My absolute favourite book in the 34 books that I read in the series was The Mystery of the Ghostly Galleon (1979) with a genuine glow in the dark disappearing pirate ship!
Don't mind me while I climb the rigging and dream of pirate adventures...
The Hudson Pants are a casual lounging pant newly released by Kelli of True Bias and they have pockets!!! Perfect for storing all those clues I'll find while solving mysteries.
Seriously, I love pockets, and I love being comfortable. I've now made two pairs and will make more.
I'm a size 8 by TrueBias measurements and Kelli suggests going up a size if your fabric isn't very stretchy. I chose a fleece from Spotlight which has minimal stretch, and I wanted a comfy 'tracky dack' style, so I cut a size 12 for my green pair. They're a really comfortable fit, sitting on my hips and have been well tested as I've changed into them every evening for a week - it's chilly here!
|PhotoBombed AGAIN! Can't a mum read or knit in peace...|
I did forget that I'm 5'6 and that the pants are drafted for 5'5, so for my second pair, I added an inch in the leg length.
I went down to the size 10 for my black ponte (from Darn Cheap Fabrics) and added 2cm in height to the CB (tapering to the side seams) and 1cm to the CF, as well as removing 2 inches in width from the CB waistband for my sway back. I prefer the high rise of this version, but that's possibly just a winter thing ;)
I can make my size 8, the black ones don't feel as loose as they look in these pics, so I'm sure they'll work in my 'correct' size.
Did I mention that there are pocketssess!!! I extended the pocket facing/lining (both terms are used on the pattern/instructions) to the CF so that they wouldn't flap about, not that my green ones do.
I was a little overenthusiastic with stitching the waistband onto my green pair and didn't leave it wide enough for the 2+" elastic to slide through, so they have two pieces of 1" elastic. I widened the waistband of my black pair by 1cm so that I could avoid this (as clearly, I can't follow 3/8" seam allowances consistently!)
The Hudson pant is exactly as I pictured - and just what my wardrobe required - comfy, with pockets & the black pair is worthy of being worn out of the home, especially when solving mysteries ;)
I've styled it with Tessuti's Mandy Boat Tee, layered with a black knit for winter.
The Mandy is a one size fits all free pattern for drapey knits. I have taken the front in by 5cm at each side as I felt swamped by the width of the fabric, however I've left the back as drafted and really like the drape.
I didn't have enough of my gorgeous (seriously, this feels luscious!) striped knit for the sleeves, and my black jersey was the wrong shade, so sleeveless it is! It does make it much more versatile. I'm really loving it as a layer with my Mosses and jeans as well as these Hudsons.
I simply finished all hems with a twin stitch, and yes, that is a cropped front and mullet back - I'm recalling 1983 here!
Check out Rachel's very stylish version of the Hudson Pants at Boo Dogg and me, and I want a merino fleece version just like Busy Lizzie in Brizzy's!
Kelli has also published a Sewalong, details here
|Ahoy There!! There be windy days ahead, get thee into some Hudsons!!|