Oh my goodness, I have now re-written this post three times. I reflected poetically and very generically on the return of fall. DELETE. I composed a confessional on my recent fabric bender. It was fun. I enjoyed myself immensely. It was in no way gripping as a narrative. DELETE. Blah, blah, blah. DELETE, DELETE, DELETE. What I really want to share with you is my new pair of Hudson pants. They are cool. They are comfy. They sew up quick. I love them. And heavens to Betsy they don’t need all the other crap that I’ve been trying to jam into this post.
I’ve been admiring the chic sweatpant trend for a while so how wonderful that Kelli released this glorious pattern a couple months ago! I had it in my mind that to be truly stylish the fabric should have drape as well as body. I found an interesting fabric while in Oregon that seemed to fit that description. The textile is actually two layers of knit joined together. Does anyone know what this type of fabric is called? I’ve never seen anything like it before.
After careful study of recent J Crew catalogs (these have become a sort of style bible for me) I decided to grade from a size 2 at the waist to a size 4 from the hip down. I was hoping to replicate the effortless, slouchy look as seen on models, but I wondering if I shouldn’t grade up to a size 6 or 8 at the hips next time for even more ease. Certainly something I’ll be considering next pair.
As for construction it was a breeze to follow Kelli’s instructions. She’s put notches in all the right places so you know everything is lined up and your pockets are symmetrical. All my seams are serged, no tricks here. Well actually I lie. Despite being two layers thick this fabric is very light and easily stretched out of shape so it was necessary to employ a trick I learned from sewing silk. More on that later this week.