Long time no blogging! As you might have already heard, Named has been focusing on book writing for the past year, and we haven’t released a new collection since fall 2017 (the book ’Breaking the Pattern – a Modern Way to Sew’ is coming out in a month, on November 15th, by the way!). However, August 1st marked a very special date in our calendar, as that was the date that Named turned five years old! It’s hard to believe that this little pattern label has existed for five whole years already. Somehow it feels much shorter, time has passed so quickly (like it often does when you’re having fun!). But it also feels like so much has happened during that time – just a handful of years ago we launched our very first Named collection ’First Named’, and now, five years later we are waiting for our frickin’ BOOK to be released!
Well, even though we didn’t have time to make a full spring or fall collection, we absolutely needed to do SOMETHING for our fifth anniversary! Since day one it has been one of Named’s goals to encourage fellow seamstresses to make pattern alterations, hacks and modifications in order to sew garments that are truly unique and well fitted. In the end, that is what sewing is all about, isn’t it? We have always had two-in-one patterns in our collections, but this time we wanted to create something even more modifiable and personalizable. (And just so you know, our book will be all about that, too!)
So, we came up with the Anni pattern. Anni is a building block pattern, which means that it has a fixed bodice pattern with flattering princess seams, to which you can choose neckline, sleeve and bottom blocks as you like! The original Anni has three necklines, three sleeves and a sleeveless option, and three bottom variations. It means that by buying this one pdf pattern, you can make up to 3 x 4 x 3 = 36 different variations! (Scroll down to the end of this post to see just a few of the possible variations as line drawings.) Ok, we know that no-one is actually going to make that many garments using the same pattern, but at least you have the possibility to choose from several details to create a style (or a few) that is 100 % you. Also, once you make your personal fit alterations to the Anni bodice pattern, you can save some effort using it over and over again, for various projects.
The original Anni neckline blocks are a classic V and O -neck, and a very exciting Peter Pan -style neckline with a keyhole detail. For sleeves you can choose a short T-shirt sleeve, long fluted sleeve (which, by the way, you can easily edit into a regular long sleeve or half-sleeve by omitting the fluted part and lengthening or shortening the sleeve), an exotic ruffled off-the-shoulder sleeve, or sleeveless. For a bottom half you can sew trendy wide-leg trousers, cute ruffled shorts or a classic pencil skirt. And remember that by changing the length of the skirt or trousers, you can easily modify the pattern yet again, to create culotte or mini skirt bottoms – just to mention a few of the possibilities!
Just two weeks back we also released a new skirt add-on pattern, which is a classic semi circle skirt with faux-wrap front that adds a bit of a twist to it! The front of the skirt pattern has the center front line marked on it, so, if you prefer a basic circle skirt with non-overlapping front, you can very easily do that simply by cutting the front piece on fold, placing the CF on the fold.
Saara and I had both been invited to a wedding (two separate weddings) at the end of this summer, and we both naturally decided to sew ourselves some wedding attire! How do you feel about wearing pants for a wedding? Well, at least the two of us are absolutely thrilled about all this jumpsuit craze that’s going on, and opted for a jumpsuit instead of a dress. My Anni jumpsuit will be coming up in our blog later, but here you have Saara’s interpretation of the pattern! Well, we would love to show you some diversity with a pattern that is so versatile, but – apparently – our Anni Jumpsuit sample was so perfect that Saara decided to make one almost identical for herself. She used the Peter Pan neck on her sleeveless, electric blue jumpsuit.
Choosing a solid color for this style can be a good call, since you can see the beautiful princess seams more clearly than on a busy print. Princess seams are very flattering as they shape the curves of your body, adding a bit of feminine touch to the pattern. The neckline also stands out very well on a solid fabric like this since you can see the collar shape, but it does look quite cute with a print fabric too, when the keyhole detail takes the lead role.
Saara’s jumpsuit has not been just a one trick pony either, as she has been wearing it in a bachata dance party afterwards too. According to her, it has been quite delightful and refreshing to dance in a jumpsuit instead of a dress!
Happy sewing lovelies <3
Pattern: Anni Building Block Pattern with Peter Pan collar neck, sleeveless armholes & jumpsuit bottom
Wearer & maker: Saara (of Named)
Fabric: Polyester from a scrap bin at Eurokangas
Bachata Photo: Tomi Päiväniemi
Other photos: Laura (of Named)
P.S. If you are now dying to get your hands on the book, you can preorder it HERE.
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!
Pattern: Lahja Unisex Dressing Gown
Fabric: Vintage rayon
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