I’m super excited to share this finish today! I’ve had these woven Hudson pant on my to do list for so long. I’ve even had the fabric washed and pattern printed and set aside for months. The reason I got inspired to start them finally was when I had gotten a clothing catalog in the mail a week or so ago and spotted this jogger pant. I don’t know if it’s just the styling of them or what, but I immediately jumped on their website and was considering buying some until I saw the price. It’s a little spendy for something I wasn’t sure I would wear a ton, but they immediately reminded me of the Hudson pant and I figured why not try and sew a pair first?!
I took some of the ideas from that jogger pant and set out to finish some for myself. I used a knit for the cuff and waistband, but used the Brussel Washer Linen for the main parts. I added back patch pockets and followed Kelly’s tips for making a woven pair of Hudson’s. About halfway through I was totally questioning what the heck these would even look like on. Without the waistband it’s super hard to get an idea of the overall fit, but I continued on and trusted that things would work out. I’m glad I stuck with it and didn’t give up. It’s been a long while since I’ve made myself any pants! I really love them.
I’m so glad these are finished and I hope I get to wear them a bit. I like that they look a little more dressed up than if they were made of all knit, so I’m hoping that I can find more tops to pair with them. I think I definitely need a jean jacket! I did add about an 1 1/2″ to the length for which I am grateful that I remembered! I needed it.
Pattern: Hudson Pant by True Bias
Fabrics: Brussel Washer Linen and Laguna Jersey Knit both by Robert Kaufman fabrics
I had the honor to make a few samples for Quilt Market for Cloud9 Fabrics this past fall. The Poolside Tote and Market Bag (pattern from my book) patterns were perfect for showcasing this beautiful fabric, plus they definitely give off that beachy casual vibe. I always love sewing samples for market because it’s such relaxing sewing. Someone else picks the fabric and patterns and all I have to do is sew. Bonus because it’s my own pattern and I get to switch to automatic mode and go go go.
Of course it’s always fun to sew with beautiful fabric, too. This is the Underwater collection by Elizabeth Olwen. I can see how this fabric collection would be so fun for beach gear, or a nursery, and of course bags!
Kind of fun side note, I was finally able to use a zipper I had hand-dyed for this Market Bag. I think I was going for a gray, but it ended up a bluish purple which ended up coordinating so nicely with this fabric! I used the organic cotton zipper from Zipit and it seemed to take the dye very nicely, but I did it quite a few years ago so I’ll be excited to try some more! And maybe indigo!!!
I managed to snap these pictures with the fall leaves just before I shipped them out to Cloud9 last fall. It was fun to have the fall foliage provide some beautiful color contrast! Looking at these colors is so fun when everything now is white!
Patterns: Poolside Tote and Market Bag (pattern from my book)
Fabric: Underwater by Elizabeth Olwen
Leather handles: available in my shop
Zippers: Zipit on etsy
Thanks so much for your excitement over the new pattern, the Explorer Tote. I’ve been eager to release it for so long that it feels really great to be able to show off some of the samples I’ve made along the way. So I’ve got a lineup of quite a few to show off, hope you don’t mind seeing a few more Explorer Totes.
These are a couple of the small size available in the Explorer Tote pattern. Again, it’s not a small tote, but rather one that’s great for everyday. I think this size is perfect for students and anyone who has to carry items to and from the office. I’m personally excited to use mine for taking along in the car when we go on short trips as I love bringing a sketchpad and a few small things to work on.
Anyway, the gray and black is all waxed canvas on the exterior which I absolutely love. It’s so rugged and durable. I had made myself a super simple version of this same tote about 2 years ago that just wears so well. I kept the insides simple on this version and left out the optional top recessed zipper plus I didn’t do any interior pockets. And it makes for such a quick sew!
The other is made with a beautiful cotton/linen canvas by Ellen Luckett Baker, from her collection Charms. I’ve always loved Ellen’s designs and the cotton/linen canvas is my absolute favorite for bags. I know the collection is a few years old so finding this particular print might be hard to come by, if you know a shop that still has some in stock let me know in the comments and I’ll add it here. She does have newer collections that have the canvas as well, Parallels and Rough Cut and Monochrome. So check those out as well!
I did include the recessed zip on this version. And I’d like to mention that you can totally use separating zippers for this pattern. Sometimes they’re easier to come by, so for sure use them if you find them more readily available!
Pattern: Explorer Tote (small)
Fabric: Waxed Canvas from AL Frances Textiles,
Charms by Ellen Luckett Baker
Leather: from my shop (natural and medium brown)
Turn Locks: both from buckleguy.com