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Woven Hudson Pants & A Secret Revealed

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a few different sewing bloggers (ladies that I interact with on a regular basis), and realized that none of them knew I had 6 children! I always thought I had made that clear, but it made me wonder how many of my readers were missing that important detail about me. I think it’s important for you to know this before I tell you…

I’m expecting baby #7! All of our other children were spaced less than 2 years apart. This time we have a 4 1/2 year gap between our youngest and the baby. It certainly makes life easier to have a 10 & 12-year old that can make meals and watch littles on the days when I have been exhausted. Everyone can get themselves dressed and to the bathroom. During other pregnancies, I’ve had 2-3 in diapers and young children in constant need of attention.

Based on previous experience, I knew I would lose my sewing motivation during the first trimester. So, what did I do? I pitched a guest post and two magazine articles so that I would have to sew on a deadline. Smart right? It seemed like a good idea until my nausea kicked in. I have spent several days in bed due to severe nausea that hasn’t let up for 10 weeks. That’s not uncommon for me, but I had forgotten how much it affects me after a four-year break.

Despite the morning sickness, I have managed to get my 3 projects done and even sewed a pair of woven Hudson Pants. (So, maybe my plan worked after all?) I’ve been planning to make some woven Hudson Pants for a while. They seemed the perfect transition pants for early pregnancy and postpartum.

Woven Hudson Pants | Radiant Home Studio

I used the instructions from True Bias, making a larger size and adding some length to the bottom of the pants. My fabric is 4 0z. denim from Jo-Ann Fabrics. For my stretch Hudsons, I have been making a size 6. Kelly suggests sizing up 2-3 sizes for woven fabrics. I went up 3 (to a 12) to accommodate some of the extra pregnancy weight.

Woven Hudson Pants | Radiant Home Studio

Though they fit, I think going up to a 14 would have been better. These are a tad tight in the rear and calves. I can see the seams pulling around the calves especially. I’d like to be able to pull them up and down over my calf, but the fit is too tight for that. Maybe using a stretch twill would help as well. I might also raise the back waist a couple of inches, leaving the front a little lower, like typical maternity pants. I plan to try again. I have been wearing these quite a bit and can definitely see myself wearing some in other colors.

Woven Hudson Pants | Radiant Home Studio

Other than sizing up and adding 4″ to the bottom, I didn’t make any other major alterations. I think I did a little bit more topstitching in some places (side seams and faux fly). I used the denim for the waistband, which works well, but I really like Anna’s idea for a knit waistband on linen pants. I might do that next time. Maternity pants should be as comfortable as possible!

Finally, I thought I’d share a little glimpse of what goes on during a photo shoot with 6 kiddos…following this picture, I taught my little guy how to use the remote. He proceeded to take about 12 (really cute) pictures of himself pointing the remote at the camera, plus some with me and each of the other kids individually. 🙂

Woven Hudson Pants | Radiant Home Studio

 

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11 thoughts on “Woven Hudson Pants & A Secret Revealed

  1. Those look fantastic! I especially love the waistband in denim- looks so professional!

  2. Kim coffin says:

    I need to copy this look! Those pants are adorable and they look perfect with your little pregnant belly!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks Kim! Lauren Dahl did some chambray woven Hudsons last year. You should look at her version too.

  3. Amaia says:

    Wow! you are incredible!! baby number 7 on the way and you still have the time to make a pair of pants, that by the way, are gorgeous and look super comfy!!
    Congrats on such a great family!!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thank you! Sewing is how I keep my sanity 🙂

  4. Stephanie says:

    I have only done it twice, but I totally know what you mean about not remembering what the nausea is like. Even now, 2 years out, I think to myself “it couldn’t have been that bad!” But I know I changed my tune quickly when I was actually experiencing it. I hope you’re feeling so much better now, and congratulations again!

  5. Michelle says:

    I love everything about this! Congratulations. I’m in the 2 in diapers, one barely potty-trained stage, with a vivid memory of losing my energy to sew while preggers so I kept saying “yes, yes, yes”

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      It will get easier! Big kids are so helpful if you train them well 🙂

  6. Dee says:

    You look so cute barefoot and pregnant! Even though it’s hard, relish every moment. Congratulations and praying all goes well for you.

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