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.
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.
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.
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.
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? 😉