Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Hudson Pant

on July 23 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Trends | by | with 107 Comments

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long in our Favorite Indie Patterns series! Comment for a chance to win this pattern…

Name: Hudson Pant

Brand: True Bias

Description: The Hudson Pant PDF sewing pattern is a lounge style pant that is comfortable enough to wear around the house, but can easily be dressed up to go run errands. The urban fit of these pants leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and then tapers into a skinny leg. View A is a full length pant and View B is midcalf.

Format: PDF

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Techniques Involved: Sewing with knits, buttonholes

Sizes: 0-18

Recommended Fabrics: Medium weight knits such as cotton lycra, french terry, ponte and sweatshirt knit.

Price: $10

Customer Examples:

Beth from SEW DIY

Kristin of Skirt as Top

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! This pattern includes buttonholes… Are you confident when you make buttonholes? Do you have any concerns or hold-ups or issues you run into over and over? Do you have tips or tricks to making successful buttonholes every time? Do you have favorite tutorials, or have you had a great experience with one sewing machine over another when you make them? Tell us about your experiences for a chance to win a copy of the Hudson Pant pattern.

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107 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Hudson Pant

  1. MarjoryW says:

    I haven’t tried buttonholes on my Bernina yet, but an anxious to try. Cutting the opening is always a bit scary.

  2. Mel says:

    My advice for buttonholes is to make a practice one first, then make the buttonhole on the garment.

  3. BJ Marley says:

    The main problem I have with buttonholes is cutting them once they are sewn. The buttonhole feature on my sewing machines (Singer, Bernina, Brother) all seem to do a good job.

  4. Carla G says:

    My Janome makes awesome buttonholes!!! My old machine sucked making them, but my new machine just stitches them perfectly. :)

  5. michelle says:

    i detest a sloppy buttonhole so set out with this as my priority when I bought my new machine. now I sew them like a pro thanks to my Husquavarna

  6. Sara says:

    I LOVE this pattern. Button holes (like most stuff for me) are fine, until there are loads of them, then I get lazy and make silly mistakes. X

  7. Julia says:

    I actually like making button holes more than other closures. My machine does all the work and I’m often surprised by how satisfyingly easy they are!

  8. donaji says:

    I just make the buttonholes with the one-step buttonhole in my sewing machine, but I find that a test run on the same fabric just to play with how it moves and the density on the actual sewing it’s key, otherwise it’s a great method for the buttonholes.

  9. Sarah says:

    I have yet to try button holes! I love knitting them but have not sewn one yet. The next dress I am making actually has a bunch and I have enlisted the help of others to coach me through it.

  10. Stacia says:

    Buttonholes are something I’m still learning. I have yet to find a tutorial that really works.

  11. Julie says:

    I’m not confident about buttonholes, and I usually avoid patterns that require them. I have made them before, and I think I just need more practice!

  12. sarah says:

    I have a Janome, and every time I make a button hole, I forget about something that I have to press to make it start down the second side if the hole. I have to dig out my owner’s manual and figure it out again every time… contributing to the fact that I will not make a button hole again in enough time to remember that quirk… someday I’ll get comfortable with it…!!!

    I did, however, recently discover the art of lowering your feed dogs to sew on a button with a zig zag stitch in place! (A cheater non-functioning button, obviously), but I’m feeling braver and more like learning how to make a consistent hole would be an accomplishment worth making!

  13. Deb G. says:

    I have never had a problem with buttonholes on my vintage machines. But I purchased a new machine not long ago and haven’t tried any buttonholes with it. Think I’ll give it a test run today!

  14. Stephanie says:

    My Brother Project Runway machine has been great for these!

  15. Kirsten says:

    My machine has a 4-step which I have only used a few times so am keen to try it on these cool and comfy looking pants!

  16. Ali M says:

    I’ve made buttonholes, but I sure wouldn’t say its my favorite thing to do. I mean..one is fine, if I have to do a row of them it’s a disaster!

  17. Marah Scott says:

    I do my buttonholes by hand actually, I find it soothing and so much easier then trusting my sewing machine not to eat it or make a birds nest.

  18. sarah says:

    I try to avoid buttonholes & really haven’t mastered them on my machine but this pattern might be a good excuse to master them.

  19. Crystal D says:

    I love to make buttonholes! My machine does all of the work! I was scared at first, but I watched every video for my machine and tested on a lot of scraps. Now it’s easy!

  20. justine says:

    I just bought a new Bernina which sews beautiful automatic buttonholes.

  21. Jody Zinno says:

    I avoid buttonholes… they always seem to get messed up on the actual project. I want this pattern!!!!!! It looks awesome!

  22. Beth B. says:

    I have an automatic buttonhole feature on my machine, which I love. I’ve never tried it on a knit, though!

