I know I just recently posted about a lack of sewing patterns out there that suit my particular style (especially in the indie pattern world), and mentioned that I was gonna slow down with the projects over here while I start to learn how to draft/design my own stuff that I actually want to live in. But then visions of the Hudson Pant wouldn’t stop dancing around in my brain. Like sugar plums. But pants.
This pattern is designed by a friend of mine, the lovely Kelli of True Bias. It’s a trendy, urban lounge pant (that is fashionable enough to be worn out and about) with a little extra room at the hip, tapering into a skinny ankle with cuffs at the bottom. There are lovely pockets, and opportunities to add fun contrasting details.
Now lets be clear. These pants are not something that I’d consider my style. If they were, I’d have made them immediately, because this mama can’t ever have enough lounge pants. But the whole tapered pant thing isn’t really me…However. I randomly found some awesome, crazy, TOTALLY “not me” ponte fabric on sale and decided I wanted to go out on a limb and make them, mostly to support my friend. And I really DO need new lounge pants.
I realize it makes less than zero sense to make a pattern that’s not really “me” using a fabric that’s even less “me”, but I was PMS’ing. I don’t know. But guys. I literally GRINNED the entire time I sewed these up. I made the pants in one evening. ONE. Grinning. Sometimes giggling. And keep in mind the bad hormones. So that’s saying something.
The pattern was amazingly done, and it’s the first one Kelli has ever released. Wow. Everything lined up brilliantly, and the instructions were absolutely perfect. I was never confused, but nothing was over-explained either. Great graphics, and just fun fun fun. I think I may have been on an adrenaline high just from looking at my crazy print the whole time…
The only changes I made were taking in the waist a few inches (my fabric stretched more than the recommended amount), and omitting the drawstring in the waistband. I decided (after making my buttonholes for the drawstring) that I wanted a clean, smooth, non-bumpy-lumpy waistband, so I just made that side of the fabric the inside of my waistband so you can’t see the holes. I also had to be really careful with my pattern placement, to avoid some…unfortunate shapes ending up in some awkward places. I didn’t realized the potential issues until I was ready to cut and then suddenly saw a whole pile of problems there. Hah! I think I did ok on that though…
The verdict? I LOVE these pants. I still don’t think I’ll be wearing them out of the house very much, but oh my gosh they’re comfy and make me soooo happy. Frequent rotation for evenings at home. And mornings. And afternoons. I think the memory of the blast I had sewing them has permanently attached smiles to these pants. I’m actually considering taking off the ankle cuffs and making them again in the print fabric, as opposed to the black ribbing that is on there now… it might help with the stumpy leg factor. Just a little less choppy-choppy, ya know? I chose photos for this post that look pretty good, but in real life, as soon as I put shoes on with the pants my legs look pretty crazy short. I think eliminating the black chunk down there might help.
(All photos by Mercer Street Photography)
And yes, these pants work with my lifestyle. See the proof below… Me. Wearing the pants. Cleaning thirty chewed up/spat out pistachios off of Sadie. Mayhem typically ensues in that stroller during these photo shoots.
I’d absolutely recommend making this pattern, especially if your style embraces the funky tapered leg…like if you live in Brooklyn and are way cooler than me. (I’ll probably be making some more as it gets cooler here and I feel the need to wear warm lounge pants all day every day.) But a warning if you stumble across this exact fabric: Those diamond shaped graphics with the bright pink highlights you see wrapping around my mid-thigh area? Keep those far far away from…well…you get the idea.