19.7.2017, 4 comments

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.


Happy sewing!


Pattern: Ninni Elastic Waist Culottes
Fabrics: Rayon-mix jersey & Sweater jersey remnant from Eurokangas
Photos: Saara & Laura



  1. Marion says:

    beautiful patterns, just purchased the tuuli in Boston, then realised coming home in Paris that your were Finnish! Of course! Can’t wait to get started, the explanations are very clear and nothing is left to be guessed it seems!
    Also, thank you for the cute free patterns.
    A great discovery

    1. named says:

      Thank you so much Marion! We are super happy to hear that you’ve found us and liked our patterns <3 Happy sewing! Saara & Laura

  2. Riikka says:

    Heissan Saara ja Laura. Olipa kiva kurkistaa näille sivuille. Nykyaikana tosiaan vaateteollisuus on muuttunut siitä, mitä se vielä 70-luvullakin oli. Itse tekeminen oli yleistä, vaatteet olivat uniikkeja.
    Onnea ja menestystä! Ompeleminen voisi onnistua minultakin, vaikka ensimmäinen ajatus onkin, että eiih, en varmasti osaa! Inspiraation ainakin sain. Milloin tulee lastenmallisto 😉

    1. named says:

      Kiitos Riikka ihanasta viestistä! Ja kyllä sinä varmasti osaat, jos ei muuten niin muutaman opettelukerran jälkeen ainakin 😉 Lastenvaatteista on muuten hyvä aloittaa, ja vaikkei meiltä niihin löydykään kaavoja niin on olemassa esimerkiksi Ottobre-lehteä ja muuta! Ei muuta kun kokeilemaan ja ompelukone surisemaan 🙂 – Saara & Laura

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