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
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.
Super cute outfit and super cute pictures!ReplyDelete
Thank you. So hard to get a good photo of a squirmy kid. Sometimes I get lucky.Delete
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 ;)ReplyDelete
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!
Thank you Annika! I think the Mini Hudsons sold me on the adult version. They look so cozy I want some too.Delete
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!ReplyDelete
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!Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Thanks FT! A mini you would be adorable! :)Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Thank you Lucinda! The mini hudsons are already a favorite with L too (and she usually hates pants!).Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Thanks Shelley. If I'm sewing for amusement (which I confess I sometimes do) I still make the kids wear it! :)Delete