TUTORIAL : MINI HUDSON OVERALL VARIATION

I’ve had this tutorial ready to go for about 2 weeks.  I’ve just been waiting on taking pictures of my little guy in them.  As you can see it didn’t go well, but I decided that we would just go ahead anyway.  Hopefully this sad, pouty face won’t dampen any enthusiasm for the variation though because I’m pretty excited about this version.  I am a little obsessed with overalls and love how this comfy Mini Hudson version came out.  I took pics along the way so that I could show you all how I did it.  That being said I only made them in a size 2T so if you make these you will want to adjust according to your desired size.

 

Step 1

Sew up the bottom of your pants according to the instructions for your Mini Hudson Pants.  Just don’t cut out or sew the waistband until the next step.

 

Step 2

You will cut out your waistband in two pieces instead of one so that there will be a seam at the top and bottom of your waistband.  To do this add the seam allowance 3/8″ to the top of the fold line and cut off the rest.  Now cut out two waistband pieces at this size.

 

Step 3

Now cut out your front flap according to your desired size.  Mine was 5 1/2″ wide by 6 1/2″ tall plus 3/8″ seam allowance on the bottom and 1/2″ seam allowance around the top and sides.  Fold the seam allowance on the top and sides towards the wrong side and press.

 

Step 4

Prepare a small pocket for the front.  Mine was 3 1/2″ wide by 3″ tall plus 1/2″ seam allowance all around.  Fold seam allowances to the wrong side, press.  Stitch along the top at a scant 1/2″.  Pin to the front of your front flap.  Edgestitch around the sides and bottom.  Stitch down the seam allowances on the top and sides of the front flap at 1/4″.

 

Step 5

Create your straps by cutting 4 pieces of fabric at 1 1/4″ wide and 15″ long plus 3/8″ seam allowance all around.  Put two pieces right sides together, stitch the sides up, and turn right side out.  Press.  Repeat for the other strap.

 

Step 6

With right sides together, stitch each of the waistband pieces into a circle.

 

Step 7

Take one waistband and pin the bottom of the front flap to the top of the waistband at center front with right sides together.

Flip over and pin the two straps (overlapping at a slight angle) to the top of the waistband at center back.

 

Step 8

Put the other waistband piece, with right side facing the right side of the other waistband, sandwiching the straps and flap in the middle.  Stitch together.

 

Step 9

Flip the waistband pieces down to attach the pants.  Finish the waistband according to the instructions for the Mini Hudson pants.

 

Step 10

Fuse small scraps of interfacing to the back of the front flap where you want to put your buttonhole.  Stitch vertical buttonholes the correct size for your desired buttons.

 

Step 11

Finish your straps by tucking the open ends inside the straps 1/2″.  Stitch along all edges of the straps at 1/4″.  Mark where you want your buttons and sew your buttons to your straps.

 

All done!

He should really be happier about these :)

MINI HUDSON BLOG HOP DAY 5

Wow, it’s already the last day of the Mini Hudson Blog Hop.  I’m excited to share two more amazing versions with you today.

Kristen from Skirt As Top is someone that I have followed for a long time.  She is one of those people that I feel like I would be friends with in real life. She is sweet, talented, and has a beautiful blog filled with makes for herself and her children.  I think that my favorite post of all time though has to be this one where her daughters beloved stuffed animal is lost and returned and she sews the hero a clutch.  Something I could totally relate to as a mother.  Now go check out her Mini Hudsons on her blog.

 

Next is Delia of Delia Creates.  You may know her as the talent behind her own pattern, The Pleated Pencil Skirt.  Such a great staple pattern that I need to find time to make! Something else super impressive about her is that she is a knitting wizard as well with a pattern for a super hip slouchy winter hat.  To learn more about Delia and to see her Mini Hudsons click here to go to her blog.

 

And in case you havn’t caught up yet, click on the following links to see all of the amazing blogs who participated in the Mini Hudson Blog Hop.  Thanks for following along this week!

Monday January 5th – Jolies Bobines | Our Family Four
Tuesday January 6th – A Jennuine Life | Feather’s Flights
Wednesday January 7th – Adirondack Inspired | Made by Sara
Friday January 9th – Skirt As Top | Delia Creates

MINI HUDSON BLOG HOP DAY 4

Day four of the Mini Hudson Pants Blog Hop.  Love these two bloggers and their versions so much.

First we have the famous Celina from Petit a Petit and Family.  Even if you don’t have kids you should be following her blog as well as her pinterest and instagram accounts.  She has the best style around and mad skills.  To top it all of she is one of the amazing talents behind the Stylo magazine.  Click here to go to her blog and see more of her Mini Hudson pants .

