The fabric was Fringe by April Rhodes for Art Gallery, the pattern was the Luna Pants pattern by Made By Rae and the plan was to have some fun making a pair of wild and crazy pants. Houston, I think we achieved lift-off. This is a quick and easy sew. I cut the pattern pieces out last night, spent a couple of hours sewing this afternoon and was able to wear these awesome new slacks out for ice-cream this evening. For details on how to sew this pattern and links to all of Rae’s fabulous sewalong posts, check out my first Luna Pants Post. This is a very easy sew and it was only a bit more complicated this time because I took the notion to make the pockets and waist facing out of double gauze from the Cotton and Steel Bespoke line in indigo.I think I will ultimately be glad I did this for the comfort factor but it was a pain and I am not showing the inside of my back waist because it is a hot mess. Here is the pocket in process so you can see the color. It is more teal than navy but I like the contrast.The rest of the double gauze is going to be a Ruby blouse like this one. I use my big ruler to make sure I have the pattern pieces lined up along the grain.I cut out the Ruby pieces and the Luna pieces at the same time to make sure I had enough fabric.In anticipation of all the fraying, I sewed the pockets with multiple seams. I do like the way the finished pocket peeks out.I have to say that once I put these on, they put me in a goofy mood. My daughter captured some of this as you can see below.They just make you want to dance.Which is not a bad thing!Action shot:Mid dance pose:YOU need to make some Luna Pants!So much fun. Thanks Rae!
It took me a long time to get on the Luna Pants bandwagon because I wasn’t sure if this particular style would be flattering to my shape but after seeing so many great versions during Me Made May I decided to take the plunge. I used this clay colored quilting cotton from the April Rhodes Bound collection. I love the dress I made with this green fabric from the same collection, a Washi with sleeves. The fabric has a really nice soft feel to it. The dress is really comfortable to wear and I knew this fabric would be great for this pattern. It is not this orange in real life btw.I cut between the medium and large lines (closer to the large around the hips) based on my hip size which is 41 inches. I lengthened the pattern by an inch. I used the leftover scraps from my Bound fabric Washi dress for the pockets.I love the way the tops of the pockets are stitched flat in the waistband seam. Now that I know how to do this, I am tempted to make a skirt just to add pockets exactly like this.The sewing is straightforward and the directions are easy to follow. Rae also has a series of blog posts that walk you through the construction. Link to Luna Pants Sewalong here. But I didn’t even need it although I will read through her posts before I make the pattern again just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Even after lengthening the pants, they ended up too short (I hemmed one leg first and tried them on.) What I did to make these fit was to add a facing with more of the green fabric (add facings to all the things is my motto). When I make them again I will probably add two inches and then use a hem facing again because it is fun to add the contrasting fabric and even with the facing I think I would like them a bit longer.The facing makes them cuter too and it really doesn’t take a lot of time. Another picture of the inside of the pant leg with hem facing:If you had told me a couple of years ago that a) I would make pants and b) I would wear them in pictures online, I would have said you were crazy but I really like these. They are fun and comfortable and a quick sew. I have plans to make them again soon. I have some April Rhodes Fringe fabric that I know will be perfect. Here are more pictures of the pants as worn tonight to book club. We read Lab Girl. It is an amazing book. I highly recommend it. Front view:side viewback viewpants in motion (a bit rumpled after book group.) Have fun! Make pants! to be continued 🙂