Calder Pants & Shorts
Love, love the Calder pants. I've made two a "toile" and a "real" pair capri length. It got too cold to wear the capris so I'm waiting for next summer. The fit is absolutely wonderful and they are so fun. I'm short, so I had to shorten the rise quite a bit and of course adjust the hem length, but I made no other changes. The construction was straight forward. The instructions are good. I always get tripped up which side of the waist band needs to be understitched, but I got it together. I can't wait to wear them again in the spring/summer!
They’re too long and too ballooni
Hi Sharon! There are two lengths of the Calder, so you might want to try the shorter one. If that's still too long, you can use the 'lengthen/shorten' to easily customize the length. For the width, these are designed as wide legged pants - if you'd like something slimmer, check out our Meriam Pants or Magna Pants!
I was very hesitant at making palazzo pants for myself so I made a wearable toile first. They fit really well and the wide waistband is very supportive and comfortable. I made the test pair in a microfibre designed for swim shorts with a surfboard print. The second pair are calf length in a linen/cotton with a vertical design and the long pair in a waffle polyester with cute giraffes.
The softer polyester falls very nicely but the linen mix is a tad firm and doesn't have the same pleasing drape. I made size 16 with the pair pelvis and back darts.
I'm a super curvy hourglass with more than 14" difference between my waist and hips. Calder not only fits, but is also comfortable. I've made this pattern in both gauze and rayon poplin. It sews easily. One caution: if you are as curvy as me, you may require an inch or two more elastic in the waist to stretch around your hips. I purchased a number of vivacious, color saturated prints that will soon be Calder-ized.
This pattern is pure quality. Perfect in every sense. The best no fuss pants, easy to shave a bit of width off the side for slimmer tailored look, or leave as palazzo look. Have made so many already, good value for price of pattern