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True Bias Hudson Sweatpants
I have eaten no less that 2 (but no more that 5) cookies, had a short but delightful couch nap sitting beside an overwhelmingly farty dog, and now I am ALERT and READY to write this bad boy for all y’all.
LOUNGE CITY. POPULATION: NATASHA
My mornings involve at least 3 hits of the snooze button, a long and very slow walk with the aforementioned fart monger, and a few cups of coffee. For two of those three daily tasks, mama needs her sweatpants.
FASHION ALERT FASHION ALERT: I have decreed that, when with a dog and prior to 12PM (or 2PM on weekends), wearing sweatpants out in public is totally ok and doesn’t make you look creepy loser at all.
Anytime after that is up to personal discretion, but I have made a conscious effort to limited my sweatpant-life to inside of those hours (Leggings are NOT part of this category and are thus not subject to such limitations. Leggings are necessary sustenance to maintain all human life).
So, when my RTW sweatpants starting to show signs of distress (and considering I bought them from Old Slavey and could not bear to think about it any longer), I knew that I needed to make my own, stat.
Welcome to my liffeeeeeee, Hudson pants! The True Bias Hudson Pant is the literal go-to lounge pant of all indie sewing patterns on the world wide web, and I can definitely see why. Those pockets guys, those dang pockets. CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO LOOK AT THESE POCKETS.
For real though, they are an incredible easy sew but they look so god damn professional. And let me tell you about the world of professional looking sweatpants.
(just kidding, I do not know that world)
As suggested in the pattern instructions, I opted to go up a size as this fabric was not anywhere close to the 40% stretch recommended for the garment. However, I did end up taking 2.5″ from the waist band elastic to get a better fit in that region. I am glad that I went up the size, as I do enjoy the positive ease in those less ‘stretchy’ areas of the pant.. My favorite part of these pants are the pockets, yes, but also the tapered legs that take the ‘idea’ of sweatpants from: ewww sweatpants to oooooOOOoooh sweatpants.
Are you curious at how many times I can say sweatpants in one paragraph?
Honestly though, I cannot recommend making this pattern enough. I am in love and it is probably my most worn handmade item of clothing to this date.
So easy to make. So comfortable. So necessary in everyday life.
The top is a Linden Sweatshirt, pattern by Grainline Studio. I have an actual blog post about it here, but if you don’t want to click away just know that this pattern is rock solid and I have made it numerous times.
The ONLY issue I have with these garments is the fabric. I purchased this sweater knit from Fabricana as the fabric was literally called sweater knit and I assumed that I would be perfect for my lounge-wear life. IT’S IN THE FREAKIN’ NAME! SERIOUSLY! This is also the reason that I opted to go with this choice, which was the most expensive of the few items I was looking at. It is a heavier weight than a jersey or a jogging pant and I assumed I could not go wrong with the fabric literally named for the items I would be creating. However, after I pre-washed, I noticed the fabric has already started showing signs of it’s inevitable demise. It started pilling after just one wash!
Since then, the fabric has just gone full-tilt-crazy-downhill from there. The garments are still very wearable, but it is just so disheartening to spend the time to create something that is immediately tainted. It was definitely a two fist in the air ‘why would you do this to me fabric god’ type of moment.
I will have to do more research when looking for fabric that will be able to stand-up to the pressures of being a fabulous lounge wear set. Don’t get me wrong folks, I am still wearing both of these items out in public almost every day. Remember, pre-noon is sweatpants o’clock.
Anywho, this post was basically just to update you on\gloat about how comfortable I am every single morning. I hope you enjoyed it and are now inspired to create some #SWEATPANT realness in your life.