I am sharing more today about expanding my Capsule Pajama wardrobe. I shared an introduction to this adventure in this post. The pattern that I’m talking about today is the Hudson Pants by True Bias. In the previous post I shared about my wearable muslin. In today’s post I will be sharing about two additional pairs of pants that I’ve made.
The parameters that I included for these pants for my #capsulepajamas project are:
- Use knit fabrics.
- Use patterns in stash (the Hudson pants became a part of my pattern stash after the last post).
- Sew with fabrics that are within my capsule colors. Black is one of the colors that I’ve picked for my color palette. The oatmeal color is straying a bit from the palette that I shared in this post, but it’s a neutral color so I thought it would be fun to throw in.
(Disclaimer, The fabrics share in this post were a part of my Fabric Ambassador* project and were given to me to share with you. I selected the colors and fabric base and the opinions that I’m sharing are my own.)
Size: View A, I started with a size 8 at the waist and graded up to a 10 at the hips down through the cuff.
Fabric: Oatmeal Baby French Terry and Black Baby French Terry. Both are the same fabric base but one is an oatmeal color and the other is a lovely black tone. The fabric is quite soft and has a lovely drape. If you haven’t worked with baby french terry yet, I’d highly recommend you give it a try! Think terry cloth fabric but the baby terry has a finer loop structure on the wrong side of the fabric so it is softer and has a very nice drape.
Pattern: The one change that I made to these two pairs of pants (from the pattern) is that I lengthened the leg 1.5″. I don’t enjoy wearing pants that feel too short, so I enjoyed this length for a little extra fabric in the legs.
The fabric that I picked is super soft and has amazing drape but it ended up being slightly thin for pants that I would wear out of the house. They make super comfortable pajama pants (and would be comfortable to wear in warmer weather) but I would stick with thicker fabrics for pants that I would wear out of the house (like regular French Terry or Ponte Roma fabrics).
I sewed the black pair of pants first and then the oatmeal pair second. With the drape being so high on this fabric, I found as I was sewing the black version that the pocket was a bit challenging to smoothly sew to the waistband. As I started the second pair in the oatmeal fabric I decided to add white stretch interfacing on the wrong side of the pocket pieces to help stabilize the pockets. This helped make a much smoother finish at the waistband (although you can see that the pockets look slightly thicker through the pants in the photos).
Future plans with the fabric: I would love to try the baby french terry fabric again in a different application. I think a top would be quite lovely or even a flowy dress would be a fun application as well.
Future plans with the pattern: I have not sewn this pattern yet in a woven fabric. I have a pair of commercial pants that I purchased at a thrift store that I’m saving to make a future pair of these pants. I also haven’t tried making View B (the ankle version) and I think that would be quite fun to make a shorter/capri length for spring.
I will say, this pattern has been quite a surprise to me. Initially I didn’t think it was for me and now I’ve become quite obsessed with it. That is a great reminder to me, branch out and try new styles from time to time.
*As a Simply by Ti Fabric Ambassador I receive complementary fabric from the Simply By Ti shop to use for a project to write about and share with you.