At the beginning of this month we released a new pdf pattern called Lahja, as a part of a Xmas calendar campaign in our social media. It’s a 2in1 unisex dressing gown, and the same pattern includes a variation for men (longer with full-length sleeves), and for ladies (shorter with cropped sleeves).
The Lahja (which actually means ‘gift’ in Finnish) is a great and easy-to-make gift for anyone. It’s very loose-fit, so choosing the size is not too difficult, even if you don’t have a chance to measure your giftee. It’s also very quick to make (takes approximately one day to put together), and can be modified for different purposes simply by switching fabrics.
You can sew it up in a terry or waffle cloth to make a soft and cuddly bathrobe, or use a crisp linen or cotton to create a trendy, casual piece of loungewear. For a more sophisticated and luxurious look, choose silk or poly-satin, or drapey rayon.
We made one version of Lahja using this gorgeous print rayon (which is actually a 70’s vintage fabric from our grandma’s stash), just to try the pattern out as an everyday-wear. Surprisingly, the dressing gown also works great as a kimono-like top like this, paired up with some jeans! For the next version I’m actually planning to use some lightweight non-stretch denim.
Our Xmas Calendar will continue until the 24th of this month, and you can follow it in our Instagram and Facebook. The Lahja pattern will of course be available after the campaign is over too. Right now you can take part in a giveaway organized by Nuppu Print Company! Nuppu creates beautiful and high-quality textile and paper products with charming, hand drawn prints, and you can see their web shop here. By placing an order from Nuppu web shop this weekend, you can win either a selection of Nuppu paper products, or our Lahja pdf pattern! Take part by adding this note to the comment field of your order: Named Lahja. The two winners will be drawn on Monday 18th of December, at 11 a.m. and they will be contacted personally.
Happy stitching, and happy holidays!
We are more than delighted to be a part of this year’s Refashioners, not only as sponsors but also as bloggers! If you’re not familiar with the concept yet, you can read more about the Refashioners on this web page. The theme (suits!) is also absolutely thrilling this time around! Unfortunately suits, like so many fashion items that we consider timeless classics, are actually often very trend-sensitive (compare the 80’s loose-fitting, mega-shoulder-padded-double-breasted suit to today’s slick and slim-fit suit and you’ll get the point), and to see all that quality fabric go to waist unused at a flea market is such a pity. So upcycling some old suits into something new is not only an inspiring, but also a smart idea.
Well, we begun our trip to the refashioning by touring some local flea markets in Helsinki, since we didn’t have any old suits of our own at hand. Finding used suits at any thrift shop was an easy task, but finding ones with a nice quality, non-stained and completely worn out fabric was a bit harder! Eventually we found a suitable two-piece pinstripe suit, and a separate pair of trousers to match, both in classic gray.
We unpicked the seams of both of the pants, and there was pretty much nothing left of them after we had cut out all of our pieces. From the jacket we only used the sleeves and part of the back, which was a pity since now we have a front of a suit left with no idea what to do with it! A matching hat maybe?
For the pattern we chose the Agate dress from our new collection, since it already has quite small and slim pattern pieces that would be easy to cut out of the legs of the pants. The pattern still required some chopping in order to be cut out of such small pieces, so we slashed the side pieces at the waist, and the front and back pieces diagonally a bit above the waist. Eventually the cut turned out very nice, and playing with the horizontal, vertical and diagonal pinstripes was a lot of fun!
We also took the original buttons from the coat, and used them at the back of the dress (not the most handy closure for a close-fitting garment, but looks pretty and matches well with the vintagy look of the dress!)
The only thing we had to buy new, was the invisible zipper for the vent, and the interfacings.
Please remember to follow the Refashioners all the way until the end of September in instagram with #therefashioners2017 and at http://www.makery.uk
Saara & Laura from Named
Did you know, that our Ninni culottes were named after a character called Ninni in the Muumi books by a Finnish author Tove Jansson? Those books and the TV animation made after them are a big thing here in Finland, and a huge part of our cultural heritage and identity. We’re kind of insanely proud of Muumis here. Anyways, in the book Ninni was a girl, who was so neglected that she started to become invisible, which is sad beyond words! But in the end everything turned out all right and Ninni became visible again. Yay! That Muumi tale has nothing to do with these pants per se, but it’s a beautiful and inspirational story, and definitely makes for a nice anecdote to start a blog post with.
The Ninni Culottes are of course not invisible. They are one of those very basic garments, that are essential for every summer wardrobe, or at least me and Saara seem to think so. Both of us have made a pair of Ninnis for ourselves this summer (both in gray, for some reason) and are loving the heck out of them.
Saara used the same gray rayon-blend jersey from Eurokangas as Varpu in her Ninni/Delphi playsuit, and I opted for a light gray melangue sweater fabric, which we digged out of a remnant bin, also at Eurokangas.
Saara followed the pattern precisely otherwise, except for the side pockets which she omitted, and for the legs that she shortened by a bit. I kept the pockets, but sewed them slightly differently with a topstitching, to emphasize the sweatpant-look that I found inspiring. For the same reason I also added a drawstring inside the waistband. (And I too shortened the legs.)
The pants are both the same size, but since my fabric has a lot more structure than Saara’s flowy jersey, they look quite different, don’t they!
Now, did you know about Indie pattern month, and that it has just started last Sunday? You can read everything about it here, but in a nutshell: it’s a month long celebration of the wonder that is indie pattern labels! Such as Named, By Hand London, Victory Patterns, Waffle Patterns, Sew House Seven and so many more!
You can support indie patterns by purchasing this amazing pick-and-mix pattern bundle here (at a great discount of course!). A portion of the bundle sales is also donated to the Women’s Refuge, so there has never been a better reason to invest in some indie patterns. The Ninni culotte pattern is also part of the bundle.