Since sewing and yoga did wonders in keeping me sane through the recent lockdowns, I couldn't pass at the chance of celebrating these together. It was so difficult picking which fabric though. All the colours and bases were beautiful, and they would've been great for different things. In the end, I decided that I needed a simple yoga tank, so went with the plain heather yoga flow, which was perfect for my purpose. But I wanted to share with you a few ideas that I had for making your own yoga wear. These would work well with these yoga themed fabrics, and also many other plain or funky fabric options.
But first, check out my new yoga tank!
I mean, it would be wrong if I didn't at least let the design inspire my posing, right? 😉
I made an Xpress tank by Greenstyle Creations. I had read that people would complete this from start to finish in 30 mins, but always thought, this would never be me, because I've always been a slow and steady sort of sewer (so much so that just watching the Great British Sewing Bee would make me break out in cold sweats). But how wrong was I? As it turned out, the name is very accurate - it is an Xpress tank indeed! Actually, it took me longer to take these pictures than cutting and sewing this up!
I went with the low neck and tie back options. I was a bit worried that the knot at the back might be uncomfortable during any supine poses, and was prepared to open it for my savasana, but I totally zonked out without even noticing it!
This top only has two seams to sew (i.e. the shoulder seams), and this is the case with all the versions. Hemming is optional, but my 30 mins even included hemming (I do have a coverstitch machine which was great for this - you could achieve a similar finish with a twin needle or a decorative stretch stitch on your sewing machine). The thing is, I think it looks far more complicated than it is, too!
I also got change from half a metre of fabric. This pattern really is pure genius! For what it's worth, I think a viscose jersey would probably look good here as well, though the hemming might be a bit trickier. There's a great sewalong for this tank as well, if you are a visual sewer.
In case this tank is not your cup of tea, here are a few other ideas for you.
Yoga top pattern ideas
Prefer something a little fancier? Check out the Stardust Top by Halla Patterns. You need to join their Facebook group for this freebie, but it's so worth it! There are cool colour blocking options with this one, plus you could add short sleeves as well if you are not big on tank tops.
I've got a couple of crop tops for you as well, if they float your boat more. First up it's the X Factor Crop by Patterns for Pirates. OK, it's not free, but it has a trendy detail at the front, and comes with so many options including dress versions with pockets!
The final top I want to mention is the Elevate Crop by Greenstyle (again). This crop top has a lovely crossover band, and can be hacked into sports bras and bikini tops following their tutorials. If you are not comfortable walking around town in a crop top (neither am I!), fear not, a super versatile overlay pattern is already included! In fact, you may have already seen one of my versions of this here.
Yoga bottoms pattern ideas
Next, if you dig joggers more than those flared trousers, then how about the Yoggers by Petite Stitchery? I absolutely cannot believe that this pattern is FREE! These are nice and roomy, and come with different lengths. These would work in cotton jersey, but fantastic in French Terry. Since writing my Matching Joggerspost, I have spotted that the Yoggers come in Kids sizes too!
But I digress.
Before I get too distracted, let me give a mention to the Mood Brya Pants. I haven't made this one, but love the look of these. They are part jogger, part harems, and I just love the volume! I would think that these would look better with a bit of drape, so viscose jersey would be a good shout here.
That's my little round up on patterns that might be great for yoga outfits. I hope you've enjoyed it, and I can't wait to see what you make!
Alice from Queen of Darts