 

Next we have Mie from Sewing Like Mad.  A cool thing about Mie is that she not only has a degree in professional sewing, but also has had her own small clothing company.  I’m pretty blown away that she decided to use sequins on the Mini Hudsons.  I want some for myself.  Click on over to her blog to see more.

 

Just one more day on the blog hop.  Here is the complete list of participants:

Monday January 5th – Jolies Bobines | Our Family Four
Tuesday January 6th – A Jennuine Life | Feather’s Flights
Wednesday January 7th – Adirondack Inspired | Made by Sara
Friday January 9th – Skirt As Top | Delia Creates

MINI HUDSON BLOG HOP DAY 3

We are in day three of the Mini Hudson blog hop and we have another couple of amazing blogs participating.

First up is Monica of Adirondack Inspired.  She has a beautiful blog filled with photos of her amazing kids and her envious life in the Adirondack Mountains. Hop on over to her blog to see more details of her two pairs of Mini Hudson Pants.

 

Sara of Made by Sara also made two pairs of adorable Mini Hudson’s up for her son and daughter. Sara’s blog is full of fun and easy tutorials for kids crafts and clothing.  I especially love this one and this one.  You can check out more of her makes as well as her Mini Hudsons on her blog.

Here is a list of the entire blog hop:

Monday January 5th – Jolies Bobines | Our Family Four
Tuesday January 6th – A Jennuine Life | Feather’s Flights
Wednesday January 7th – Adirondack Inspired | Made by Sara
Friday January 9th – Skirt As Top | Delia Creates

MINI HUDSON BLOG HOP DAY 2

It’s day 2 of the Mini Hudson Blog Hop and I am lucky enough to have two more amazing bloggers sewing up these pants on their children today.

First up is Jenn of Jennuine design.  Jenn is a children’s pattern designer herself including this awesome little retro camper hat that I could totally see my kids sporting in some nautical stripes or seersucker this summer.  I might just have to make that happen :) And I also love her little swing top pattern with its awesome racerback style.  Check out her blog to see more photos and a review of the pattern. (p.s. She made that little moto jacket out of an old couch!)

 

Next up we have Heather of Feather’s Flights.  Not only is she talented at sewing up items for her kids and herself, but she is a guru at being thrifty, reusing and repurposing.  Which is a perfect match for the Mini Hudsons.  In fact, if you want to be blown away, check out how she altered her mother’s wedding dress for her sister to wear.  Click over to Heather’s blog to see more info. on these two versions for her little boy and to see how she repurposed to make them.

Just three more days to go!  Here is the whole list of participants:

Monday January 5th – Jolies Bobines | Our Family Four
Tuesday January 6th – A Jennuine Life | Feather’s Flights
Wednesday January 7th – Adirondack Inspired | Made by Sara
Friday January 9th – Skirt As Top | Delia Creates

MINI HUDSON BLOG HOP DAY 1

Today is the first day of the blog hop for the Mini Hudson Pant.  I know, blog hops can get long, boring, and way overdone.  But I decided to do a blog hop for the Mini Hudson’s for two reasons.  First of all this is my first children’s pattern and to top it off I released it right before the holidays.  As as result I don’t think that a lot of people know about it.  So naturally I want to spread the word.  But also, one of the things that I love about this pattern is that it is a true unisex pattern. I thought that this blog hop would be a perfect excuse to highlight boy makes as well as girls.  This week you will see not only a lot of adorable little girls sporting their Mini Hudsons, but also a bunch of cute little boys wearing theirs as well.  I hope you will stick with me this week to see 10 talented bloggers showing off their versions of the Mini Hudson pant.

Today we had two amazing bloggers included in the blog hop and first up is none other than the talented Julie of Jolies Bobines.  I have followed her for a long time and am so envious of her perfect style (on her and her daughter :) and bold red lipstick.  You can see a couple of my recent favorites here and here.  I’m pretty sure that I want everything in her wardrobe. She made these awesome Mini Hudsons for her daughter.  Make sure you check out more photos on her blog by clicking here.

Next up is Erin of Our Family Four.  I love that her blog is not only about her sewing adventures, but is also a personal journal of the life of their family. I love feeling like I know a blogger on a deeper level, like when she talked about moving from Illinois to London and transitioning to both of her kids being in school and starting a business or about the time that her daughter cut her own hair.  And to top it off she has the most amazing photography to showcase their life and her makes.  Here is a sneak peek of the Mini Hudsons that she made for both her son and daughter.  Click here to see more.

