April 6, 2020

Introducing the Calder Pants & Shorts!

We’re excited to share with you our latest pattern release today, even though it’s not under circumstances we ever could have predicted. While we’re as concerned and affected by current world events as everyone, as a team we’re also craving distraction so we decided we’d go ahead with this long-planned launch, and hope that it provides some diversion for those of you who are lucky enough to have the spare time at home to sew. There are a few impacts of the current situation which make this slightly different to our usual launches—read on for more.

So without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to the Calder Pants & Shorts! This plus size trouser sewing pattern features an elastic back waistband and swooshy wide legs, and is available in our new size range, 12-32. Craft your perfect pants with two fit options and three length options—the Calder Pants & Shorts will have you loving wearing pants again!

We’re thrilled to add a woven trouser pattern to the Cashmerette pants collection, which currently includes the Ames Jeans and the Belmont Leggings & Yoga Pants. The Calder couldn’t be more different from those two patterns: it’s made with drapey woven fabric, and is chic enough to wear to the office (when we’re all back at the office… hopefully soon…), but you’re sure to be as comfortable as if you were wearing a pair of Belmonts—maybe even more so!

As a special offer, if you order the Calder printed pattern, we’ll send you the PDF pattern too, for free! It’s a great way you can support our business, and we’ll send the printed pattern to you as soon as we possibly can. Click here to get your Calder Pants & Shorts.

Plus, join us for a live virtual launch party on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 12:30 ET! Details and registration link down below.

Andrea measures 41” waist and 46” hip and wears View A in a size 20 graded to an 18 hip in the apple fit.

Ayelet measures 32” waist and 42” hip and wears View B in a size 12 in the pear fit.

About the Calder Pants & Shorts

The Calder Pants & Shorts provide maximum comfort thanks to an elastic back waistband (which allows us to be comfortable when standing AND sitting, radical!) and two pelvis fit options—a dartless apple fit and a darted pear fit—not to mention the swooshy wide legs. But its flat front and clean lines also make the Calder a chic addition to any wardrobe. The Calder Pants are polished enough for the office, while being comfortable enough to wear around the house—think elevated loungewear.

We love the mid-calf Calders for everyday springtime looks, while the drama of the full-length Calder is perfect for an evening out or a special event. And if it’s summer currently where you are (and boy, are we jealous!), the Calder Shorts are easy breezy to sew and wear. Oh, and did we mention that there are pockets?!

Get Chic with Cropped Calders

Cropped Calder Pants are the perfect way to transition from winter to summer, or from summer to winter. Choose a lighter, drapey rayon challis or silk twill to stay cool all season long, or go for a medium-weight tencel or chambray for a little more warmth.

Andrea is wearing mid-calf Calder Pants in poly/rayon stretch suiting. She’s styled it with a Cedar Dolman Top.

Pair your Calder Pants with a bold Cedar Dolman Top or an embroidered Montrose Top for a foolproof ensemble, or sew them up in a bright print to make your Calders the star of the show! Get a load of Jenny’s Calders:

Jenny is wearing poly twill mid-calf Calder Pants in a size 20 graded to an 18 hip.

Legs for Days with Full-Length Calder Pants

The full-length Calder Pants are designed to hit just above the floor, for a long elegant line. Pair your full-length Calders with a sparkly Springfield Top for an look truly glamorous look.

Ayelet is wearing full-length Calder Pants in a textured poly crepe. She’s styled it with a hacked Springfield Top with an altered neckline and facing.

Breeze into Spring with Calder Shorts

Get ready for warmer days ahead with the Calder Shorts. Designed to hit at mid-thigh, the Calder Shorts have all the great features of the Calder Pants—flat front, elastic back waistband, apple and pair fit options, faced in-seam pockets—plus, your legs can soak up all the sunshine. The Calder Shorts are perfect for however you do summer, whether that’s picnics in the park or early morning hikes.

Unfortunately, our official photoshoot of the shorts was canceled due to local social distancing measures, but Ayelet snapped some pics of the Calder Shorts she made for herself.

Ayelet is wearing View C in a size 12 with the pear fit. She shortened the hem by 2″.

A Virtual Calder Launch Party

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, we hosted our first ever live virtual launch party, including a Calder fashion show! Watch the full recording here:

Calder Kits, Coming Soon!

Right before all of this social distancing began, we’d picked out some fabulous kits to pair with this new pattern. Seriously, the fabric we have in mind is lux and drapes beautifully, and the colors are so rich! We’re disappointed that we’re not able to ship out kits at the moment, but we hope to have these Calder kits available closer to summer, so keep an eye out for that.

In the meantime, we’ll be rounding up some of our favorite fabric pairing options from online fabric stores that you can get right now. And chances are, you probably have at least one or two Calder-worthy fabrics in your stash already!

Pre-Order the Calder Printed Pattern, Get the PDF Pattern for Free Right Now

Choose maximum style AND maximum comfort by picking up your own Calder Pants & Shorts pattern. You can purchase the digital pattern to download instantly, or if you pre-order the printed pattern, we’ll send you the PDF pattern right now (for no extra charge) and the printed pattern when we’re able. (This offer is available until shipping is back up and running, and is only available on the Calder pattern.)

We can’t wait to see your new Calders! Share photos with us using hashtag #CalderPants, #CalderShorts, and #SewStayHome so we can all marvel at your new stylish and comfortable pants.

Got questions about the Calder Pants and Shorts? Let us know in the comments below.

7 thoughts on “Introducing the Calder Pants & Shorts!

  1. Amy Blough says:

    The description mentions a dart in the pear shape pant, but I can’t see one in the photo. Can you tell me where the dart is?

    1. The dart is in the back – you can see it in the technical drawing.

      1. Amy Blough says:

        Ok now I see it! Thank you!

  2. Janis says:

    For the pockets, if you are using the same fabric… when you look inside the finished garment, should you be able to see the same fabric as the pants or are you looking at the reverse side of the main fabric? I thought I followed the directions correctly anticipating seeing the main fabric when wearing the pants but I only see the reverse of the fabric in addition to the right side of the facing fabric. Hope that makes sense.

    1. Ayelet says:

      Hi Janis, you should be seeing the right side of the fabric for the pockets (the prettier side), same as the waistband facing. But it’s no problem if you’re seeing the wrong side! It’s just an aesthetics thing, and has no impact on the garment itself.

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

    2. Heather says:

      This is exactly what happened to me. Followed the instructions to the letter. I now can’t be bothered to unpick as it would ruin the fabric 😔

      1. Janis says:

        When you look into the pocket you will see the wrong side of your fabric with the exception of the facing which will be the same fabric as your pants. When you are getting ready to slip your legs into the pants you will see the right side of the main fabric as the pockets and then everything else will be the reverse side of your fabric.

        Not that familiar with pants construction that would have been a good picture to have.

Let me know what you think!