"Looking for a more streamlined pocket? Don't cut out the outer pocket piece, and instead use the pocket detail to bind just the front pant pocket edge. Topstitch the inner pocket piece directly to the inside of the front pant leg. Use a contrasting color thread for fun!"Meghan of Made by Meg "I love my drawstring to a bit of give to it for comfort, so here's a tip I picked up in an old Vogue pattern : add a small strip of elastic to your drawstring at center back!" Rachel from Boo Dogg and Me "Make these in a patterned fabric to set them apart from 'normal' tracky pants. Team them with a pair of Converse sneakers and a t-shirt and away you go! I wear mine almost every day and wear them everywhere. I love them." I can't wait to see everyone's entries. Don't forget to enter your Hudson Pants by either tagging your photo #hudsonsewalong on Instagram or sending me a picture via email with the title hudson sewalong. Gift certificates will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places by the amazing Wanderlust Fabrics. The winners will be announced on Thursday.
With the last day to enter the sewalong contest being today, I thought that it would be fun to share some of the versions made up by my pattern testers. Along with each photo, each tester provided a little suggestion or tip for sewing up the Hudson Pants. For those of you still trying to finish a pair of pants for the contest, maybe this will give you the motivation for the final stretch. I love my pattern testers and am extremely indebted to them for all of their hard work. They have made some seriously amazing versions of the Hudson Pant. Teresa of Dandelion Drift "These pants are perfect to lounge around the house in, but also can easily be worn out and about! So far, my chambray button down has been my go to top I've paired with my Hudson Pant." Krista of Lazy Saturdays "I was thrilled when Kelli asked me to test our her Hudson pattern! I had just found out I was expecting and thought they would be great for maternity wear. I was right! The low cut and thick elastic waistband fit so comfortably below my belly. I love the cut of the legs and feel equally comfortable and cute in them, which I think both are important during pregnancy. While choosing a size to make, I only used my hip measurement and went up one size so I'd have room to grow. This made the perfect maternity pant for me! This is my second pregnancy and I'm growing out of my clothes much more quickly this time, but my Hudson pants remain Perfect! I wear them all the time and plan on making many more in a variety of prints. I think they will be amazing postpartum as well!" Kelly from Cut Cut Sew "I have been wearing this casual version around the house constantly, and I can't wait to try a dressier version for wearing out and about- maybe with some stretch lace, or a cool woven version like Kelli made" Carly of Away We Sew Caroline - Instagram / Sewaholic Contributor "The Hudson Pants are a great combination of cool and comfortable. The pants were fun to sew from start to finish, and I love the way the waistband comes out looking professional and sturdy. I am already planning my next pair - a black french terry version with leather pocket details. Can't wait!" Kat "I went with a neutral blue for my pants so I can wear them with just about anything, but I plan to make some more in a cute print soon. I'm loving my Hudson pants and my favorite combo so far is pairing them with my knit scout tee." Erin of Sew Bon "I love lounging around in my casual version of the Hudson Pant and I can't wait to make a dressier version too. I'm currently obsessing over the idea of a pair of Hudson's in a drapey woven like silk!" Kristin of Skirt as Top "I don't always wear sweatpants in public, but when I do, I prefer Hudson Pants." Katie of What Katie Sews "Find a double-sided fabric for an easy way to add a contrast to the waistband, pocket edges, yokes or cuffs. Tonal shades of the same colour add a bit of detail without being overstated." Meg of Cookin and Craftin