Please welcome my newest pattern, Rose! This versatile pants and shorts pattern is designed for woven fabrics and features slash pockets and a pleated or gathered front. The front waist is flat with pleats or gathers while the back waist is elasticized for a super comfortable fit. Choose from three lengths: long, cropped, or shorts.
For launch week, please enjoy 20% off the Rose pattern by entering ROSELAUNCH at checkout! (expires 5/21/19)
Size Range Rose is our first pattern to be available in 11 sizes: xxs-xl & plus sizes 1-5, for hip measurements 34″-59″ [88-150 cm]. We recommend selecting your size using your hip measurement. Size charts can be found in the shop or on the Rose page.
Three length options Rose comes with cutting lines for three different lengths: shorts, cropped pants and long pants. The shorts have a 4″ [10cm] inseam, the cropped pants have a 23.5″ [60 cm] inseam, and the long pants have a 28″ [71 cm] inseam; measure a pair of your favorite shorts or pants so you can compare and adjust the pattern if necessary! All three lengths are designed with at least a 2″ wide hem allowance for easy length adjustment, and I’ve also included clear instructions on how to adjust the length of the pattern, because every body is different.
Pockets Built-in slash pockets are secured at the waist and side seam, and they’re big enough to hold a few essentials — phone, keys, change purse.
Pleats or Gathers The pattern includes several options and alternatives for making the front pleated in a number of different ways, or even gathered. Check out this post for a closer look at some of those options.
Back elastic waistband Rose has a double elastic channel in the back for a super comfortable (and adjustable!) fit. You can read more about the elastic I like to use for Rose and get more details on this pattern feature in my Rose Waistband Elastic options post.
Print-at-home and copyshop files included Rose is currently available as a digital sewing pattern in my shop. Your download link will include print-at-home pattern pieces as well as copy shop files (in both A0 and US formats), just like the rest of my women’s digital patterns.
Yardage and Materials I’ve put together a Rose Page where you can find all of the blog posts and resources related to this pattern, plus all the charts for sizes, finished measurements, and yardage.
Share your photos! I’d love to see your Rose pants and shorts! Remember to tag me (@madebyrae) so I can see what you’ve made with this pattern, and use these hashtags so we can find your pics: #mbrrose | #madebyrae | #raemademedoit
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One of my goals when designing a pattern is to keep it simple so that it’s easy to adapt. For Rose (not yet launched but almost here!!!), I wanted to make sure it was easy to play around with the pleats, use gathering instead of pleating, or even go up or down a size in the waistband if necessary, which you can do precisely because of the extra width at the top of the front pant pieces. I personally think the pleats add a lovely detail to the pattern, but I made this pair of Rose cropped pants with gathers at the waist instead of pleats, and I really love how they look too!
While I was sewing this pair, I tested out a number of the other front options we’ve included in the pattern so you could see how they look on the same pair of pants.
In addition to gathers, the four main pleats can be adjusted to face inward:
The pleats can be combined into one pleat:
And finally, the pleats can be inverted (either all four, or the combined two, as shown here):
For this pair, I ended up preferring the gathers, so that’s what I finally landed on. I like how the gathered option has a bit of a “Cleo” feel to it, with the gathers, flat waistband, and high waist.
I hope you’ll enjoy playing around with these options on your Rose pants and shorts — I think they’re all really fun!
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Let’s zoom in on one of my favorite features of the Rose pattern: the waistband. Rose features a flat waistband in front, and elastic in back.
The waistband is constructed similarly to my Cleo skirt pattern, except that I designed it with two elastic channels rather than one — each taking a piece of 3/4″ (19 mm) wide elastic — to help create a wider waistband than Cleo. During testing, some of our pattern testers mentioned that they would love the option to just use a single piece of 1.5″ (38 mm) wide elastic, which is more commonly used for wide elastic waistbands, so we added some info to the pattern so that you can use wider elastic if you’d like as well.
Is two pieces of elastic better, or one?
