There is no denying that I have neglected my blog. The last post I published having accompanied my pattern release some release some 7 months ago (yikes, where did all those months go?!).

I should be honest, I have written another blog post since then. It is finished, complete with pictures, and has been since mid-October. I have repeatedly attempted to, but I just have not been able to bring myself to change the privacy setting to ‘public’. I have a complicated relationship with my blog…I’m working on it.

Aside from this, I also found 2017 to be a real juggle.  Being a working mom is hardcore. Being a stay-at-home mom is too of course ( probably more so) but for different reasons. Some days I really felt like I was nuts to be taking on so much, and that I was the crappest parent in the whole world for doing this with my ‘free’ time.

So, after all these months I am really excited to finally present to the (sewing) world the fruits of my labour and partial reason for my absence; my new pattern The Calyer Pants.



These pants have quite literally been my work/ life uniform since I finished the prototype in early 2017. I must have about 11 pairs of them by now (I really have lost count), and some weeks I wear a pair EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I have found that they miraculously manage to somehow look super polished while also being ridiculously comfortable.




The pattern comes in two views; a pleated and a flat front version, both of which sit just a cm or 2 below the natural waist. There is just something about high-waisted pants for me; they have the highly-coveted ability to make me feel a little more ‘put together’, and I need all the help that I can get in that department! Mornings generally feel like a war zone in my household and, despite waking up at 5am (and being restricted to 2 minute showers thanks to Cape Town experiencing its worst drought in recorded history), between dressing the kids, packing their lunch, (hopefully remembering that I too will require lunch) and cleaning the house, I seldom have time to spare a second thought to how I am going to look even vaguely presentable for my work day.




This is where the Calyer Pants have been a game changer for me, having somewhat assuaged this morning mania by offering me a go-to (pull-on!) wardrobe staple that feels effortlessly office appropriate.

The beauty of these pants is that they are a weekend winner too, their comfort and nonrestrictive fit making them perfect for chasing toddlers and for lounging around the house (this last part is theoretical, I have not being doing much ‘lounging’ over the past few years).


Black back

I poured a lot of love into this pattern (and its instructions) and I really hope that that you guys will love these pants as much as I do! You can learn more information about this pattern here.

If you think you may like to buy this pattern the you can find it in my Etsy shop.

You can check out some of the pants made by my testers here:

A lot have people have asked me where the name for my pattern comes from or what “Calyer” is. I wish I had a really cool story to explain it, but really it is just the name of a song by one of my favourite bands; The Beach Fossils.

24 thoughts on “Calyer

  1. Kaci Ferguson says:

    Love your style…SOLD! And I went ahead and grabbed your dress pattern I had flagged for later. Can’t wait to fabric shop and get started on my new pieces for spring. As a parent of one small child, I find it incredible what you’ve managed to accomplish!


  2. Kate says:

    These look fantastic. I’m a bit older and have a huge pattern stash (collected over 30 years or so 🙂 so I don’t often buy new patterns, but these look so comfortable and yet still have really nice style lines that I’m going to have to make an exception. Great job!


  3. Anya says:

    I am finally getting around to reading this post! Great one, and I think there is nothing wrong with not keeping up with blog for a bit. Everything you put out is such a high quality and so inspirational. I just love your effortless but cool style that I think other people work really hard to implement. These pants are definitely nailing it. I have been itching to make more! I think I also need 10-15 pairs in my closet.
    Also, what a great song!

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    • Sarah-May says:

      Wow Anya, thank you so much. You really are too kind and your words mean so much to me because I really value your opinion, love your style and have such respect/ awe for you mad sewing skills (well actually you’re just a machine all around really- i STILL cannot get over all those insane Orla dress tutorials you pushed out in one freaking month!!). I’m so happy that you like the pants, the look really lovely on you.
      Glad you like the song, Beach Fossils rock 🤘🏼🙂


  4. Eva Eastman (@EvaVrinda) says:

    These look amazing, I want a pair for every day of the week as well! Adding them to my must-make-soon list and I can’t wait till I have them! Also, what is the top you’re wearing with the buttons down the back? It’s beautiful 🙂


    • Sarah-May says:

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Eva! The top that I am wearing is also one of my patterns. I am hoping to release it soon. I have just got to find more time in my day somehow, or look at outsourcing someone to help me with the instructions which take SO long!


  5. Nicky says:

    I was doing that thing you do on the web, following a link to another link to another link. I came across a blog post by one of your testers who made the Morningside shirt. Such a gorgeous pattern. I’m so glad I found your site. I’m being “good” and trying to finish a few projects before I start anything new but the Morningside shirt or dress is top of my list once I’m “allowed” to start a new project. Closely followed by a pair of the Calyer trousers.
    I’m also a working mum but with children at the other end of the age range – a son of 12 and a daughter just off to university! They still need a lot of support and emotional energy as they get older but less time. I hope you start to get more time to yourself and one day your dream of making pattern design your job comes true. You have a lovely style – cool but very wearable – and the reader comments all say you provide excellent instructions.


    • Sarah-May says:

      Hi Nicky! I apologise profusely for not responding sooner. My blog has really been sidelined in the business of my life but I am trying to slowly get stuck back into it.
      Thank you so much for the lovely comments about my patterns and style, it really means a lot to me when people (strangers!!) take time out of their lives to offer me words of encouragement and support.
      I feel you – there are so many great patterns and designs out there that I too feel overwhelmed and have to enforce boundaries around pattern purchasing and sewing projects!



  6. francescapia says:

    I have the Morningside and love it. And I think your instructions are terrific. But I’d love the pattern for that top even if the instructions were 5 lines a la Style Arc! Please try to issue it….


  7. Sarah-May says:

    Hi Francesca (I’m going out on a limb and assuming that is your name). Thank you for this comment, I actually have gone through so much of the process for this top, it has been digitized for over a year!! I just often have felt that there are so many similar patterns out there that it may be not worth my time to work on the instructions for this one. I have been toying with the idea of releasing some patterns with more simple (as in photographed) instructions and charging less for them. You’ve given me some serious food for thought!


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