What’s better than sewing something adorable? Sewing something adorable while helping out an awesome charity, of course.
I’m sure the usual sewing-blog-stalkers among you know about the Perfect Pattern Parcel, but for those who don’t it’s a collection of PDF indie patterns released for a limited-time for sale (YOU choose the price!) where the proceeds go toward children’s education. There have been seven parcels to date. I fell in love with some of the designs in Parcel #6, so I went for it and am so glad I did.
Parcel 6 features (from left to right) a cute knit top, sweat pants, cardigan, maxi skirt, and a tunic/dress. There was a sixth pattern that you could “unlock” if you spent a certain amount that was a cute dress but not quite my style. I already have a good maxi skirt pattern, so eventually you’ll be seeing the rest of the patterns popping up here throughout the year(s).
For my first make from the parcel, I went for the True Bias Hudson Pant because it’s winter and nothing says winter better than some comfy pants!
I know these don’t look like your typical sweat pants, but I had so much regular knit fabric laying around that I had to do something with it. Plus, it looks decent enough to wear out in public – I think this type of pant is trendy now, anyway. (I don’t keep up with trends nor care too much so sorry if I’m wrong.)
OK so there are two things going on with these pants. The first is I decided to get rid of the cording/front tie because 1) I usually don’t tuck in my pants and hate having a tiny bulge near my crotch and 2) I didn’t like any of the cording options at my local fabric store, anyway. The second thing is the fabric… you might notice there are some random weird horizontal lines happening and it’s because I bought the fabric super cheap from GirlCharlee.com because it was flawed. The website didn’t specify exactly what was wrong with it, so it was basically a crap shoot. I don’t think it’s terrible for pants I’ll be wearing around the house most of the time anyway, plus I couldn’t pass up that awesome border print so I could make nifty designs like this:
Super neat, huh?
These are almost as easy as sewing your standard PJ pants… just a few extra steps are added for the waistband and pockets, really. These were a super quick make for me, which is about 3-4.5 hours because I’m a sewing sloth. I also tested the sizing by basting the pieces first with Odin, then later serging with Freya.
I’ve been working on some more “complex” projects lately (not that crazy, but not like PJ pants, hah!), so I think I’ll cut out another pair of these this weekend to bust out for an instant gratification piece. I need more of these in my life anyway because they don’t roll up to my knees while I’m sleeping which drives me NUTS with normal PJ/sweat pants.
The only changes I would make to the pattern for next time is maybe adding 1-2 inches to the length. These are drafted for someone a few inches shorter than me and I can definitely tell when I wear them. The fabric I used has only 30% stretch, so things get a little tight and pull a bit when I bend my knees a lot. I cut a straight size 12 for this and will probably do the same for future makes. I’m also eying the shorter version of this pattern for early summer lounge pants. Cuuuuuute.