Turn the True Bias Hudson Pants into shorts! Follow this quick tutorial on how to hack this sewing pattern.
I recently found a gap in my loungewear drawer (or as Filipinos would say…”pambahay”). I realized that I had no shorts to wear around the house! With it being summer, I knew I needed to solve this problem. Plus, I actually prefer wearing shorts around the house even when it’s cold outside. My husband thinks I’m crazy but I like my legs to feel free!
I dug through my fabric stash and found that I had just enough sweater fabric leftover from my Burda 6296 sweater and True Bias Hudson Pants. I thought the fabric would make a pretty comfy pair of shorts, so I decided to do some pattern hacking on my Hudson Pants pattern!
I’m totally loving how they turned out! The modification of the pattern was really easy. The shorts version is even faster to sew up than the original True Bias Hudson Pants pattern. The pattern is already a speedy sew as it is! This took me one evening to sew, and I was able to wear them to bed that same night!
Since these shorts were such an easy sewing pattern hack, I decided to share my method with you so that you can create your very own pair of True Bias Hudson shorts! Just follow the steps below!
True Bias Hudson Pants – Shorts Hack Tutorial
1| Starting with the front leg, mark the bottom edge of the pocket facing on your pattern.
This ensures that you know where the bottom of the pocket lands so your desired length goes past the pocket. You most likely will not want your pocket to stick out!
2| Determine the desired length for your shorts and measure from the waist of the front pant leg. Also, add additional length for the hem.
I ended up marking my shorts twice, as I felt that 9″ did not leave enough room for a 1/2″ hem. Ultimately, I went with 10″ in length from the waist.
3| Draw a straight line perpendicular to the grain line at your desired length.
I didn’t want to over complicate this by sewing at an angle or adding curve to the bottom – I did a straight chop. If for some reason the length between the front or back didn’t line up, I figured that I could just cut any excess fabric so that they match.
4| Cut or trace the adjusted pattern and transfer all marks and notches.
I chose to trace the shorts pattern to tracing paper so that I had both copies without having to re-print the pattern.
5| Moving on to the back leg, line the front pattern piece up at the notch along the side seam. Mark the bottom edge of the front leg to the back leg pattern piece.
6| Repeat Step 3 by drawing a straight line perpendicular to the grain line.
7| Repeat Step 4 to create your back leg pattern piece.
8| Continue sewing following the True Bias Hudson Pants pattern instructions. Stop following the instructions once you sew the two pant legs together, then hem your shorts as desired.
Here, I opted to serge the raw edge then use a zig-zag stitch.
Congrats! Your Hudson shorts are finished and ready to wear!
I hope you found this tutorial to be helpful! If you make yourself a pair of True Bias Hudson Shorts, tag me on Insta – I’d love to see how yours turned out!