Luna Pantsalong Day 2: It’s Muslin Time

Today I want to talk about making a muslin for the Luna Pants pattern. This makes a great weekend project if you’re joining me as part of the Luna Pantsalong!

LUNA PANTSALONG Day 2

Here are the previous Pantsalong posts:

Let’s have a Luna Pantsalong!
Luna Pantsalong: Inspiration
Luna Pantsalong: Planning
Luna Pantsalong Day 1: Measure, Print, Tape, and Trace
(you can find the Luna Pants sewing pattern here if you still need it)

What is a muslin?

A muslin (or toile) is a test-version of a pattern made of inexpensive fabric. Some people like to use an old vintage sheet, or cheap garage sale cotton, but I personally prefer using plain muslin fabric. I don’t recommend using anything with a great deal of drape or loose weave (even if your first pair will be rayon or double gauze!!), because apparel fabrics tend to be pretty forgiving, and believe it or not, you don’t want the muslin to be forgiving. The point of the muslin is to get the best idea possible of the true fit of the pattern pieces relative to your body, and to help quickly identify areas on the pattern that may need fixing for you, and a stable fabric with very little stretch is a great way to do that.

How to make a muslin for Luna Continue reading

Fabric Inspiration & Giveaway: Honey Be Good

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!! The winner will be announced soon.

For today’s fabric inspiration, Karen at Honey Be Good recommends these lovely fabrics for Luna Pants:

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top left: Scattered Floral knit / right: Threads double gauze
bottom left: Wink poplin / right: Threads double gauze

As I’ve mentioned before, I love the idea of using knits for Luna and can’t wait to show you my knit pair! I can’t say enough wonderful things about the Cloud 9 knits (though, obviously, I am biased); they are so soft and are a great medium weight interlock. Double gauze is a favorite pick of mine for these pants, and poplin would work perfectly for a slightly more structured look.

Now for today’s giveaway! Honey Be Good has offered 3 yards of  Cloud9 Organic striped interlock (knit!) to one lucky winner. I have a pair of Lunas that I made out of knit fabric that I’ll show you next week, along with some tips for sewing Lunas with knits.

Leave a comment on this blog post by 2pm EDT tomorrow for your chance to win.

HBG stripes

Giveaway details: Entries from the United States only. To be entered in the drawing, leave just ONE comment on this post by 2 PM EDT tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, April 16, 2016). One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email to provide a shipping address, and will receive 3 yards of Cloud9 Organic Striped Pink interlock fabric from Honey Be Good. Void where prohibited by law.

Stay tuned for more giveaways, fabric recommendations, and tips for sewing your Lunas!

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Want to participate in the Luna Pantsalong and sew your own pair? Join us! Post a photo of your pants, either in progress or finished, to your blog, Flickr, or social media platform of your choice, and either link back to my blog or use the tag #lunapantsalong!

Still need the Luna Pants sewing pattern? Find it here!

Other posts so far in the Pantsalong:
Let’s have a Luna Pantsalong!
Luna Pantsalong: Inspiration
Luna Pantsalong: Planning
Luna Pantsalong Day 1: Measure, Print, Tape, and Trace

Sewing for Little Ones with Rae Hoekstra

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Fabric Inspiration & Giveaway: Robert Kaufman

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering! The winner will be announced soon.

Today’s fabric inspiration comes from Robert Kaufman Fabrics! Perusing their amazing Instagram feed, I fell in love with a lot of the solids/semi-solids and yarn dyes. These would all sew up into lovely basic garments that you can wear with just about anything. I especially like all the neutral options they offer. Here are some of my picks for Luna Pants from their countless fabric collections:

Robert Kaufman fabrics for Luna

top left: Double Gauze Chambray Dobby / right: Manchester (new colors this season)
bottom left: Manchester Metallic / right: Essex Yarn Dyed linen-cotton

Robert Kaufman is giving away 3 yards of this Rustica Chambray to one lucky winner! I actually have a pair of Luna Pants in this exact fabric, and they’re so cozy. This chambray is super soft and flowy; it feels a little thicker than some other chambrays, but the loose weave makes them easy to wear.

RK rustica
Leave a comment on this blog post by 2pm EDT tomorrow for your chance to win.

