A few weeks before Christmas I had the opportunity to test the True Bias Mini Hudson Pants. The first pair I made were for my oldest son, but I misjudged the sizing and they were too big for him. (Luckily, he’s growing fast and should be able to wear them later this year…)
I knew that I wanted to try another pair, because I love my own Hudson Pants so much. So for Christmas, I made some Mini Hudson pants in a size 2T for my toddler. I got the sizing right this time and I love how cute they are the small size.
The pattern instructions for the Mini Hudsons are almost identical to the adult size. The formatting is clean and easy to follow, and the directions are clearly illustrated. I think that these pants are perfect for someone looking for a first pants pattern. It’s also a great pattern to try if you want to conquer your fear of stretch fabrics!
I used a gray sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee and some darker gray jersey knit from an old t-shirt for the details. For the small sizes, you could easily use an old or thrifted sweatshirt for your pants. I skipped the draw string for him (mostly due to the fact that I was making them a couple days before Christmas). But he would have pulled it out anyway.
I really love this pattern. It’s simple and goes together quickly. The pants are very versatile. I’ve paired them with a nicer top to wear out of the house or with a t-shirt for bed. They look great either way!
The sweatshirt fleece is also wearing and washing much better than the inexpensive flannel I’ve used for pajama pants in the past, for close to the same price. In addition, they really don’t take any more time to sew than traditional flannel pants. I’m planning to make several more pairs for my kids to wear to bed and lounge around in.
Check the True Bias blog for more ideas. Kelly has a couple of tutorials for modifications, plus there is a pattern tour that is starting soon! I’m sure you’ll find some great inspiration and creativity from the bloggers that are sewing up their own Mini Hudson Pants.
Did you make your kids any clothes for Christmas?