Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Chambray Joggers

 Chambray joggers!



I have these pants in my mind for a while now... 


I decided to make them for a couple reasons: 1) I'm on a pants kick as a result of Gillian's sewing dare and 2) I'm no longer working full time in an office as of a couple weeks ago, so I need some more casual pants for working from home/sewing/bopping around town.


 My chambray "joggers," as the kids these days call them, were made using the True Bias Hudson pant pattern and some Kaufman Chambray Union Stretch from the Imagine Gnats shop (affiliate link).


I pretty much followed Kelli's instructions for woven Hudsons (going up 2 sizes, lengthening the pants by 4 inches), but I also did a one-layer pocket to cut down on bulk in the hip area. I faced the pocket edge with some floral bias tape from the Japanese dollar store, Daiso


Finally, after consulting with my stylist... er, I mean, talking to Tim, I ended up putting 1 inch elastic in the cuffs. All the cool kids have elastic cuffs on their chambray joggers.


I think they came out pretty cool! I don't know if I'm quite hip enough to pull off this style, but I kinda don't care... they're so comfortable! I've worn them several times now since I made them, including on a 13 hour flight from New York to Tokyo, so I can officially say that they travel well and are so comfortable that you can sleep in them. Just don't expect to see me wearing them with high heels like these ladies... I'm going to keep it casual with my flip flops or maybe flats if I'm feeling fancy.


(Note: please excuse my crabby face in these photos. I took a series of blog photos all in one go and it was SO HOT on my balcony, by the time I got to these pantalones, I was spent, sweaty, red-faced and could no longer muster a true smile. May this non-smiling not reflect on how I feel about these Hudsons.)

29 comments:

  1. I love these! For the one layer pocket, does that mean you have pocket stitching on the front of the pants? I've only made one pair of Hudsons so far and they stretch out SOOO much, which is a shame since I love the fabric. I think by the time I get around to making a woven pair, they will be out of style, lol.

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! Yes, I just sewed the pocket piece directly to the front leg, so there is stitching on the outside. In the chambray, you can barely see it, though. Yeah, my original pair of Hudsons gets a little saggy in the knees and butt after a few hours- I guess it depends on the recovery of the fabric you use? This stretch chambray is quite forgiving- not much bagging out. You should make a woven pair! Push it to the top of the list- so comfy!

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  2. Dude, I love these and you TOTALLY pull them off. And I love them exactly how you styled them! The joggers + heels thing is kind of interesting, but mostly it's just weird to me.

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! I concur re: joggers and heels. Every time I see it, I am like "Maaaaaaaaybe?.... no, certainly not for me."

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  3. Oh I REALLY like these! They suit you so much and you're tempting me into trying to sew a pair myself...

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! You should give them a go!

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  4. I'm totally copying these! They look great--love them with your v-neck Union St tee.

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    1. Thanks, Teri! Union St. Tee + Hudsons might be my new at home/errand running combo!

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  5. Adorable. Might just have to copy you. They'd be great for fall!

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    1. Thanks! You're right- they would definitely work as a transition piece!

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  6. Woven Hudson pants are so versatile and comfortable. These are perfect.

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  7. Love these! I tried to make a pair of chambray Hudsons but the pocket is visible through the fabric which really bugs me. Uour single layer pocket is exactly what I wish I had done! Also - stretch chambray? Mind blown. Might have to try again...

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    1. I am a proponent of the single layer pocket. I hate when pockets bunch up and/or are visible, so I pretty much always make them one layer for casual clothes (or leave them out if it's a fancier garment and I don't want stitching to show on the outside.) I've done the single layer pocket on the Hudsons, my Bettine, my Ilsley skirt...

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  8. Meg, you are killin' it! These are fantastic. I have some rayon set aside for some woven Hudsons ... I need to get on it! Also, no office job? I'm trying to contain my jealousy, but I hope it's good news, new frontiers for you!

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    1. Rayon Hudsons would be pretty fabulous! Can't wait to see yours!

      Yep, no full-time office job, as I just finished up my contract in June and am now consulting. Working on a position that may have me in an office 50% of the time, which sounds perfect!

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  9. You are definitely hip enough to pull these off! I love them! I agree with your stylist that elastic in the cuffs look great! I really need to get on the pants kick too!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Yes, make more pants! With all of your Ginger-making and -fitting experience, you could probably make perfectly fitting pants in your sleep!

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  10. Stretch chambray! Man, I wish Kaufman didn't come with a ridiculous markup/shipping costs over here.

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    1. Boo to markups and expensive shipping! You need to convince some of your American friends to stuff some Kaufman chambray in their suitcases next time they cross the pond! The stretch chambray is pretty much the shit. I love it.

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  11. I'm with Katie above - Stretch chambray exists? Why did no one tell me? Sounds magical! Your pants look great!

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    1. Thanks!! Stretch chambray is magical! Now that I've sewn with it and worn it, I want more!

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  12. Ooh, so cozy. Chambray is one of my favorite fabrics, but STRETCH chambray?! Hello drapey jeans! What lovely fabric and it seems perfect for being more at home. I hope it's a good work change for you, and how happy to have some more time to sew!

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    1. I know, right? Stretch chambray is pretty revolutionary! Thanks for asking- I'm happy with the work situation right now, particularly because of the extra time to sew ;-)

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  13. stretch chambray? i want to make everything with that! your joggers are gorgeous AND tres hip, especially the way you've styled them. love.

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    1. Thanks!! Get yourself some stretch chambray- it's pretty amazing!!

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  14. I love all your makes, but this is garment is amongst the ones that go over the top!!!
    I totally love it!!
    M

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