True Bias Hudson Pants

15704184935_afbd0fd265_z


The Goal: I’m going on a road trip this month! A trip that involves several hours in a car and a lot of hiking at my destination. It’s also November and I notoriously own a grand total of two pairs of pants. Both jeans. Yeah, I need some more pants. Mission accomplished!

15705770172_0029159f5d_z
(I realize black fabric is difficult to photograph so I upped the exposure on these pics to make the details easier to see)

The Pattern: The Hudson Pant, True Bias‘ first pattern (her second, the Sutton Blouse is out now!). I figured this would be a good pattern to use, it’s like a fancy knit track pant. Comfy enough for lounge wear (or extra long car rides), cool enough for everyday wear (like checking into a hotel after extra long car rides), and I figure it would be ok for outdoorsy activities (like a lot of trail walking).

Plus, pockets! Plus, ankle cuffs so no cold wind blows up your pant leg! Plus, stretchy waistband!

15084222514_fb8a50e316_z
(ugh, the cat hair! so much cat hair!)

The Fabric: For my first pair I knew I wanted something solid and plain, something utilitarian. But that doesn’t necessarily mean cheap. I found this French terry at Austin Fabric Co-op for $22/yd. Luckily this pattern doesn’t require much yardage.

Still, $30 for what are essentially really nice sweat pants seems like a lot for me. No regrets, tho, this stuff is awesome. It’s a rayon, cotton, spandex blend and it is won. der. ful.

15702270481_5e76e399d3_z

The Changes: None, except for one mistake. I sewed the button holes for the drawstring but then accidentally sewed the waistband on backwards and I sure as heck wasn’t going to seam rip out black serger thread on black fabric so, uh, no drawstring for me.

I made a straight size 6 based on my hip measurement. I figured these are supposed to be slim fitting knit pants, not skinny jeans so I didn’t bother with any fitting. For a casual garment like this unless there are big major problems like too short crotch length or something it’s really not worth messing with. But if I really wanted to I’d probably adjust the back legs. A common issue I face with having stick legs attached to wide hips is excess fabric in the thighs.

15084837083_f5d9e817f3_z

The Results: Well, I don’t think I’ve taken these things off since I made them. They’re great and super comfortable. I’ll definitely be making more, maybe even woven versions.

15705748552_610b032de7_z
(I ran out of pose ideas. I don’t really know what I’m doing here. Or what I’m looking at with those *crazy eyes*)

As for the pattern itself it was great. I had no problems with printing or understanding instructions. Illustrations and directions were clear.

This is a pretty simple pattern and a great way to jump into pants sewing if you don’t want to feel discouraged by crummy fit problems. Also, with so few pieces, I whipped these puppies up in a flash! Gotta love (relatively) instant sewing gratification.

  • Mia

    These look great! I love your hairstyle too!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Cute!

  • Lunie Blue

    I just Googled track pants and the cheapest polyester ones start at $29 and yours are made from much better material and most likely will last longer. This make is practical and on trend.

  • Megan R

    So cute. I am kind of loving this pattern and can’t wait to make it myself!

  • Awesome pants. They look so comfy.
    I’ve always wondered about french terry. Is it tricky to work with?

  • No, it’s easier than some other knits. The edges curl like jersey but its not as stretchy. The only problem I had with this particular fabric was the grainline was very obviously at an angle and not straight at all. Annoying but not a big deal, I made it work.

    Thanks!

  • Ha, then perhaps they’re not that expensive after all. Thanks!

  • Thanks! And thanks too about the hair. ;)

  • Your pants are looking great. I love my Hudson pants aswell and they are perfect for a road trip! Wish you a nice trip. :)

  • jen

    The more I see of these the more I reckon I’ll probably male them up – they look super comfy for travel :-)

  • Amanda Adams

    Look at your and your rad comfy pants! I’m not sure what is happening with that last picture but I love it! :D

  • lisa g

    these are the best pants ever! i love them in black. i made some a while ago and basically have worn them every day since. they’ll be perfect for your travels!

  • truebias

    so great! i just made some black ponte ones for myself and wear them all the time! i find the black easy to dress up or down. so glad you liked the pattern!

  • Drea Hatch

    Ah! These are amazing. Thank you for this post. I am going to make some now!!!

  • I really want to make a pair of these! I kind of hate myself because I bought pants really similar to these from Target a few weeks back, and they pilled horribly after just one wash. And they were $20. So I’m calling yours are AN INVESTMENT IN QUALITY.