The answer is: they’re both great options. I’ve written the pattern default as 3/4″ (19 mm) wide elastic, but included notes to help you adapt it for 1.5″(38 mm) wide. To give you a comparison, here’s a look at each elastic option (you’ll notice that it’s actually pretty difficult to tell by appearance which is which), along with some pros and cons!
Let’s start with my favorite, the double channel:
PROS (double channel)
Conforms to waist shape more easily — this is nice if you have more of an hourglass figure, which I personally think is a bit more comfortable
Doesn’t need to be stretched-and-stitched down the center – this can be a bit more difficult for beginners
narrower elastic costs less per yard
CONS (double channel)
3/4″ (19 mm) wide elastic may be harder to find
Requires threading two pieces of elastic rather than one
you’ll need to buy more elastic (2 lengths rather than one)
Now for the single channel:
These gold Rose shorts feature a single piece of 1.5″ (38 mm) wide elastic rather than the double channel, but it’s stitched down the middle so it looks like a double channel (it’s not!).
PROS (single channel)
1.5″ (38 mm) wide elastic may be easier to find (?)
only have to thread one piece of elastic
you only need to buy half as much elastic as the double channel
CONS (single channel)
may not be as comfortable or conform to waist curves as easily
may require stretch-and-stitching down the center to prevent it from rolling
wider elastic costs more
Again, I’m not sure all of the “cons” are really “cons”…this may just really depend on your personal preference and how easily you can find each kind of elastic. Many of our testers said they loved how comfortable the double channel is despite initial misgivings over having to thread elastic through two channels rather than one. I’m happy to say the pattern now has the flexibility (get it?? eh? eh?) to include both!
For 1.5″ (38 mm) wide elastic, my friend Meg of Sew Liberated also recommends Dritz Soft Waistband elastic. Full disclosure: I haven’t used it. I used this elastic for the gold shorts, but it’s fairly stiff, so I can’t say I’m a huge fan.
How much elastic will I need?
For double channel / 3/4″ (19 mm) wide: we recommend a length of your waist measurement for 3/4″ wide elastic (Example: If your waist is 40,” you’ll need 2 pieces of elastic 20″ long, or 40″ total)
For single channel / 1.5″ (38 mm) wide: we recommend a length of half your waist measurement (Example: If your waist is 40″, you’ll need one piece of 20″ elastic)
I’ll post an elastic chart here soon — we’re putting the finishing touches on it this week — so you can see our recommended amounts for each size.
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The Rose pants and shorts pattern is coming so very soon, friends. Though it’s not quite ready to launch, I wanted to post some details about the pattern, since I know many of you would like to see the views, new size range, and get the yardage amounts and materials list so you can begin to get ready to sew this pattern.
Rose is a high-waisted pant and short sewing pattern featuring slash pockets and a pleated or gathered front. The front waist is flat while the back waist is elasticized for comfort and style. Choose from three lengths: long, cropped, or shorts.
NEW SIZE RANGE!
Rose will be the first of our patterns to be offered in 11 sizes, XXS-5X (which is roughly equivalent to US ready-to-wear size 28), designed to fit hip measurements from 34.5-59″ (88-150cm). See our new size chart here:
To choose your size for Rose, measure the widest part of your hip using a flexible tape measure and use this measurement and the chart below to select your size. (If your waist measures larger than your hip, use your waist measurement to select your size.) Waist, bust, and upper bust measurements are provided for reference, and finished measurements are provided in the pattern instructions.
Fabric Recommendations For Rose, you’ll need woven (not knit) fabric. I recommend choosing light to medium weight woven fabric such as tencel twill, rayon challis, linen-rayon blends, silk noil, loose-weave cotton or linen blends, stretch twill, cotton sateen, or chambray. In general: shoot for fabrics that have good drape and/or a looser weave; thicker “bottom weight” fabrics are not always recommended due to the elastic back waistband. While wovens with a small degree of stretch may work for this pattern, please note that Rose is not designed for knit fabric.
Coming soon: I’ll post my personal fabric faves for Rose!
