The latest collection from Named Clothing has arrived in store. I personally love this collection - it is full of timeless design details used in unique and interesting ways. Right up my alley! It is also a very versatile collection that, depending on fabric choice, can be dressed up, dressed down and can be crafted to suit most seasons.
The collection is called Evolution Theory and is a study on the evolution of fashion - how certain fashion staples became what they are today.
The collection combines details from one garment to another in unique ways with a particular focus on cut in order to create interesting, yet natural and effortless designs. . As a result, there are garments like a blouse with trench coat like details, a double-breasted jersey dress and a kimono-inspired tee.
The collection also takes its inspiration from the Finnish nature, the crude rocks, coniferous forests and cold water. The colours in the collection reflect this origin; ice blue, pine green and granite grey.
Here's a quick peak at the latest project off the sewing machine. And perfect timing for Me Made May and the autumn weather. These Morgan Boyfriend jeans are the latest pattern release from Closet Case Patterns - a relaxed fit, comfortable, non-stretch denim pair of jeans.
The pattern includes detailed instructions, so if you haven't made jeans before - it is just a simple case of following along. I would suggest any intermediate sewer would easily put a pair of these together. They really aren't as hard as I had anticipated - in fact they were lots of fun and I'm eager to start another pair of jeans. Probably Ginger skinnies next....
This is the only photo I have at the moment - but will post some more once I have some!
Colette Patterns have released a new skirt pattern. Selene - a classic pencil skirt. I have been lucky enough to get an advanced copy, so I've made one up in denim for casual autumn style. It is perfect timing as my autumn wardrobe is somewhat lacking (to say the least!).
The Royals Collection from Named Clothing is here!
The following patterns are available for shipping now:
Astrid Wrap Pants and Shorts
Beatrix Skater Dress
Eleonora Pleated Mini Skirt
Madeleine Bow Tie Blouse
Paola Turtle Neck Tee
The rest (Elizabeth Gown, Grace Corset, and Marie Gathered Dress and Blouse will be available for shipping next week)
UPDATE: ALL ROYALS PATTERNS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR SHIPPING!
Four patterns perfect for your autumn and winter sewing projects have just landed in the online pattern shop. All are part of the stunning collection of sewing patterns from Named Clothing.
I've re-stocked the ever popular Kielo wrap dress. With the recent sleeve release on this, it is a stylish and comfortable dress for the coming cooler weather.
New to the store are:
Leotie Midi Dress and Skirt - perfect for the office and/or evening wear
Kanerva Button Back Shirt and Peplum Blouse - a lovely trans-seasonal piece.
Wyome Boyfriend Jeans - casual comfort for everyday.
I think this might just be my last summer make for the season....a Moana Top by Papercut Patterns. This is from their brand new Ahoy! Collection. I have made it up in Virgin White Laundered Linen from the Merchant and Mills range of linens in store.
I have to be honest on this one, there are parts of this top that I love and parts that are a little, well, meh for me.
Firstly I love the neckline and arm shaping - just perfect, and it sits so beautifully. This may seem like a simple thing, but believe me, the radius of a curve can make or break a design. Whether that be a garment, a chair, or a guttering profile. The devil is certainly in the details.
Then there is the gold (brass) zip. I love this little bit of subtle bling contrasting with the natural linen. As a side note - the neck line is big enough for me to take the top on and off without undoing the zip. So you could probably make this without the zip if that took your fancy...
I also like how the top hangs at the front. The back is where I start to have my doubts. I normally prefer a bit more shape through my waist - I have broad shoulders, so I can very easily end up looking like a box if I don't highlight my waist somehow.
The frill is also a little out of the ordinary for me. I am waxing and waning over it. I actually think it looks great, but I am struggling to feel comfortable wearing it. I guess I just need to wear it a little more and see how I go. After all, variety is the spice of life, no?
What do you think? I'd love to know your thoughts!
Miss Maude Made Summary
Pattern: Moana Dress and Top by Papercut Patterns
Size: Small, graded down to Extra Small through the waist. Papercut Patterns have generous sizing.
Alterations: Lowered position of dart and lengthened top by 5cm in the waist area.
Fabric: Virgin White Laundered Linen from the Merchant and Mills range in store
Special Equipment: None
Would I make it again? Once I've made my mind up about the frill, I might look at swapping it out with a colour block panel. And possibly shaping the back a little more - the centre back seam and existing darts will easily allow this.
Where will I wear this? This will be a great piece to wear with jeans and a little blazer/cardigan during the changeable autumn weather coming.
Saara and Laura Huhta, the Finnish sisters behind Named Clothing are getting ready to launch yet another beautiful collection of sewing patterns. Due in store at the end of March! It is their Spring Summer 2016 collection, but there are plenty of pieces that will be perfect for autumn and winter too - just play with fabric choices. Another joy of sewing.
She has a thing for stacks of beautiful fabrics, delights in holding something made to last, and respects good craftsmanship. These are the driving forces behind the Miss Maude shop. And here are her musings.