A few weeks before giving birth I decided it was about time to make a pair of Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June. Not only had these stylish yoga pants been on my to-sew list for quite a while, I also needed something comfortable for the last weeks before welcoming our son to the world (we’re all doing great!), as well as something to wear during the weeks after giving birth. Thirdly, and most importantly: I had this awesome performance knit from Indiesew I just had to use.
As I already said: the Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June are, relaxed yoga pants that can be used for so much more (I don’t do yoga…). You can either sew them with a regular waist band or use the pattern pieces for the cool cross-over waistband, taking these pants from just comfy to comfy AND stylish. The pants are fitted on top but flare out below the knee. My husband loved the fitted part of the pants but didn’t really understand why they had to flare out at the legs – he would have preferred them to be fitted throughout. 😉 I, on the other hand, like the flare! I often don’t like walking around all day in leggings or tight pants, it makes my legs feel very tired by the end of the day.
The performance knit from Indiesew and the Mountain Pose Pants are a match made in heaven! I always wanted to try supplex – a thicker 4-way-stretch knit perfect for activewear. What I didn’t like about supplex is the fact that it’s almost always made out of polyester. So when I saw that Indiesew was stocking supplex fabric mainly made out of cotton, I knew I had to buy it! The fabric is rather thick, stretched pretty much equally in every direction and has a slightly brushed feel to it on the wrong side. It’s super comfortable to wear! All performance knits at Indiesew are currently sold out, but you can sign up to the newsletter to keep track of new fabrics coming in. But be quick, many of the fabrics sell out fast and can’t be re-ordered!
Sewing the Mountain Pose Pants doesn’t take long, especially when working with a stable knit like the Indiesew knit I used and when working with a serger. Lengthening the pattern may have taken me nearly as long as sewing it! Since I’m rather tall, I decided to lengthen the pattern by 3/8″ / 1 cm each above the knee, below the knee and at the hem. Since the design flares out below the knee it’s important not to lengthen (or shorten) the pants only by adding to the hem – that way the flare starts at the wrong spot.
After adjusting the pattern all that’s left is sewing the inseam and the side seam of the pants, assembling the waistband, attaching it and hemming the pants. Done! To be honest, it took me a while before I hemmed these pants – I had to wear them all the time! I actually hemmed these while having contractions, thinking I couldn’t take unhemmed pants with me to the hospital. We sewists are a little crazy, aren’t we?
I loved wearing these pants during the last weeks of my pregnancy – the cross-over waistband made them very comfortable to wear, since it didn’t go across my baby bump. Ok, the waistband didn’t lie perfectly, but it was totally wearable and comfortable. And the pants were equally comfortable and fitted even better after giving birth. I’m wearing the Mountain Pose Pants quite often these days, and I like how comfortable they are, while looking much nicer than regular sweat pants.
You can buy the Mountain Pose Pants over here – they only cost 5 USD and 100% of the proceeds go to the Environmental Defense Fund. Alternatively, you can get this pattern for free by joining the Hey June Facebook group.
– I am part of the Indiesew blogger team and get compensated for this blog post. However, all opinions are, as always, my own. –