And, in case you are curious, here is a list of all of the blogs participating in the blog hop this week. Can’t wait for you to see more.

Monday January 5th – Jolies Bobines | Our Family Four
Tuesday January 6th – A Jennuine Life | Feather’s Flights
Wednesday January 7th – Adirondack Inspired | Made by Sara
Friday January 9th – Skirt As Top | Delia Creates

MOTO VARIATION MINI HUDSON PANT

I thought I would share a little mini hudson pant variation tutorial with you guys today in preparation for the blog hop coming next week.  These pants were inspired by a pair that I saw from Gapkids that I also included in my ready to wear inspiration post last week.  It’s really easy to do and not only does it add a little extra style to the pants, but it also reinforces the knee area which is always the first to go on my kids clothing.  Here is the tutorial.

Step 1:

Cut out your pattern pieces as normal.  Cut out an additional piece for your front leg (one layer for each leg front) that is the same width of as the leg and is your desired height.  Mine is for a size 5T and is about 8 inches tall.  You can choose where you want it to be placed, but I started mine around the lengthen shorten line for the bottom so that it would hit around the knee.

Step 2:

Using a marking device that will wash out such as chalk, make horizontal lines parallel with the hem of the pants.  The markings below are 1 inch apart, but I ended up adding another line inbetween to make each line 1/2″ apart.  It’s up to you.

Step 3:

Stitch these lines through the one layer of fabric using a stitch that will stretch, not a normal straight stitch, otherwise the stitches may pop when your child bends their knee.  I used the stretch stitch on my machine, but I think that a zigzag out look really cool too. The thicker the stitch the more visible the design will be.

Step 4:

Place this piece of fabric with the stitching on top of your front leg piece so that the sides line up correctly.  Turn the top and bottom under by 1/4″. Press and pin in place.

Step 5:

Using a stretch stitch, sew along the folded edge at 1/8″.

 

Step 6:

Once you repeat for the other leg then sew up your mini hudson pants like normal according to the instructions and you are done!

2014 IN REVIEW

It’s always so fun to look back on the year and remember what you did.  I guess that’s one of the great things about having a blog.  It’s super easy to see how much you have accomplished and how far you have come.  As I clicked back through all of my posts from 2014 I was honestly surprised by how many things I did complete despite the fact that this has been an incredibly busy year for me.  Here are a few highlights.

Released 2 Women’s Sewing Patterns

One of my biggest goals for 2014 was to start releasing patterns through True Bias. Sometimes I can’t believe that I actually did it!  It’s been a busy and stressful year in a lot of ways, but it’s also been extremely rewarding.  I released my first sewing pattern, the Hudson Pant, in July.  It’s been amazing to see how you have all loved this pattern.  It was a huge boost of confidence for me and I love seeing all of your versions which continue to pop up all over the internet.

I released the Sutton Blouse in October of this year as well.  I love this pattern and how easy it is to throw it on with some jeans and look professional.  It’s pretty much been in constant rotation this winter as I have thrown it on under sweaters and cardis for easy layering.  Can’t wait to get even more use out of them once it’s a bit warmer.

Released my first Children’s Pattern

I started releasing my first of many children’s patterns which will be smaller versions of the adult pattern.  The first was the Mini Hudson Pant which was just released a few weeks ago and you will be seeing more of it in the next few weeks with it’s blog hop and some variation posts.  I honestly can’t stop making these because I have a lot of leftover fabric from the Hudson pants so it feels like a no brainer to sew up some pairs for my kids when I want and easy and quick project.

Most Worn Sewn Item : Mandy Boat Tee

Probably the quickest make, and by far the most worn, not to mention it’s a free pattern. Every time my Mandy boat tee is clean it gets worn.  In fact, it might be close to retirement because it’s starting to pill a lot from so much wear.  Pretty sure I will be making a duplicate.

Favorite Sewn Item : Floral Silk Hudsons or Black Jumpsuit

So this one is a toss up so I cheated and chose two.  I LOVE my floral silk Hudson’s.  I feel super trendy when I wear them, but they are still extremely comfortable.  I can dress them up or down depending on the occassion which make them really easy to wear too.  I’m thinking about snatching up some more floral fabric from Blackbird to make some in a rayon.

I also love this black jumpsuit using McCalls 6083.  It’s the way I wish I dressed all of the time.  Super comfy and on trend.  Im a sucker for black too because even though I am wearing a jumpsuit I still feel like I am somewhat age appropriate and sophisticated.  At least that’s what I tell myself :).