First choose find which view (long, cropped, short) you’d like to make. Then choose the width of your fabric and find the fabric requirement for your size.
Please note that while we make every effort to provide generous yardage recommendations to account for fabric shrinkage and pattern piece placement, if you have a one-way or directional fabric print, a fabric with nap, or need to add length to the pattern, you may need more fabric than listed.
You’ll Also Need:
3/4″ (19 mm)* wide elastic for the back waistband – depending on your size, you’ll need between 24-50″ [0.6-1.2m] in length, total.
1/4 yd / 0.2 m lightweight fusible interfacing (for interfacing narrower than 20” wide, sizes 1 and up will require ½ yd / 0.4 m)
* OR substitute 1.5″ / 38 mm wide elastic if you prefer a single channel of elastic; you’ll need half the total length as needed for 3/4″ / 19 mm wide elastic. I’ll post later this week about back waistband elastic options for more details on elastic widths.
(FYI: I buy all of my garment elastic and interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. I like their Pro-sheer elegance interfacing for the waistband. Not sponsored, just a great source. See this post.)
Previously posted: Sneak peeks of Rose from me and other Rose testers can be found under the #mbrrose hashtag on Instagram. Here are a few other pairs of Rose Pants I’ve shared previously on the blog:
My almost-here Rose pattern comes with three length options, long, cropped, and shorts, and I thought you might like to take a peek at the shorts view of the pattern. We’re getting SO close to launch day (sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know when it launches)!!!
One of the things I am excited to add to my spring wardrobe is some pairs of high-waisted shorts, and Rose is basically my dream high-waisted shorts pattern. This is my latest version of Rose shorts made out of gold linen. Here’s a look at how I’m wearing this pair with some of my handmade tops…spring, here we come!
A note about the length: this gold pair is a bit shorter than we decided to make the final pattern pieces; it has a 3″ inseam, while the actual Rose shorts pattern inseam length is 4″ / 10 cm. Inseam is the measured finished length along the inside leg seam from hem to crotch. Since your height is not a great indicator for how long you need pants or shorts to be (I will skip the lecture on height versus rise to leg length ratios for now) measuring inseam is really the best way to figure how where the hem of a pair of pants or shorts will land on your body.
I decided to go with the 4″ / 10 cm inseam for Rose shorts after first experimenting a bit with the shorter inseams; at first I felt that a shorter leg worked better proportion-wise with the higher waist, but after examining the shorter versions in photos — including this one — and getting some great feedback on Instagram, I think the longer inseam is definitely better!
Now for a quick peek at the back! For all versions of Rose, the front waistband is flat, while the back waistband is elasticized.
Here I used a single piece of 1.5″ (38 cm) wide elastic, rather than two pieces, and stitched it down the center to give it the same look as the double channel elastic. I don’t think it’s *quite* as comfortable, but it works!
It’s always a win when your newly-sewn garment coordinates with a bunch of stuff in your wardrobe; here’s just a few more pics of how I’m wearing it with a ready-to wear tee, cardigan, and jean jacket.
As of this week, we have the yardage and elastic amounts calculated, so stay tuned for a complete materials and yardage list coming your way soon!
PS. I bought these grey suede oxfords at Zuzii. I will definitely be wearing these with ALL THE THINGS this spring.
It’s always fun to reveal a project that’s been in the works behind the scenes for a long time. This week, Making Magazine released its 7th issue, DESERT, a print magazine full of beautiful handmade projects, articles, stunning photography and artwork. The projects include sewing and knitting, among other things, and I’m happy to announce that a brand-new Made by Rae pattern is included in this gorgeous issue!
Introducing…the Emerald Dress!
Designed for woven fabrics and cut on the bias, this dress has a simple silhouette that drapes beautifully. I love how Emerald fits into the DESERT theme. When I designed this dress, I envisioned it with sandals for hot weather or layered with sweaters for cooler nights.
The breezy design, V-shaped neckline, curved hem, and pockets (!!) make it the perfect piece to add to a handmade wardrobe for spring and summer.
