I have had my eye on the Hudson Pants ever since I saw Kristin of Skirt as Top post about them here. I am always on the look-out for nice fitting sweats, considering I wear them every. single. night. And the Hudson pants were totally on trend for what I was starting to see in the stores. They were my dream pattern realized. CUTE COMFY SWEATS. ha.
Ok – but seriously, my husband and I have the sweatpants debate every few months or so. Turns out, he is particular about the comfy pants I wear too. I don’t know why he doesn’t like my favorite pair of holey elastic band bottom $10 sweats – I mean, what’s not to love? But the door swings both ways, because Lord knows there are a few T Shirts of his I would gladly throw out the window of a moving vehicle.
The Hudson Pants.
That right there is a sneak peek into our bedroom. It’s a work in progress.
I was given the Hudson Pants Pattern by True Bias to sew as a featured stitcher for the Fall Selfish Sewing Week hosted by Rachael of Imagine Gnats & Kollabora. And I was super excited about it.
A little back story about me – the very first thing I EVER sewed? Sweatpants in Home Ec in 7th grade. I worked so hard on those pants, sewed them up, and was so proud. When I went to put them on? They were SKIN TIGHT.
I was so embarrassed. And then I had to walk around in class wearing them for the rest of the hour. I hated Home Ec ever since. And I have not sewn sweatpants since that day, until now.
I made sure to properly MEASURE myself this time. Ordered sweatshirt fleece fabric on-line, and got to work. (Normally I would’ve chosen gray, but I was jonesing for some color that day.)
I added a bit of flair to my pocket with some old Amy Butler fabric I had lying around. Make sure to cut the cotton on the bias if you want to do something similar for this small accent detail. The pattern was meant for fabrics with stretch, but in this small detail you can use a woven fabric. The only slight pattern alteration I made was the ankle hem, adding about 3″ to the width because my sweatshirt fleece did not have the 40% of stretch needed.
Sweatshirt fleece can be tricky, I have yet to find a good one that has the same stretch as the sweatshirts we buy in stores. So just make sure you use that stretch chart Kelli includes in her pattern to determine if your fabric is a good fit for the pattern.
Hudson Pants Pattern Pros
- Quality, professional pattern.
- Flattering fit in the bootay. Not droopy like some sweatpants at all.
- Clear, concise instructions.
- Ease. Good for a beginner seamstress.
- Awesome waistband technique. I will be remembering that one for future projects.
- Wearability. I will most definitely be wearing these pants all the time, unlike some dresses I make that only get worn for special occasions.
- Usability. I will be MAKING them again.
- Trendy. Go shopping in your local stores, and tell me what pants you see. This is it. With or without a tuxedo stripe down the side.
- My husband likes them. Although I will not be throwing out my old sweatpants, no matter what he thinks.
I can honestly say, I really don’t have anything negative to say about this pattern. For Kelli’s first pattern, it is a home run. I cannot wait to see what else she is working on. She will have an incredible line of patterns some day to choose from.
It was an honor to work with them as part of this Series.
Looking for more inspiration? See what other Featured Stitchers are sewing this week by heading on over to Imagine Gnats. Her list of featured stitchers participating is pretty impressive.
What are you sewing for yourself lately?
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…