Yoga Shorts Pattern For Women – Zera (Free For Now)

yoga shorts patternThis is my seventh pattern of 2018 and part of the New Year's Resolution Workout Wear collection.  This is the Yoga shorts pattern for women.

A New Workout Wardrobe: My New Year Resolution

A long time ago when my family and I moved from Paris to Sydney, I did not know anyone in our new neighborhood.  I needed to work out some anxiety issues. New town, new house, new friends, new school and friends for my kids, finding some personal fulfillment and not knowing how to drive… all that caused a lot of stress.  To help work through it all, I joined a gym, one of those chains where they teach many classes but not real in-depth instruction.  So I decided that running on the treadmill and Thai boxing would give me the release of endorphins I much needed to get me going with the brand new daily routine.

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In one of these boxing classes, I got distracted and got hit on the chest causing one of my disks in the lower back to move.  The pain knocked the wind out of me at the time but things got even worse.  Every night after that and for the next two years I slept in three hours shifts, forcing me to get up and stretch to release the pain and go back to sleep.  It was a very tiring and painful time for me.  I spent money and time looking for someone who would help me without the need of surgery.

Yoga shorts pattern

It was not until we moved to Singapore that I found a surgeon who asked me a bizarre question… Do you want the easiest, shortest and potentially least painful way (surgery) or a more holistic longer way to fix this?   I chose the longer way simply because the thought of surgery on my back terrified me.  Why would a surgeon suggest the longer route that didn't, in fact, involve surgery?  On the surgeon's wall, among his many diplomas, there was a series of pictures of a woman who turned out to be his wife in very intricate yoga poses.  Her name was Zera (which means new beginning) and she had the same injury as I did.  When the doctor caught me staring at the picture he said: “What you see is a big part of the longer route.  Learn Yoga, and the best way to learn it is to become an instructor.”  I was hooked and took the plunge to become a certified yoga instructor.  Ten years have flown by since then, and I have been pain-free for eight of them.

Yoga shorts patternYoga is an exercise routine that helps your posture, deep muscle tone, concentration and overall happiness. What's not to like?

Yoga shorts pattern

This is my gift to you, a Yoga shorts pattern for women to plunge into a new beginning.  They are great for creating a new pain-free you, or simply to wear around the house.


  1. One yard of knit fabric with a minimum of 25% stretch
  2. Ballpoint needle
  3. Thread to match
  4. Rotary cutter
  5. Cutting mat
  6. Overlocker (ideal, but not absolutely necessary) Suggestions

Pattern Layout

Yoga shorts pattern

Body Guide Measurements

Size Waist Hips Thigh
4 22 31 1/2″ 15″
6 23 32 1/2″ 16″
8 24 33 1/2″ 17″
10 25 34 1/2″ 18″
12 26 1/2″ 36 19 1/2″

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Fitting Your Yoga Shorts Pattern

The key to this Yoga shorts pattern is the waistband and hem.  Take the 25% stretch of the fabric into consideration when you are choosing your size.  Measure from your crotch to above your belly button and compare that distance with the crotch plus the band minus the seam allowance (3/8″) (1cm). Then you will know if the shorts will cover more or less what you need. Ideally, the band will fall right above your bellybutton and the hem will be 3 3/4″(9.5cm) from the crotch.

Sewing And Cutting Instructions

This project is for advanced beginners to intermediate sewers.  The pattern has only two pieces but all of them will be required to be cut twice, so fold your fabric and place the pieces on top of the fabric and use some weights and a rotary cutter for better results.

The seam allowance for this pattern is 3/8″ (1cm).  For best results use an overlocker.

Notice there is no side seams and the entire shorts can be finished with five seams.

Step One:

Place one of the leg pieces print side up. Place the other leg piece print side down.  Prints are together. Yoga shorts patternYou will sew the crotch first.

Sew at 3/8″.


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Sew at 3/8″.

Step Two:

Fold the shorts so the crotches are now in the middle, one on top of another.  You will now be sewing the legs.  Sew from one leg to the next. Yoga shorts pattern

Step Three:

Align the waistband pieces with the print sides together. Sew the sides. You will end up with a band.Yoga shorts pattern

Fold the waistband top to bottom.  Yoga shorts pattern

Divide the band into four equal parts, taking in consideration that the stitching makes the sides mark the front and back.

