The first few weeks that I was pregnant I was determined to find some ready-to-wear pants that were the same style as the ooooh so comfy Hudson Pants. I never found them.
Trust me, I tried them on in fitting rooms, and had various sizes and styles shipped to my house from a few different stores, but I sent them all back. Wrong fabric, too formal-looking, too pajama-looking, and just plain uncomfortable. Eventually I did what I should have done in the first place and made myself a maternity pair and I’ve never looked back. Soooo comfy, cute enough to wear out, maternity-friendly but not maternity-looking in that funky way that can happen some times. All gold stars.
Are you expecting? Or do you hope to be expecting at some point? The modifications that I made were relatively simple, but they made a huge difference in the fit and comfort level of my Hudson’s. Read on now or save for later, because you will want to remember this pattern!
How to make the Hudson Pants sewing pattern maternity friendly.
Maternity Hudson Pants DIY
- Pattern: Hudson Pants by True Bias
- Fabric: 4 way stretch terry, purchased in London fabric district, similar here
A NOTE ON FIT:
I have a pair of non-maternity Hudson pants which I tried on when I was 11 weeks pregnant to see how I would like to adjust the fit. At that point my hips were still my pre-pregnancy measurements, and since I was using a fabric with some stretch, I decided not to go up a size.
I am on the tall side of average at 5 feet 7 inches, so I added 1 inch to the lengthen line of the pattern. My other Hudsons fit just slightly on the short side, which works well for a “just slightly cropped” look in the spring and summer. But since my baby is due in December and I’ll be wearing these through the cold months, I wanted to make sure that I could get adequate coverage for chilly ankles. 🙂 But for now since it is still pretty warm I typically just pull the bottoms up a little for a slightly slouchy look.
I wanted these pants to sit under my growing belly, but hopefully not in way that would require me to pull them up all day long. To accomplish this I modified the top of the leg pieces of the pattern, reducing height in the front and adding height in the back.
I scooped out the front center of the pants by 1 1/2 inches and tapered it off until I reached the top of the pockets. I actually cut the front pieces as is (aside from lengthening) and scooped out the front once the two front pieces were sewn together.
On the back pattern pieces I added 1 inch at the center back, gradually tapering off until I reached the side.
Even though I added and removed some fabric from the top of my pants I made no adjustments to the waistband and it still fit perfectly. I think that is one of the benefits of using a stretch material for the waistband, it is very forgiving no matter what.
As I said before, I added 1 inch to the lengthening line of the pattern to make my pants a little longer. I also added striped knit piping down the sides of the pants with the same fabric as I had used for the pocket detail, just to add a little interest.
I omitted the drawstring channel and decided to just use the wide elastic in my waistband. Since these are sitting comfortably around my hips which I know will be expanding in the next few months, I thought there was no need for further re-enforcement to keep them in place and that has certainly been the case thus far.
CHANGES FOR NEXT TIME:
I used the same terry fabric for the pockets as I did for the legs and cuffs, and it is a little too bulky and sometimes shows. If I were making another pair of these in terry I would use be sure to use a thinner knit fabric for the pockets.
I made these pants when I was 11 weeks pregnant and they fit great with my “small but there” baby bump. I took these pictures at 23 weeks and wore them yesterday at 25 and the verdict is in – The fit is genuinely fantastic.
The scooped out front keeps the pants comfortably under my belly and the fabric does not ride up or bunch in the crotch. The height at the back keeps my modesty in tact (no coin slot here!) and I don’t have to pull them up constantly every time that I stand up or sit down. They stay where they are supposed to stay, which is just perfect!
Is anyone else sewing for themselves during pregnancy? Please share your favorite patterns and sewing accomplishments below so we can all share in the “sewing for the bump” love!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…