The Invisible Child
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.