Belmont Leggings & Yoga Pants
Performance meets style with the Belmont Leggings & Yoga Pants! View A is the ultimate wardrobe essential, a pair of full-length leggings with a clean hidden elastic finish. Salute the sun in View B, a classic pair of yoga pants featuring a capri length hem and foldover waistband, which can be worn up or down. Designed with comfortable, ultra-high rises and optional flexible gussets, the Belmont Leggings & Yoga Pants keep you moving all day long.
Please note the Belmont Leggings & Yoga Pants pattern is only available in a PDF format.
SEWING LEVEL: Beginner (without gusset) / Advanced Beginner (with gusset)
SIZING: 12 to 28.
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Mid-weight four-way stretch knit fabrics with at least 50% stretch in both directions. Wicking or athletic knits are a great option.
NOTIONS: Ballpoint/stretch needle, thread, 1.5 yds (1.4 m) of 1" wide woven elastic (View A).
The PDF comes as files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
NOTE: There are separate files for each view both with and without the optional gusset so you only have to print what you need.
Instructions: 14 pages (4.6 MB)
View A: Leggings
- Print at Home Pattern pieces: 26 pages (3.3 MB)
- Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 1 page (2.5 MB)
View B: Yoga Pants
- Print at Home Pattern pieces: 24 pages (3.6 MB)
- Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 1 page (2.5 MB)
Am one the “last gasp” in terms of years of the “baby boomers” and dress as I like- read long skirts/tank tops/tunics sweaters or tie at the waist tops. However, despite mostly living in the above, sometimes like to change things up with a tunic and leggings. I am, roughly speaking, a pattern size 16, with a very long body, short limbs, major sway back, ample posterior, limited side contours and (thank you 3 abdominal surgeries and aging out of a monthly cycle) rounded tummy. I have sewn for over 40 years. Ready to wear is sooooo limiting, not to mention ill fitting and cheaply (textiles/technique) made. Drafting is hit and miss (sway back and generously protruding posterior are not compatable with divide circumference by 2 or 4 regardless of what the scale says!) and don’t even get me started on the big pattern conglomeration these days. Decided to try the Belmont leggings after reading some reviews and seeing that the measurements are pretty much in line with my own. I made one muslin with the legs shortened by 3 inches, crotch depth in back extended and gusset, without adding the waistband and was amazed at the initial fit, not wearable, but within reach. We marked a level waist band, nipped a bit from the CB seam (sway back!!) took a bit out of the guesset (front to back) used a “fisheye” dart adjustment at back of thigh right below hip, and shortened the leg a bit more. I also drafted a 2 inch lightly contoured waist band to accommodate 2 inch elastic. I was confident enough to sew up the leggings in a lovely but pricey rayon/poly/spandex fabric from the local box fabric store that had enough weight/stretch to work with the pattern without revealing every little lump & bump. The end result was a smooth, non/binding fit.
I made both the yoga pants and leggings (used for swim shorts) and it’s a wonderful pattern. I will definitely use it again
I made the yoga pants, size 18 at hips grading to 20 in the waist. The gusset was challenging to visualize but just trust the directions and the pictures and do the steps exactly as instructed and it does work, I promise. The drafting of this pattern is like magic, it fits the curve of my hips and bum so well that it’s been seriously hard to get out of the habit of reaching to unroll/tug up the waistband every 5 minutes. It does not budge because the rest of me isn’t pulling it down. I just joined a gym and I’ve had compliments on these - it’s more motivating to go when I know I’m wearing something cool that fits, looks good and isn’t boring black. Would love to see more athleisure patterns!
The Belmont leggings were actually the first garment I've ever made and the first time I've followed a pattern. Overall, I'm so pleased with how they turned out! I prefer a higher waist and a slimmer leg, so I combined the yoga waistband with the leggings. As a shorter person, I also have a hard time finding 7/8 length leggings, so I loved being able to trim some material off the bottom of these to suit my wants. I probably should have made my first pair without the gusset, because that was tough for me, to be honest. Mine ended up really sloppy, but that's poor workmanship, and not at all the fault of the pattern.
I found out I was pregnant shortly before making these leggings, so I sized up a size in hopes of wearing them a bit longer since they have the nice, high yoga waistband. I think it's going to work really well.
I've now sewed the Belmont leggings twice (not interested in the yoga pants) and love the simple projects. Easy, quick, could even be a first sewing project. In a size 16 I even got by with 1m of fabric! One problem I've had with both pairs, however, was that I had to reduce the seam allowance down to 0.3cm or less since both were fairly tight. Thank god I chose the gusset! Of course, it's very possible that my jerseys weren't stretchy enough (although I did test this). So I'd definitely recommend athletic jersey etc. with a very high spandex content.
It would be very helpful if you could also note the thigh circumference you draft for (for the various sizes), since that can vary quite as much as hip and waist circumference. Because the pattern has so much negative ease, I had no idea whether I was sewing the right size for my thunder thighs ;)