A Review of the Women's Luna Bells Pdf Pattern by Sew Sweet Patterns.
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I've been after a pair of flared leggings for a while now - don't ask me why! I've searched through all my regular pattern companies but none had exactly what I was after. George + Ginger do a great pair: 'The Zappa Pants' but they are quite structured with details such as panelling while Ellie & Mac do a wide leg pant: 'Not So Basic Pants' but they look quite loose fitting. I was really after a true legging profile.
I toyed with the idea of drafting a pattern using a leggings pattern I already have but luckily found a company new to me: Sew Sweet Patterns, a mother and daughter team from California. Their pdf collection is mostly made up of patterns for young children, but they do have some staple pieces for women. I really liked the look of their Luna Bells - exactly what I'd been looking for!
These bell bottom leggings are fully customizable. They come in 5 lengths and 5 waist sizes, allowing you to make the perfect pair for your body type. The Bells are high waisted, have an elastic waist and flare at the knee.
Source: Sew Sweet Patterns
The Women's Luna Bells Pdf Pattern comes in sizes XXS - XXL which is a waist range of 24"- 38" (admittedly not a huge size range). They are recommended for an Advanced Beginner but I don't see anything challenging about them - perhaps sewing with stretch could be challenging if you're new to it. The Pdf comes in A4, US Letter and A0 versions with Layers enabled. There's also a Girl's Luna Bells Pdf Pattern with a waist range of 20.5" - 25".
Unusually, the pdf pattern has been drafted for different heights - ranging from 5' to 5'11". I really liked this feature - it meant I could choose which size and height I wanted to print using the Layers feature in the pdf. I'm 5'4" and the length of the Lunas came out perfect for me. There is a print guide in the tutorial but double check before printing as the pages given for my size were incorrect.
Recommended fabric is 2-way stretch - I wish I'd paid more attention to this detail - my lightweight scuba is only stretchy in one direction so there isn't as much freedom of movement as I'd like.
The instructions are easy enough to follow as The Luna Bells are very easy to construct. There are a few typos and the font used for the headings is nearly illegible but that's not really important I suppose.
When I tried The Luna Bells on I was really disappointed, even though they are described as 'high-waisted' they were hipsters on me! I think they've been drafted for those blessed with a very flat stomach and teeny tiny butt.
I decided to add a new waistband to the existing Luna Bells waist. I've made the FREE Peg Legs from Patterns for Pirates before and there's also a FREE Add-On Pdf Pattern which includes a contoured high waistband. This contoured waistband comes in two pieces: a shaped front and back. You cut a front and back from your main fabric and a front and back from a lining fabric. This gives very nice structure and support across the stomach. It was simply a case of sewing this new waistband together and then sewing it to the waist of The Luna Bells.
I'm so much happier with the fit now on my Luna Bells and it's such a relief that it was an easy fix. If I make another pair I will definitely source fabric with plenty of stretch though.