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

Yucca Voile Luna Pants

Yucca Voile Luna Pants

These Luna Pants are my most recent pair and (naturally) my very favorite to wear right now. The print was designed by Leah Duncan for Cloud9 Fabrics and is part of the Yucca voile collection which is printed on a deliciously silky organic voile (her Lore collection — also shipping right now — is printed on quilting cotton and is equally lovely).

Yucca Voile Luna Pants

If you are trying to decide what kind of fabric to use for a pair of Luna Pants, I think voiles and lawns are wonderful fabrics for the pattern. They are incredibly stable, meaning they don’t fray or move around terribly while sewing, making them very easy to cut and handle. They’re also lightweight enough to work well for garments (as opposed to quilting cotton which is not as comfortable to wear).

Yucca Voile Luna Pants

Another thing to consider: dark backgrounds tend to do the best for pants, since lighter backgrounds tend to be more sheer, especially for voile and lawn. I completely forgot to take a photo of this but the waistband facing is a bright yellow quilting cotton from Leah’s Meadow line for Art Gallery (the same line, incidentally, that I made my green floral Lunas from). I just love Leah’s designs. She is definitely one of my favorite fabric designers!

Yucca Voile Luna Pants

I love that it’s possible to dress these pants up or down. My pale pink double gauze Josephine works well with them as a dressier option (though I think for a dinner out I would choose sandals or flats rather than these sneakers), but I think I’ll probably wear them most with a fitted tee.

Yucca Voile Luna Pants

It’s a Luna Pantsalong!

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

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

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Fabric Inspiration & Giveaway: Jones and Vandermeer

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

For today’s fabric inspiration, Emily at Jones and Vandermeer weighed in with some great ideas for Luna Pants:
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top left: Nani Iro Ori-some double gauze/ right: Liberty Bourton tana lawn
bottom left: Robert Kaufman Rayon Chambray / right: Cosmo Denim Effect double gauze

Her picks include double gauze, a rayon chambray (wow!!), and lawn, all of which would make incredibly comfortable and beautiful Luna Pants.

Now for today’s giveaway! Jones and Vandermeer has offered 3 yards of  Twinkle Twinkle double gauze to one lucky winner. Twinkle Twinkle is part of the collection “Hit Parade” by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics.

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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 (Tuesday, April 12, 2016). One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email to provide a shipping address, and will receive 3 yards of  Twinkle, Twinkle double gauze fabric from Jones and Vandermeer. 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

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A plan for sewing Luna Pants

When I sew with a new pattern for the very first time, I like to have a realistic plan for sewing, especially since the first time always takes the longest. I wanted to briefly share with you a rough outline for dividing up this process into nice chunks that can easily be fit into an evening or an afternoon. For those of you who are participating in the Luna Pantsalong, hopefully this will give you a road map for what to expect if you are making these pants for the first time!

A sewing plan for making Luna Pants

The first thing I want to point out about the estimated times above is that I have tried to make them generous but realistic. Do I really think it will take you an hour to cut fabric or a half hour to take your body measurements? No. But it might, so keep that in mind! And it might also take you longer. Life happens, right? Continue reading