Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mini Hudson Pants

I was standing in my sewing room a few weeks ago pondering my weekend plans when the Mini Hudson Pants release announcement hit my email. Weekend sewing plans made! It isn't often that I wait with anticipation for a pattern to come out. I tend to hang back and see what others do with it, and where it fits into our wardrobes. I have been watching the Ture Bias Website for the Mini Hudsons to come out for a few weeks. First, because I have been meaning to make L some loosey-goosey knit pants for years. At first I was thinking self drafted Haraam pants, but in December I don't have that kind of time. Second, because a mini version of an adult pattern is a fantastic idea. At 8 bucks I didn't have to think twice about buying the pattern the second it came out.
PATTERN: This is my first Ture Bias Pattern, and it is just as professional as I had hoped. The Mini Hudson Pants are accurately drawn, and expertly illustrated. The finishing is all done with cuffs avoiding pesky double needle top stitching which I have given up on long ago. The waistband calls for some zig zag top stitching on the elastic, which went off without a hitch on subsequent pants.

FABRIC: I realize I've been on a chambray kick lately and I am very sorry if that bores anyone cause I can't get enough of it. I now realize this medium heather blue knit is the stretchy equivalent of chambray. I got it at a now closed local fabric shop. I should have bought the whole bolt, I forget that kids grow, and you can reuse the same fabric in different sizes. This is wonderfully comfy and I've been making the kids things with snippets of it for a few years. This was the last big chunk.

FIT/SIZE: L measured as a 5 exactly. For this pair I went with it, but now that I am more familiar with the fit I'll bump up to a 6 so she gets a bit more wear out of them.

ALTERATIONS: There is pretty much no scenario where my sewing machine will make buttonholes in knit, so I skipped that part. The drawstring is another fun place to mix up the colors, so i'm gonna try to find another way for next time (found a way around buttonhole problem, will discuss when the second and third pairs are out from under the Christmas tree).
L is also wearing an Old Navy Cardi, her favorite t-shirt from Silk Oak, she added the flourish of the Macy's holiday light show button, and Chukka boots.
This is about the most practical thing I've made in a while. I pride myself in only making things the kids actually wear, but a woven button back dress (my specialty) is tough for a little kid to get on alone. These pants are a more stylish (fashion forward) version of leggings which we wear everyday. I've already got two more (his & hers) pairs of these started (maybe you saw them on Instagram), and will most definitely make more, because unlike those woven dresses, or jeans...
...these pants can move.

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12 comments:

  1. Super cute outfit and super cute pictures!

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    1. Thank you. So hard to get a good photo of a squirmy kid. Sometimes I get lucky.

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  2. I love the adult Hudson pants and am totally thinking about buying the kids pattern. i also totally understand your love for chambray, so don't stop using it ;)
    Also: i don't know why but that first pic is pretty much perfection. Even though it's not over the top it could totally be in a kids fashion magazine!

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    1. Thank you Annika! I think the Mini Hudsons sold me on the adult version. They look so cozy I want some too.

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  3. Aw these are SO cute and of course I'm sure they're the comfiest ever. I'm going to make a pair for E too (but really, they are totally unisex - some baby Hudsons could be scrumptious!). Keep up the chambray, it never gets old!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I just finished a boy pair, but J hasn't tried them on yet cause they're for Christmas. I love the idea of making the same thing in different fabrics for both kids. Baby Hudsons would be adorable!

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  4. She looks so cute! I love my adult hudsons so much. If I had a mini-me to sew for I'd make these in a heartbeat!

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    1. Thanks FT! A mini you would be adorable! :)

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  5. love, love these!! And you can't go wrong with chambray, so clearly this knit is a winner as well! Hopefully you'll be able to find another fabric source and continue the love:) Your daughter looks simply adorable in these!

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    1. Thank you Lucinda! The mini hudsons are already a favorite with L too (and she usually hates pants!).

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  6. These are great. perfectly practical and very stylish. I confess to sometimes making something just to amuse myself, but I like your ethos of only sewing what will get worn. Wise lady!

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    1. Thanks Shelley. If I'm sewing for amusement (which I confess I sometimes do) I still make the kids wear it! :)

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