I actually did it…I made time to sew something for myself! They are comfortable and casual yet somehow smart, the lovely Luna Pants Pattern from Made By Rae. I had been admiring Rae’s patterns from afar for quite a while, and then she had a Luna Pants sew-a-long. I didn’t quite make it in time for the sew-a-long but I got there in the end!
Here is the front view. The Luna Pant has a nice relaxed fit, I had to make it in size XL. Even though I am quite tall (176cm or 5’ 9 1/2”) they are plenty long in the leg without any adjustments. If you are on the shorter side you may want to take them up. I think I made the ankle cuffs just a little too tight, I didn’t use the provided measurement for the elastic…yep trying to get finished too fast! That will teach me! I will let them out a little and remember to follow all the instructions next time.
That being said I also didn’t use the recommended waist elastic measurement. But that was a considered decision! As I am sure a few of you will understand that tummies can get a little squishy after kids (or even without!) and a too tight waistband gives you an excellent roly ‘muffin top’. So I don’t cut my elastic off the roll, I just feed the end through the casing and safety pin together at what I estimate is the right size. Then I try them on and adjust the waistband so that it does enough to stay up but doesn’t dig in. After those steps I cut the elastic to size and sew as normal.
I never thought that woven fabric would be able to make comfortable pants. I think every single pair of pants (mainly jeans) I own are made out of a stretch fabric. But with all the lovely prints available in woven fabrics the options are endless. I just need to remember to make (or buy) more plain tops to wear with them, and not be seduced by the stripes. I will most definitely be making more of these!
I overlocked my raw edges for a quick but neat finish. The Luna Pant is well constructed and I love the pockets!
What is your favorite everyday wear pattern to sew for yourself?