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Hudson Pants, 2 pairs

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Today I took a few photos of recently completed sewn items. It was pretty cold out and I was wearing long johns in all the photos.

First up are two pairs of Hudson Pants, a pattern by True Bias.

The first pair, of maroon jersey, was supposed to be a muslin. This fabric was bought at Fabricland, I think, and was not very expensive; if it has any lycra, it’s a very low content and is mainly cotton.

I made size 4 in these and used a brown t-shirt for the cuffs, waistband, and pocket edging. I actually completed these in December 2017 and wore them over the year.

I did notice that I had somehow sewn one of the legs off grain and it twists while I’m wearing it. I’m not sure what is up with that but they are still fully wearable.

I wanted to use this thick loopy jersey that I bought years ago to make another version. When I originally bought the fabric, I wanted to make pants. I made a pattern from a comfortable pair of yoga pants that I’d purchased but I could not manage to get the pattern pieces to fit on the narrow yardage so I never cut into it. I found that size 4 of the Hudson Pants just barely fit on the fabric though I didn’t have enough space for the pockets.

I first sewed these with a zig zag stitch on my Janome, earlier this year. But the zig zag stitch added to the waviness of the sewing (I can’t adjust the pressure with my model, the 415, and even when using the lightning bolt stitch, the legs were noticeably wavy. I had used very light thread and it was extremely difficult to pick out in the loopy fabric. It took me months to finally unpick the wavy leg before I resewed the leg to my satisfaction with the straight stitch (though I tend to pull the legs when putting them on and have had to resew them a few times already). Then I had to cut the cuffs and waistband and sew them on.

Because this fabric is so much thicker than the other fabric, I really could have sized up – these fit me much more tightly than most photos I’ve seen posted online. Additionally, I had some weird bunching in my crotch that made them uncomfortable. I ended up scooping out the front crotch area and they are more comfortable now. I like several pairs of Hudsons that I’ve seen online made of wovens (sized up by two sizes, usually) and I suspect that the fit issue would be more prominent in a woven.

I’m also including a shot of the back waistband of both pairs. I often find myself needing to replace the elastic of pants and I find it really annoying to pick out lines of stitching. So lately I’ve taken to leaving a “window” of some kind in the inner waistband so I can (first tighten and eventually) replace the elastic. I know that there are several techniques for elastic waistbands that do not use a channel and while these look more professional, I find they aren’t practical for replacement.

It’s always great to have comfortable pants to wear around the house and I’m happy I’ve finally finished the second pair, which is warm and appropriate for the winter.

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Written by Dalila

January 12, 2019 at 5:03 pm

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Cold Family

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1/60s, f9, 800ISO, autoWB, 32mm.

I made everyone go outside for a photo before my brother left. It was a great visit!

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December 29, 2018 at 1:27 pm

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Puzzling

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1/5s, f4.5, 800ISO, autoWB, 50mm p.

Visiting friends is a holiday activity and it was fun to play with this small person this afternoon.

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December 28, 2018 at 6:19 pm

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Crossing the Field

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1/50s, f7.1, 200ISO, autoWB, 28mm.

We finished our walk by crossing the western field (near the old barn) and going down the hill.

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December 25, 2018 at 4:52 pm

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Winter Walk

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1/60s, f8, 800ISO, autoWB, 18mm.

There’s not enough snow for tobogganing but there is enough snow to make the woods look beautiful. We went for a walk by Beaver Road this afternoon.

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December 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm

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Winter Portrait

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1/60s, f8, 800ISO, autoWB, 18mm.

Welcome to winter! I went for a short walk along the stream and took a quick photo among the pine trees. (Wearing my mod cables slouchy hat finished in 2015.)

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December 22, 2018 at 4:40 pm

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Eating Dinner

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1/40s, f4, 800ISO, autoWB, 18mm.

The Codrington Community Association‘s Harvest Supper was a great success today, thanks to the ticket sellers, cooks, dessert-makers, servers; and of course, all the people who bought tickets.

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November 3, 2018 at 5:02 pm

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