Ever since I bought the Hudson Pants pattern I’ve been interested in making them from woven fabric. I’ve been dragging my feet because I was worried that I wouldn’t like the end result. Then I saw Lauren’s stretch twill joggers a couple of weeks ago. Within a couple of days I cut out this pair and began sewing it. I love them and have already worn them multiple times. It’s like wearing jeans but they are SO comfortable. Usually once we put the kids to bed I change into pajama pants for comfort. These pants don’t come off because they feel like wearing pajamas!
I used some lightweight denim I had in my stash; it was given to me by a kind stranger at a thrift store about a year ago. (I’ve also used this fabric to make a hooded button up shirt for Henry.) I originally on making a woven, collared henley with this fabric but eventually realized the hand was a little too stiff for that. Which is great because they are perfect for these pants. I thought about doing colored topstitching, but I realized I would have a hard time wearing them if they weren’t completely neutral and basic. I did a navy topstitching which I really love the look of.
After sewing them up I added the distressed pocket details on the front and sewed on patch pockets to the back. I’m thinking about doing a little more distressing, especially on the back pockets, but I want to keep them nice looking. Oh the conundrum!
I usually make a size 2 in the hudson pants because they are so roomy, but it’s advised to go up two sizes from your measurements for room. I cut out a size 8 because I measure for a 4. I added length to the pockets and legs, and I added width and elastic to the cuffs. I put together the front, back, and inseam and then basted the sides. I ended up taking about 2″ on both sides of the leg through the thigh and knee. I made them a little tight because I’m going to lose weight over the next couple of months.