Guys. I am in love. I am in love with this absolute corker of a trouser pattern. I’m serious. If you want it, you’re going to have to pry the pattern from my cold, dead hands.
Or buy your own. Whatever.
I’ve been stalking this pattern for a while. Then after being asked to be part of the Indiesew blogger team I knew it was time to step up and makes something awesome – similar to this great pair of real world trousers.
These beauties are also surprisingly flattering for a pair of trousers with an elasticated waist. Comfortable AND flattering. Isn’t that the holy grail of clothes?
There’s a very clear sew along on Kelli’s blog, plus some handy advice on using the pattern for woven fabrics (as the pattern’s originally for knit fabrics).
I loved how quick and easy these were to make. It took less than a day (and that’s including an hour or so lost to undoing a few ill-fated French seams of doom).
I’ve included a bit more on construction details at the end if you’re into that sort of thing.
In other news – I’ve been on a bit of trouser spree. I’ve been making two pairs for my mamma from a pattern she self drafted.
Here we are kicking it blogger style in our handmade trousers. As you do.
So, I think I’ll just keep up my trouser spree.
I’m 100% tempted to make another woven pair of Hudsons, something similar to this pair. That fabric sure is gorgeous, isn’t it?
Have you tried making trousers yet, or are they still a no go area? Do you have a favourite pattern?
The pattern was kindly provided by Indiesew for being part of their blogger team. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Cause that’s just how I roll.
Pattern: True Bias Hudson pants, adapting it for woven fabrics.
Fabric: Pretty awesome right? It’s a poly blend of some sort by John Kaldor. I bought it in the John Lewis clearance section for half price. Score. It’s a bit sheer so I choose to underline it with some drapey lining I bought in Italy.
What changes did you make to the pattern or construction?
I followed Kelli’s instructions to use this pattern with a woven fabric. I added 1 1/2″ to the pocket and pocket facing but totally forgot to add length to the hem. Oh well. They’re capris rather than pants. I’m OK with that.
I cut a straight size 10 following Kelli’s advice to cut a 2 sizes bigger if using woven instead of knit. I love the fit, but the insides are a hot mess. Next time I’d cut 3 sizes up to leave some room to finish with French seams.
I also left out the pocket detail, the topstitching on the waistband, the cuffs, and the drawstring waist.
What are you most proud of?
This all came together well, but this fabric and underlining was a mother ucker to work with. Not adapted to my usual slapdash approach.
Still, even with my haphazard, gun-ho attitude they still came out well. Though I think that’s more the busy print that’s able to hide a multitude of sins. Thank you print of dreams. Thank you.
What would you do differently next time?
If I were to do it again I’d use a rotary cutter and cut one piece out at a time (rather than cutting two pieces at once). Then be sure to baste everything securely.
I’ll add 2 – 3″ to the hem. That’s way more than I need, but I’d like to experiment with cuffs. I might even try Coco Loft’s suggestion of adding 1″ to the inseam – just to loosen up the taper at the bottom.