I earworm myself with this song everytime I wear the full outfit. Hahah.
I have been wanting a matching set like this for a while and I am so pleased to finally have it. And yes, I want more of these.
The shorts are the Cashmerette Calder shorts and the top is the Muna and Broad Waikerie shirt. Both have a decent size range.
The Waikerie shirt is a boxy shirt with or without a collar. There are three views: short sleeve cropped, long sleeve with collar, and long sleeve without collar. View B and C both feature a mitered side split high-low hem. I chose to make View A, the cropped version with short sleeves. I made size G.
The Calder pattern comes in mid-calf, full length, and shorts. It’s a wide-legged pant with faced pockets and an elastic back. I chose to make the shorts for this version. I made size 26 Apple.
I didn’t make any changes with either pattern. I did some comparison of the crotch curve of the Calder shorts to the crotch curve of other pants that fit well and they were pretty close so I just went for it. I trust Muna and Broad and Cashmerette to fit me so I rarely make muslins for either company. That comes down to the shape of my body and the fact that both companies cater to it. Not everyone will have that experience with them, but I sure do.
I just love this outfit! I cannot even.
Sewing them both up was a quick project. I think I made them in a couple of days. That said, I definitely made many mistake while making them. In the top, I forgot to mark the shoulder point and then ended up matching it with the sleeve so my hems were off. This version is a bit more cropped than it should be as a result. If I had leftover fabric, I would have cut a facing to make up for that, but I also tried it on and wasn’t fussed with it. I guess I could have used the white fabric for that, but I didn’t mind the length. I wasn’t feeling confident that I could do the collar finishing perfectly given my health so I made it easier and used the facing from View C to help finish it.
In the shorts, the instructions have you interface the facings and then attach them to the back at the sides. I definitely attached them to the front and then had to rip that out. D’oh.
These little mistakes are brought to you by brain fog. Brain fog: it just sucks. Thanks Brain Fog!
I really love these seated pictures. It’s not something I felt comfortable doing for years but there is a #SewnShownSeated hashtag on Instagram now and I have been feeling encouraged by that.
The fabric I used is a rayon fabric from Fabricville but it was a while ago so sadly they don’t have in stock anymore. I only had three meters so it was a squeeze for sure. I also made a cutting mistake on the sleeve bands and had to use white rayon fabric for that. The watermelon fabric is lovely to sew and press and wear. I do wish I had more of it. I believe they called it rayon poplin, which they do have in stock. I have another print in the same type of fabric in purple poppies that is definitely going to become another set.
I am living in this outfit. I love it so much.
- Pattern: Muna and Broad Waikerie shirt
- Pros: Amazing size range. Love the collar.
- Cons: I don’t think there are any!
- Make again?: 100% I really love the longer versions so I think that will be my next one. Then I am thinking a duster with the dress version.
- Rating: 5/5 stars
- Pattern: Cashmerette Calder shorts
- Pros: Great size range and the apple/pear versions are smart. I don’t love the fruit comparison but it is a common term. The pocket finishing is lovely. I love the flat waistband on front and it’s curved so it fits great.
- Cons: I really can’t think of any cons of either pattern!
- Make again?: I already have! LOL. I made shorts with knit fabric but I haven’t taken any pictures yet.
- Rating: 5/5 stars
4 thoughts on “Watermelon Sugar: Cashmerette Calder Shorts and Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt”
You look incredible in this outfit. When you say these pattern houses make patterns that fit you I can see what you mean straight away. The shirt is interesting, I tend to avoid any shirt that doesn’t finish at the hips or below, probably the years of having a cold back from rtw trousers that fit when seated halfway to my boobs at the front yet expose my underwear at the back. I have big legs, big hips and a big bum, the awful term used in the UK is “childbearing” hips -urg! Hoping that my current adventures in refitting my rtw trousers will help me understand what I need to do to my patterns to make them suitable for sitting in nearly all day then I’ll try a boxier top!
I love the hashtag, I have a big problem knowing how clothes will look on me because I’m seated most of the time. It would be lovely if pattern houses and even rtw retailers realised this. It’s not just wheelchair users (occasional or full time) that like to look good seated! Think of all those people sitting behind desks in the course of their work. I used to use walking aids and sat or perched at every opportunity and you want to look just as good when doing that as you do standing. I think being seated is often forgotton about when people design clothes or patterns – in reality, do people spend 16hrs a day on their feet? No! So why aren’t we shown what the clothes look like in all situations. Just so proud it’s the makers of this world yet again leading the way and it’s given me a bit more confidence that once I have done something I want to show, the way I wear it feels like it’s now validated… It’s quite amazing what one little hashtag can do even for an old cynic like me!
Stay safe Zebras and everyone & virtual hugs all round, T x
Always nice to find winning patterns! They look great on you (Love the watermelons!)