Jess made Mesa lawn Luna Pants too!

Hey everyone, it’s Jess here, stepping in to show you how I’ve been wearing my Luna Pants.

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made by rae Luna Pants

Turns out we’re really excited about dark fabric with geometric metallic prints around here (and no, you’re not seeing double; Rae has a pair of Luna Pants out of this fabric too). For this outfit, I’m wearing a cropped tee, my trusty thrifted shorty jean jacket, and the comfiest-ever Born slingbacks.

made by rae luna pants

When Rae first started drafting this pattern, I honestly didn’t think that these pants would be a good look for me. I’m a jeans and corduroys kind of girl, except during hot Missouri summers when I only wear dresses. Since it’s my JOB, though, I had to make a few Lunas, and now I’m whistling a different tune. When I tried on my first pair fresh off the sewing machine, I didn’t take them off for 12 hours. They’re so comfy, I didn’t even care what they looked like. But I got all sorts of compliments on them, and I realized that Rae was Onto Something.

made by rae luna pants

There are a couple of things that I’ve learned while testing this pattern that I’d like to share:

Getting the right length is the difference between frumpy and cute here. The leg is tapered toward the ankle, but if they’re too long, the gathered cuff causes the fabric to “pool” and make the pants look clowny, so you don’t even notice the taper. Hemming the cuff to just cover your ankle bone will prevent pooling.

Luna Pants are not low-rise pants: the waistband is designed to hit slightly below the natural waist for optimum fit. I think this is flattering on a variety of body types because it’s the roomiest at the hips, then the line hugs in toward the waist. For me, this creates the illusion of a little more curviness, but also accentuates a narrow waist on curvier ladies. Win Win! The higher waist makes it fun to wear shorter blouses and cropped tops. I have a couple of those in my closet that I really like, but never could figure out how to wear.

made by rae luna pants

I love my Luna Pants! I’m about to cut out fabric for my fourth pair, and this time I’m planning to try out an enlarged version of the Moon Pants pocket to see how it looks on lady’s pants. What do you all think about that?

made by rae luna pants

Outfit Details:
Thrifted Fidelity Denim jean jacket.
Luna Pants in cotton lawn. Fabric: Sunrise in Indigo Metallic Copper from Alexia Abegg’s Mesa Collection for Cotton + Steel. Rae’s sponsors Jones & Vandermeer and Fancy Tiger Crafts have it in stock.
Shoes: Born slingbacks (style no longer available).
Scarf: handknit raw silk from “Groovy” pattern by JumperCables; my Ravelry project for details.

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Luna Pant photo shoot

Let me introduce my studio assistant, Melissa! I had a fun photo shoot with her the other day.

Luna Pants

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While we put the finishing touches on the Luna Pants pattern, I want to show you some of the samples we’ve sewn in the studio, and give you inspiration for styling. There are so many ways to wear Luna, and I’ll be posting some ideas to dress these pants up, down, and sideways…. but since it’s been so unbelievably warm in the Midwest, we’re gonna keep things light and cool for a sec here.

Luna Pants

Does that Pale Pink Josephine Top look familiar? With big hoop earrings and simple sandals, this is a super-comfy outfit that is effortless and stunning.
Luna Pants

Luna Pants are so versatile: fabric and styling choices make the difference between lounge pants and out-on-the-town pants. This pair is made out of double gauze fabric from Ellen Baker’s Monochrome collection for Kokka.

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Luna Pants

Outfit Details:
Josephine Tunic (View C) blogged here.
Luna Pants (pattern coming soon!) in double gauze. Fabric: Circles from Ellen Baker’s Monochrome collection. My sponsors Jones & Vandermeer and Fancy Tiger Crafts have it in stock.

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Luna Pants: why fabric makes a big difference

I made two pairs of Luna Pants with the exact same pattern pieces and ended up with pretty dramatic fit differences, so I thought I’d show them together in one post so you can see the differences, too. The first one is cotton double gauze (pretty loose weave, some drape, not much stand):
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And this one is cotton lawn (pretty tight weave, almost no drape, lots of stand):

Luna Pants

Luna Pants

See what I mean? These two fabrics make for a great illustration because they differ significantly as far as how they behave once they are sewn up into a piece of clothing. In fact, now that I’ve worn the double gauze ones around a few times, I might even go down a size if I make them out of double gauze again. The weave is so loose that you get a few extra inches of ease just because of the way the fabric moves around.

luna duo 3

So how do you figure out how to get the pants (or any garment for that matter) to fit right the first time without your precious apparel fabrics becoming an expensive experiment? My advice is always to first make a muslin (“test version”) out of actual muslin fabric (see this post to get a good overview of my garment-making process if you’re unfamiliar with making a muslin), which has zero drape and a very stable weave. This means that you’ll get a very true fit on the pattern pieces in the muslin. Then once you know what size is a true fit, you can try it out in looser fabrics (which most apparel fabrics are; cotton lawn is the one exception I can think of right off the top of my head. The fit you get with lawn is very similar to the fit you would get with muslin). Remember, you can always take in the seams to go down a size (for all of my women’s patterns, if you take 1/2″ out of each seam, you’ll get the equivalent width to the next size down).

Another option, as I mentioned above, is to go down a size. If your fabric is pretty drapelicious or loosely woven, you’re probably going to be fine with a smaller size, but remember that the length of the pattern pieces will be shorter, so you might need to add a little length. AND be sure to check the finished hip width on the next size down before you try this to make sure you’ll still have a little room left for your hips!

