Yoga anyone?

For the last few years people at my work have been asking the gym for a yoga instructor.  This year they’ve finally started to give in and have been scheduling weekly trial sessions with different instructors to find the right fit for our workplace.  I have really been enjoying the sessions.  I’ve described my yoga experiences as a workout where “I don’t really feel like I’m doing much of a work out during it, but the next day I am sore all over”.  I consider that a good work out.  Like when I run I feel awesome after I am done with yoga.  It’s not that endorphin induced runner’s high but more of a sense of inner calm – similar to when I’ve just finished meditating.   Yoga may be my new favorite thing.

The one awkward thing about yoga is that you have to wear the right clothing or you end up flashing people or showing them a little too much rump.  Luckily my mother in law bought me an awesome lululemon work out outfit a few years back that is absolutely perfect for yoga.  The pants are similar to these:

Lululemon Groove Pant III

And let me tell you they are fabulously comfortable and they have this VERY HIGH waistline that prevents any accidental mooning mishaps.  AND they are so clever that they have this built in little pocket in the waistband so you can tuck in a key or ID in case you need it.

Well guess how much this well-designed pair of pants costs?  Drum roll please… $98.  Yikes.  $98 of pants I’m going to roll around on the floor in and get sweaty in!  My normal pants don’t cost half that!

Alright I’m just being frugal.  They really are very nice pants.  If you have the dough definitely invest in some; they will be your new favorite pair of pants.  I don’t want to cough up the money to invest in another pair but I am greedy and want another pair.  With Christmas so far away I decided to attempt my own.  Below I give you my copycat version of the lululemon Groove Short II.  Note that sewing stretch knits is tricky so unless you’re like me and are just doing this for some practice you won’t want to conquer this as your first sewing attempt.

Here’s how I made them:

Copycat Lululemon Groove Short II

You will need:

  • 1/2 yard “performance quick dry fabric”** I bought a yard just in case – you can make a second pair with the other half later.
  • Pattern below – I am around a size 6 and these fit comfortably.  You’ll also need to cut 2 pieces of 4×6 fabric for the pocket.yoga_shorts
  • Priscilla of was kind enough to send me her version of the above pattern in PDF form!  It is here.  She says to make sure it is at 100% size when printing, and use the poster option.  Thanks Priscilla!!!

**The lululemon pants use a proprietary blend they call “Luon” which I assume is a play on the words “lululemon & nylon”.  It claims to be: 87% Nylon 13% Lycra Spandex & 40% Nylon 42% Polyester and 12% Lycra spandex.  The stuff I bought is 100% polyester but it feels very similar to the other pair of pants I have.  Basically just get something that is stretchy and breathable.

  1. Cut out your pattern pieces – be sure to pay attention to the marks I made on the pattern for the grainline.  Though the fabric will stretch in both directions you’ll have the most give in the crossgrain direction.  In case you don’t know – the grainline I have marked should be aligned parallel to the selvage.  I did not include seam allowance in the pattern.  I recommend adding 1 inch seam allowance so you have some wiggle room on the length.

    Add one inch seam allowance to pattern pieces

    Add one inch seam allowance to pattern pieces

  2. Pin front pieces together at center front.  Pin backs together.  Pin backs  to side fronts.
    Pin back pieces together up to marking on pattern. Pin back pieces to side fronts.

    Pin back pieces together up to marking on pattern. Pin back pieces to side fronts.

    Pin front sections together on center front up to marking on pattern

    Pin front sections together on center front up to marking on pattern

  3. Sew each seam together using a straight stretch stitch being sure to stop at the marks I made on the pattern.  You’ll insert the crotch piece here later.  I’m debating if instead of doing a straight stretch stitch I should have done a plain old running stitch baste but I’ll let you know next time.  Make sure when you sew knits (like you are here) you use a ballpoint needle.
  4. After straight stretch stitching the seams together trim the seams down to 1/4 inch.  Fold the fabric to one side of the seam and  slant overedge stitched over each seam.

    Stitch over trimmed seam allowance.

    Stitch over trimmed seam allowance.

  5. Sew the inner seam of thighs using a straight stretch stitch.20160325_225937
  6. Insert a 3×1″ eye shape (plus 5/8″ seam allowance) into crotch area using straight stretch stitch.20160325_232030
  7. Trim seams in 5&6 down to 1/4 inch and again stitch over each seam as in step 4.
  8. Take pocket rectangle and sew along the two 6″ sides in a straight stretch stitch.

    Sew sides of pocket.

    Sew sides of pocket.

  9. Turn the pocket inside out and sandwich it between two pieces of waistband as shown.  Pin along top of waistband until you come to the pocket then pin one piece of waistband on each side forming a pocket.

    Insert pocket in front waistband.

    Make sure to pin the pocket opened.

    Make sure to pin the pocket opened.

