Sunshine & Happiness Pants

My wardrobe is usually dictated by upcoming events or weather changes.  Recently I found out that I was required to go to Abu Dhabi to judge a competition (for those that don’t know, I also judge ice skating competitions). Having never been outside the airport in the UAE, my first concern was “what am I going to wear?!”.

I knew the country is Muslim and they have a conservative view of clothing, with a recommendation for women of avoiding fitted clothing, covering shoulders, knees, cleavage and midriff. Well, the last one is definitely not an issue, but the other three kind of eliminated most of my wardrobe in one way or another, especially as the UAE is hot so winter clothes were definitely not an option.

Sunshine & Happiness Pants

Hudson pants!! They fit the brief, they’re not fitted, they cover the knees and would be great in the heat. It’s no secret to anyone that follows me on Instagram that I love Hudson pants, having made three knits pairs so far I felt it was time to try them in a woven.

To adapt the pattern from a knit to a woven, I added a margin of approximately 1.5cm on all sides of each pattern piece, pretty much the same way I would add seam allowances to a Burda pattern. I omitted the pocket trim and lengthened the legs slightly. I also narrowed the width of the cuff and widened it to the same width as the bottom of the pants as obviously I couldn’t stretch it to fit as in the knit version.

Sunshine & Happiness Pants

The fabric I used is called “ottoman” fabric. Wikipedia describes this as: “…a fabric with a pronounced ribbed or corded effect, often made of silk or a mixture of cotton and other silk like yarns. It is mostly used for formal dress and in particular, legal dress (such as QC gowns) and academic dress (mostly for hoods).” I am pretty sure my fabric is polyester but it feels lovely to wear and drapes beautifully.

Sunshine & Happiness Pants

Even though these are a woven, they are in no way restrictive, they are very comfortable and perfect travelling pants. I can attest they are great for flying! I also love how they can be dressed up or down.

They are also lovely and cool to wear and were perfect for my visit to Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi

Such an interesting country to visit and I hope to go back again next year! I wonder how many Hudsons I’ll have by then? 😉

26 thoughts on “Sunshine & Happiness Pants

  1. Having seen these ‘in person’ they are as bright & cheery as you. This stuff is marked as rayon in Spotlight, one of the reasons I got it myself. Mine is on a basket patiently waiting for the end of my Japanese book binge.

    1. Awww thanks. I love to wear these, so cheery! I wore them yesterday and this kid said “oh look at that lady, she has cool flowers on her pants”. So funny! Mine wasn’t marked rayon, it was marked Ottoman, and is much thicker than the rayons.

    1. For some of the contestants it definitely affects what they wear. International competitors wore the usual but locals were more covered. I’ll post a couple of pics in my next post. It’s a good point and one I was intrigued about too.

  2. I’d like to try making some woven Hudson… any tips on what kind of fabric would/wouldn’t work? Does it need to be quite drapey and thin?

    1. I have used rayon for one pair and this pair is heavier than a rayon but is still nice and drapey. I think the drape is important, you don’t want them sticking out weirdly! I wouldn’t use denim, drill or anything too heavy

  3. Love your Hudson pants.. The fabric is gorgeous, and I can see how wonderful they would be to make lots of different looks.. They look pretty on you.. Bet that was a fun job to do too.. Have a great day.

  4. Liz, these are freaking rad! I love how bright and cheerful they are 😀 thank you for your pro tip on the woven to knit adjustments 😀 also, you are totes the most stylish traveller EVER! Happy pants man in the airport from Instagram had no chance!

    1. I am not sure they are a rayon. I should do a burn test but not sure I have the scraps still. Also the fabric is much heavier than the rayons. Regardless they are super comfy and wearable!

  5. Those are the happiest pants I ever did see! I really need to get me some Hudson pants. All of yours are so awesome. It looks like you had a really fun trip!

  6. These are lovely pants and I think they improve the original design. Who would have thought? Hudson pants in woven!

    I also used to travel for work to Muslim countries and I found the dressing code a bit annoying. Well, I guess there’s nothing we can do about it.

  7. These are so fun and happy! I love them! It’s kind of funny to think about ice skating in the middle of the desert, to be honest. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip!

    1. I know! I thought that was kind of fun to go to a comp in the desert!! Kind of like their being rinks here, people are always so surprised since this is a tropical state 🙂

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