Named for Me.

 photo IMG_8137_zps7b3tgudk.jpg

When I first discovered Named patterns it was love at first sight. I love all their designs and they seem to design things that I know will suit my tall, relatively straight up and down frame. I also have a great desire to be comfortable above all else; basically my dream is to be wearing pyjamas during the day (confession: I am wearing pyjamas as I type this.)

 photo IMG_8173_zpsjm2rpyts.jpg

I am trying to join in a few challenges for Indie Pattern Month over at The Monthly Stitch. The first theme for the month is “New to Me”. As I had bought a couple of Named patterns earlier this year from Sew Indie NZ  and hadn’t had a chance to make either of them, it was the perfect opportunity to get involved.

So here’s my New to Me entry, the Named Esme Cardigan. Described as a “Straight-cut, oversized and loose-fitting cardigan” I think it also has a slightly kimono-esque vibe about it which I really dig.

 photo IMG_8170_zps0xkqoz4i.jpg

I made this pattern up with a black and primary checked wool I bought from a local op shop for about $4 if memory serves. I’m not gonna lie, this fabric was ass to sew with as it has a super open weave, moves and stretches a lot, and thread disappears into it so unpicking is the worst.

 photo IMG_8164_zps1pwapbsm.jpg

The only notions I used was some black thread already in my possession and interfacing, also already on hand. I decided not to include buttons as I won’t use them for practical reasons and I felt the check was already creating enough interest.

 photo IMG_8163_zpsxmfenvez.jpg

Given the oversized nature of the design, and the recommendation that if you were using a fabric with a fair degree of ease to go down a size, I chose to sew the 40-42. This was a good call. And I will be interested to see how the sizing works when I make my next Named pattern, the Alpi Chinos.

For a new pattern there were a number of positive attributes that deserve comment:

  • Gorgeous packaging and layout – simple, clean and elegant
  • Relatively clear and user-friendly instructions
  • Option of paper or PDF pattern – I went with paper

 photo 674481b1-bdbb-4e03-9b77-8c5dc56b9754_zpsosipln1a.jpg

Some other things to mention are:

  • When you purchase the paper pattern rather than the PDF you don’t get seam allowances included, and the pattern pieces are all overlaid so you need to trace and cut them.
  • The instructions and pictures that related to them were sometimes on different pages, so some careful reading needed to take place

 photo IMG_8177_zpsd6comqow.jpg

This pattern was relatively easy to make, most aspects that took time were a result of my fabric choice rather than the pattern. I will say, however, that the instructions for adding the in seam pocket were so over complicated that I ended up misreading them, sewing the pocket in wrong side out, surgically removing and doing it the way I know best: attach the pocket pieces to the garment and then sew the garment and pocket together in one continuous seam. When I first make a garment, or a recipe I usually follow the instructions once before making my own changes. This time I was right to go with my gut. Much, much easier and I can’t see any reason for doing it the other, more complicated way.

 photo IMG_8179_zpspmnvq8ou.jpg

I worked hard on my pattern matching, which was made very difficult by the fabric and I have to say I’m pretty damn proud of the result. I am now planning a second version in grey marl sweatshirting with a navy button stand and pockets. Secret dressing gown anyone?

 photo IMG_8167_zpshgciengb.jpg

You can see other entries for New to Me over at The Monthly Stitch.

Advertisements

22 thoughts on “Named for Me.

  1. I love that you made a statement cardigan with the plaid: it’s awesome!! And also totally wearable with lots of things, which is even better!

    I nearly bought this pattern but decided against it (already had a few cardi patterns and was all “Meh” about buying another), but I think it’s very chic. Named in general is among my favorite pattern companies and I look forward to their collections every time. I do hate the way they do paper patterns though, so I only ever buy their PDFs. =/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I can understand that. You want the paper pattern to be more convenient than the PDF not the other way around. But their designs are just the best. Thanks for your kind words xx

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s