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True Bias Hudson Pants

ERMAHGERD! I finally made myself some Hudson Pants! This awesome pattern by Kelly of True Bias has been on my radar for a while now …probably years actually, and with a little extra motivation (i.e. my #2016MakeNine sewing challenge and two great fabrics) I now own a pair. Or I guess I could say this pair owns me since I haven’t taken them off in days! No shame.


First let’s talk about the fabric: The mustard dot is an organic interlock knit by Cloud9 (IRL the color looks slightly more green than gold) and the aqua rib knit is by Birch, both I bought at Finch when passing through Leesburg, VA last Christmas. I highly recommend both fabrics for a project like this! They were so great to work with, they’re the perfect weight, and even after wearing my new Hudsons for several days in a row they’re not bagging out all that much. I will definitely buy more for future projects!


I sewed the entire pattern on my serger making the construction super quick and easy. I cut a straight size 2 but widened the calf out by almost an inch for a roomier fit below the knee. I overestimated the new width when I tried to adjust the ankle cuff to match my alteration which led to a really loose, floppy looking leg opening. I wore them like that for a day before deciding to cut the cuffs off and make them tighter.



Taking the time to fix the cuffs made a HUGE difference in how wearable they feel to me so I’m glad I did it. If I was truly a perfectionist I would have cut a new waistband too since my grommets are the wrong way out but that doesn’t bother me. Some things are worth fixing, and some things are better left as lovely little personal reminders that you’re actually a human and not a real-life Fabric Wizard.

Okay maybe I can be a Fabric Wizard In Training since I’m not ready to give up on my dream of attending a Tim Gunn class at Hogwarts yet. Seriously though, after working through my last pair of similar pants you’d think I would have learned my lesson about the timing of grommets and bagginess of ankles! Oh well, third time’s a charm and all.


This next shot is for the one person who was just thinking “I wonder how the Hudsons fit in the back?” – Answer: roomy but not super diaper-y, even when sizing up on an understated posterior.

You’re welcome 😉 😉


Hey remember that one time I lifted 8lb weights for five minutes and instantly got super ripped and never had to workout again?! Yeah me either…


But all jokes aside, workout clothes are definitely creeping into my wardrobe as I come to terms with how weak my joints are and how much my cardiovascular endurance and flexibility has declined over the years. I want to work on that. It’s amazing how something as simple as a bright, colorful pair of stretchy pants makes me want to put them on and go run! Or, you know, jog slowly. But whatever. You have to start somewhere.




p.s. I’m revisiting my headband pattern so I can release it as a free bonus for newsletter subscribers! I’m trying to pace myself when it comes to computer work because I’m having tendinitis issues again, but more patterns are definitely in the works.

Super ramble-y unrelated side note: I’m boycotting eyebrow make-up this summer in favor of a “Claire Danes in Stardust” look. I love that movie! I also love being able to itch my face without potentially removing any features from my forehead. If dogs don’t need eyebrows then neither do I, right? That’s a rhetorical question. But I digress!


Well that’s all for today, I’d loooooove love love to hear your suggestions for other activewear/fitness inspired patterns and fabrics that you’ve had a great experience with in the past!


  • kelly

    Great comfy pants to lounge in. I love Moodfabrics “Burgundy/White Artistically Spotted Polka Dots on a Cotton Sateen” with that color yellow rib knit to spice up some flavor. I must try this project. kelly

  • mborromeo


  • Super fun pants! Mustard-y yellow and white polka dots has to be one of the most cheerful prints around.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  • Those look great! I have the pattern but haven’t tried sewing it yet. Thanks for the push to get started.

  • Lindsay Snyder

    Your Hudsons look super cute and comfy! I can’t wait until I’m back to my pre-pregnancy size to make them for myself (but first I need to have this baby…)! You rock for ditching the eyebrow makeup. I’ve always been a fan of natural is better. You should give it a go permanently!

  • Positivelyvintage

    These are super cute, Rochelle. I’m thinking of giving them a try in a purple/green combination. That is, if I ever find time to complete a sewing project…maybe the headband is more realistic for me. Thanks!

  • I’ve been meaning to say….and since you brought up the eyebrows…but it’s hard to comment without being…I dunno, coming across the wrong way or anything, but your face is beautiful. Do as you like, of course, as long as you know this fresh-faced option is so very lovely. At least I think so…your skin looks fresh and you have such lovely even tone. Ok. Ending weirdness.

    On to pants! I love the Papercut version…and bought/made those first. Do you have both, and if so, a preference? I’ve got my Papercut version so customized now I doubt I’d swap, but for the rest of the sewing realm…

  • I LOVE them!! They are so perfectly you! Check Scruffy Badger’s blog for activewear patterns and fabrics – she sews a lot.

  • Raesha

    These pants are DARLING! The yellow and the aqua look so great together. I had the funniest dream over the weekend – which will sound a little creepy – I was staying with you and your boyfriend while my husband and I were in town for the opening of a new store – called Norget – it was a new hybrid store between Nordstrom and Target (my husband works for Target so it’s in my dreams a lot) – we were both helping with the behind the scenes store opening stuff and the soft opening for the press and local celebrities. It was one of the most vivid, detailed dreams I’ve had in a long time. Super bizarro – and you were wearing these awesome yellow and aqua pants every night when I came back to your house to sleep. No clue where my husband was staying, or why we weren’t in a hotel – but that’s crazy dreams for you!!!! Ok – I promise I’m not a freaking creepy weirdo. Back to our regularly scheduled programming now.

    • Ahahaha that is hilarious! Super bizarre but not creepy. I mean you can’t help what you dream about! I hope I was nice in your dream and not some terrible monster version of myself lol!! p.s. I think I would shop at Norget.

      • Raesha

        You were super awesome and we had a wonderful time together!! And I would totally shop at Norget too :):)

  • Veronica Lewis

    LOVE these, going to give them a bit of a go and LOVE the headband pattern coming….well done you, great job.

    • Aww thanks Veronica! You’re the sweetest 🙂