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).
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.
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.