  23. marjolein says:

    my machine has a buttonhole stitch (or several) so no big problem for me :-)

  24. Jess Z says:

    I don’t mind buttonholes, but I do prefer invisible zippers. I hate searching for the right interfacing for my fabric. I always do a test on scraps from my project before making the holes because I sometimes decide that I want a different sized button or modify it to remove the button.

  25. San says:

    Usually I think buttonholes are pretty easy, as long as I don’t rush through them. The only exception was when my sewing machine got stuck sewing in reverse. It took me a while to realize what was going on, and it was a huuuge mess.

  26. Sarah says:

    I have always used old sewing machines, and they have all made buttonholes wonderfully.

  27. Amber says:

    I’m a little scared of buttonholes. I’ve done a couple but not as the last step of a project I’ve worked on carefully. I’m hoping to make one soon though.

  28. Brooke says:

    Buttonholes don’t scare me but they’re not my favorite sewing project. I’ve been dying to try this pattern tho!

  29. Judy says:

    I have not made buttonholes in awhile but I used to make them on an older machine that didn’t have all the automatic things that the new machines have and my biggest problem was making sure they all came out the same length. I have a new machine now that makes awesome buttonholes and it can be set to make them all the same length so that problem is gone.

  30. Mama Lusco says:

    Button holes in knit can be tricky! I like to use a stabilizer and they turn out much better.

  31. Dita says:

    I’ve never done buttonholes before! I don’t even know how to do it so I actually avoid buttonholes… I’d love to try though!

  32. Nancy says:

    Buttonholes did throw me over, but I found 2 solutions. I got a vintage buttonhole attachment for my Singer Featherweight and I got a Pfaff that sews buttonholes with both sides in the same direction. It’s a plug in foot and comes on upper end machines. Worth every penny! Both solutions work beautifully and work the same every time. Watch your grain lines and use a stabilizer.

  33. Emily says:

    My button holes are so ugly.

  34. I am intimidated by the thought of making a buttonhole but my machine has attachments to do it. I just started sewing garments. I really like the look of the pants. I would love to try this pattern.

  35. laura says:

    I’m okay with buttonholes, just need more practice! I love the calf length version of these pants.

  36. Pauline says:

    I have a great automatic buttonhole function on my Bernina Activa – really takes the stress out of buttonholes. I’ve never tried them on knit fabric though…but I think it would be worth learning for these pants!

  37. Tammie says:

    I can do buttonholes, my Pfaff machine has been really great for that. I want to wear these pants and never take them off.

  38. Carla says:

    Oh I want to make these so so bad. Winning would be so exciting! My machine makes nifty buttonholes, but I always mess up in their placement!

  39. Kay says:

    Love the pants, and no issues w/ button holes.

  40. Thinking back on my projects, I can’t remember a single buttonhole made, so apparently I avoid them like the plague. But you had me at “lounge pants” so I’m willing to learn!

  41. Joni says:

    First button hole was for a knot dress for my daughter. That was over 2 years ago. Now they are no problem:) I WANT this pattern!! Love the Hudson Pants.

  42. Grace says:

    I’ve long loved making button holes on my vintage Kenmore 158, in spite of the less than precise starting and stopping points. My Elna has a button foot were you just pop the button on the back and it makes the button hole the perfect size every time! My new Bernina 350PE make shirt button holes with absolutely exacting precision, but I have to manually set the buttonhole length. The Kenmore has a greatest variety of button hole templates. I guess that’s why I have to have multiple machines!

  43. Maddy says:

    I have never sewed a buttonhole, and I actually have at least one UFO that needs them. I just haven’t gotten around to playing with my machine enough to do that. These pants are cute, though. From the blogs I’ve seen, I didn’t know they had a mid-calf version- EVEN BETTER!

  44. krystina says:

    I’ve never done a buttonhole on a knit, but I can’t imagine it being very hard! Love this pattern!

  45. Jessica w says:

    I have never done buttonholes,but I would just practice a few times before doing it on the actual garment.

  46. mjb says:

    I love how on-trend this pattern is.

    Buttonholes freak me out every time, but I’ve learned they go much better if I do one practice one on a scrap before I start, and err on the side of making it a tiny bit too large.

  47. Karen says:

    Super lucky, my Pfaff makes an excellent automatic buttonhole!

  48. Samina says:

    I haven’t made buttonholes in a while & I’ve not made them at all on my Viking. My old Elna powered through them without an issue. I’m going to have to give a Viking a go.

  49. Serena says:

    I’m fine with buttonholes. The key is to go slowly!

  50. Hilary says:

    What cool pants. I always worry that I am going to put the button holes in the wring place.

  51. Lindsay says:

    Buttonholes are on my “Practice More To Do List”. I can do them, but would love to be more comfortable with at it. This pattern looks awesome!

