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:
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.
- Priscilla of cillastitches.wordpress.com 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.
- 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.
- Pin front pieces together at center front. Pin backs together. Pin backs to side fronts.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sew the inner seam of thighs using a straight stretch stitch.
- Insert a 3×1″ eye shape (plus 5/8″ seam allowance) into crotch area using straight stretch stitch.
- Trim seams in 5&6 down to 1/4 inch and again stitch over each seam as in step 4.
- Take pocket rectangle and sew along the two 6″ sides in a straight stretch stitch.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat steps 9 & 10 on the other half of the waistband omitting the pocket.
- Open out both waistbands again and pin them at side seams. stitch. Make sure inside matches inside.
- Fold band in half and pin to waist of pants. Stitch.
- Put the pants on and decide where you want the length to hit. Fold under the appropriate amount of fabric and stitch.
- Finally I trimmed where the waistband meets the pants and slant overedge stitched along this line to hold the fabric in place.
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.