I was so stoked when True Bias released the Hudson Pant pattern, and even more stoked when it meant I could participate in my first sewalong. Usually I find patterns a year after release, but I was on it this time. Kelli's tutorial was broken down in a way that made her already fabulous pattern even easier to digest.
My favorite thing about this sewalong is that it gave me an excuse to buy some fabric I had been eyeing at Fabric Depot, but couldn't swing full price. Then Fabric Depot decided to have a 40% off sale, so I hustled there after work and bought the rest of the bolt. The fabric is Sophia by Logantex, a thicker Polyester/Spandex/Rayon blend in a fun orange color with a lighter heather orange on the wrong side - perfect for the waistband and cuffs on this pattern! It is extremely soft, and it worked pretty well for this pattern, although I am not sure I would choose it again, because it does cling a bit in the rear area. I think the softness might beat the clinginess, but I am going to try to make a shirt with the rest of the fabric to see how that fares in comparison.
The hardest part of the pattern was picking the right cording for the waistband. I bought a bunch of fun neon cording and some bright shoelaces. The husband had a pretty strong opinion about the orange and black shoelace, and I trust him and his design-sense. Thanks, hubs.
The pants are extremely comfortable. I could definitely wear them out of the house, and I plan to just pop them on every day after work, especially in the winter. Changing into lounge pants immediately after getting home from work is probably my favorite part of the day (off with the bra and on with the comfy pants, right?) and this pattern allows you to feel fashionable and comfortable. The best!
The pants sit comfortably on the waist, and I am very high-waisted. I was worried they would hang too low on the butt, like most pajamas or sweat pants that I have tried, but the wide band and the crotch length are perfect for me, and probably even better for you ladies with more even proportions. I love the accents and slight flaring on the pockets. It gives me a little more shape in the hips.
(Tan the kitten was an excellent helper as I tried to photograph the results, so here is a shout out to him. He's still too wiggly for pictures, but he also refuses to leave me alone when I am trying to take them.)
I only had one hiccup in the whole process. For some reason my machine was just not into sewing the second row of topstitching on the waistband. As soon as I hit the pockets, skipped stitches were the norm. I ripped out two-and-a-half attempts before deciding to skip the second row of stitching at the front of the pants, so it only has two rows in the back. I think this will keep the elastic in place just fine. Next time I might add an inch for my long legs, but other than that, these sewed up quickly and beautifully. More importantly, this pattern is FUN. I think it is my favorite pattern that I have worked with, and I can't wait to make an after-work uniform of Hudson Pants!