This dress is simple and versatile: make it in linen or ikat for a casual summer shift; or try a silk or viscose for summer evenings out on the town.
Sizes run from XXS to 2X, with plenty of ease to accommodate different body shapes and sizes. Try more or less positive ease for different looks.
Visit made-by-rae.com/Emerald for links to the size charts, yardage, and materials. Note: I’ve included a generous amount of ease in this design (8″ of hip ease and 5″ of bust ease relative to the body measurements), so the pattern pieces can comfortably fit up to about a 54″ hip / 51″ bust if you don’t mind a little less ease.
At this time, Emerald is only available through purchase of the print DESERT issue or subscription to Making magazine; the print-at-home PDF pattern pieces are available with the issue via a download link.
While I do plan to make Emerald available eventually as a PDF pattern — Making generously allows their artists to sell standalone patterns from the issues after their contract period is up — please know that while this might be as early as this fall, we do not have a concrete launch date for this pattern at this time. I completely understand that many of you might not be able to obtain Making in your country or want to purchase a print publication that includes knitting patterns, and I truly appreciate your patience and understanding that we cannot make this available immediately as a PDF (and a big thank you to all of you who have sent me emails asking about this!! I’m so glad you love this pattern!!). We’ll be sure to keep you posted once the digital pattern is available on its own.
Here at Made by Rae we believe strongly in the importance of print publication and supporting the work of artists like the ones who create Making and we know you do too. Creating beautiful objects of value that people can hold in their hands is something I want to be a part of, so I am thrilled to be a contributor to this project. I hope you will love this new issue of Making, and Emerald, as much as I do!
You can purchase the DESERT issue of Making or find a local shop that carries it through the Making website.
I just got back yesterday from the most lovely visit to Austin where I rented a house with some girlfriends and spent the weekend knitting, chatting, relaxing, and eating great food. After that I drove to Waco to see my sister and her family for a couple of days. Texas was absolutely gorgeous — the wildflowers were blooming and everything was warm and green — and I got to wear this new short-sleeved Jade tee that I made for the trip. Most of my Jade tees have been long or 3/4-length sleeves, so I thought the shorter sleeve would be better for hot weather (the Jade pattern comes with 4 sleeve lengths).
The striped fabric is a rib knit that I purchased at La Mercerie a few months ago. I love following shops with a smaller, more curated collection of fabrics (I find it less overwhelming), but the key is to watch their newsletters for new fabrics, since some of the fabrics — like this one — tend to go out of stock faster than others.
I’m starting to really love my rib knit Jade tees the most. My navy long sleeved striped rib-knit one was easily one of my most-worn items this past winter. The rib fabric has a soft and stretchy quality without the thinness of a super-stretchy jersey, which tend to adhere to every wobble and wrinkle of my body. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just sometimes you like a tee to smooth out your fluffy bits a bit rather than showing off every nook and cranny, y’know?
I’d love to sew a few more short sleeve tees to go with my Rose pants, which is our newest, soon-to-be-released pattern! If you want to sew yourself a few Jade tees, you can find the pattern in my shop.
When I announced late last summer that we would make a pants pattern, we were in the very early stages of the pattern development. I decided I wanted to be as transparent about the process as possible, since I think most people don’t realize just how long it takes to take a pattern from concept to launch. I thought maybe every few weeks I could hop on the ol’ blog and post a little status update. ISN’T THAT HILARIOUS?
I didn’t realize then how hard it would be to post communications on a regular basis on what was happening with this pattern. If you had called me up on the phone at any given point I could easily have told you what we were doing — it’s not a big secret — but it turns out that the work of developing a pattern, running a business, and also attempting to be a present mama of three is quite enough for one person, at least it is for me, let alone try to send out Rose updates to the blog and newsletter on top of all that. It does seem rather obvious as I type it out.
