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!
For two months we had Anneli here working with us, helping with day-to-day tasks at our office. Sadly, now Anneli has already moved on to other things, but while she was here, she made herself this awesome Talvikki dress hack!
For her dress, she simply added a little length to the hem to achieve the knee-length, and omitted the uneven split hem and sewed the side seams all the way down, with an even hemline.
She also added simple in-seam side pockets, which are a handy detail on such a casual, oversized dress!
The result is super cute and relaxed, perfect for the Finnish cold winters! She used a blueberry-colored boiled wool from Eurokangas. The fabric had a little less stretch than required, so she also added an invisible zipper to the back.
Isn’t her Talvikki absolutely amazing?
Today and tomorrow (december 14th & 15th), the Talvikki pdf pattern is only 6 € (from 10), with this code:
Saara, Laura & Anneli