Luna Pants

For some reason the lawn ones look bigger in the above photo…I think  it might just be the angle. I like the olive-gold pants with a little pop of red too.

Luna Pants

Even before I started working on it, I knew that making a pattern like Luna would be a little risky: the design walks a fine line between wow-those-are-awesome and wow-are-you-really-wearing-your-pajamas, and don’t worry, I understand that people will either like it or they won’t, and I’m OK with that. My mom was dubious when I showed her those green pants; I can’t remember her exact words but let’s just say she wasn’t the target audience for this pattern. I’m not going to try to convince those of you who aren’t on board that these will look great on you; your confidence in a design is just as important as the design when it comes to feeling good in your clothes, and Luna is definitely one of those patterns that is a matter of personal taste.

For those of you who love the look of Luna and are excited about the pattern but aren’t exactly sure if you will be able to pull it off and end up with something fantastic, hopefully you can see that the fabric you choose is really important. If you can make these out of a fabric that will drape the way you want it to, that’s half the battle. And I think you will love these most if you find a fabric that is either pretty lightweight, or has quite a bit of drape. Heavier fabrics are probably not a great idea, and the same goes for fabrics that are mid-weight with no drape (quilting cottons, for example, might not be the most flattering or comfortable, depending on the manufacturer).

Are you getting excited for this pattern?? I am! We are on the home stretch with this one so it should be ready soon.

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Pattern: Luna Pants Sewing Pattern

Fabric: Cotton and Steel Bespoke Double Gauze and Cotton and Steel Mesa Lawn by Alexia Abegg

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this week

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halloween: How much do I love that Clementine’s Elsa costume has been finished since last Christmas? Or that Hugo fits into the Cow Costume this year? Or that Elliot decided against being Minecraft Steve (which was likely going to end up with me last-minute-papier mache-ing a box for that big block head and then E blindly tripping around all night because he has a box on his head) and instead decided on “Mad Scientist?” Anytime I can Prime a miniature lab coat, a pair of welding goggles, and some hair gel and have a Halloween costume, I am a happy lady. I don’t love to make Halloween costumes, although I do love to look at them once I’m done slaving over them, for example, this one.

pants: I’ve named the new pants pattern “Luna Pants” as a nod to the fact that they’re a bit like a lady’s Moon Pant. They’re graded, the first draft of the instructions are finished, and we’ve gone through the first round of testing, so I’m happy with how this one’s coming along. I’m also really excited because I think they’re going to be AWESOME in knit…more testing needed, but I’ll report back. I’m hoping to show you some of the fun versions I’ve been making here on the blog soon (one of them shown above). Hoping it will be ready in a couple of weeks!

travel plans: as it cools off even more here in Michigan, I’m really excited about two trips I’m planning to warmer places. In a couple of weeks, I’m taking Clementine and Elliot to Disneyworld. It’ll be their first time going to Disney, and it’s also first time I’ve taken them on a plane without Mr Rae so I’m a little nervous. Honestly though flying anywhere without Hugo sounds like a piece of cake.

I’m not gonna lie, the whole Disney vacation thing is a little insane. I feel like I’ve been taking a bizarre crash course trying to plan this trip. FastPasses, MagicBands, trying to get groceries delivered to our hotel, figuring out the dinner reservation system, the whole place seems to operate on a totally different set of rules and it’s a little weird…I don’t know. Jury’s out on this one, guys.

You want to know what the craziest thing is though? I haven’t told my kids we’re going yet. I have it in my head to completely surprise them. Right now my plan is to tell them the night before that they’ll need to get up early and get on a plane for a surprise trip, but let them figure out where we’re going as we travel. I haven’t worked out the exact surprise-reveal details yet, but they still don’t suspect anything as far as I can tell, SO SHHHH DON’T TELL THEM!!!

I’m also VERY EXCITED because I signed up for for Heather Ross’ Sewing and Craft Weekend at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs next January and MY MOM is coming too!! It’s been a long time since I took a “me” trip so I’m looking forward to just sitting back, relaxing, and sewing with mom and a bunch of other fun people. Weaving and Fabric Dying with Heather and Anna Maria and Annabel Wrigley? Yes Please. By the way I think there are still some spots open if you’re interested…it’s gonna be super fun!!

Best thing about traveling to warm places? I can still sew myself some summer clothes.

listening: I added London Grammar and Wet to my Mellow Sewing Playlist on Spotify and I totally recommend looking them up if you’re looking for some new music. Both groups feature amazing female lead singers, remind me of Feist, and have a beautiful, haunting sound that seem perfect for fall. Maybe if I could actually figure out how to post my playlist here you could listen to it…geez Rae you are such an old lady sometimes *facepalm*

watching: this week Mr Rae had to work every evening (yeah, bummer. it happens sometimes), so I watched Grey Gardens and The Theory of Everything. Both movies have been on my to-watch list, but not on his, so that worked out nicely. Both are based on true stories and sent me straight to Wikipedia to read more. I love it when that happens. Of course, as a former physics teacher I knew plenty about Stephen Hawking’s work and that he had ALS, but the movie is much more about his relationship with his first wife. Highly recommend that one!! Grey Gardens was really fascinating (and good) too.

Have a happy weekend, and a safe Halloween to those of you who will be trick-or-treating!

PS. Can you believe how big my kids look in that photo above?? I took that picture last weekend when we were playing at a nearby school playground. They are growing tooooooo faaaaaaast!!!

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