Yellow Luna pants with boots

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Hey everyone, it’s Jess again! Stopping in to show you my latest pair of Luna Pants.

Even though this season has been strangely warm in the Midwest, we’re coming up with cool-weather ideas to wear our Luna Pants year-round. I ordered this metallic chambray in the color “jazz.” (How could I not? It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the metallic threads are fuchsia!) The pattern turned out really well in this fabric, which is a little heavier than rayon or voile or double gauze, so the pants are warmer. I would totally just wear a pair of leggings or tights under these to add a thermal element too.

Paired with ankle boots and this jacket/blouse thing that I have in my closet, I’m feeling pretty cozy! So it’s just another example of how these super-comfortable pants can go out on the town (or, you know, a grassy field) in style.

made by rae luna pants

made by rae luna pants

Outfit Details:
Thrifted linen snap-up blouse.
Ankle boots from Miz Mooz (style no longer available, but they have lots of great boots).
Luna Pants in Andover metallic chambray. Rae’s sponsors Jones & Vandermeer and Fancy Tiger Crafts have a variety of colors in stock. Here’s a super-duper close up of the fabric so you can see those fuchsia metallic threads:

closeup chambray jazz

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Fall clothes for Hugo

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I made a few more things for Hugo to wear this fall (and soon winter). You’d think he would have enough hand-me-downs from his brother and sister to deter me from sewing more but…nooope. I just can’t help myself. His clothes are so small and cute. I realized after I took the photos that they coordinate in a way. Accidental color scheme. I’m not sure I’d mix and match them together into outfits though Mr Rae would probably beg to differ, but they all looked nice together so I thought I’d put them all in one post.

top left: a Charlie Tunic, size 18-24 mo in double gauze from Cotton and Steel (yes, that’s fabric left over from my Luna Pants whee!). Facings on the inside, curved hem like the gingham one.

bottom left: a Flashback Tee, size 18-24 mo in a striped knit purchased years ago from Organic Cotton Plus back when it was Near Sea Naturals

top right: a pair of drawstring sweatpants (made up the pattern) in mod fleece by Birch Fabrics from Fabricworm

bottom right: Parsley Pants, size 3, shortened so that the inseams measure 11 inches. This was an experiment to see if I could get the Parsley Pants to fit Hugo, since his hip measurement with diaper on is about 23 inches (previous experiments had found the size 2 was a bit too tight). Turns out the size 3 fits a cloth-diapered 20 month old pretty well. I still think Big Butt Baby Pants fit better, but you can see in the photos below that it’s not bad.

Here are some pictures of my Hugo-boogo wearing them. It’s getting harder to get him to stand still for the camera, but I figured out how to stand him up on our entryway bench so he can’t run away mwuah hah hah. I also may have resorted to mini-marshmallow bribery the likes of which this blog has seen before (many times, as you may well already know).

fall outfits for hugo

fall outfits for hugo

fall outfits for hugo

flashback tee

fall outfits for hugo

fall outfits for hugo

fall outfits for hugo

fall outfits for hugo

I always enjoy seeing my children wearing things I’ve sewn for them. Over the years this blog has given me an additional treasure: a collection of really nice photos of them that I love to look through and enjoy. It really doesn’t matter to me now what they were wearing in the photos, I just love looking at their little faces. It amazes me how much they’ve grown. I’m just so glad that I had a reason not only to take pictures of them on a regular basis, but an excuse to buy a good camera and learn how to use it. Crappy phone pics can capture the memories too, but there’s something special about these.

And I’m so glad that you, dear readers, can enjoy them too. Have a happy weekend!!!

fall outfits for hugo

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Luna Pants, inside-out

Luna inside out

I thought we’d take a look at the inside of a pair of Luna Pants so you can see what the innards look like. I really like to have a sense of how garments are put together, and the inside really helps me visualize that. These pants are the double gauze Lunas we made for Melissa to wear in the “Luna Pant Photoshoot” post (the double gauze is Monochrome by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka and I picked it up at Jones and Vandermeer). Melissa’s favorite color is green, so Karen found a half yard of green shot cotton in the studio and used that to make the waistband and pockets for the pants. Karen loves to include fun “surprises” on the inside of garments, so this was right up her alley. You can see little peeks of the green from the side and when the pants are on the hanger:

Luna inside out

Here’s what they look like from the inside, front:

Luna inside out

Inside, back:

Luna inside out

As you can see, the pockets attach at the side seams, and then fold forward so that their tops get tucked (and finished) under the lower edge of the waistband facings, which forms the casing for the waistband elastic. There’s a few reasons I really like this type of construction. First, the pockets don’t hang free and flop around inside the pants, so the pants are less bulky at the hips (see below for a nice example of this; also, someone requested a back shot in comments the other day!).

Luna inside out

Second, you can save a little yardage if you cut the pockets and waistband out of a separate fabric in some cases, so that’s another bonus. Due to the way the pockets and waistbands are arranged on the cutting layouts, you can get by with 1/4 yard less of your main fabric if you’re using 44″-wide fabric for all sizes, and 54″-wide fabric for sizes XL and XXL. So when you’re buying $$$ fabric, this can really be worth it.

You’ll need 1/2 yard of contrast fabric for the pockets and waistband if you go this route. And even though you won’t save main fabric yardage for most of the sizes in the 54″-wide fabric, you’ll have bigger scraps leftover for little projects later!

Here’s a close-up of the cuffs, so you can see how they are put together. Just a simple fold-up casing for the elastic:

Luna inside out

A bunch of my patterns include a “Seam Finishes Appendix” with instructions and diagrams to clean up your seams. Since we went more of a streamlined route with Luna to make it a Presto Pattern, we decided not to add the appendix to the pattern itself, but we’ve made it into a free PDF download that you can download, or find anytime on the Luna Page under “Resources.”

Luna inside out

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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!

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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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Introducing Presto Patterns!

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Update: Luna Pants Pattern is now available!   buy now

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.

luna presto

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!

For details about the pattern, including size charts, yardage, and more, visit the Luna Pants page: made-by-rae.com/Luna