Luna Loungewear for Ladies by Love Notions

Let’s talk about Luna Loungewear for ladies, friends.  I don’t buy many sewing patterns or do pattern testing often; but I needed this pattern in my stash. I knew the women’s and girls version would both get a lot of use in my house.

Luna Loungewear for ladies by Love Notions patterns

I’m an affiliate for Love Notions patterns, wanna know why? I can choose my bust size and sew them right out of the box. There are only a few women’s pattern designers I really trust, and Love Notions is at the top of the list. I signed up for testing right away when I saw Luna Loungewear. Who doesn’t need lounge shorts and tanks?

Luna Loungewear for ladies, by Love Notions patterns

Luna Loungewear

There’s a built in shelf bra option for the tank and nightie, and the bralette can be sewn on its own too.

Luna Loungewear set by Love Notions Patterns

The tank straps can be made with fold over elastic or self binding. I used f.o.e. for this version, but I prefer the self binding I used for my daughters set.

Side note: I thought the teeny straps would be really tricky, but they were pie with Tami’s instructions. I’ll use that method a lot from now on.


Luna Loungewear for ladies, pattern by Love Notions

The shorts can be made with knit or wovens. And there are pockets because the world ends without pockets. They have an elastisized waist and faux fly with optional drawstring.

The shorts are great. The front and back pieces are graded perfectly. I notice issues with the rise in some indie brands, but none of that here. In fact, these shorts seem to be universally flattering.

Luna Loungewear for ladies by Love Notions patterns

So it’s confession time. I really don’t intend to wear my Luna Loungewear as pajamas. I wear camisoles or tanks under everything, so they go all year. You’ll see more of this pattern from me, in girls and women’s sizes.

Luna Loungewear by Love Notions patterns

For reference, this is a size large with the built in bralette. The fabric is from Girl Charlee, purchased last year during their holiday sale.

You can purchase the Luna Loungewear for ladies pattern here. If you sew for littles, I highly reccomend the ladies & girls bundle.  I’ll show you Bella’s set soon!


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Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

We have to talk about Megan Nielsen’s new pattern; the Reef Camisole and Shorts set. Today I’m going to show you the Reef Shorts, and we’ll look at the cami next week.

Read about it below, or skip to the bottom for the pattern link.

Megan Nielsen Patterns, Reef Camisole & Shorts Pattern.

The reef shorts pattern feature an elastic waist, fabulous pockets, and hemline options.

Choose from a straight or curved hemline and a waistband that sits on your natural waist or a lower rise.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

I made the curved hem version with the higher rise. I love the 70’s vibe of these shorts! I used mystery stash from one of the big stores. (JoAnns?) It looks and feels like silk but I’m sure it’s a synthetic blend.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

These photos are from pattern testing back in April. I’ve been living in them. Do you know how much it killed me not to post them on Instagram during Me Made May?

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

I loved the construction techniques for finishing. The insides look as good as the outside. The hem is folded over so there’s no “wrong side” of the fabric showing.

Megan Nielsen patterns: Reef Shorts

The leg fit is awesome. My thighs don’t squish out like a Play-Do Factory when I sit down; and the shorts don’t flap around and hang my cheeks out either. Plus, the pockets are just right for my phone and don’t bulk out when I’m carrying it.

It’s perfection.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

This pattern is in the tnt category for me, like joggers and raglan tees. I havent seen them in a fabric I didn’t like yet. I want a chambray pair and some sweatshirt knit drawstring versions. I predict lots of Reef Shorts being born at my house.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

The Reef shorts were designed for casual or sleep wear. I think they dress up well too, depending on fabric choice.

Reef Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen

Anyhow, nothing but good things to say about Megan Nielsen’s Reef Shorts pattern. You should probably all stampede to buy it.

Pattern: Reef Camisole & Shorts Set by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Fabric: leopard mystery stash (silk blend?)

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Sanibel Dress + My Fabric Designs

I made the Sanibel Dress from Hey June Patterns, using organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs. Read on for a review and peek at my newest print, Beachy Keen. Or, skip to the bottom for links:)

Sanibel Dress in organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

I cut a size XL for my Sanibel Dress. I saw Ajaire’s glamour romper a while back and knew I had to make this pattern.

Sanibel Dress pattern: inside view

This dress has beautiful finishing. There’s a back yoke and no visible seams on the cuffs. I added French seams everywhere, even the pockets.

Sanibel Dress from Hey June patterns

The Sanibel Dress pattern is designed with a lot of ease throughout the top. It’s meant to fit loosely and cinch in at the waist. If you have normally employ a swayback adjustment, you may eneed up with some fabric pooling in the back. I removed a lot of fabric from the bottom back seam. I cut off about 4″ in a half moon-ish shape, keeping the side seams their original length.

Sanibel Dress and Romper pattern review

I ended up adding a 3″ band for length since I didn’t pay attention to finished garment length. It’s still a bit short for me, so I’ll be adding more for my next version. I’m 5″6, for reference. But I also have a full bust and a long torso which contributes to the issue, regardless of height.

Sanibel Dress

Be sure to pay attention to seam allowances, especially the shoulder seams. I didn’t, and as a result my neckline didn’t match my collar stand. I pulled a pleat at the center back and Tim Gunned it.

Sanibel Dress collar front/back

The improvised pleat and not making a muslin were the only 2 crimes I committed while making the Sanibel Dress. I haven’t made tons of collars and this was my first time sewing a real cuff. I usually favor less involved projects, so I really took my time on this dress. I think my collar looks pretty good, for a newb!

Sanibel Dress button placket

Also worth a quick brag: the button placket and impeccable print matching on the pockets. You can barely see them; where’d they go?! I may add decorative bar tacks on the pockets later.

Sanibel Dress from Hey June Patterns

I cut off my feet in every single shot I took of my Sanibel Dress. Which is shameful, because I had on really cute wedges. And I never get to wear wedges!!

Sanibel Dress from Hey June Patterns, in organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

But I want to tell you about the fabric, not my shoes. This was my first time using the organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs. It comes with a slight sheen that comes off during your pre-wash.

Beachy Keen by Amy Mayen. Available in 26 different types of fabric at My Fabric Designs

After washing, I had a light, soft, tightly woven cotton. It feels like a high quality voile but it’s opaque enough that no lining is needed for a dress. It breathes really well, so it’s perfect in this heat.

It frays a little more than quilting cotton. I used fray check* in the nooks and crannies, like the collar points. I also recommend fine pins or Wonder Clips* for this type of fabric.  (*Amazon affiliate links.)

My design is called Beachy Keen, and it’s available in 26 different types of fabric. If you purchase on of my prints, I recieve a small commission. Let me know if you do, so I can say thank you!

Sanibel Dress in Beachy Keen; organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

Pattern: Sanibel Dress and Romper from Hey June

Fabric: Beachy Keen in organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

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