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HUDSON PANT VARIATION – WOVEN TRACK PANT

July 17, 2014

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In case you havn’t had enough Hudson Pant hooplah lately, I thought I would share a little variation with you all.  I am a big fan of the track pant trend right now.  It’s a very similar style to the Hudson Pant, mainly just that it’s made using a woven fabric instead of a knit.  I was curious if this would work with the Hudson Pant pattern so I gave it a try and I must say that I am pretty excited about how they turned out.  Here is how you can do it as well.

Fabric

Instead of knit you will need a woven fabric.  Mine is a rayon challis from Fashion Fabrics Club.  It’s soft and fluid, but still washes well.  I am really happy with the fabric.  They seem to be out of this print right now, but I’m kinda wanting to try this one next.  Plus their challis seems to be on sale right now which is a plus.  I also think that a peachskin, viscose, or lightweight cotton would work great too.  I am thinking that I might want to try out a light chambray sometime as well.

Cutting out your pattern

To accomodate the fact that you are using a woven instead of a knit fabric you are going to need to go up in size.  I went up two sizes and was happy with the fit, although I think 3 sizes up would be good too if you wanted them a bit roomier.

For the pockets I omitted the pocket detail.  In doing so I lost some of the depth of the pocket.  To accomodate this and the fact that the woven makes for a tighter pocket I added 1 1/2″ to the length of both the main pocket and pocket lining pieces.

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I also ommitted the ankle band.  As a result of this and the need to hem them, you will need to lengthen the main pant front and back by about 4 1/2″. (I only lengthened mine by 2 1/2 inches because I usually shorten my pants by 2 inches anyways.)

You don’t want the ankle opening to be too small so you will want to gradually grade in from a few inches above your original ankle length.  You can always take them in more once you try them on.

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Sewing Up Your Pants

As mentioned above I omitted the pocket detail.  Instead I topstitched the pocket curve at 1/4″ to keep everything in place.

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I also decided to not do the drawstring in order to dress them up a tiny bit.  As a result I didn’t do the buttonholes on the waistband.  Otherwise it was the same as the instructions.

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Because there is no ankle band you will need to hem your pants.  Before doing so try on your pants to check the fit and length.  I ended up narrowing the ankles by about 1/2″ on each side.

To hem them turn the bottom up by 1/4″, press, turn up another 1″, press and stitch at 7/8″ on the right side of your pant to secure the hem.

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Press your woven Hudson pant and you are done!

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34 Comments

  • Reply Deb July 17, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    A.maz.ing!!! On my list to do tomorrow!

    • Reply True Bias July 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      woohoo! cant wait to see them.

  • Reply Chloe July 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Thanks Kelli – I have yet to try the Hudson because I’d been meaning to make some woven lounge pants instead, and you’ve gone and done the planning and plotting for me! Your new pair look fabulous, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the sew along, too!

    • Reply True Bias July 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      oh good! i have to admit that these pants are very easy to wear.

  • Reply bec July 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Arghh, you’re killing me with all the good ideas! I started my 3rd pair of stretch ones tonight, and was as I have another pattern for a woven pant similar, was thinking how to get the good butt/crotch height your pattern has into that style- i’ll just make a woven pair! When it gets a bit warmer here in Australia though, middle of winter now, hence the need for warm pants. (btw ‘becsibbi’ on Instagram, i’ll show the next pair off soon!)

    • Reply True Bias July 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      wow, 3rd pair! that makes me so happy. enjoy the cool weather for me.

  • Reply katie July 17, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Love them Kelli, definitely going to try this for my fourth pair of Hudsons!

  • Reply Kristi July 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I really love this variation! They are a little more dressed up than the knit, but still comfy. Now to find fabric…

  • Reply MaciNic July 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    excellent!! Again, thanks for doing the hard work & trailing the variation for us! 😉

  • Reply sophie July 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    yes!! that is just what I needed: I hate sewing with knits and these pants are perfect in woven!!:)

  • Reply Heather July 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I was wondering how this would work in a woven, so glad you tried it! Must find some rayon challis….

  • Reply Lola July 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    OMG yes! the minute I saw the Hudson pants, my thoughts were to make them woven in silk. I got lazy because I couldn’t find the garment flat size measurements but then I just got plain ok lazy

  • Reply Sophie July 17, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Kelli!! I couldn’t love these more! I’ve been thinking about the Hudsons, long and hard, I’ve got the pattern cut out ready at home. And I’ve been wondering if its possible to sub in the waistband in the same fabric as the pants in place of the ribbing. Love the fabric you’ve used too! All round fabulous girl!

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  • Reply Liz July 21, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I love this and totally want to try it!! Now need to find me some rayon. I think a silk twill would be lovely too.

  • Reply Clio July 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Oooh, I love rayon challis for the summer. I bet these feel like a million bucks on a hot day – they look like a million bucks too!

    • Reply True Bias July 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      i do too. just wish they didn’t wrinkle so easily.

  • Reply Beth July 22, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    I love these! I need to go search my fabric stash and see if I have a woven that will work.

    • Reply True Bias July 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      yes do! you won’t be sorry. i wear mine all of the time.

  • Reply Ginger July 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Ahhhhh, I’ve been dying for a pair of pants like this! Fantastic!

  • Reply Emily November 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    I love this pattern and love that you did it in a woven as well! Do you think it would be possible for me to do a woven version but keeping the knit bands at the top and bottom? Any suggestions? This is going to be my first attempt at pants and I love the idea of using flannel but banded with knit.

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  • Reply Lily June 26, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Hello! Thanks for this tutorial. I just bought my hudson pants pattern and I’m planning to sew them up in a lovely rayon (a knit version will come too, later). I’m not sure about the size though – I’m size 6 waist and size 10 hips, so does that mean I should size up to a size 10 waist and size 14 or 16 hip for a woven? I don’t want to end up with too much fabric around the waist or I’d just do a straight 14.

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