It’s been a while but I’m back as a guest blogger for Sewisfaction for December. Quite a lot has changed in my life this year and as a result quite a lot has changed in my wardrobe as I adapt to our new routine. Gone are the pencil skirts, heels and tight sheath dresses and in are the comfy trousers, tops and trainers. And yet I still hanker after fabrics and textiles that are smarter.
I’ve never been one for lounge wear – generally if I wear a pair of trackies its to jump on my bike or do some Pilates. However I really need comfy clothes that are good for sitting for hours as well as moving around. I therefore had to consult my sewing friends in my search of a pair of comfy, elasticated trousers that could also be a bit smart. By far the most common recommendation was for the Hudson pant from True Bias. After a quick internet search it was clear I’d missed the boat with this pattern. So many amazing different versions – some are even using this pattern as the basis for pyjama bottoms. As an added bonus the pattern comes in women’s, men’s and children’s sizes so you could be super cheesy and do trousers for the whole family (seriously tempted!).
So onto fabric choice. The pattern asks for a medium weight jersey that has up to 40% stretch. Sewisfaction has some cracking jerseys right now that are great for this pattern. I’m really keen on all the animal print that is around at the moment and apparently, leopard print is considered a neutral – winner! I was drawn to this Nyla embossed ponte fabric – it’s a black and grey textured jersey. It would also be cracking for a dress (perhaps a Southbank from Nina Lee Patterns or a Stella Hoodie jumper dress from Tilly and the Buttons), a cosy top (a Bento Tee from Liesl and co or a Toaster sweater from Sew House Seven) or even a cardigan (such as the Blackwood from Helens Closet).
I’m lucky and have an overlocker so this was a super quick make but if you just have a normal sewing machine this would be perfectly easy using a stretch stitch. There are lots of really good tutorials online for sewing with jersey if you are new to it. In fact, the latest Tilly and the Buttons book taught me quite a few tricks and I thought I was fairly experienced at jersey.
The only fiddly bit of this pattern is fitting the waistband. The pattern calls for a 2-inch elastic within the casing that you then stitch down in 2 lines before inserting cording into the channel. I used the old-fashioned method of attaching a large safety pin to the elastic and pulling it through. It mostly works for me but perhaps if Santa is listening he could bring me a bodkin?
The final result is a very VERY comfy pair of trousers that amazingly look rather cool as well. I’ve never really trusted elasticated waists on myself because they tend to make me look even chunkier than normal around that area. However, the combo of this cracking pattern and this super cool fabric makes for a really smart pair of comfy trousers.
As an added bonus I used a little of the leftover fabric to make myself a buff – basically a wide circle of fabric you can wear on your hair as a hairband or around your chin/neck as a warmer when cycling or walking. It’s a bit après ski but given I live in the frozen north its probably pretty apt for my climate.
Hope you enjoyed reading and are a little bit inspired.
Lesley @ Sew Sleep Deprived x