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 Camisole pattern by Megan Nielsen

I got to test the Reef Camisole & Shorts pattern back in April. I knew that the top wouldn’t work without adjustments, but I applied for testing because I wanted to make the shorts. I added a note in my application that woven tops don’t generally work for me without major overhaul, and didn’t expect to be chosen.

Reef Camisole by Megan Nielson patterns (without full bust adjustment)

I typically fall off the grid in the bust on size charts. I’m kind of a pro at dressing to minimize, but almost zero patterns work for me out of the box. As a result I’m passed over for pattern testing fairly often, for good reason really. Kudos to Megan for choosing a diverse group of testers.

Reef Camisole by Megan Nielsen Patterns

So this is my Reef Camisole. I used mystery stash, some sort of synthetic blend with a bit of sheerness. I cut a size large and there are no adjustments for pattern testing purposes.

Reef Camisole by Megan Nielsen Patterns

You can see I could use a little more room in the bust, and some more length in the front. The fabric is a bit crisp and doesn’t drape as nicely as I’d like. I’m debating a traditional FBA, or maybe just different fabric and add some length.  It actually fits better than most top patterns pre-adjustment.

Note: The armcye is designed to be a bit lower and wider for sleep/lounge purposes. There are instructions to bring it up if you prefer. I don’t make pajamas for myself, I aim for multi-purpose garments. My future Reef Camisoles will be intended for day wear. I like where the armcye sits, but will probably bring it up to cover more of my bra.

Reef Camisole by Megan Nielsen Patterns

I’d like to note that the pattern is true to size and professionally graded. The instructions are great, and I love the design aesthetic. I definitely reccomend the Reef Camisole & Shorts pattern and plan to make more. Check out my Reef Shorts if you’d like to see the rest of the pattern.

Check out the Reef Camisole & Shorts pattern at Megan Nielsen

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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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Skipper Top from Sew Much Ado

Introducing the new Skipper Top pattern from Sew Much Ado!

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I was excited to be chosen to help test this pattern, because I knew it was just the push I needed to really get comfortable with knit fabrics.

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Look how awesome my banded version is! It looks like somebody else made it.

I had a series of crappy looking projects when I first started sewing. I made a gorgeous dress one day, and my daughter said,”Wow Mommy! It looks like somebody else made it!” Now, that phrase is lovingly reserved for only my very best, professional looking garments.

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I just want to sew little pockets on all her plain tops now! Oh, feel free to notice the neckband in all it’s glory. Neckbands in previous projects have been the bane of my existence..but this one goes in so easy.

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Below is my second Skipper Top. It only takes about an hour to make…who knew knits could be so cooperative?!

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For this one I used some leftover vintage fabric from Bella’s Tea Time Dress. I was able to squeeze out a little headband too. Matching hair accessories are pretty much life and death in the third grade.

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I’m loving this pattern, and I’ve already sewn a dress version that I’ll share soon. I’m also looking forward to sewing Skipper’s big sister pattern; the Seafarer Top.

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I asked Bella if she’d wear Mommy daughter matching t-shirts. She said,”Sure! But as long as we’re nowhere near where any off my friends will see me.”

Maybe I’m crazy, but I will totally drive to another city to have a day of matchiness with her. Because I’m going to blink and she’ll have a drivers license! Noooo!!!

If you have a little girl, I urge you to head over and get the Skipper & the Seafarer patterns and sew up some matching sets- while you can still be seen in public together!

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