At any rate, the last time I posted an update on Rose, we had graded the pattern into nine sizes, and I was just beginning to sketch diagrams and write instructions. Fast forward to this week: we’ve completed one round of testing and are nearly finished with Round 2 with a smaller group to test out the small set of tweaks we made after Round 1. Elli has digitized most of the diagrams, we’ve written and edited the instructions, and Karen graded the pattern with an additional two sizes (up to a 59″ hip). Though we don’t have an exact launch date, I am hopeful that it will be some time in April, as these will definitely be a fantastic pattern for spring and summer.
With that in mind, I thought I’d post pics of this latest pair of Rose Pants that I’ve made for myself, made with Essex linen by Robert Kaufman. This particular fabric is from Carolyn Friedlander’s Polk line (Carolyn wrote this post showing many of the fabrics in the line sewn up into garments). I love this print and we’ll see how wrinkly these get (as they are 100% linen), though as a mama of three I don’t much care much about wrinkles nor do I have the time or inclination to iron anything once it’s sewn (I do press like a maniac as I sew, just not once it’s finished). The Internet Wrinkle Police will just have to live with that (you think I am joking but I have received so many snarky comments over wrinkles in photos. You would not even believe how many folks there are out there who think it’s their business to weigh in on wrinkles).
Here’s a closeup of the fabric, as the print is a bit hard to see in some of my pics here (I took a few of these with my phone on a cloudy day and I think my 8S has a crappier camera than the 6S I had before).
This is the “cropped” view of the pattern, which also has a full length and shorts option. I hope you’re as excited as I am for this pattern — we’ve had some great tester versions (that you can see a number of these already on Instagram under #mbrrose if you want a peek) that we’ll be sure to post here as the launch gets closer.
Meanwhile, I’m on spring vacation with the family in Seattle this week visiting my parents. We’re going to go to the Space Needle (a request from Elliot, who turned 12 (!!!) yesterday) and visit Bainbridge Island this week; should be fun!
I’ve been thinking about mistakes. One of the many lessons I learned while training to be a teacher was this:
Mistakes are required.
Which is to say many things, one of which is is that the best way to learn a thing is to make the mistakes. Someone else can tell you a thing many times, but the lesson of trying the thing and messing it up is far more effective. Making mistakes, learning from them, trying again. This is how we grow, gain knowledge, become experts, become better humans. This is not so easy, though. Mistakes are uncomfortable. But perhaps it is only when we learn to sit with discomfort that we truly grow.
I don’t tend to love January as the beginning of the year (I’ve talked about this before — September is my preference), and in the past I’ve been not so great with setting intentions and following through. That “one little word” thing that people do hasn’t really resonated for me, for reasons that are becoming more clear to me as time passes. But recently, a message started repeating itself, over and over, louder, stronger, as I have tried to open my eyes and ears and really listen and understand what I need to learn:
Bloom where you are planted.
As I’ve tried to think about what exactly this means, it is becoming more and more apparent to me that this is something I must actively work to do. Accepting the mistakes as part of the process.
In some ways, this sweater is like a plant: it’s growing bigger and bigger, and it’s green. The analogy is imperfect; my plants grow without my direct work, though in my defense I do put in at least a bit of effort, but recently while researching the best way to propagate the monstera plant which is currently attempting to take over my living room, I stumbled across this line in a blog post that stopped me in my tracks:
Plants (like people) grow and grow, but they don’t (like people) always grow the way you want them to.
I can’t stop thinking about that line. In some ways, people are like plants. If there is something about our humanity we can count on, it is that we will continue to grow, even without our direct effort. The mistakes are inevitable. Trying to grow into better humans seems to be the collective challenge.
my unwieldy Monstera
As I grow this sweater, I think about all of the mistakes it contains, some corrected, some not. I think about how even the act of learning how to knit a sweater is changing me, growing me. I am changing, I am learning, and this sweater is a tangible piece of physical evidence that it is happening.
This wasn’t really why I started knitting, but then, when do we truly understand when we start to learn a thing how much we will really end up learning? This is the gift of creating. This is why the color green is really speaking to me right now.
This is why my sweater is like a plant, is like me. We are all creations. We are all works in progress.