Align the seams to the side of the shorts and the other two marks to the crotch stitching or to the front and back.

Pin on this four marks, and sew at 3/8″. Stretching the waistband between the 4 parts.Yoga shorts pattern

Six stitching lines are all it took to make these super comfortable yoga shorts that I hope you can enjoy for many summers to come.

As I have mentioned before, this is part of the workout wear collection — check out the other free patterns here. (place link to the updated version of the collection.)

Let me know in the comments below what another garment would you like me to share with.  Until then stay pain-free and keep on moving. Happy sewing!

These shorts would certainly go well with our Ultimate Sports Bra pattern, which is also part of our workout wardrobe.

Ultimate Sports Bra Pattern, an essential piece in your workout wardrobe

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126 Responses to Yoga Shorts Pattern For Women – Zera (Free For Now)

  1. Lizzy says:

    Is this pattern for children?! Wasted 2 yards of fabric trying to make them fit… I’m not a large person by any means but the size 12?!?! Is too small?!?!

  2. Blanca Madrigal says:

    So, I usually wear size 4/6…but I’m measuring 12 or more…is this right?

  3. Naomi H says:

    Made these a few sizes bigger by measuring the difference in each size on the pattern and adding on the right amount for my measurements based on that. From memory, but please check your printed out pattern first, it was something like 1cm bigger for each size. This resulted in a well fitting pair of shorts, and I’d definitely recommend. My mum wants some too to wear under dresses in summer. For my personal preferences I’ll make the back of the shorts a bit higher next time as I like my butt and back waistband even higher. Lovely pattern, thank you for making this free 🙂

  4. Emy says:

    I cannot wait to see a pair for myself! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen, but I ordered a Janome machine. I can’t wait to get back into it! How did you become a yoga instructor? I’ve considered becoming an instructor, but I wouldn’t even know where to go to get certified.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      I found a studio I liked in Singapore this is important since some of the poses are difficult to achieve and the instructions need to be so clear that no one touches you. I cringe when I see instructors touching and pushing the people. I also travelled to India twice to get farther into it, it was a humbling experience since staying in an ashram is a cleansing both mentally, physically and materialistically.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Thank you so much for a great pattern! These are what I love to wear for summer walks and yoga at home. They are so comfortable. It seems there are a lot of us looking for larger sizes and I was wondering if you have an expanded size pattern yet, after reading through the comments here.

  6. Marie says:

    Hi, Is this right pattern already?

  7. Julia Bell says:

    Thanks so much for these! Do you hem the legs? Not mentioned in the basic instructions, and probably not need for knits… it just looks in the picture and the diagram that there are hems. In the order of operations, would that be last?

  8. Casey says:

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I just made a pair today and they turned out very nice… I’m looking forward to making a few more.

    Test the stretch of your fabric before you start to sew people!!!! size 12 worked well for me.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Hiya! I know this may sound like a silly question: I know I end up with 2 pieces for the waistband, however, do I end up with 4 separate leg pieces, or just 2? Thanks!

  10. francesca says:

    if youre looking for anyone my size to pattern test i’m 30waist 40 hip for these? keen to try finding some in larger sizes.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes, thank you! I will send you the pdf where you can write down your size, please send me your social media links as well (FB, Instagram, Twitter or whatever you use. Kind Regards,

      • francesca w says:

        Hi there, do you want me to send it you by email when i get it or shall i just pop it on here? I think what your’e doing is so talented by the way, when my uni asked in a survey who do i follow online, i gave you as one of my two answers. It’s so much more interesting.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          You are so sweet, you can send it by email. I am so very happy you are willing to become a pattern tester. I have a few lingerie patterns that need testing, some dresses, tops, and pants. If you don’t mind telling me in your email how old you are so I know the market (print, color, and styles) for a while I have been wanting to feature someone who is in Uni and relevant to this market) so this is so exciting for me…Thanks!

          • Misty says:

            Where you ever able to make a larger size pattern for these?

