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The Salabasana Yoga Capris: From Sketch To Stitch

posted on Monday, 4th August 2014 | find under Tamara, Fashion
Last year’s Salabasana Capris were the yoga instructor’s go-to piece of the season, so for the Sweaty Betty designers, the pressure was on to create an equally beautiful and technical pair for Autumn 2014.

Having just launched the new Salabasana Capris in-store and online, the fantastic response to the new style is proof that the design team have once again upped the ante; producing a pair of yoga bottoms that are not only 100% opaque and fully reversible, but standout in print, fit and comfort too.

Here, designer Laura shares the journey of the new Salabasana Capris from initial sketch to final stitch.

At the start of the design stage, Laura looked at what yogis loved most about last season’s design; the 100% opaque and sweat-wicking fabric, and the reversible print that allowed them to match their look to their mood and practice. With this in mind, she set about designing the new style, focusing on what she could do to make this pair even better than the last.

Changing the shape slightly to be even more flattering, it was the movement of the seamlines that really enhanced the look. “Moving the cutlines slightly on the backside and hips helped to create a much more flattering shape,” says Laura. “I spent a lot of time looking at the muscle lines on the anatomy, and tried to mimic the linking of the muscles in the seamlines.”

As well as the new cutlines, another addition to the new Salabasana Capris is the mesh panels on the hips and behind the knees. With the AW14 collection entitled ‘Hidden Treasures In An Urban Jungle’, the idea of mesh was inspired when Laura began looking at how urban, ergonomic shapes could be incorporated into the Yoga Statement collection. Laura explains, “The new design of London’s Kings Cross station, with its criss-crossing structure on the roof, really inspired a mesh story within the collection. Not only does it add a touch of sexiness and a bit of an edge, but when used in the right areas like on the back of the leg, it enhances breathability too.”

She adds, “This collection is all about unexpected style, so I wanted to bring in some urban edginess to this hero piece as it’s a bit unexpected for yoga.”

Modelled by yogi and Sweaty Betty Ambassador Charlie Morgan.

As for the standout neon floral print, this was a journey in itself – from a photo taken at London’s botanical gardens, through filters and developments and into the beautifully bold print seen below. Read all about the story of the neon floral print here.

With the print decided upon, Laura had to ensure the new reversible Salabasanas were just as beautiful whichever way they’re worn. With one side featuring an all-over print with a black waistband and hip panels, the other side is the exact opposite – a more subtle style that is predominantly black with red seamlines and a boldly-printed waistband.

“Yoga is all about positioning your body,” explains Laura, “so while we did put a lot of time into the print, we also wanted to ensure that the capris were comfortable and effective when manoeuvred into all types of yoga inversions. The high-stretch fabric, with its sweat-wicking capability and 100% opacity, is perfect for this.”

Shop the new Salabasana Capris here, and see the design come to life on the new Hero Video.

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