For best results, use a serger.
Note that there are no side seams and the whole shorts can be finished with five seams.
The first step:
Place one of the leg pieces, printed side up. Place the other leg piece, printed side down. The prints are together. First you will sew the crotch.
Sew at 3/8″.
Sew at 3/8″.
Second step :
Fold the shorts over so that the crotch is now in the middle, on top of each other. You are now going to sew the legs. Sew from one leg to the other.
Line up the belt pieces with the printed sides together. Sew the sides. You will end up with a group.
Fold the waistband up and down.
Divide the strip into four equal parts, taking into account that the seams make the sides mark the front and back.
Line up the seams on the side of the shorts and the other two marks on the crotch seam or on the front and back.
Pin these four marks and sew at 3/8″. Stretch the belt between the 4 parts.
Six lines of stitching are enough to make these super comfortable yoga shorts that I hope you can enjoy for many summers to come.
As I mentioned before, this is part of the workout wear collection – check out the other free patterns here. (place a link to the updated version of the collection.)
Let me know in the comments below what other garment would you like me to share with. Until then, stay pain free and keep moving. Happy sewing!
These shorts would certainly go well with our Ultimate Sports Bra model, which is also part of our training wardrobe.
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