The time has come for me to make another sunny make for one of my favourite fabric shops Sew Me Sunshine. I always get lost in Harriet’s on-line shop, I fall down a rabbit hole and end up wanting everything as usual. I had got it in my head that I wanted to make a jumpsuit and picked out this tropical Lady McElroy viscose jersey. I then had a change of heart and felt a real need for some loungewear in my life.
I am a very busy mummy and spend most my days running around. After a day at work I always want to put pjs on but in the summer it doesn’t feel right. I also sew a lot at night and I am almost always sewing in pyjamas. I have a big gap in my me made wardrobe for comfy loungewear. My sewing bestie Emma from @thezipperoot made a great pair of True Bias Hudson pants and felt this fabric would work well as a pair of Hudsons. So that’s what I went ahead with; I felt both the pattern and fabric would make a great pair of summer joggers and be my secret pyjamas that I needed in my life.
My happy post arrived in its usual sunny packaging and I took it straight out and washed it as per the care label card that came with the fabric. It washed so well and there was no fraying. It was air dried and it pressed well under a steam iron. I used a rotary cutter, cutting mat and pins to attach pattern to the fabric.
My body shape called for a size 16 which is larger than my normal size, but I just went with it. I am glad I did as they fit perfectly. I had no crotch issues with this pattern and made zero adjustments.
I have got to say the quality of this jersey is incredible it doesn’t curl, and the recovery is brilliant. This jersey was a dream to sew with and the fact it didn’t curl made life so much easier at the machine. I used my overlocker for the majority of this sew (my sewist sticker on my Janome overlocker is from @pinkcoatclub).
I made these Hudson pants on a Sunday Morning it took approximately 4 hours including cutting to make them up. I was so impressed with the True Bias instructions. They were clear and simple with great drawings. I would definitely recommend this pattern to someone who has had a go at making something in jersey before. The pockets and the waistband are not scary at all they were really enjoyable to put together. The construction of the pants came together before my eyes and it was exciting to see them come together. I used some ponte di roma in my stash for the cuffs, waistband and pocket detail to break the print up a bit. I think this makes the tropical jersey pop.
Since sewing them up I’ve worn them loads around the house and I’ve done the odd Tesco express run in them too. I will definitely be making more Hudsons and I would love to use this jersey type again as it was such good quality. They even stopped my husband in his tracks, True Bias do a mens version so if he is lucky I might whip him a pair up.
I hope you feel inspired to make some tropical Hudson pants of your own. You can follow my sewing journey over on Instagram @carrie_can_make_it.
I was provided this fabric in exchange for this blog post review in my own honest words.
Love Carrie x