It’s a Small World (blog tour), after all

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In case you didn’t know, my most recent line of fabrics from Cloud9 Fabrics, Small World, is now in shops! To celebrate we’re having a fun and cheesy (yeah…sooorrrry about the post title. couldn’t be helped) blog tour to show off the fabrics this week!! There are so many awesome things you can do with this lightweight corduroy, the fun colors are perfect for spring, and the fact that it’s organic makes it wonderful for baby and kidswear.

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Of course I wanted to design a line that could work not only for both boys and girls, but also even for grownups. At least those who don’t mind a little bit of bright color. Like me!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is in shops right now. My blog sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock, and if you’re wondering if you can get it internationally, the answer of course is YES. You can find it in the UK over at Village Haberdashery as well as many others, and most of the online shops in the US that have it also ship internationally.

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If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool! I’d love to round up your creations at the end of the week and show everyone what you’ve made! Stay tuned for more posts on the tour. It’s A Small World (blog tour), after all…

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Signs of spring

Another pair of Moon Pants, in a light cotton voile perfect for spring.

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My Moon Pants Sewing Pattern is fun, quick and easy to sew, all new, and IN THE SHOP!

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We’ve just arrived in Seattle for spring break, which is all green and in bloom so it feels like we’ve gone from winter to spring in just a matter of hours. Clementine packed these for the trip, though I doubt she plans to pair it with something as unimaginative as the white Flashback Tee shown here.

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I put a little piece of interfacing on the inside of the pant leg at the top of the moon pocket, to make sure that those points are nice and strong (we included this hint in the pattern too of course).

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Guess what she’s singing here. No really, you get one guess.

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Have a Happy Easter, everyone!!!

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Moon Pants Sewing Pattern is here!

Made By Rae moon pants sewing pattern

I’m so excited to announce that my latest sewing pattern is here, Moon Pants! These pants are fun and playful and modern, as well as super easy and quick to sew. The fit is roomy so they’re both comfortable AND stylish. The pattern features a basic beginner option (View A) which has a basic elastic waistband and elastic cuffs, and a slightly more advanced option (View B) featuring the adorable crescent moon-shaped pockets and a flat cuff over a gathered hem.

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Moon Pants work great in light or flowy woven fabrics as a harem-style pant for the warmer months. In cooler weather, Moon Pants are perfect for a pair of sweats or knit pants when sewn out of medium or heavy weight knits.

The Moon Pants in all of the photos on this page were sewn out of the amazing Bespoke Double Gauze from Cotton+Steel Fabrics.

For ALL of the pattern info, including yardage chart, fabric recommendations, size charts, photos, and finished measurements, please check out my Moon Pants Shop Page and click on the three tabs (description, materials, more).

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So far I’ve only made pairs for girls, but I really think a pair of sweats or even a linen version (see this boy moon pant inspiration pic) would be fantastic for boys!! What do you think?

This digital sewing pattern (PDF) includes:

  • eight sizes from 3 to 12
  • thorough step-by-step instructions with diagrams, full-color photographs, and plenty of tips and hints.
  • full-sized pattern pieces including seam allowances.

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I hope you love this pattern as much as I do, and I can’t wait to see all the Moon Pants you make! Happy Sewing!!!

Share your photos:
#moonpantspattern and #madebyrae on Instagram and Twitter / Moon Pants Pattern Flickr Pool.

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You are one

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I can’t believe that you are ONE. Your birthday was on Sunday so I made you this little dress shirt for the party out of my snail fabric, and I can’t believe how grown up you look!!

You are the sweetest, snuggliest little baby with a silly sense of humor and great conversational skills. I hear you upstairs when you wake up from your nap, heatedly debating foreign policy (or is it your preference for bananas over apples perhaps?) with Curious George in your crib. We can’t understand any of the words, but the way you use inflection and tone is quite dramatic. When Daddy reminded Clementine on Sunday morning that it was your birthday, she said, “Can he talk now?” As if it could happen, just like that, overnight. You’re making progress though, with your noises and your baby signs.

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We discovered a first tooth early last week. Check that one off the milestone list. But crawling…welll. That Butt Scoot is probably going to have to do it, because the two times you tried to get into a crawl position, you landed flat on your face on the hardwood floor and you haven’t tried it since.

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I love you my little Hugo! Happy Birthday!!!

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please don’t post or reuse photos of Hugo. Thanks!

Fabric: Snail Trail from Lotus Pond (still available — and on sale — here at HoneyBeGood, one of my sponsors. Be quick though, not much left!!)

Pattern: I drew this pattern myself, though after I put it all together I realized it’s almost exactly the same pattern as the Sketchbook Shirt by Oliver+S, so buy that one if you want something similar!

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Moon Pants Sewing Pattern update

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Every time we work on a new pattern I think “That one won’t take long!” and then…it always does. Every time. Not for any particular reason, though the fact that Elli and I both had babies last year and so now we each only work about 10 hours a week is probably the biggest factor. A ton of tiny details go into making a good sewing pattern, even a simple one, so it always ends up looking easier than it is. So as a way of updating you on our progress, I thought I’d post a bunch of photos of our almost-here-Moon-Pants! Here’s Clementine in her Moon Pants with a couple of different Flashback Tees:

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I bribed Clementine with a lollipop last weekend to get her to pose for the camera in her moon pants again (see Stylo posts 1 / 2 / 3) and she really rocked it. She went all out. It definitely helped that I put Let It Go on the stereo full blast. And even though I told her she only needed to wear them with t-shirts (so the waistband would be easily visible in the photos), she insisted on putting on ALL THE OUTFITS, including the Pierrot and Charlie Tunics that match. Which is of course in my head is how I always imagine they will be worn, like a fun complementary mix-and-matchy wardrobe. So there was this outfit:

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and this one:

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I love these pants paired with sandals for spring or summer. And red is always fun, especially when it doesn’t exactly match.

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When will the pattern be ready? Elli is almost finished with the final layout and I’ve just finished sewing the final check-everything-over samples (here’s a peek at one in voile), so I’m shooting for an April 1 launch. Cross your fingers and your eyeballs and maybe it will be even sooner! And now I’m sad that I didn’t include a photo of Clementine with her eyes crossed, because whenever a camera is aimed at Clementine there is ALWAYS a photo of her with her eyes crossed. I want to hit POST instead of going and looking for one, so you’ll just have to wait. OH WEELLLL!!!

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