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Fehr Trade Knot-Maste Yoga Set

I was a pattern tester for Fehr Trade's Knot Maste Yoga Set.

For the bottoms, I used an organic terry knit from Tessuti.  It is a lovely fabric, but I had bought it online hoping to make a t-shirt, and it was a heavier than I wanted for a t-shirt.  It might be a tad heavy for yoga pants too, but I am planning on wearing these for lounging around in winter.  It is perfect fabric for that.


I didn't have quite enough fabric, so I used a contrasting cotton lycra for the waistband.  I made the waistband narrower than the test pattern, but I know that Melissa altered the width of the waistband after the testing round, so have a look at the waistband on some other finished versions if you would like to know how wide it really is.  The pockets of these joggers are cut on with the main panels, and in conjunction with the gathered waist, make for a nice slouchy look.  They are my favourite feature of these pants.
 



(Oops, threads hanging out in the above photo.  I had only basted the hem bands on at this stage, as my fabric was not as stretchy as recommended, and I wanted to check that I could get them on over my feet.)


I didn't like the top when I made it up.  It felt too loose and maternity-ish.  Now that I have seen the pattern sample made up, I realise that it would have worked much better in a soft, drapier knit.  My fabric is the active wear fabric from Lincraft. In my fabric, the knot at the back felt all too bulky.



So, I love the pants and will wear them a-plenty when the weather cools down.  I have already given the top away, so I can't even get a photo of the knot tied for you.

7 comments:

  1. I'm with you on those pant pockets, I love those pants! The sleeve detail is nice on the top, maybe another fabric will come along and want to be a better incarnation.

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  2. I loved the trousers too, mine are almost the same colour, but without the fab waistband.I do like your contrast fabric version. Its too hot to wear them yet, but they will be terrific this winter.

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  3. I love the pants and the contrast together. I love the colour of the top but I'm not sure how practical the open back is.... I do yoga nearly daily but I think the open back wouldn't be good for the inverted postures... or is that where the knot should be?

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    1. Hi Summer! You can see the placement of the knot on the open back view that Katherine made on the shop listing: https://shop.fehrtrade.com/products/knot-maste-yoga-set The tied back view is only intended to be worn open before and after your workout, and tied during your flow. When the top is made in the suggested light & drapey fabrics, the knot is really squishy and honestly not a problem for the lying on your back.

      Based on tester feedback I made a lot of changes to the finished pattern, including a second top view which features a hem band with twists at the sides. Some people preferred this one to the tied back view and I actually did a yoga session wearing my samples of this view last night, coincidentally enough!

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  4. The pants look great, and I agree the top would be nice in a drapey fabric. They both have some interesting details. I'm with Summer Flies though - not sure that the top is ideal for yoga. I do yoga daily too, and all that volume in the inverts (headstand, shoulderstand, etc) would be impractical.Also, fussing around with a knot under your back when it comes to Savasana (lying pose, a pose done at the end of every practice session) isn't ideal.

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    1. Hi Paola. I replied to Summer's similar concerns above but I'll also add them here so you get the notification.

      You can see the placement of the knot on the tied back view that Katherine made on the shop listing: https://shop.fehrtrade.com/products/knot-maste-yoga-set The tied back view is only intended to be worn open before and after your workout, and tied during your flow. When the top is made in the suggested light & drapey fabrics, the knot is really squishy and honestly not a problem for the lying on your back.

      Based on tester feedback I made a lot of changes to the finished pattern, including a second top view which features a hem band with twists at the sides. Some people preferred this one to the tied back view and I actually did a yoga session wearing my samples of this view last night, coincidentally enough!

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  5. Thanks for blogging about this! I think you were the only one to use a contrast waistband and I love the look!

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