Fabric Inspiration & Giveaway: Bobbie Lou’s

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For today’s fabric inspiration, we asked Chelsea, the owner of Bobbie Lou’s Fabric Factory, what she would recommend for Luna Pants. Here are her lovely pics:

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top left: Flight double gauze / right: Limestone Fee voile
bottom left: Sunrise cotton lawn/ right: Mystery Food cotton lawn

Lawns, double gauze, and voile are great recommendations for Luna; they are lightweight and really comfortable to wear. I think all of these would be fantastic, and those pink octopuses…I love that she chose that one because I actually have some of that fabric set aside for a pair of my own. Definitely a statement pant, but I think that would be really fun for summer.

For today’s giveaway, Bobbie Lou’s has offered 3 yards of Swifting Flora voile to one lucky winner. Leave a comment on this blog post by 2pm EDT tomorrow for your chance to win.

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Giveaway details: International entries are welcome! To be entered in the drawing, leave just ONE comment on this post by 2 PM EDT tomorrow afternoon (Friday, April 8, 2016). One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email to provide a shipping address, and will receive 3 yards of Swifting Flora voile from Bobbie Lou’s Fabric Factory. 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.

Remember that this week the Luna Pants Pattern is 15% off: from now through Tomorrow (Friday, April 8), use the code PANTSALONG at checkout to receive the discount.

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Fabric Inspiration & Giveaway: Fat Quarter Shop

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all your comments!! The winner will be announced soon.

Thank you for all your comments on Monday’s Luna Pattern giveaway! The three randomly selected winners of are:

Julia, who said, “I love those pants. They look so comfy.”
Rebecca, who said, “Oh! I lurve the Luna pants! I’d love to sew a few pair for myself.”
Diana, who said, “I’d love to win :)”

Congratulations, ladies!!

One of the things that can be difficult when sewing pants is choosing a good fabric, so to kick off the Luna Pantsalong, I wanted to spend a little time providing some ideas for fabrics that will work well for the pattern. I’ve asked a few of my sponsors and a couple of my favorite fabric manufacturers for help finding fabrics (especially for those of you who don’t have a good local resource), so hopefully you’ll find these recommendations helpful. In addition, they’re each offering up a 3 yard cut of Luna-friendly fabric for a giveaway (see below for instructions to enter).

FQS 4 fabric recstop left: Ragged Daisies / right: Distressed Triangles
bottom left:
Casted Loops / right: Pointelle Rings

Today’s recommendations come from my sponsor Fat Quarter Shop. In addition to fat quarters for quilters, they also have a large selection of fabric by the yard, including many lawns and other fabrics that would work great for the Luna Pants! When I asked them what they would recommend for Luna Pants, they suggested these soft, lightweight Denim Studio denims from Art Gallery, shown above. I love the simple prints and these would definitely work well with the pattern.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all your comments!! The winner will be announced soon.

Today Fat Quarter Shop is also giving away 3 yards of Hello, Bear voile to one lucky winner. This subtle print on a lightweight fabric would also be lovely as a pair of pants, and the rest of this collection (by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery) would also work nicely for the pattern. Just leave a comment on this blog post by 2pm EDT tomorrow for your chance to win!

FQS voile giveaway

 

Giveaway details: International entries are welcome! To be entered in the drawing, leave just ONE comment on this post by 2 PM EDT tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, April 7, 2016). One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email to provide a shipping address, and will receive 3 yards of Hello, Bear voile from Fat Quarter Shop. 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.

This week, I’m offering 15% off the Luna Pants Sewing Pattern: from now through Friday (April 8), use the code PANTSALONG at checkout to receive the discount.

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My first Creativebug Class is coming soon!

Sewing for Little Ones with Rae Hoekstra

I’m excited to announce that my first Creativebug class, “Sewing for Little Ones: Beginner Pants” will go live in just two days on Thursday, April 7th! You can view the preview videos for the entire course and take a look at my instructor page for descriptions of each of the three classes that make up my “Sewing for Little Ones” work-along. (Note that these links are affiliate links so if you sign up via my link I earn a little $…).

One class will go live on Thursday for the next three weeks. I’ll say a little more about the first (beginner pants) class soon. I hope you’re as excited as I am! Wooooot!!! *does Kermit arms*

Sewing for Little Ones with Rae Hoekstra

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Let’s have a Luna Pantsalong!

This spring Luna Pants are my favorite thing to make and wear. I love a cute pair of lightweight pants when the weather gets warm, and this pattern is so fun and comfy. I’m especially excited to show you the latest pairs I’ve sewn and to post a few tutorials to help you make them. So let’s have a Pantsalong! I find spring to be particularly motivating when sewing clothing, and I know there are some of you out there who would appreciate having the extra motivation that a sewalong provides.

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If you’d like to participate, the Pantsalong starts today and will run for two weeks. Several of my blog sponsors and a couple of fabric companies have generously offered up very special cuts of fabric for giveaways, so make sure you check in over the next few days for a chance to win fabric for your next pair of Luna Pants. All of the giveaways will happen right here on the blog.

 

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

To kick off the Pantsalong, I’m giving away three copies of the Luna Pants PDF pattern!

To be entered in the drawing, leave just ONE comment on this post by 2 PM EDT tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, April 5, 2016). Three (3) winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email, and will be sent a free download link for the PDF pattern. Void where prohibited by law.

Finally, this week I’m offering a discount on the Luna Pants Pattern: from now through Friday, the Luna Pants pattern is 15% off! Use the code PANTSALONG when you check out to receive the discount.

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Can’t wait to see your Pantsalong pics!!!

Beatrix with invisible zipper

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Here’s another Beatrix hack, this one much better than the last (oh wait, you forgot about that post already? Me too.). Reasons why it is better: First, voile. Much easier to sew with. Second, the print looks like someone took a brush and painted directly on it (it is from the Palos Verdes collection by A Creative Mint for Cloud9, the company I also design for); I also bought the triangle print from the same collection because I love that hand-painted look so much. Brilliant. Third: much better fit.

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SASSY HANDS! Sorry, this pic was too corny not to include.

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The hem on this version is 1″ longer than the actual pattern, making it read more “tunic” than “top” when combined with the fact that this size (L) is now also a bit too big for me. I’m now more of a medium, thanks to the slow meltaway of poundage that accompanies toddler-chasing and starvation due to the fact that he won’t sit at the table for more than five minutes at a time.

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I added a lining to this top because voile tends to be somewhat sheer especially in lighter prints. While I was at it, I decided I might add an invisible zip instead of the buttons in the back, which turned out to be completely pointless since Beatrix is a pullover style top and doesn’t require a closure of any kind (and that includes buttons, which seems to confuse some people, since the pattern has a button placket is in back, but I assure you that it really isn’t necessary to unbutton it to get it on or off; it’s really just for show). And even though the zipper ended up being unnecessary, it’s never bad for me to get more practice adding an invisible zip. I designed all of my patterns without zippers because I’m not that skilled at putting them in (as evidenced by this close-up pic of the zipper installation). It’s a vicious cycle I tell you.

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Lining a top is not as complicated as it sounds; you make a second garment out of a lining fabric (I used a solid white lawn), and then figure out how best to attach it. I attached the lining at the neckline first, added the zip ala Colette’s invisible zip tutorial, folded the ends of the sleeves up over the lining inside to hem the sleeves (closeup pic here), and left the hem unattached (closeup pic here).

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So there you go: another Beatrix for my spring wardrobe!

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