I know I just posted about a pattern from True Bias (this post about the Sutton Blouse), but Kelli has been a machine lately, and has cranked out another one. She has decided to offer all of her women’s patterns in “mini” sizing for the kiddos in our lives, the first being the Mini Hudson Pant pattern.
I LIVE in my hudsons, and Sadie is still at an age where she loves matching me, so this was a perfect opportunity for me to use up some scraps from my own pants. Unfortunately I had already used the awesome jumbo floral Ponte de Roma scraps from my first pair to make her some basic leggings, but I still had a little bit of my wild ikat print (also a Ponte) left. (Sadie calls my ikat hudsons “rocketship pants”…I’m assuming that means she sees rocketships somewhere in the pattern? That’s my best guess anyway.)
I was honored to be a pattern tester for these Mini Hudsons, but with Kelli being as attentive to detail as she is with all of her patterns, there wasn’t much for me to critique. It pretty much involved me just making the pants. And then grinning. I mean…they are SO. CUTE. I thought the ikat print pants were hilarious and awesome in adult sizing, but oh lordie. On a 2 year-old they are to die for.
The only change I made was taking in the hip/rump area a little bit, because she is potty-trained, so the ease normally needed to allow for a diaper in a size 2T pant isn’t necessary for her. Oh, and she didn’t like the drawstring, so I ended up just pulling it out because it was causing unnecessary toddler drama. Other than that, they are straight out of the pattern. And so quick to sew, especially if you’ve already made an adult pair and are familiar with the construction.
For this pair, I sewed everything on both my sewing machine and my serger, for extra stability in the seams, just because my child is extremely active. I don’t know if this is true for all sergers, but mine doesn’t make the tightest of seams. I made my hudson pants using my serger only, and when I cross my legs, which pulls on the seams a bit, I can see my stitches. (And I maaaaay have been super lazy and used white serger thread on my black floral pants. Snort.) So just to be safe on this pair, I sewed straight seams first, and then serged.
There’s a little bit of unfortunate pattern placement on these pants, just like I encountered when making my own pair (darn this impossible print!) but I didn’t have a lot of choice, being that I was dealing with very small scraps. Oh well.
Basically when these pants are clean, she begs for them. “Rocketship paaaaaants!!!” And then tries to stuff everything she owns into the pockets. Pockets are magical, amazing things to 2 year-olds.
(All photos by Mercer Street Photography)
Here’s a front view…
And the back view…
This is what she does pretty much anytime she wears the rocketship pants:
Which almost inevitably ends with this…
…giving me a mild heart attack, since she has a lollipop stick in her mouth. But then I try to remind myself that we rarely hear about death by lollipop stick in the news. Even though it seems like it’s always on the verge of happening over here. Relax mama.
Oh geez, I also shoulda vaccummed before we took this pictures. RELAX MAMA.