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I ended 2017 with a fuzzy warm sweater and I want to kick off the new year with something just as comfy, which is why I knew right away I wanted to sew something from our Time to Relax yoga collection. Read on to see which pattern I picked and my first steps in sewing…

Pattern


The integrated foot pieces really made me choose this pattern, and I also loved the high waist crossover waistband. Last year I started with an athletic pants project from the 01/2017 issue, and last year was a great sewing year for me – so let’s see if these yoga pants can kick start my 2018 sewing. Espeically with the Burda Challenge 2018 also going on!

fabric


To make these yoga footed leggings I needed some stretch fabric. Since it has been so cold here, and I feel like I don’t want to leave the house, I decided to look to my stash for suitable fabric. I’m also in studio organization mode, so it is always nice to use what you already have. So I was thrilled to find a bunch of this blue Art Gallery printed jersey and a bit of shimmering silver jersey for the contrast waistband and feet pieces.

Dress


My jersey was all leftover from our Knit Maxi Dress Sew-Along! I already have a maxi dress and top in this printed jersey, so a pair of stretch pants will be a nice addition. I was also thinking for the top version of the dress I made, I could remove the peplum and it will be like a matching yoga top to my pants.

Step 1


The first step was to tile together the pattern and do any alterations. Since I’m petite, and these pants are regular sized, I had to reduce some of the length in the legs. I located the knee notches and connected them with a straight line perpendicular to the grainline. I’m sewing a size 38 for these. For bottoms I would usually sew a size 40, but the jersey fabric I’m using is quite stretchy.

Step 2


I drew two lines, each 1/2" away from the knee line to reduce the leg’s length by 1" total.

Step 3


To close the gap in between the adjustment lines, I first folded the bottom line and taped it to the top one, making sure that the grainline is matched up.

Step 4


Then I taped it all down in place. See how the grainline is matched up, but it doesn’t matter about the side seams (those can be corrected).

Step 5


Using a clear ruler, I connected the lines on either side of the adjustment. Then I added 1/4" seam allowance around all the pieces since that it the width of my serger stitch.

Step 6


There was only one draft it yourself piece in this pattern, for the back of the foot. For BurdaStyle digital patterns, the draft it yourself pieces have 5/8" seam allowances included, but I’m sewing with a 1/4" allowance so the piece needs to be adjusted. The way I do this is first draft the piece as per my size on the chart and then calculate the difference I need to make. In this cast it is 3/8", so I bring in each side 3/8".

Step 7


Now it’s time to get cutting! I first cut my waistband piece on the fold out of my silver jersey. Then I cut my front and back leggings pieces out from my Art Gallery printed jersey.

Step 10


To finish the hem edges I used Coats Eloflex thread (that I also used in the sew-along) that stretches with the fabric.

Step 11


The construction step was to flip up and finish the bottom edges of the back pieces. So I first pinned up my allowances.

Step 12


Then from the right side I stitched my allowances in place with my Eloflex thread and a ball point sewing machine needle.

Step 13


Finished edges. If you can’t get this thread you can use a cover stitch machine, twin needle, stretch stitch, or zig zag stitch. Many options for sewing knits!

Step 14


To complete the heel cutout for the feet, I finished one of the more narrow edges of drafted piece a.

Step 15


On the front pieces, I cut into the side notches to mark the placement of the feet pieces.

Step 16


Then I placed my foot pieces, right sides together on the bottom of my front pieces matching up the top finished edge with the clipped marking. I pinned in place and then basted down to secure.

Well that completes part 1 of my first 2018 Mash Up!

Jan


I’m also doing the Burda Challenge 2018 where in ADDITION to my Mash Ups, I want to make another pattern from the magazine every month. My first challenge project is another yoga wear pattern, and I want to sew our Cutout Back Shirt to wear with my leggings.

Happy Sewing!

Meg

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    Jan 15, 2018, 07.25 AMby Tabitha Jones

    love your style. FYI; I have a question on burda style academy I left a couple of days ago. thx

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      Jan 15, 2018, 06.08 PMby MegH

      Which course? I just finished going though my over 100 email notifications for my Academy questions haha, so let me know if I still didn’t answer it :)

      Best,
      Meg

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    Jan 14, 2018, 01.10 PMby Robynsewsthisandthat

    Very cute. I need these in my wardrobe.

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    Jan 14, 2018, 10.40 AMby nrobson

    i’m liking it!

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    Jan 14, 2018, 03.14 AMby Evmorales

    It is amazing how our taste is so alike!. I missed the January magazine tho. I need to get the pattern collection and start this collection ASAP! Love all the pieces!

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