Calder Pants & Shorts
I gave up making clothes years ago because patterns did not cater for my body shape - in fact I bought the fabric 28 years ago! But this pattern was easy and easy to fit - there is plenty of room for my thighs and I only had to reduce the length in the body. I didn’t bother with the pockets though. Now I am off to make my next pair.....
Thanks once again for a beautiful pattern. I never wear wide leg pants. Never! But I kept seeing people looking so wonderful in their makes, so I thought I would give it a try. I did my usual adjustments that I worked out on my Ames jeans for the apple fit (Amazing!), to modify for my hip to waist ratio, flat seat and being short overall. Worked perfect straight up first go! I might take a bit more from the crotch length next time, but I am eager to try them in different lengths. The fabric I chose was some floaty linen, which crushes terribly, but felt ethereal all day!
I was drawn to this pattern because of the promise that it would hide my big belly - and it does. However even with a flat bum adjustment, well, this pattern is not for you people with flat bums, there is just too much fabric. I'm sure this is an excellent pattern for all of you with pear shapes, or anyone with a bigger bum. Removing a dart is not enough to make this fit apple shapes which are biggest in the middle. The back pants are so much broader than the front, lots of room for a bigger bum. On a flat bum but with hips - not attractive at all. Construction process is straight forward enough and the pattern pieces are trued up.
I made two pairs of shorts and wore them a lot this summer. First time since I cant remember when that I dared the leap into shorts country. The pockets are genius. Big, sturdy in seam pockets. Can safely dump all my gear in them; cell phone, keys and other necessities. No worries about anything falling out. I had to shorten the rise a bit, but otherwise made no changes. Another great pattern from Cashmerette.
I bought these pants because I read they were designed with the presumption that the wearer has a belly and are designed to make your midsection look flatter. SOLD! They have not disappointed.... if you tuck your shirt in (which is not something I'm accustomed to doing) they are very slimming. So far I have made one pair of Calder shorts in a black suiting fabric and one pair of the full-length pants in an emerald green crepe. Another thing I like about them is the way the pockets are designed is very professional looking. I have other patterns for wide-leg, loose, flowy slacks but the pockets on the Calders are super.... the Calders are a little more time-consuming to make than other loose, wide-leg pants but the time is well spent when you get the final product. The Calder's instructions on putting the pockets in could be a little better. I think the written instructions need to be more specific when they say "match the pocket facing to X".... should say right sides and wrong sides repetitively in the text of the pattern where you're putting the pockets in. To the point of being redundant if necessary. I get very confused with this part. I also disagree with the way they tell you to put the waistband in. They have you put the front band on the front legs, then the back band on the back legs, and THEN connect them at the sides. I had better results in the way the back elastic sat by piecing the two front pieces together first, then attaching them to the back piece on both sides (so, a big circle) and THEN attaching it as one full piece to the pants. But the bottom line is.... the pants look beautiful on me (no fit adjustments necessary), the design is spectacular, and they are not hard to make. All in all, A+ Job, Cashmerette!