I love a comfy knit, so it’s no surprise that I eventually got around to trying out True Bias’ Hudson pants. Like many sewists I’ve chatted with, I’m not convinced they would ever be “flattering” on me… but they feel fun and modern, so who cares if they make my hips look bigger or smaller? (Spoiler: My hips are big and will always look big! 😉
I had a bit of an issue printing out the pdf – the 2″ square came out about 2 1/4″, but I figured that since I’m right at the top end of the sizing, a little extra room wouldn’t hurt. However, as I taped it together I realised that about 1/2″ of height had been cut off on each page. “No problem!” I thought. “I’ve got short legs.” Somehow though, the pants still turns out a bit long and WAY too wide. When I compared the pattern to my trusty Maria of Denmark Laura Lounge Pants, there was at least 2″ of extra width both front and back!
The end result is that I had to take in all the seams as I sewed, and still got quite a loose fit!
The front crotch is jacked up, and the back could use some scooping… but on the plus side, the rise ended up nicely high so they sit at my true waist and won’t fall down constantly. This version is made up in a thin french terry without much stretch or recovery, so predictably, they’ve gone massively baggy through the day. Next time I’ll definitely get more resilient fabric next!
For the contrast bit I used leftover fabric from one of my Nettie-Tiramisu dresses, which means these pants qualify for Scraptember over on the Sewcialist site. I messed up the pockets a bit by not following the instructions… so I went with faux pockets instead. Less bulk, so let’s call it a win!
Overall, I was pleased with the pattern and I’ll definitely give them another shot. The PDF was nicely laid out so that it was easy to put together – I’ve decided that I love PDFs that are just 4 or 5 pages wide, because it makes it much easier to trim off completed pattern pieces as you go, and then finished PDF doesn’t end up being the size of a room!
I’m always a bit wary putting pics of pants on the blog… or more specifically, on Flickr! They seem to be the number one thing that creepy strangers add as a favourite. Um, no. Back off my crotch pics, weirdos! These have got to be the least sexy pants ever, but here we are. For that reason I’ve put these pics as “private” on Flickr. (And kuddos to Flickr, it’s easy to block people or remove your pics from their lists…) Oddly, I don’t mind pics like this being on the blog – I always ask myself, “How would I feel if a student/parent/principal saw these pics?” and truly, it’s hard to get more modest then this outfit! 🙂
Do you find certain types of pics get unpleasant attention on Flickr or elsewhere? How do you decide what pics you’ll share with the world, or not?