aaaand i’m back with more self sewing! pattern testing this time, for my friend Kelli of True Bias. I’m a big fan of Kelli’s – i was fortunate to have her as a guest for vintage may this year, and my intro for her links to my many favorite past Kelli projects. she has a comfortable yet fashionable style that i enjoy very much, so when she asked if i’d test her hudson pant pattern, i was totally in.
the hudson pant is a stylish lounge pant, which you can make ankle or calf length. it being summer, i made the calf-length, though for some reason i made them in a somewhat heavy sweatshirt knit (?). haha they’re multi seasonal, right?
the waistband, cuffs, and pocket trim are all a gray baby rib knit. thought it’d be nice to make these in neutral colors but with a gold tie for a bit of pop.
the pattern was impressive even in tester phase (meaning it’s pretty much outstanding now), and for my first pair of pants ever, it was so easy to sew! i told Kelli it could almost be called a beginner pattern, except for some topstitching on top of elastic that takes just a bit of sewing practice. the pattern includes notches to help line up the pieces and is clear and easy to follow.
i think hudson pants would be an excellent, low pressure project if you’re just starting to sew for yourself – they’re easy and fast, the fit doesn’t have to be super precise because they’re just lounge pants, and they get you used to the freakishly massive pattern pieces of adult wear (which always throws me after sewing so often for my kids). they aren’t a tailored dress with an invisible zipper and darts, they’re for lazy saturday mornings!
as far as tester-to-final pattern changes, Kelli shortened the pocket trim strip a bit so it sits a bit flatter against the hip, and loosened the cuff area a bit in the final version. other than those, her changes were all within the instructions for proofreading/clarity. pretty minor stuff. nice that she has taken a patternmaking class and had them so close to perfect already!
i love wearing my hudson pants and reach for them whenever they’re clean and it’s loungin’ time. again with the comfy basics – apparently they’re my selfish sewing bread and butter these days. i already bought some lighter, drapier french terry to make myself another pair, it’s just that my “to sew” list keeps growing but my time to sew doesn’t. so annoying. :/
thanks so much to Kelli for making such an awesome pattern, and thanks to my friend Erin for taking these photos in her gorgeous yard!
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P.S. i received no compensation to test the Hudson Pant pattern, and i was under no obligation to blog them either. i just like Kelli and wanted to support her…and get my hands on this pattern a bit earlier than most! ha.