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.
May we introduce to you our second intern ever – Varpu! Unfortunately her internship at Named has already ended some time ago, but while she was here she proved to be a hard working and talented little lady, with a fantastic attitude and heaps of creativity! She did some great work with us this spring, including this playsuit she designed, which is a combination of our Delphi and Ninni patterns (so I guess we should call it Denni, right?).
The top part of the Denni playsuit is from Delphi, which is a maxi dress pattern originally released in the spring of 2015. The bottom half is Ninni culottes from our newest Playground collection, only shortened into shorts. It’s always fun to combine two patterns, especially when the patterns are from different collections!
To make the top and bottom halves match, Varpu sewed inverted pleats on the front and back of the pants (the Ninni pattern has quite a lot of ease at the waist, compared to the Delphi top).
Varpu also added a snap button closure to the back strap, as the playsuit would otherwise be a bit too hard to put on. She used a cool rayon blend jersey from Eurokangas, which is ideal for the summery weather, but also works well over a turtleneck and pantyhose! (The beginning of summer is really taking its time here in Helsinki this year.)
If you became as excited about Denni as we did, note that for a limited time you can get a 20 % discount on both the Delphi and Ninni pdf patterns! Use the below code at the check out (The code will expire on June 4th):
We have just released an updated version of our Leotie Dress pattern from the Fall/Winter 2014 ’Ritual’ collection! That means, that the Leotie pattern is now available as both a tiled pdf, and a copy-shop file. Both of the pdf files are layered patterns, which you can read more about here.
I’ve made myself a Leotie dress already a couple of years back, and you can see a glimpse of it in this blog post from 2015. The dress has been worn a lot since then, and it’s nowadays one of my favorite garments. I love easy to wear clothes, and this definitely is one! I also have a very low tolerance for discomfort (whenever I’m dressed uncomfortably, I get super cranky), and that’s probably why soft, stretchy garments like this often find their way into my wardrobe, and my heart.
What makes this dress a little different compared to the basic Leotie dress, is that it’s made of a knit fabric, unlike the original dress, which is woven. The knit fabric makes this Leotie a lot more casual and relaxed, while the woven version is a little dressier.
You can often explore patterns with different types of fabrics, and even though the fabric requirements call for a woven, oftentimes a knit fabric might work just as well! And the opposite way around. If you want to experiment with fabrics, just remember that you might need to make some pattern alterations. If you have one of our patterns and would like to go for an unusual fabric choice, but are unsure whether it will work or not, you can always send us a message to email@example.com, we’ll be very happy to figure it out with you! Also, always be prepared to make a toile first!
What I changed in my Leotie is this: Instead of cutting two of each back pieces (shell, yokes & facings), I cut all of them on fold, since there was no need for a zipper. In order to do this, I had to reduce the seam allowances from all center back edges, which is minus 1 cm on all edges, except for the shell’s CB where you have to reduce 1,5 cm. After doing that, I could just cut all of the pieces on fold.
I also omitted the waist darts altogether. I simply left them unsewn, and narrowed the waist a little from the side seams, but the dress is still a bit looser-fitting at waist than the original dress would be (which I don’t mind, since I like a relaxed fit). I also lengthened the sleeves by a few centimeters, because I think an elbow-length half sleeve is more flattering on me. I might have shortened the pattern by a bit too, since I’m very short, but right now I cannot remember how much I took off exactly…
I omitted the lining completely, as there’s no need for a lining in a dress like this. What I’m sort of missing, are side pockets, though! If I ever made a new version (which I might as well do since I’ve loved the heck out of this one!), I would definitely add some side pockets to sink my hands into.
Now, if you have ordered the PDF Leotie pattern any time earlier, you can get the updated version for free, simply by e-mailing us your order number to: firstname.lastname@example.org!
And if you don’t have a Leotie yet, you can shop it here, with a 15 % discount, if you use this code at the checkout (valid until the end of this week, 21. – 26.2.2017):
Thanks for reading!