It’s the New Year! I spent a bit of time on Instagram yesterday and my feed is already filling up with everyone’s #MakeNine sewing plans. It’s so exciting to plan new projects for the year, isn’t it? I love seeing the patterns people have picked out. #MakeNine is a great way to make sewing goals because choosing just nine projects for the year is so very manageable and attainable. Or at least it should be. Unless you’re me and you’re looking back at your list from last year, ahem.
Originally was going to just throw this post up on the blog as a “hey look I only made 2 things on my #2018MakeNine!” so those of you who killed your lists last year could feel amazing and superior (hee…but really, that’s great!) and those of you who didn’t manage to make yours could feel better, like a hey let’s be real, it’s OK hashtag life type thing. But after listening to this week’s Love to Sew Podcast with Elise Cripe* about making goals for the new year, I decided to dig in a little bit and see what I can learn from. Considering I only managed to make just TWO of the nine things on my #2018MakeNine, I’m pretty sure I can glean at least one or two takeaways.
For reference, here’s what I had on my list:
my 2018MakeNine list
( I also posted about this list earlier on the blog (#2018MakeNine Plans) if you want a pattern-by-pattern breakdown)
Of those nine, I managed to make this technicolor Wiksten Haori Jacket (previously the “Wiksten Oversized Kimono Jacket,” the pattern name has recently been changed for better accuracy and cultural sensitivity):
Cue sad trombone? Or not? On its surface it really does seems like kind of a fail. However, I totally love those two garments (that jacket is probably my “most-worn make” of 2018), and life is really too short to beat myself up over a to-do list that doesn’t completely materialize.
It’s also worth noting that it’s not a situation me only making those two things this year and nothing else. I made scads of things, they just weren’t things on that list (and it’s also worth clarifying that for the purposes of this post, I’m talking about things I sew for fun, not the things I have to sew for the business, though admittedly that’s not exactly a clear-cut line). Nine is definitely still a manageable quantity for me; I do not need to create a #MakeFour (hee).
Looking at the disconnect between setting the goals and achieving the goals, I have a few observations that perhaps you too will find helpful.
First, I never would have guessed how much knitting I would end up doing this year. This greatly cut into my leisurely sewing time (Note to self: add knitting projects to this year’s list if you make one). I probably would have made more of these things if I hadn’t gotten so hooked on knitting starting in July after my knitting retreat.
Second, I failed to anticipate how spontaneous and unpredictable my leisurely sewing always is. I love making a to-do list, I just don’t always love to stick to said list. I’m not sure there’s any solution to this issue aside from quitting list-making altogether (nah) or resolving to be OK with whatever happens.
I also forgot how much longer it would take me to sew a brand new pattern than one of my own patterns, which I know will fit (so: no need to make a muslin) and barely need to read the instructions for, and will therefore choose readily when faced with unanticipated time to sew. I actually started almost all of the patterns: all have been purchased and/or printed, most have been traced, and I even managed to get as far as a muslin for the Fringe dress. A few of the projects had unanticipated hiccups that stalled them (never found the “perfect fabric”) or canceled them (unresolved body-love issues, anyone? Bathing suit, I’m looking right at you).
Finally, I didn’t anticipate how much sewing I would do for my kids. I made quite a lot of things for them, most of them not blogged or posted online. These included a bathrobe, tank tops, shorts, and dresses for Clementine, as well as a handful of shirts and pants and shorts for the boys. While this type of sewing isn’t exactly my “dream-sewing,” it’s still deeply satisfying as kid- sewing is quick, easy, and practical.
Anyway, just taking a few minutes to run this brief analysis of the why and how of my “fail” — if you can even call it that — is already helping me see how to simplify my goals for this coming year and create a to-make list that’s a bit more realistic and achievable. Meanwhile, I’m celebrating all of the other things not on my list that I *did* make this year (including a dozen Jade tees and dresses that I wear all. the. time.) and really looking forward to a fun year of making in 2019!!!
How about you? Did you make a #MakeNine list last year? How many things on that list did you manage to check off? What’s on your list for next year? Tell me what you’re most excited to make!