Member since 11/23/03
Date: 12/6/11 8:35 PM
Okay I am ready to throw in the towel but before I do I will ask the experts. What kind of knit do I use for Peggy Sagers yoga pants. She said to use any type of knit but I am getting very sad muslims with the knits I have bought. I think one knit that I thought was ponteroma turned out to be a sad facsimile of the knit she suggested. What knit do you suggest for the beginner sewist who is trying to sew. Any advice would be appreciated.
Member since 7/27/05
In reply to janismills
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Date: 12/6/11 9:11 PM
Why don't you email her photos of you in your muslins with a description of the fabrics? She may tell you to go up or down a size or make some other adjustment that will help.
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Member since 2/28/05
Date: 12/6/11 9:24 PM
You could call Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL and ask them --- when I was there with the PR weekend group, I overheard a sales lady showing one of the shoppers a knit and telling her it was the exact knit recommended by PS for the yoga pants.
I looked at the item she suggested, but it was a bit too lightweight for me, so I bought a Natalie knit (you can find it on the Vogue) website - I think it is perfect for yoga pants.
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Member since 2/21/04
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 12/7/11 2:32 AM
I went to her recent ETA California Sewing Expo and she recommended a Poly/Rayon/Lycra sewing knit. She said that the Ponte Roma from Joann's would work well and the price couldn't be beat. I think it is $12.99/yd normally, but when you use a coupon you can get a great deal. Make sure you get the Poly/Rayon/Lycra blend NOT the 100% poly Ponte knit. Online the knits are sometimes mixed up. I have sewn with it before and it makes wonderful skirts that wash and wear incredibly well. I think it is also very similar to Juliette knit (slightly heavier weight) and a Sophia knit (slightly lighter weight). There was a thread discussion about these knits awhile ago titled "Sophia Knit" and I have no idea how to link to it, but it had some good info on it.
The JoAnn's Ponte Roma poly/rayon/lycra is a great yoga pant fabric though.
If I stitch fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?
Member since 4/8/08
Date: 12/7/11 10:08 AM
I took Peggy's yoga pants class at the Minneapolis Sewing Expo -- she recommends ponte roma (Joann's or Hancocks). She personally prefers the one that is poly/rayon/spandex blend rather than the poly/spandex only blend but both would work. Also recommends Sophia Knit. These are for a basic yoga pant.
She also said that when using a ponte roma you should measure your hips and go down a size in her Silhouette pattern -- in a slinky knit you would go down 2 sizes.
She went into a lot of fitting issues as well as a lot of variations for the yoga pant style as well as the fabric types. You can even use wovens with a few alterations to the sizing and the waist shaping.
Thoroughly enjoyed the class although haven't had a chance to put the theory into practice.
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Member since 4/24/06
Date: 12/7/11 7:15 PM
I took her Yoga Pant Fitting Class at the ASG Conference and we got to try on the pants (she had every size sewn in the ponte roma from JoAnn's Fabrics). As it turns out I wore a size 10! I haven't worn a RTW size ten since I was 14! But as she explained how the Silhouette Pattern sizing works and how to measure yourself and the stretch of the fabric - it all makes sense. So, I think the suggestion with emailing pics to her is a great idea. Peggy Sagers is very helpful and I think she will be able to give you some good advice about the Yoga Pant fit and what direction you should go. And, finally, I have made three pairs of Yoga Pants (of course, I haven't done a pattern review on them yet - its on my to do list).
Member since 11/21/09
Date: 12/7/11 7:50 PM
Watch Peggy's webcast on Yoga pants.
I have made a ton of her yoga pants. I did not listen to her when she said to go down a size and I should have .... She was correct.
I made my yoga pants out of the knit she recommends from Hancocks. Also was lucky to attend a fitting workshop and bought some of her yoga pant fabric. yummy stuff.
The only problem I have with the fabric is how much cat hair it attracts.
Member since 10/26/08
Date: 12/7/11 8:04 PM
Peggy has webcasts at her Silhouette Patterns website. Here is a link to the yoga pants webcast. It's one hour and five minutes long.
Natalie is a 90% Cotton/10% Spandex knit available at The Sewing Studio in Washington state (NAYY). It is a jersey knit with 4-way stretch that has snappy recovery.
Sophia Stretch Double Knit is another fabric Peggy recommended on her webcast. It is 67% Polyester/30% Rayon/3% Spandex and available at Fabric.com (NAYY). It is heavier than the Natalie knit and very similar to Ponte Roma in weight. The Sophia has 2-way stretch (crosswise grain only). Nancy's Notions is another source for this fabric.
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Member since 4/21/11
Date: 12/10/11 9:04 AM
Hmm that Natlie knit sounds interesting, I like something that's more cottony for workout yoga pants, the other blends are dressier for work wear.
I have also used a wool lycra she had for sale at the sewing expo in Puyallup earlier this year, think she had it on the website too? Wow that stuff was nice fabric. She has fabrics on her site now that are supposed to be good for these, haven't tried any of the others but their facebook pages said free shipping today so maybe it's time to try....
Has anyone else tried the new yoga pant? I really like that one a lot, sits lower and fit me better than the first!
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