True Bias Hudson Pants…

My first fall pants…I came close to some of the Pantone Fall 2014 palette!

I never thought I would sew a chevron print – chevrons just haven’t appealed to me. And I made it through a full year of chevron-mania without buying any. But this ITY knit from is so outrageous, I fell for it. Drippy chevrons on a reptile print background.

These are the Hudson Pants from Kelli at True Bias Patterns – her first pattern. And it’s wonderful! I’ve seen the pants described as track pants and as workout pants. They look kind of like sweatpants. Hanes, Champion, Nike, Land’s End…

Source: BTW…aren’t the buttons on the faux fly and cuffs of these a cute idea?

But I like to think of them as glam sweatpants 🙂

Back to the pattern: Slash pockets, a drawstring waist with elastic, and cuffed legs. However, the legs on the Hudson pants are a bit different – full in the abdomen and hip, and then fitted through the leg.

I really like the fit on these pants – I cannot believe I’m wearing knit pants without a tunic top. Thank you, Kelli!
A few sewing notes:
  • I made the size 16, because my hip is exactly the width of the size 14, and I wanted a little ease.
  • The fitted leg is a bit scary to me. I’ve spent most of my life trying to camouflage the fact that my love handles are at the top of my thighs – so I’m not likely to sew something that highlights the fact! My fix was to redraft the inside seams. I marked a point 1″ out from the bottom edge and cured down from the top edge. This added the softness you can see in my pants legs. 
  • I also narrowed the cuff and lengthened it a bit to accommodate the additional width at the bottom of the leg.
  • Being practical, I knew I wouldn’t use a drawstring (they bump out in shirts and drive me nuts), so I ditched it, narrowed the waistband by half, and used 1″ elastic in the casing. The resulting back rise fit me perfectly, and I only needed to add 1/2″ to the front rise.
I think a 4-way stretch like this ITY is perfect for these pants! no baggy anything. The ITY feels heavenly. 
A couple more pics with McCalls 6928 tunic top…

A definite win. I happen to have some more outrageous ITY knits in my stash, so now I have a pattern to go with 🙂

Ciao! Coco

21 thoughts on “True Bias Hudson Pants…

  1. Gorgeous again! I love this image and those papers go so well with it. Love the eyelets. I think i'm going to start having another eyelet phase, watch this space! (i'll never get them lined up as neatly as yours though!)Thanks for the award by the way, that was so sweet of you!Linds x


  2. I would never have thought to use an ITY for pants. Fantastic idea! I'm off now to ferret through my stash cupboard(s) to see what I can find for some new pants!


  3. You know, I wasn't going to go for this until I read this post. I love the idea of ITY for these and also your pattern modifications make me think I might try this.


  4. Wow! These fit perfectly and look wonderful with the adjustments you made. The chevron look is awesome here and I am also not a chevron lover. great work!


  5. OMG…those pants are the cutest ever! I've avoided chevron prints also, but this chevron is totally different and I love both the design and the colors…looks great on you!!!


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