The Hudson Pants
It seems like 2021 is starting off the same as 2020 in terms of fashion trends. Loungewear is still having its moment this year with loungwear sets and rompers trending. Seeing that I will be at home for the forseeable future, I wanted to make a pair of sweat pants and the Hudson Pants by True Bias was my go to choice of pattern.
I used a beautiful brushed french terry from European Import that I purchased from Simplififabric last year. This fabric is honestly the most cozy material I have ever worn! The fabric has a stunning muted touch on the outside and warm, ultra fuzy inner lining.
I actually ended up making a pair of Hudson Pants before the New Year using the same fabric but in a neutral sand color and in a size 6.
I mean sometimes you love a pattern so much you make it more than once! This time I opted to make these pants using a beautiful khaki colour which satisfies all the neutral vibes I love but with a touch of colour to add in that extra spice! I decided to try a more fitted version and cut out a size 4.
I prefer to keep a more minimalistic wardrobe for both functionality and organization. So, this just tells you how much I LOVE this pattern! In fact, I did not make any alterations to it at all.
I intended to make the high rise version that was recently posted on the True Bias blog. Instead I decided use the extra fabric I purchased to make a matching set for the hubby. I am on the shorter side, so the pants tend to sit higher on my waist anyway. Let’s be real the original is such a classic and is really comfortable. It works well for my everyday wardrobe and pairs well with a tshirt and zip up hoodie 🙂 I chase two kids around all day, and cozy pieces just makes it easier to play with them.
You can also pair it with a sweatshirt, like the Cedar Sweater to make the perfect loungewear set.
Serger vs Sewing Machine and Hiccups Along the Way
For my first pair, I used my sewing machine and a simple zig zag stitch to create it. My sewing machine worked really well to make the piece and have had no issues with ripping of seams. If you have a stretch stitch, it would hold up even better. I wanted to challenge myself and try this same pattern using my serger.
As you may know, I recently purchased a serger by babylock and have been knee deep in learning all the intricacies of the machine. I had some major issues including the fabric not cutting and the needles breaking. It took hours and many broken needles but needless to say after reading the instructions, threading the machine properly and extending the cutting plate I was able to get perfect serged stitches. What a beauty they are! Also I have a new found appreciation for clothing with these stitches ha!
Is there a difference between the two machines? Well yes! I have to say the serger does a beautiful job in finishing off the knit seams and I KNOW it will withstand lots of stretch. However, the sewing machine is super simple to use since I know it so well. It still made a beautiful pair of pants which ultimately is what you want at the end.
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