Well, this is pretty much my perfect outfit. These pants are so comfortable and I really haven’t wanted to take them off since I made them. They are a perfect mate for my pointelle Day Tripper top (blogged here.) I bought the pattern for the Hudson Pant the week that it was released and I was so excited to make them. Unfortunately, it took me until about two weeks ago to get around to ordering fabric for them.
I have seen a lot of really great versions of these pants with contrasting pocket details and waistbands. I toyed around with using a contrasting fabric but what my wardrobe was really missing was a basic pair of gray knit pants. I used this cotton spandex fabric from Girl Charlee. It’s the same fabric I used for my gray Out and About dress and it’s held up pretty well through frequent washings and wearings.
I made a size 14 graded to a 16 in the hips. I am happy with the fit but I sort of wish I would have shortened them by a little bit– maybe an inch or so. My instinct is to hike them up a little bit to more of a cropped length, but in the winter I’m sure I will be glad to have left them full length.
The instructions in the pattern are really thorough. The pants came together really quickly. Well, up until the point when I sewed the waistband on so the buttonholes for the drawstring ended up facing inside the pants. At least I realized that halfway through sewing on the waistband instead of after it was complete. Unpicking knits is always a little scary for me because it seems really easy to rip holes in the fabric. This went fine and I got the waistband attached correctly the second time.
I really like how the pattern calls for top stitching over the elastic waistband to make a channel for the drawstring. I feel like it adds a really cool professional touch to an otherwise basic elastic casing.
I can’t wait to make another pair of these pants. I am going to be on the hunt for some navy fleece or french terry for winter wear.