  52. alana says:

    Thankfully, my machine makes 1-step buttonholes. However, since I don’t make them often I usually do a couple practice runs to make sure I start and stop in the correct spot. Would love to make these!

  53. Megan says:

    I’ve only done buttonholes a couple of times (and never for actual buttons) so I am definitely not confident yet.

  54. Tatiana says:

    I don´t have problems with buttonholes. I love this pattern!

  55. Jessica T says:

    Buttonholes aren’t too bad. I just make sure to test my settings on scrap fabric before I make them on my actual project.

  56. Ruston lion says:

    Some interfacing or stabilizer AND a machine with an auto button hole and they look great every time. Now if I could line them up straighter ;)

  57. Lindsay H says:

    Really autocorrect? My machine has a stitch. Not a hackney.

  58. Margo says:

    I always make a test buttonhole on a scrap of fabric to test the size. And when I’m cutting the button hole open with my seam ripper, I put a pin in the end of the buttonhole so I don’t rip through the end! These are super cute pants.

  59. Lindsay H says:

    I’ve never tried a buttonhole. I know my hackney has a stitch for that though!

  60. Buttonholes are not too bad, you just set up your machine and go for it!

  61. sangeetha says:

    I love my buttonhole attachment, but always struggle to get them to line up along the blouse or dress

  62. Cait says:

    I’m rubbish at buttonholes. But I think I’d like to try another project that includes sewing buttonholes. Time to get back on the horse!

  63. Holli Coats says:

    I hate the way my machine does button holes, so I avoid them whenever possible. I have done some hand bound buttonholes for a couple of nicer projects and while they weren’t perfect, I’d totally do it again on the right project!

  64. Rachel says:

    I am currently looking for a new sewing machine and the buttonhole feature is my number one priority! I would love to sew up this pattern, they look so comfortable!

  65. sorahart says:

    No problems with buttonholes. I love this pants pattern!

  66. Naomi says:

    Buttonholes don’t intimidate me like they use to. Thanks to a push of a button on my Bernina (okay, maybe it’s not that easy). I do make several test runs on scrap fabric to work out the kinks. Measure twice, cut once…or…test twice, buttonhole once.

  67. christine herman says:

    I’ve made a few buttonholes in the past, but am trying new projects now. These pants are super cute, and a good opportunity to try them out again!

  68. Lisa says:

    I love my automatic buttonhole maker on my sewing machine! It’s still nerve-wracking to actually push the start button though, I must say!

  69. Andrea S. says:

    I’ve been intimidated by buttonholes so far, but just bought my first pattern that uses them, so I’m about to try for the first time!

  70. Ali says:

    I don’t have many reservations about doing button holes. I am now wondering if my Brother sewing machine sews on buttons too??? Looks like I will be checking!
    Love these Hudson pants!

  71. Rebecca says:

    My sewing machine makes perfect button holes every time. I only keep it for the buttonholes. The only thing I hate is when you run out of thread making a buttonhole. Its difficult to recover from.

  72. Rachel says:

    I love my brother cs6000i because it does an automatic buttonhole. That machine and I have been sewing together for almost 7 years and it just makes everything easier. Before that I had a kenmore from the 70s that had a 4 step buttonhole and I could never figure it out.

  73. Rosemarie says:

    I hate sewing button holes! I seem to place them incorrectly every time. I avoid them at all costs. These pants are so cute though. I want to try them.

  74. Cathy says:

    I’ve made button holes a few times, but never in knit, so that seems a bit scary :)

  75. Terry D says:

    I have been making buttonholes forever! I love them. My best advice is to make several test buttonholes on scraps, then measure the best one and mark your fabric — and know your machine buttonholer well. Thanks for the giveaway and the pants look awesome and comfortable!

  76. Margaret R says:

    I have a Janome 8900. It makes awesome buttonholes and sews on the button.

  77. Alessandra says:

    I’ve never made a buttonhole!! I’d love to give it a try though!

  78. Geni Arthur says:

    Ever since getting my Brother Dreamweaver, my buttonholes are perfect every time. For knits I always use interfacing (the tricot kind). Recently I obtained a vintage Singer 15-90 and the buttonholer attachment, since it is only a straight stitch machine, and I hear that these machines produce the BEST buttonholes of all time. I love the styling of this pant….these are all over fashion runways right now and would be so happy to win these!

  79. Elizabeth says:

    I feel pretty confident about buttonholes. As long as I do a test run on scrap fabric to make sure the presser foot pressure dial is adjusted correctly I usually have minimal problems! Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. Jenni says:

    I like making buttonholes in cotton fabric. I’ve only done buttonholes in knit fabric once and they are a little loose, so I need more practice there. Thanks!

  81. lindsey says:

    my machine has a button hole device that you put the button in and it makes one of the correct size. sometimes it works perfectly and sometimes it just is wacky and nothing will get it back on track, so it’s a gamble!