          • Mayra Cecilia says:

            HI Misty not yet! I have a long to do list, I am missing hours in the day…

          • francesca w says:

            Did you manage to finish the bigger sizes? I emailed you and wondered if it got lost in my spam 🙂 cant wait to try them out

          • Mayra Cecilia says:

            Hi Francesca, I never saw your email or at least I have not gotten to it yet, my life as a blogger is rather chaotic. But the short answer is no. i will republish the pattern soon since the warm weather is on its way.

  11. Jenner says:

    Hi, I downloaded the pattern only to find it only goes up to size 12, I was looking forward to making the ultimate sports bra, and the yoga shorts as a set, are you going to be making the pattern in larger sizes?

  12. Betty J says:

    Is the new pattern posted yet or still in testing phase? Will plus sizes be offered? If not I’m sure I can adapt it.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      it is still being tested having trouble finding ladies size 16 and above who are hourglass. Do you want to participate?

      • Jean DeNio says:

        46 hip, 40 1/2 waist, wear a 36H or 34HH bra. Would I work as a tester?



        • Mayra Cecilia says:

          Yes that would be perfect. I will publish a post about looking for tester and in that post I will give you the links to the forum o you can join me in there.

  13. anne says:

    Hi! If waistline is 31″ and hip width is 39.5″, would the biggest size (12) fit? How do I incorporate the 25% stretch of the fabric? Sorry I’m a bit confused and would like to make sure the pair I’ll be making will fit nicely. Thanks in advance!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Anne hold on fora while, sorry to tell you this pattern is under testing, i will have to brake it into different sizes as per feedback from the readers. I will publish the new pattern shortly.

  14. Estelle Gouyer says:

    I did the smaller size for my children dance group , it seems to fit for a 10-12 years girl . The design is perfect for dance .
    Thank you very much

  15. Laurie says:

    Hello, the sizes shown are for the finished garment? Because generally I do 8-10 and there if I take my measurements, I would be beyond the sizes of board …

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Laurie do not use these version, the pattern is been tested. I need to upload the revised version, sorry for the inconvenience.

      • Karen says:

        Where can I get this in a larger size? I would also be glad to be a tester of patterns. I am six feet tall. I have broad shoulders. I have never and will never be a size 12 unless it is an over sized garment. In ready to wear my top is between 16 and 18. Bottoms 18 to 14 depending on stretch and ease.

  16. Robin Flatt says:

    These look like just what I’m looking for to get back into shape (finally) after 10+ years of hospitalizations, surgeries, and more of the same over and over. I now have been 1 year problem free and am given approval to begin with yoga and tai chi. Problem is that there’s no way I’d fit any of these you have available. Can you still use a large size tester? I’m one of those people who, prior to the surgeries, had a VERY curvy size 7 hourglass figure, and still have a shadow of one, but from the side it isn’t apparent at all anymore. I’m now in size 16- 18, depending on the fit of the maker. Waist 43 1/2″, hips 53″ but I firmly intend to reduce those measurements very soon 😉
    Thanks for your great tutorials! I’ll be looking forward to your next, and the next after that, and…

  17. Karla Harvey says:

    Hola Mayra, Espero que no sea muy tarde ya para incorporarme al grupo de prueba de talla grande. Estoy ilusionada de poder hacerme esos shorts, Yo tengo 3 meses de estar practicando yoga (Bikram, Yin Yan y Hitt) y estoy muy contenta con los resultados. Asi que me hace tanta ilusion tener ropa de yoga hecha por mi. Abrazos

  18. Anne says:

    Sorry I lost my comment. I would be willing to be a pattern tester for this or any of your other patterns in larger size. I am 5’11”, long crotch because of height and big butt! Waist 38″ Hips 49″ an A/8 figure with highish hips and little waist. I have back issues and am starting yoga alongside tai chi and walking

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Welcome to the group Anne, this is great I will send yu an email with the corresponding measurement charts and such…Thank you!

  19. Coreen Murphy says:

    Mayra, I would love to be a pattern tester for you. If you send me an email, I will reply with my measurements to see if you still need my size tested. I’m looking forward to working with you. Thank you

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