This year comes with a great deal of updates here at Named! We have been working on updating our patterns, and the first selection of renewed printed and digital patterns will be released on the 31st of July, 2020! The two of us are beyond excited, and here’s why, in a nutshell:
- The updated selection of patterns includes nine patterns in total, and they are:
Kielo wrap dress & jumpsuit
Inari dress & crop tee
Isla trench coat
Lahja unisex dressing gown
Olivia wrap dress
Helmi trench blouse & tunic dress
Ninni elastic waist culottes
Reeta shirt dress
- The updated pdf patterns include a classic tiled print-at-home pattern, as well as an A0-sized copy-shop pattern!
- All the new patterns include a more inclusive size range of 32 to 56!
- The updated styles come in a beautiful new pattern packaging
- Two of our best selling patterns, Kielo and Inari are also completely renewed, with some brand new features! <3
In case you own an original (printed or pdf) version of Isla, Lahja, Olivia, Helmi, Talvikki, Ninni or Reeta, please email your order number, receipt or other proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you the updated pdf pattern.
Since Kielo and Inari include many new features, such as the jumpsuit variation on Kielo, and the second sleeve variation on Inari, an update will not be sent for those styles.
Due to these updates, we are saying goodbye to a bunch of old pdf patterns. Most of these styles have been released quite a long time ago, and sadly their pattern format is nowadays a little old-fashioned. In order to keep our selection as high-quality as possible, and to make the transition into the new and updated pattern format smooth, we are retiring the less popular styles.
Laura & Saara
‘Solina’ is a Finnish word that probably translates best into ‘babble of water’. And babble of water would actually be a very welcome and refreshing sound right now, after a long and cold winter! We can’t quite hear any babbling brooks yet, and it’s still somewhat freezing here, but otherwise it really starts to feel like spring in Helsinki! We do love winter too, but it can be quite a frustrating season style-wise, because you have to wear warm layers and long sleeves all the time, and even the thought of wearing a skirt is enough to give you goosebumps.
A while back Saara made herself this adorable Solina top that looks so fresh and vernal, that it really makes one dream about spring and summer attire! And even though the print on this rayon crepe fabric is presumably representing marble, it kind of looks like it could also be purling spring water, don’t you agree?
If you have been following what’s happening at Named lately, you might have noticed that we have been making some video tutorials! You might even recognize this top from the videos. If you haven’t seen the videos yet, navigate yourself to our video tutorial page or, find them in Vimeo or YouTube. There are three videos of this Solina top, too.
The tie detail, sewn inside the pleats at the waist is probably the most significant design detail of the Solina top and dress, and even though it might look complex, it’s actually not very hard to sew. If you’re interested in learning to sew that lovely bow tie waist, but struggling to comprehend the process by just following the literal and illustrated instructions in the book, we suggest you take a look at the Solina tie video!
Saara didn’t make any alterations to her pattern, but she opted for the short sleeve (same as in the Saraste dress in the book), and a collarless neck. If you’re not familiar with the idea of our book, here it is in a nutshell: you can mix and match elements (such as sleeves, collars etc.) inside one style, or even from a style to another (like the Saraste sleeve on this Solina top), and create garments that are 100% unique! Ergo – Breaking the Pattern.
For more inspo, follow the hashtag #breakingthepattern in Instagram, or simply visit our IG page, where we strive to share as many garments from Breaking the Pattern as we can! Also if you’re sharing your make in instagram, make sure to tag us @namedclothing and use the hashtag #breakingthepattern together with an individual hashtag with the project name (for example #solinatop), so we can see your make and possibly share it as an inspiration to other sewists, too!
First things first – did you already see that we have started making sewing tutorial videos? Yes we have, and you can see them here (or here or here)! There are only a few now, but we are slowly working our way through some projects in Breaking the Pattern, and adding videos for general sewing techniques, as well as pattern-specific tutorials using the garments in the book!
We have released five videos for Utu pinafore pattern, and three for Solina by now. You might find them very helpful especially if you’re new to sewing, but also discover some good tips and tricks here and there even if you are an experienced sewist! If you are making – or planning to make – an Utu dress like this here, we can recommend watching at least the lining video, as well as the videos for pattern markings and sewing the double-breasted button-through closure.
Saara is actually the mastermind behind the videos, by both acting in them and editing them, so this time I can’t really take any credit for my new dress. It was mostly Saara who sewed it, I just stood behind the camera and pushed a button. And I really, really love how this Utu turned out, thank you very much Saara!
We used a very lovely denim shirting from Eurokangas, and a FIGO Fabrics rayon for lining (from their Eloise’s Garden collection) – just for a fun, concealed detail. Those cute shiny buttons were in our stash and I can’t remember where, when, or why they were bought in the first place, but they sure suit this garment very well.
My only pattern alterations were shortening the pattern significantly to fit my 160 cm figure, and using a size 36 for the top half and 38 for bottom. I could have done an SBA, but honestly I hardly ever do that, as I like garments that are not too snug, especially at the bust. And zero pattern breaking with this one, how disappointing! The style is straight out the book… But we have some hacked versions of other patterns from our book coming up soon, just wait!
And as I said, I really really REALLY love how this Utu turned out! I think it flatters and contours my body very well, much better than I imagined, making me feel very feminine but still suiting my relaxed style. Also the fabric choices are spot on – the denim makes this dress very light and vernal. I like that the lining has a twist to it, when the visible side of the dress is this simple and casual. And as a cherry on top of the cake, the buttons give this style just a hint of luxury, still being in line with the whole mellow denim-look! I would say that it’s a lovely mixture of casual and sophisticated.
What I also love and only discovered after starting to wear my Utu, is that it’s great worn with jeans as a vest, too! I don’t think I’ve owned a vest since 2005. Neither did I think I’d wear one ever again, or that I’d like wearing one this much (I have only horrible memories from my earlier vest-wearing days, they never suited me that well).
Now I’m planning to make a scrunchie in the leftover lining fabric to match my Utu dress/vest. Just to brush up on my sewing skills after outsourcing almost all of it to my sister, haha!