  10. Stitch as pinned with a straight stretch stitch. Open out, pin seam allowance to one side of pants (this will now be the inside) stitch close to the fold, leaving the pocket open.  Reinforce the pocket at either side.  Trim seam allowance.20160326_003705
  11. Repeat steps 9 & 10 on the other half of the waistband omitting the pocket.20160326_004711
  12. Open out both waistbands again and pin them at side seams.  stitch.  Make sure inside matches inside.20160326_010359
  13. Fold band in half and pin to waist of pants.  Stitch.20160326_011145
  14. Put the pants on and decide where you want the length to hit.  Fold under the appropriate amount of fabric and stitch.20160326_105732
  15. Finally I trimmed where the waistband meets the pants and slant overedge stitched along this line to hold the fabric in place.

That’s it!lululemon_style_yoga_shorts

One yard of fabric cost me $10 and I only used half of that!  Grand total… $5.  That’s 10% the cost of the shorts on their website!  Not too shabby.  Next time I want to make a fun colored waistband or something but Joann’s selection was limited to grey and black.


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27 Responses to Yoga anyone?

  1. Kimberly says:

    I loved the post but I am unable to print out the pattern. Is there another link? I tried clicking on the link above for the Grove II Shorts but it takes me to the Lululemon website. Thanks!

  2. Jill B says:

    How did the straight stitch hold up after doing yoga? I’ve always been taught not to straight stitch on knit because it won’t stretch, so I’m curious how these perform under the pressure :-)

  3. Mary says:

    This is wonderful! I’m just beginning yoga and drooled over the Lululemon outfits, but can’t seem to be able to justify spending that much money on something I’m just going to sweat in!
    My question – what size is this pattern? I will have to resize it to fit my big butt, and having an idea of what size I’m starting with will help me to reconfigure to my size.

    thank you for sharing this pattern!!

    • lexicolton says:

      Hi Mary:

      Thanks for commenting! My bum is about a size 4/6! As a side note, I recommend making the length a bit longer. I’m making a second pair because I wish I had made the first pair just a teensy bit longer. Happy sewing!!


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  6. jay says:

    Question regarding the stitching at the crotch?
    Hi there – I can’t tell from the pattern but is the stiching all the way from front to back on the crotch or is there a triangle shape..(camel-toe free)

    • lexicolton says:

      Thanks for looking at the pattern! There is a 1″x3″ diamond (or eye) shaped piece! See step 6 and the picture there! Hope that helps.

  7. Janine Evans says:

    These look great. With 2 sporty girls the practically live in these style pants. Guess I will be making some. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Lone Hansen says:

    I love your pants but I can’t get it in right size pattern. 🙁
    How to do?Det

    • lexicolton says:

      Hi Lone!

      These are around a size 6. If you need a larger or smaller size I recommend taking a look at this tutorial on upsizing/downsizing patterns! Grading patterns is a bit tricky, but a great skill to have!


      • Lone Hansen says:

        I can*t make my size without knowing some messurement. When I print it is not bigger than a A4 paper. I am a size EU 40.

        • lexicolton says:

          Hi Lone:

          Sorry for the confusion – the pattern is a size 6 US which is approx. a size 36-37 EU according to the interwebs. As for printing – it is sometimes a bit tricky. The trick is that I include a 2″x2″ square on every pattern for you to size by. In a world where I had lots of time and money I’d make all my patterns into PDFs, but it is actually really difficult and time consuming! Try the following:

          Save the below link and open it on your computer with

          The trick is that you want that little 2×2 square to print out 2inx2in. Resize the pattern until you get that square printing out 2×2. Here is a great tutorial on another blog with pictures (they use MS Powerpoint, which unlike is not freeware):

          After you get it printing properly follow the instructions from to increase the pattern size! Note that the spandex is pretty stretchy, so you may be able to get away with just increasing the length and leaving the waist the same.


  9. Hi! I have resized your picture to scale and have it saved in a pdf file I can send to you if you’d like?

  10. Hi this is a nice pattern! I was able to right click your picture of these shorts and load it into PowerPoint using instructions I found here
    Then I printed everything out as described on that link and will start making them tonight. I hope to post a pic and info on my blog as soon as I’m finished making them. Thank you for making this tutorial free!

    • I forgot to tell you I sized it up to 200% exactly and it came out perfectly to 2″.

    • lexicolton says:

      Thanks for stopping by Tammie!!! I hope they come out great! I can tell you that they have served me well in yoga for the past year! My only regret is that I wish I had made them a teensy bit longer, so if you think you’ll prefer longer yoga shorts, make sure you add some length to the bottom hem! Send me a link when you make them I’d love to see them!

  11. Sandra says:

    Thank you very much for the instructions. Is there a chance that you could send me the pdf as well please? Thank you!

    • lexicolton says:

      Hi Sandra!

      Thanks for stopping by, I updated the post and added the pdf from Priscilla a few days ago! Happy sewing!


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