I never buy clothing for my husband. He is way to hard to please. Once I bought him 4 black fleece jackets for Christmas in the vain hope that one of them would be "right". He returned all 4. (At least that's how I remember it, if he wants to tell his side, he'll have to get his own blog) Given my low odds of success, sewing for him seems like an exercise in futility. I would love to sew the Jutland Pants, or a few Strathcona Henleys, but the stakes are way too high. When the Men's Hudson Pants came along, I knew they were the perfect project for me to try out sewing for men. The time investment is relatively small (pdf printing to finished garment in less than 3 hours), and the loungewear look means if they never leave the house I can still count it as a success. This was definitely a great opportunity to hash out some of his complex specifications.
The Men's Hudson Pants are the newest addition to the True Bais pattern line up, and Kelli's first pattern for men. I tested this pattern, so I guess I should mention that I got it for free, and give you a chance to temper my enthusiasm accordingly. Keep in mind, I had already made half a dozen pairs of Mini Hudson Pants when Kelli asked for volunteers, and I threw a few elbows (or would have) to get the chance.
The Men's Hudson Pants are a quick sew, and a reliable fit, just like the kid's version. If you need one pair, you probably need 3 and can whip them all up in an afternoon. This fabric is a perfectly soft sweatshirt knit with 40% stretch from Fleishman Fabrics on Fabric Row. If you live in Philly, hustle yourself on over there, a light heather gray and navy were in stock a few days ago. Either would be perfect for this pattern.
The thing about Hudson Pants is that they seem to multiply almost on their own. While rummaging for sweatshirt fleece, I came up with enough to make a few pairs of Mini Hudson Pants for the kids. For J's I used some delicious sweat shirting from Fabric.com. It has very little stretch, so I went up a size and added a bit to the length of the cuffs and waistband.
For L's I used an uber discounted berry pink sweatshirt fleece from Surplus City. I actually made this pair first, and forgot to make the cuffs longer to compensate for a total lack of stretch. I didn't have enough to cut new cuffs so I found some coordinating jersey knit, ironed some knit interfacing to the back, and made a decorative patch. Not a bad looking mistake.
Pattern: Men's Hudson Pants by True Bias
Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece from Fleishman Fabrics
Pattern: Mini Hudson Pants size 10 by True Bias
Fabric: Charcoal Sweatshirt Fleece from Fabric.com
Pattern: Mini Hudson Pants size 7 by True Bias
Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece from Surplus City