I made both the knitted/jersey and woven versions of Hudson Pants, knitted for my sister and woven for myself. These pants have an urban fit – casual joggers with a little room in the hips and tapered legs with cuffs.
REGULAR VERSION (made for sister)
Fabric :: 95% Organic Cotton + 5% Spandex Jersey Ribbing in Black as the main fabric and 52% Hemp + 43% Organic Cotton + 5% Spandex Jersey Ribbing in Pastel Lilac for the contrast. Both fabrics are from Simplifi Fabrics.
Notions :: I used vintage Coat’s & Clark Cotton thread in White (sourced from vintage shops) and some 2″ elastic from our local thrift store.
I made a Size 2 with no modifications except I did not include the drawstrings. These turned out to be super comfy and well fitting. She wears it while lounging around the house, to the gym, yoga, and for indoor rock climbing. I think they are very versatile – a wardrobe staple that will get good mileage (I made sure to sew the crotch seams twice for strength).
WOVEN VERSION (made for myself)
I was intrigued when I found that several people had made woven versions of these joggers! I wanted a pair of comfy, casual pants but made with woven fabrics for a more formal look.
**I used this tutorial by True Bias to lengthen the pocket and leg pieces. I went up 2 sizes and used a Size 6 as recommended. I also eliminated the ankle bands and drawstrings. I only lengthened my leg pieces by 2 1/2 inches because I’m a short person. : ) I follwed the modified sewing instructions that she mentions in her tutorial.
Fabric :: I used some gorgeous 100% Organic Cotton broadcloth from Maiwa, Vancouver. The fabric was naturally dyed with indigo using batik/wax resist techniques by artisans in India.
Notions :: I used vintage Coat’s & Clark Cotton thread in White (sourced from vintage shops) and some 1.5″ wide elastic. This elastic is made with 100% Organic Cotton + natural tree Rubber! I sourced these gems from Ecological Textiles, Netherlands. They do not ship to North America so I had to have my Scottish Cousin-in-Law bring it over while visiting.
I like the way they turned out! But they are a little tight, specially while sitting down. I will get lots of use out of this pair but I don’t think I would ever make ‘woven’ Hudson’s again. I would have to go up another size for them to be truly comfortable but then they would look baggy in some spots. I think I will stick to regular Hudson’s and maybe try the Vanessa Fluid Pants by Jalie Patterns instead (since those are designed specifically to work with woven fabrics).