Posted on Tuesday the 19th April 2016 by Scruffy Badger
My Minerva Crafts network make this month are some addictively comfy trousers that are so easy to wear they could almost be pyjamas. They suit the pendulum of my style – these are obviously at the far end of the causal end – but the type of thing I like to pad around the house in, especially in the evenings...Oh OK! You got me, yes, they’re sweatpants. And these are the Hudson Pants, by True Bias.
I have made two previous versions of Hudson pants – my favourite floral Capri length Hudsons and then my Arctic Hudsons made out of fleecey sweatshirting – two extremes of seasonal trackies. I felt that a spring/ autumn version was in order to complete my lounging portfolio.
However, I had intended to make a different pattern, Kwik Sew K3835, which are almost a cross between harem pants & yoga pants. BUT unless I have got something very wrong, the yardages given on the envelope (between 1.4m and 1.75m of 150cm for the XS and S) are no where near enough. I had 1.4m & barely had enough for the slimmer legged Hudson pants. I like to pride myself on being pretty adept at getting the most out of my fabric but I couldn’t quite get all the pieces out of the main fabric, meaning pocket facings (it’s OK because they don’t show) are in a different colour. However the fabric that Vicki helped me choose would be glorious as the Kwik Sew trousers – just get a lot more than the envelope tells you. ( I think I would consider getting an additional metre if I was to try again).
The fabric then is a John Kaldor Roanne in purple & it has a beautiful drape to it. As Hudson pants it is most definitely Spring weight - & I can’t help feeling a bit like I am wearing those kind of long Johns you see in cowboy films (except they were usually a dusky red colour). I think it is the cut of the leg – slimline & with an ankle cuff. They are reasonably low rise.
There is always the temptation to bring in some contrast for the Hudsons – with cuffs, waistband & pocket bands being details that can be highlighted this way. I exercised huge restraint this time & just added a piece of navy jersey to the pocket band.
And it’s the details that make the Hudsons a nice sew. They are quick to complete, but not so quick that you feel cheated by a too quick sewing experience. The waistband is elasticated – with additional lines of stitching through all layers to keep the elastic from twisting. There is also a drawstring - I used ribbon.
And changed my mind when I managed to find a better colour.
So despite the Hudsons being Plan B, I am very happy with them. They are constantly covered in threads & white cat hair – being worn as I sew & then as I relax in the evening & the cat deems me a suitable source of warmth. The purple shows these practical side effects up so much lint rolling for these photos!
My materials list includes 3 metres of the roanne jersey (in case you want to try the kwik sew pattern), the kwik sew pattern I was initially going to try and a matching thread.