Calder Pants & Shorts
Elevate your look with the Calder Pants & Shorts! These wide-legged woven trousers feature a flat front, elasticated back waistband, faced in-seam pockets, and three length options: mid-calf, full, and shorts. Choose between a dartless apple fit and a darted back pear fit for ideal bum shaping. The Calder is sure to have you loving wearing pants again!
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SEWING LEVEL: Advanced beginner.
SIZING: 12 to 32, in Apple and Pear pelvis fit. See Sizing Guide.
Light- to mid-weight woven fabrics with drape, such as rayon or polyester twill, tencel, linen, or chambray. For pocket lining, you can use main fabric or a lighter weight woven.
Interfacing: Light- to mid-weight fusible interfacing.
NOTIONS: Universal or microtex needle, thread, 0.75 yd (0.7 m) of 2” (5 cm) wide elastic.
Use the dropdown menu above to order either a printed pattern, which will be mailed to your address, or a PDF pattern, which can be downloaded.
The PDF comes in two files (one for each pelvis fit), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 12 pages (4.6 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each pelvis fit): 48 pages (0.5 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 2-3 pages (0.3 MB each)
I purchased the pattern, because I was intrigued at first sight,how flattering they looked on a b-belly! and thank you,Jenny, that you have put so much thought on this topic,because now I know,I'm not alone with this opinion..But now on for some details:
my measurements W41,H47 put me in a 20 at wait an 16 in hip,apple shape,so I made my first Müsli grading between sizes and ended up with too much bulk at the back and a very long crotch curve,but the fit overall was already amazing,so I rescue the Müsli by simply cutting off an inch from the top and the added the waistband. I already sewed up a New one with silk fabric (tricky!) in a straight 16 an shortened the crotch curve on the line in the pattern. It turned out so beautiful! No bulk in the back,although I have to wiggle a little bit to slip in. The instructions are pretty straight forward and interesting pocket assembling,but it comes together very well..Love it!
These pants and shorts are glorious. I rarely wear pants because I have always had a lot of trouble finding ready to wear ones that fit or even good patterns. Cashmerette has never let me down though, so I decided to give these a go. They fit amazing. I've already made four pairs and have plans for a few more. This is definitely going to be one of my wardrobe staples.
Cashmerette continues to kill it with thoughtful details and probably the best instructions in the industry.
I tried some Big 4 ideas for shorts starting in March, and was not happy with the results. Lo and behold, this pattern came out in April and saved the day!
I absolutely love how the front legs pieces are much slimmer than the back to give much-needed contour for a curvy figure and I think the pockets with facing and perfect in-seam execution are really amazing.
I made two little changes to suit me better:
1) I am not a fan of “scrunched” back elastic, even though I know it’s good for curves. All I did to convert these to a flat elastic construction was cut 2” off the width of the back waistband and sew, with a zigzag seam, a piece of 2” elastic the same length as the waist to the inside panels of the waistband (for none of that awful twisting!). This works really well on me also since my waist is about 1” bigger than the size I ended up making.
2) Apparently my pelvis curve is different than this pattern’s, so I ended up using what is called the “Thin thigh adjustment” (AS IF!!) to raise the crotch a whole 1.5” for the perfect fit.
I already have fabric to make two more shorts and three full-length pants because I am just that in love. Thanks again, Cashmerette!
P.S. My goober face in the photos says everything! I’m also wearing my Dartmouth top here, too.
I found the Calder pants and shorts PDF pattern really easy to assemble with all lines and edges meeting where they should. The trousers I found too wide in the leg when I made them up in a floaty summery fabric, so I elasticated the ankles so I wouldn't trip over myself on the stairs. I found the body rise too high so reduced it when I made the shorts, which I find so comfortable that I have another pair in my "things to do" list. Having an exceedingly apple shape I also increased the waist size. Comprehensive instructions too. Well pleased with them.
I've never quite managed to nail the fit on a sewing pattern due too many alterations needed in the bottom area, but the Calder pants are now my new favourite pair of pants, with minimal changes (ie the length of the leg and the crotch) for ALL THE THINGS. Thanks!