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.