I have a 6-year-old that likes to cartwheel, ride her bike and climb a tree so high I start to shout. And put the local fire department on speed dial. She was in need of more soft pants for her active lifestyle, and I was keen to try the True Bias Mini Hudson pattern.
I ordered three woven fabrics from a South Korean etsy shop, Bonita Fabric. My favourite was a big floral French terry knit fabric with the loop detail on the right side. When it arrived it was just as I hoped: thick, soft and the pattern print was bold and saturated. Don’t you love it when that happens.
The Mini Hudson pattern is a quick sew with simple and thorough instructions. It’s so well illustrated I could have sewn with the diagrams alone. I like how the pattern is slightly jodhpur with a narrow leg – it takes them from your average tracksuit to a more designed kidswear look.
The cotton herringbone tape is from Jimmy Buttons. There were quite a few to choose from and Jimmy himself even offered to dye it any colour I liked. Which was beyond kind for my single pair of homemade pants.
I’ll be making more mini Hudsons because the pattern is quick and easy and I like the contemporary shape. And she’ll be needing more in a hurry, as the first time she wore this pair she climbed a tree and snagged countless loops in the branches (why does this always happen with the lovingly handmade pieces and never the six buck Target leggings…?). For future use, the fabric is probably more for best than tree climbing – but the challenge of keeping this kid on the ground might be beyond me.