Friday, 17 August 2018

Named Anni Building Block Pattern


I haven't had much time for sewing or blogging lately. Life has been complicated and time has been short. However, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to pattern test the newest Named Anni pattern. This was a special pattern released in celebration of Named's 5th anniversary. It includes pieces to make a huge variety of styles including a dress, jumpsuit and playsuit, each with multiple bodice, neckline and sleeve options.


With it being winter here in Perth, I went for a long sleeved dress with bell cuffs. Although I usually go for lower necklines, I couldn't resist making the diamond cut-out neckline and I was not disappointed. The construction is really cool and not too difficult (just be as precise as possible) and the result is lovely. The picture below has been lightened to try to show the seamlines. You might just be able to see the inset piece above the V neckline that creates the diamond.


The dress is made from a wool blend fabric that I got free in a warehouse smash and grab earlier this year. A local clothing manufacturer, Morris and Co., had shut up shop in the 80s and the warehouse hadn't been touched since. Just before renovations commenced this year, a few sewing ladies were allowed in to take what we wanted. It was a quite amazing (and dusty) array of fabrics, zips, industrial sewing machines and equipment, school and nursing uniforms, hats etc. I got a few handfuls of zips and buttons and a bit of fabric, including a massive roll of this black wool, which just about killed me as I struggled out of there and back to the car park!


The fabric was easy to work with and I love how the dress turned out. The style is elegant and flattering and it fits like a glove. The only issue I have is that the zip at the back is difficult to do up on my own. This is fine for the dress, but I'm not sure how I would manage in the bathroom if I'd made the jumpsuit!

 



This is a lovely pattern and I highly recommend it. It has unique details and the proportions are spot on. The number of options is also quite amazing, making this pattern excellent value for money. I am very keen to try a few more of the styles...when I have time!

 

12 comments:

  1. I wish I could get away with saying, “I’m very keen to-“ in the US! The dress is wonderful, classy and perfectly fitted. That smash and grab sounds very exciting, a treasure hunt!

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    1. That's so funny. I say that all the time! Thank you

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  2. Gorgeous. The pattern sounds like a good investment.

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    1. Thank you and yes, it's a goodie!

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  3. Lovely dress! Looks fabulous on you!

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  4. This is really lovely on you! I really like your combination of bell sleeve and the cut=out neckline together.
    I'm just trying to imagine myself in that abandoned warehouse - I think you were remarkably restrained!

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    1. Ha ha, I was only restrained by the amount I could carry, believe me!

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