How to shorten the Luna Pants Pattern

Hellooo! I’ve got something fun for you today, a quick video to show you how to shorten the Luna Pants pattern.

Luna Pantsalong: How to make the pattern shorter

This is for those of you who might find after making your muslin that the legs are too long or the rise of the pattern is too high for you. I cover adjusting both the legs and the rise in the video, both adjustments that would need to happen if you are petite. Reminder: just because you aren’t petite doesn’t mean it doesn’t apply to you; for example, maybe you’re tall but have a long torso + short legs combo, or maybe you just want a lower (or higher) rise.

or click here to watch the video on YouTube

One thing I didn’t mention in the video is that doing the opposite of these adjustments will make the pattern taller. Seems obvious…but thought I’d mention that just in case.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Are you sewing your own pair of Lunas? Join the Luna Pantsalong! 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!

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
Luna Pantsalong Day 2: Make a muslin

(you can find the Luna Pants sewing pattern here if you still need it)

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

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

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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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