Are you guys getting sick of me talking about my serger yet? It is really exciting to take my sewing to the next level and feel able to create quality garments with ease. I knew when I got my Juki I would want to try making something using only the serger, so I grabbed some stretch material at my local fabric store to make a pair of yoga pants. These are so easy to make, follow my instructions below to make your own (or check out the Avery Leggings pattern for an even easier DIY)!
If you are somebody who feels that yoga pants are not acceptable as everyday pants, never come to Vancouver. You will be confronted with skin tight fabrics stretched across bums of all shapes and sizes everywhere you go. Generally, people in Vancouver are quite fit. Many people do spend all their free time running, biking, hiking, and skiing – sometimes all in one day! Because of this, it is acceptable to wear your workout gear anywhere and everywhere, which I personally do not have a problem with. In fact, I don’t care what people wear, period. Suit yourself!
My exercise activities of choice are biking and yoga. For both, I like a stretchy pant that is very high waisted so there is no chance of them falling down. It can be hard to find leggings with such a sky-high waistband, especially since I have quite a long torso to begin with. It is nice to be able to make my own and control the details. I put a band on the top of these pants so they can be worn at full height, or folded over at the top – hello teenage belly button piercing! I am not ashamed (ok maybe a little…).
To make these beauties, I traced a pair of American Apparel leggings that I wear all the time. I placed one leg inside of the other to make it easier to trace around the shape. Once traced, I cut two legs using my rotary cutter and cutting mat. I picked up these large metal washers at my hardware store to use as pattern weights and I absolutely love them, they work perfectly!
See the infographic below for instructions on how to serge these yoga pants together. I was able to make these in under an hour, tracing and cutting time included! I used 1.1 meters of 150″ wide fabric that cost $6 a meter. So these yoga pants cost me less than 10 bucks! Can you believe it? They look just like Lululemon if I do say so myself.
If you want to skip the tracing (and the math!), I’ve done all the hard work for you and created the Avery Leggings sewing pattern. These even feature a crotch gusset, so you can hit all those yoga poses without worrying about a popped seam! Check them out here.