This review was originally written for the Sew Me Sunshine blog, where Harriet at SMS gifted me stretch triple crepe fabric to write about a sewing project and includes my own opinions about the pattern and fabric combination I chose.
If you’d like to see the first version of Calyer pants I made, check out my holiday blog here.
Ella’s jewel stretch triple crepe French Navy Calyer pants
If you’re a fan of the Orla dress by Sarah from French Navy patterns (@FrenchNavyNow on Instagram), you’ll want to try her latest PDF pattern. The trousers – named ‘the Calyer pants’ is a semi elasticated waist pattern and comes in two styles, a pleated and a flat front version, both of which sit just below the natural waist.
I was excited to make this pattern for the blog for a few reasons – I loved the first version I made from cotton and lived in them on my recent holiday. I’ve been making quite a lot of patterned tops lately and needed a pair of plain trousers to create new outfits. When I saw the magenta crepe stocked in Sew Me Sunshine. I knew it was perfect ! I love the rich jewel bright pink colour and the weight, drape and quality of the crepe is perfect for trousers.
The crepe washed so well and is pleasantly crease resistant. I cut a large Calyer as I had done with the cotton but in retrospect as the crepe has a nice stretch, I could have cut a smaller size. So the final result is a little more loose and slouchy than I’d intended.
Described as for advanced beginner, I found the pattern straight forward, although I made an adjustment by adding the waistband separately and making it fully elastic. Although in retrospect I think the semi-elastic is much smarter.
Equally wearable for lounging or at the office, Sarah says in her blog that pants have been her daily work/ life uniform since she designed the first version in early 2017 and now has a dozen pairs. Although I’m only on my second pair, I agree that the trousers has the ability to look smart and comfortable and that will of course, be influenced by the type of fabric used.
I think the best aspect of this pattern is the versatility. Fabric recommendations are light to medium weight wovens, with or without stretch, preferably with drape, also medium weight knits. As a result, I would recommend trying a pair of Calyer pants in a pretty cotton lawn for lounging in the house or on the beach, or a pair of cool linen Calyer’s for warm summer days.
For a smart version, I would choose the Black Denim Dot – Cotton Chambray or equally gorgeous Neon Neppy – Lightweight Cotton Chambray, both by Robert Kaufman. Alternatively stretch cotton would be super smart; how about Dominique, navy with pretty purple flowers or of course a stretch crepe like I used.
Whichever fabric you use to style your Calyer’s, you won’t be disappointed. Why not browse the Instagram hashtag #thecalyerpants to check out other sewists versions.
Happy sewing! Ella aka @Sewistella