Favorite Kid Sewn Item : Striped Linen Overalls

By far my favorite sewn item for my kids this year has been these striped linen overalls.  I love them so much.  Sadly my little guy has grown out of them but I am on the hunt for similar fabric to make him another pair this summer.

Most Popular Sewn Item : Kids Backpack

I made this backpack for my daughter who was entering pre-k this year as a collaboration with April Rhodes and her first fabric line.  No question that this has been the fan favorite in terms of instagram, pinterest, comments etc…  And I love it too.  The best thing is that my daughter uses is almost everyday.

As for looking towards 2015, I’m trying to keep it simple.  I want to keep working hard and releasing patterns, taking the time to do a good job and be professional.  And I want to take time to sew for myself and stay up to date on my blog.

As for my personal sewing I just want to sew patterns multiple times (I tend to only sew things once and then move on to the next project quickly).  And I need to shop my own stash more.  I don’t have the room to continue acquiring more fabric so I need to use up what I have or pass it on.

How about you guys?  What stands out most as you look back on 2014 and look forward to 2015 for your sewing goals and accomplishments?

READY TO WEAR MINI HUDSON PANT INSPIRATION + SOME TIPS

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Before I check out for a week or so for the holidays I thought I would share a bit of ready to wear inspiration for the Mini Hudson Pants.  This style of pants is everywhere right now and there are so many ways to customize them and make them your own.

There will be a blog hop from January 5th to January 9th featuring plenty of boy and girl versions and I am working on a couple of variation tutorials as well.  I will not be doing a sewalong since the instructions are so close to the adult Hudson pants but here are a few tips that I have picked up while making these.

TIPS:

- If you are worried about your child being able to tie and untie a drawstring (especially if they are newly potty training), just tack an already tied bow to the front where your tie would be.  No one will be able to tell the difference and your tie will stay in place and in a cute little bow.

- If you want the drawstring but are worried about it getting pulled out by little hands or by the wash then simply stitch in the ditch through all layers at center back.  This way you can still have the drawstring and the benefits of cinching it without worrying about losing it.

- Before shopping for new fabric, shop your scraps and your closet.  One of the most satisfying things about sewing for kids is that it only uses a little bit of fabric.  I have found that an old t-shirt makes a great waistband and cuffs.  You can also shop a thrift store for fun retro sweatshirts to cut up.

- Shoe laces work great for a sturdy drawstring.  They come in lots of colors and patterns and you can buy them at lots of regular (not fabric) stores.  Comes in handy in a pinch.

BY HAND LONDON’S KIM DRESS

I was lucky enough to be a tester for the Kim dress recently released from By Hand London.  They hit it out of the park with another beautiful party dress.  I am especially crazy about the wide neckline as I think it’s really flattering and a bit more grown up than a classic princess seam dress.

I decided to go with view B and the sweetheart neckline, although the petal skirt version looks really beautiful too.  I omitted the pleats along the bottom because I was sure they would get lost in the busy print I was using.  The only other change that I made to the skirt was to add some pockets.  In my opinion every full skirt should have pockets.  They are easy to hide in the fullness and make the dress so much more wearable.

I did a full bust adjustment because they draft for a size B and used this tutorial from craftsy.  I still had a few tweaks after muslining but I am super happy with the end fit.  I also decided to line the skirt to help with the fullness.  The fabric has a nice weight to it but still drape so I was nervous that the skirt would stick close to my body without the lining.

Because of the weight of the full skirt I decided to use Tasia of Sewaholic’s directions to do a waiststay (Ignore my crazy lining.  I promised myself to only use fabric from my stash for the inside).  I am so glad that I did.  It’s nice to have that extra support and not feel like the skirt is pulling on the bodice.

Also, to help with the wide straps I sewed little ribbons to the straps at the shoulder seams before attaching the lining to the bodice front.  My bra had detachable straps so I just put the straps through the ribbon to keep my bra straps in place.  You could also add a little snap to one side of the ribbon if your bra is detachable.  Added bonus is that these little ribbons make it much easier to hang up.

The gorgeous fabric is from Caroline’s fabric store called Blackbird Fabrics.  I love her store.  I trust her taste and ability to pick high quality fabrics.  This viscose was so great to work with.  It’s super soft but still has a nice structure to it.  I think it’s out of stock but I heard she will be restocking it in January :)  Highly recommend it.

I’ve already worn the dress out to a holiday party and felt beautiful in it.  I have to admit that it’s a bit more “sweet” than I normally go, but I guess that’s one of the great things about sewing your own clothes – you get to try lots of different styles and silhouettes out. So glad that I took a risk.