Giveaway details: Entries from the United States and Canada only, please! To be entered in the drawing, leave just ONE comment on this post by 2 PM EDT tomorrow afternoon (Friday, April 15, 2016). One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email to provide a shipping address, and will receive 3 yards of  Chambray Rustica in black from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Void where prohibited by law.

Stay tuned for more giveaways, fabric recommendations, and tips for sewing your Lunas!

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Are you sewing along with our Luna Pantsalong? All you have to do to participate is show us one or more photo(s) of your Luna pants, either in progress (a pile of fabric! your cut pieces! as you sew a seam!), or finished (on a hanger! on you!), to one or more of the following spots online:

Your blog: Post photos and link back to one of my Pantsalong posts (so I can see it in my trackbacks).

Instagram: Follow @madebyrae, and post photos and use the tag #lunapantsalong.

Facebook: Post photos and use the tag #lunapantsalong, then share your post on my timeline.

Flickr: Post photos in the Luna Pants photo pool.

Still need the Luna Pants sewing pattern? Find it here!

Other posts so far in the Pantsalong:
Let’s have a Luna Pantsalong!
Luna Pants Inspiration
A plan for sewing Luna Pants

Sewing for Little Ones with Rae Hoekstra

Luna Pantsalong Day 1: Measure, Print, Tape, and Trace

If you’re sewing along with my Luna Pantsalong, today is officially “Day 1!” Today I want to talk about choosing a size, prepping your fabric and pattern, and tracing your pattern pieces.

LUNA PANTSALONG: Day 1

Here are the previous Pantsalong posts just in case you need to go back:

Let’s have a Luna Pantsalong!
Luna Pantsalong: Inspiration
Luna Pantsalong: Planning
(you can find the Luna Pants sewing pattern here if you still need it)

By the way, don’t worry if you don’t have time right NOW to do these things, just bookmark this post and come back to it later when you’re ready. The purpose of the Pantsalong isn’t necessarily to challenge you to stick to a schedule — you can participate by sewing your own pair of Luna pants whenever you want — but to offer extra hints and support for sewing these pants online so they’re here when you need them! Continue reading

Fabric Inspiration & Giveaway: Cloud9 Fabrics

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!! The winner will be announced soon.

For today’s fabric inspiration, I’ve perused the Cloud9 Fabrics website to see what my next 4 pairs of Luna Pants should be made out of!

Cloud9 Fabrics Inspiration

top left: Moody Blues voile / right: Desert Rose double gauze
bottom left: Threads double gauze / right: Yucca voile

You can find Cloud9’s certified organic fabrics in lots of fabric stores; they have a handy “Where to Buy” right on their website so you can see which stores carry your favorite prints.

Now for today’s giveaway! Cloud9 Fabrics is giving 3 yards of Vignette double gauze Petal in Turquoise to one lucky winner. This is such a pretty collection designed by Aneela Hoey, and the Cloud9 double gauzes are so soft and lovely to sew. Won’t this make a nice pair of Lunas?

Cloud9 Fabrics Vignette

Leave a comment on this blog post by 2pm EDT tomorrow for your chance to win.

Giveaway details: International entries are welcome (if applicable, recipient will be responsible for any duty fees)! To be entered in the drawing, leave just ONE comment on this post by 2 PM EDT tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, April 14, 2016). One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email to provide a shipping address, and will receive 3 yards of Turquoise Petal double gauze fabric from Cloud9 Fabrics. Void where prohibited by law.

Stay tuned for more giveaways, fabric recommendations, and tips for sewing your Lunas!

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Are you sewing along with our Luna Pantsalong? All you have to do to participate is show us one or more photo(s) of your Luna pants, either in progress (a pile of fabric! your cut pieces! as you sew a seam!), or finished (on a hanger! on you!), to one or more of the following spots online:

Your blog: Post photos and link back to one of my Pantsalong posts (so I can see it in my trackbacks).

Instagram: Follow @madebyrae, and post photos and use the tag #lunapantsalong.

Facebook: Post photos and use the tag #lunapantsalong, then share your post on my timeline.

Flickr: Post photos in the Luna Pants photo pool.

Still need the Luna Pants sewing pattern? Find it here!

Other posts so far in the Pantsalong:
Let’s have a Luna Pantsalong!
Luna Pants Inspiration
A plan for sewing Luna Pants
Yucca Voile Luna Pants

Sewing for Little Ones with Rae Hoekstra