  82. Tammy says:

    I don’t mind making buttonholes. My machine does an amazing job on them – I have a foot/attachment that makes them all the same size. It’s all computerized. LOVE that feature of my machine! :)

  83. Ashley says:

    I have been eyeing this pattern up for awhile now. I actually find buttonholes to be kind of fun! My machine does the 4 step buttonhole and it always amazes me how it comes out looking just like a buttonhole! I think adequately marking buttonholes is key for me.

  84. Cyndi says:

    I could use more practice with button holes. I actually picked up a dritz bound button hole maker at a thrift store earlier this week to play with!

  85. Cecillia says:

    Buttonholes scare me!

  86. cynthia says:

    I use a water soluble stabilizer, a mew very sharp needle, and a dab of fray check!

  87. Isa says:

    I’m definitively not confident sewing buttonholes. My machine does not have an automatic buttonhole function and I’m dreading the day I decide to try to sew my first archer shirt. I think I might trade up my machine until then, or borrow one just for the buttonholes.

  88. Amanda says:

    Also my Pfaff Performance 5.0 is the best ever at making buttonholes. It is AMAZING! It has a little doohickey where you can measure your button to make sure you’re making the correct size (which is where I usually mess things up) and the quality of the buttonhole is so great. It counts length rather than stitches, so you don’t get that lopsided buttonhole thing going on. So cool!

  89. Amanda says:

    I don’t mind buttonholes…mostly. When I make them, I try to use a tear away stabilizer if my fabric is stretchy or thin. And even more importantly, I ALWAYS use a thicker thread (like an upholstery thread) underneath. It makes the buttonhole stronger and look so much better. And I also FrayCheck the crap out of the thing on both sides before I cut open the middle.

  90. Kimberly janssen says:

    I am so excited that this pattern has been released. I saw it mentioned a while back and have been waiting for it! I normally sew for children, but over the last few months have started sewing some for myself. While I am confident in my sewing, buttonholes remain something that I have to practice to get them right! I have yet to get a buttonhole to look good on the first try, but I am persistent and keep working on it till I get them right!

  91. Carolyn says:

    I always have to work at making buttonholes as I want them perfect.

  92. Claire Corry says:

    Hi love the pattern. My first buttonhole was a fluke maybe my janome did it so well I show it off everytime I wear the skirt it’s in!!

  93. Chloe says:

    I always test one or two out on a scrap of the same fabric, plus the bound buttonhole tutorial I found recently was pretty failsafe… Which was surprising!

  94. Candy Mak says:

    I have a Janome that makes pretty decent button holes. The only fail that I make is when I dont position the garment in straight and I get slightly off grain buttonholes.

  95. Heather says:

    I usually sew for my daughter, so I admit to substituting snaps for buttons a lot!

  96. Cat says:

    I have yet to sew my first machine-made buttonhole… :o

  97. Carol says:

    Haven’t made buttonholes in awhile, but looks like these pants would be great to make, so would do buttonholes again for the pants.

  98. Irene says:

    The following tip from Threads magazine (http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/23763/making-pretty-buttonholes/page/all) is about using water-soluble gel stabilizer to the area where the buttonhole will be placed. Since I followed this piece of advice my buttonholes are much neater! An excellent tip!

  99. Katy says:

    I love the look of these and didn’t know there was a three quarter length version. Great!

  100. Adri H. says:

    I think practice makes perfect with buttonholes. The key for me is to do a couple of runs on scrap fabric, and then it works out when I try it on the real garment. Every time I skip this practice run, bad things happen!

  101. Kate says:

    I love making buttonholes on my Bernina, they are perfect everytime!

  102. sarah says:

    i was always really nervous of trying buttonholes and so initially used my mum’s sewing machine which can do them automatically by programming it. then my mother in law gave me her machine and i found doing buttonholes manually was much easier and much more controlled. i do however find it much more difficult on thicker fabric and would love to see some suggestions for how to make these neater.

  103. Megan says:

    Love these pants. I have been looking for the perfect fabric before buying the pattern.

  104. Jenny says:

    Buttonholes and I are not best friends. Sometimes they go well and other times they can be a complete mess. I have a buttonhole foot but I am still nervous every time I start a buttonhole.

  105. Erin says:

    I had a practise run at making buttonholes & it was a disaster! Time to conquer my fear I think…

  106. Amy Mayen says:

    I want this pattern so bad! I rarely have issues with button holes. I used to do it in my 4 step buttonhole machine, but the one I have now is fully automatic. I guess that took most of the work out of it!! I’d like to improve my button spacing skills though..seems lime I always have one a little off on tops and dresses! I love these pants and would wear them all the time.

  107. Carol says:

    I’ve never actually tried to make buttonholes with my sewing machine. It’s a Singer 401a, and I was always a bit intimidated.

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