Luna is Here!

Early in the year, I declared that this would be the year of the PANTS. And look! I released Moon Pants for kids and now I give you Luna Pants for women!



Luna is the first in my new collection of “Presto patterns.” The idea behind Presto patterns is that they are simple and easy to make, drafted and tested with the same level of care as the rest of my patterns, but include more abbreviated instructions and only one view rather than multiple views (read more about Presto patterns in this post).

I’ve put together a Luna Page where you can find all of the blog posts and related tutorials (coming soon!) for Luna.

In the shop listing, you’ll find additional photos, plus all the charts for sizes, finished measurements, and yardage.

I’d love to see what you make with the Luna Pattern! Please post pictures of your finished pants to the Luna Pants Pattern Pool on Flickr and use the hashtags #lunapantspattern#madebyrae, or #raemademedoit on Instagram and Twitter to share your photos and see what others have made!


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Luna Pants Sewing Pattern PRESALE!

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It’s time to get ready, because my Luna Pant Sewing Pattern is almost here! I’m so excited to launch this pattern; it’s such a fun and quick sewing project and everyone who has made these pants so far has been so geeked about them.

This pattern will be the first of a new set of patterns that I plan to release under the label “Presto patterns.” The idea behind Presto patterns is that they will be simple and easy to make, are drafted and tested with the same level of care as the rest of my patterns, but include more abbreviated instructions and only one view rather than multiple views. My working vision for Presto patterns is that they will be “quick and easy patterns for the confident sewist.” I’d like to point out that confident doesn’t necessarily mean experienced; I know plenty of beginner sewists who are successful simply because they are confident that they can learn. Just look at how many of you have learned to sew using just the internet and indie sewing patterns! I’m inspired by that daily.

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My previous patterns have included an eBook for the instructions; I’ve always intended these to hand-hold and instruct the user, but let me be frank: they are incredibly time-consuming to write and edit. In addition, I’ve found that adding multiple views to each pattern seems simple in theory but ends up being logistically complicated in practice. Since my work hours are limited this year with Hugo at home with me part-time, I’ve had to make a decision about priorities: is it better to take half a year to produce a pattern, or is it better to use a different tactic? I decided that most people would probably prefer to wait a shorter time between when I announce a pattern and its release, so we made the instructions shorter. I also think that this blog can be a great place to showcase and instruct pattern hacks, so we’ll make sure that we include plenty of tutorials on the blog for making variations.

As a result, Presto patterns will be smaller files and simpler patterns, and we will sell them at a lower price than my other women’s PDF patterns. The Luna Pants PDF pattern will sell for just $12 rather than $16. I hope you’re excited about that!

Even more exciting? I’m pre-selling the pattern for $1 off until it launches. That means it will be $11 for…well, you’d better hurry. As soon as the pattern goes live, the presale ends.

For details on the presale and/or to buy the presale pattern, visit the shop listing.

For details about the pattern, including size charts, yardage, and more, visit the Luna Pants page:

Jess made Mesa lawn Luna Pants too!

Hey everyone, it’s Jess here, stepping in to show you how I’ve been wearing my Luna Pants.
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Turns out we’re really excited about dark fabric with geometric metallic prints around here (and no, you’re not seeing double; Rae has a pair of Luna Pants out of this fabric too). For this outfit, I’m wearing a cropped tee, my trusty thrifted shorty jean jacket, and the comfiest-ever Born slingbacks.

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When Rae first started drafting this pattern, I honestly didn’t think that these pants would be a good look for me. I’m a jeans and corduroys kind of girl, except during hot Missouri summers when I only wear dresses. Since it’s my JOB, though, I had to make a few Lunas, and now I’m whistling a different tune. When I tried on my first pair fresh off the sewing machine, I didn’t take them off for 12 hours. They’re so comfy, I didn’t even care what they looked like. But I got all sorts of compliments on them, and I realized that Rae was Onto Something.

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There are a couple of things that I’ve learned while testing this pattern that I’d like to share:

Getting the right length is the difference between frumpy and cute here. The leg is tapered toward the ankle, but if they’re too long, the gathered cuff causes the fabric to “pool” and make the pants look clowny, so you don’t even notice the taper. Hemming the cuff to just cover your ankle bone will prevent pooling.

Luna Pants are not low-rise pants: the waistband is designed to hit slightly below the natural waist for optimum fit. I think this is flattering on a variety of body types because it’s the roomiest at the hips, then the line hugs in toward the waist. For me, this creates the illusion of a little more curviness, but also accentuates a narrow waist on curvier ladies. Win Win! The higher waist makes it fun to wear shorter blouses and cropped tops. I have a couple of those in my closet that I really like, but never could figure out how to wear.

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I love my Luna Pants! I’m about to cut out fabric for my fourth pair, and this time I’m planning to try out an enlarged version of the Moon Pants pocket to see how it looks on lady’s pants. What do you all think about that?

