Friday, May 29, 2020

Calder Pants Party

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. I've mostly emerged from my funk, although, of course, some days are easier than others. I know the situation is different for everyone, but it seems to me that it gets to everyone sooner or later. I try to remain positive and grateful.

So, Cashmerette Calder Pants. Yay! To begin with, I thought that offering the pdf with the purchase of the printed pattern during COVID was a brilliant marketing move. I'm kind of surprised more pattern designers didn't offer that. I almost always choose printed over pdf, but I definitely didn't want to wait indefinitely to sew up some pants.

I love a pair of wide-legged pants, particularly when the bottom really looks wide, as opposed to some other wide-legged styles that just go straight down like a long, wide rectangle.

They're super comfortable and, had I made them in a solid, they would get even more wear. I like the stripes, but I can't wait to make some in black and blue. I quickly sewed through my solids at the beginning of quarantine. Receiving packages at home is problematic, so this is forcing me to sew through the stash which is a good thing. This is a lightweight denim purchased at Fabric Outlet on a whim. Nice and easy to sew. 

Damn, my hair is getting long. My next haircut is scheduled for July 17th, which means I'm going to have to get creative with barrettes to avoid looking like a Beatle.

The second go at a pattern is always fun, isn't it? It goes so fast. Even faster here since I left off the pockets (not enough fabric). These are what I like to call lounge pants--for lounging around the house which is pretty much all I do these days. I made them in a rayon challis from Fabric Outlet. Another bottom-of-the-stash fabric that I had forgotten about.

Now, on to the deets:

  • Size 18. Mods: 2" off the hem. I may do an inch less next time just because I like the look of a deep hem. Shortened rise by 1/2" but need to shorten a bit more. The pockets hang a tiny bit low. The waist is a bit loose, but not enough to go down a size. I'll definitely shorten the elastic about 3/4" next time.
  • These are very similar to True Bias's Emerson pants, except the pockets are different. I think I like the Emerson pockets better, but I like the sizing and fit of the Calders better. 
  • I'm still not very good at sewing down elastic. And I'm also confused about the best way. The Calder instructions are very precise, even advising on the stitch length of a zigzag stitch. The Emersons don't have you sew the elastic down at all, which means it can twist up in the wash. The CCP Pietra pants have you stitch down the elastic with a straight stitch. What's the best way?  

So there you have it. A fun, easy pattern that yields a nice result. Perfect for a pants party.

Thank you for reading and stay healthy!

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