Calder Pants & Shorts
I love this pattern and I've made three pairs of linen pants with it. After the first pair, I had to shorten the crotch length by about six inches, which seems weird because my proportions are not unusual. But once I'd figured out the alteration, everything was fine. I've since read all the other reviews, and found that quite a few people mention the very long rise. Perhaps this is something that Cashmerette could revise. With the first pair I made, if the crotch seam was in the right place, the waistband was up around my boobs.
I used the pdf pattern and it was easy to put it together with glue stick and masking tape. I'm a " confident beginner" when it comes to sewing.The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
I made it in polyester crepe fabric first ( which was cheap but still drapes well) and then made some adjustments (as the sizing is generous) for a second pair in a light suiting. There are adjustment lines for the rise marked on the pattern which is very helpful. I am wearing both loads.
I recommend this pattern as its straightforward to make, has clear pattern markings and well thought through instructions. The trousers are comfy and versatile, and have good sized pockets.
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.