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Outfit Details:
Thrifted Fidelity Denim jean jacket.
Luna Pants (pattern coming soon!) in cotton lawn. Fabric: Sunrise in Indigo Metallic Copper from Alexia Abegg’s Mesa Collection for Cotton + Steel. Rae’s sponsors Jones & Vandermeer and Fancy Tiger Crafts have it in stock.
Shoes: Born slingbacks (style no longer available).
Scarf: handknit raw silk from “Groovy” pattern by JumperCables; my Ravelry project for details.

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Luna Pant photo shoot

Let me introduce my studio assistant, Melissa! I had a fun photo shoot with her the other day.

Luna Pants

While we put the finishing touches on the Luna Pants pattern, I want to show you some of the samples we’ve sewn in the studio, and give you inspiration for styling. There are so many ways to wear Luna, and I’ll be posting some ideas to dress these pants up, down, and sideways…. but since it’s been so unbelievably warm in the Midwest, we’re gonna keep things light and cool for a sec here.

Luna Pants

Does that Pale Pink Josephine Top look familiar? With big hoop earrings and simple sandals, this is a super-comfy outfit that is effortless and stunning.
Luna Pants

Luna Pants are so versatile: fabric and styling choices make the difference between lounge pants and out-on-the-town pants. This pair is made out of double gauze fabric from Ellen Baker’s Monochrome collection for Kokka.

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Luna Pants

Outfit Details:
Josephine Tunic (View C) blogged here.
Luna Pants (pattern coming soon!) in double gauze. Fabric: Circles from Ellen Baker’s Monochrome collection. My sponsors Jones & Vandermeer and Fancy Tiger Crafts have it in stock.

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Luna Pants: why fabric makes a big difference

I made two pairs of Luna pants with the exact same pattern pieces and ended up with pretty dramatic fit differences, so I thought I’d show them together in one post so you can see the differences, too. The first one is cotton double gauze (pretty loose weave, some drape, not much stand):
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And this one is cotton lawn (pretty tight weave, almost no drape, lots of stand):

Luna Pants

Luna Pants

See what I mean? These two fabrics make for a great illustration because they differ significantly as far as how they behave once they are sewn up into a piece of clothing. In fact, now that I’ve worn the double gauze ones around a few times, I might even go down a size if I make them out of double gauze again. The weave is so loose that you get a few extra inches of ease just because of the way the fabric moves around.

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So how do you figure out how to get the pants (or any garment for that matter) to fit right the first time without your precious apparel fabrics becoming an expensive experiment? My advice is always to first make a muslin (“test version”) out of actual muslin fabric (see this post to get a good overview of my garment-making process if you’re unfamiliar with making a muslin), which has zero drape and a very stable weave. This means that you’ll get a very true fit on the pattern pieces in the muslin. Then once you know what size is a true fit, you can try it out in looser fabrics (which most apparel fabrics are; cotton lawn is the one exception I can think of right off the top of my head. The fit you get with lawn is very similar to the fit you would get with muslin). Remember, you can always take in the seams to go down a size (for all of my women’s patterns, if you take 1/2″ out of each seam, you’ll get the equivalent width to the next size down).

Another option, as I mentioned above, is to go down a size. If your fabric is pretty drapelicious or loosely woven, you’re probably going to be fine with a smaller size, but remember that the length of the pattern pieces will be shorter, so you might need to add a little length. AND be sure to check the finished hip width on the next size down before you try this to make sure you’ll still have a little room left for your hips!

Luna Pants

For some reason the lawn ones look bigger in the above photo…I think  it might just be the angle. I like the olive-gold pants with a little pop of red too.

Luna Pants

Even before I started working on it, I knew that making a pattern like Luna would be a little risky: the design walks a fine line between wow-those-are-awesome and wow-are-you-really-wearing-your-pajamas, and don’t worry, I understand that people will either like it or they won’t, and I’m OK with that. My mom was dubious when I showed her those green pants; I can’t remember her exact words but let’s just say she wasn’t the target audience for this pattern. I’m not going to try to convince those of you who aren’t on board that these will look great on you; your confidence in a design is just as important as the design when it comes to feeling good in your clothes, and Luna is definitely one of those patterns that is a matter of personal taste.

For those of you who love the look of Luna and are excited about the pattern but aren’t exactly sure if you will be able to pull it off and end up with something fantastic, hopefully you can see that the fabric you choose is really important. If you can make these out of a fabric that will drape the way you want it to, that’s half the battle. And I think you will love these most if you find a fabric that is either pretty lightweight, or has quite a bit of drape. Heavier fabrics are probably not a great idea, and the same goes for fabrics that are mid-weight with no drape (quilting cottons, for example, might not be the most flattering or comfortable, depending on the manufacturer).

Are you getting excited for this pattern?? I am! We are on the home stretch with this one so it should be ready soon.

Pattern: Luna Pants Sewing Pattern, coming soon!

Fabric: Cotton and Steel Bespoke Double Gauze and Cotton and Steel Mesa Lawn by Alexia Abegg

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