Pattern Review, Sewing

Made: Named Ninni Culottes

And now for something completely different — my Ninni Culottes:

Creative Counselor: Ninni Culottes

I have to admit that I bought and made this pattern on a little bit of a whim.  I had seen a ton of cute pairs floating around the blogosphere and since I love oversize garments, I decided to give them a try.

And I’m a little on the fence about them, to be honest.  They’re really comfy, which should go without saying.  But they are just a LOT of pants!

Creative Counselor: Ninni Culottes

I wonder if my fabric choice has something to do with my ambivalence towards these pants.  This linen is fantastic, but it certainly is stiffer than the stretch velvet in the product photo, and stiffer than something like a rayon challis would be.  I have a few yards of navy blue rayon challis, so I think I may have to give this pattern another go in something flowier.

The fit is really good though.  I lowered the rise by 1.5″ as a premuslin adjustment, which was the perfect amount for me.  I frequently have to lower rises, particularly on tall patterns like Named.  To make the adjustment, I just put the pattern pieces for the Ninnis up against my Flint pattern pieces and compared. I removed 1.5″ from the Flints, and it was pretty obvious that the Ninnis needed the same adjustment.  But after that adjustment, the fit was spot on and the construction was easy peasy.

Creative Counselor: Ninni Culottes

I will report back after I make a flowy pair and let you know what I think!


Creative Counselor: Ninni Culottes

Pattern: Ninni Elastic-Waist Culottes by Named Clothing.

Price: 10 Euro (PDF); 16 Euro (print)

Size: 36

Difficulty: Adventurous beginner

Techniques Required: Attaching a waistband, sewing inseam pockets, sewing a curve, sewing with knits (if using knit fabric), very basic pants fitting.

Options/Features:

  • Inseam pockets.

Supplies Needed:

  • Lightweight woven fabric or midweight knit fabric.
  • Matching thread
  • 1.25″ waistband elastic.

Similar Patterns:  These are basically really wide pajama pants and the construction is pretty much the same too.

Fabric: Natural textured linen look fabric from Cali Fabrics..

Fit: Really good.  It’s a forgiving fit obviously, but after I lowered the rise, the fit is exactly as intended on me.

Modifications: I shortened the front and back rise by 1.5″.

Pattern format: This pattern is available in both PDF and paper.  I have the PDF, which also includes an A0 version.  I always get the PDF in Named patterns, despite my love for paper, because their PDFs include seam allowances and their paper patterns sometimes don’t.  Overall, this one was pretty easy to assemble.

Pros:

  • Great drafting, as usual with Named pattern.  This company really does put out a top-notch product.
  • Good instructions.  Granted, there’s nothing particularly complicated about this pattern, which leads me to:
  • Easy construction.  This pattern really is just a front piece, back piece, and a waistband.  And inseam pockets if you want them.
  • On trend.  Named is consistently ahead of the trends in the sewing world.  You can pretty much bet on the fact that what Named releases in its spring/summer collection is what other designers are going to be falling over themselves to make in a few months’ time.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a slew of similar designs from indie patternmakers only to think, “Oh yeah, Named released that 4 months ago.”

Cons:

  • This silhouette is going to be challenging for a lot of people.  There is a LOT of ease in this pattern.
  • Since the pattern has a separate waistband piece, I really wish it included front hip pockets rather than inseam pockets.

Overall Grade: B.  Named patterns are always really well done.  The drafting is top notch, the instructions are good, they are very professional and usually predict the trends that other designers will be copying in a few months.  But I am the first to admit that this silhouette is not the look for everyone.

8 thoughts on “Made: Named Ninni Culottes

  1. Ok, you did a great job on the culottes, they fit perfectly, and the pattern is drafted perfectly. But, honestly, I’m not wild about the look. But I think on a hot summer day, maybe they would be nice because they’re not constricting and lots of air flow.

    1. That’s kind of where I am right now too. I go back and forth on whether I love these pants or hate them. I’m still up the air as to whether I can fully embrace the look, or chalk them up as a nice experiment and send them to the refashion pile…

    1. They are much looser all around. The legs are much wider. They also sit a lot higher — much closer to the natural waist rather than the high hip like the Summer Cayes. And the construction is a lot simpler and faster.

  2. Yes, a lot of pants! I’m intrigued by your removing inches from the rise, and how you did that on the Flints. (My search only found your great Flint shorts, with no rise adjustment notes.) I also have this problem. I’m tall, but waistbands pass my belly button and proceed towards my armpits, and it’s… extremely uncomfortable, not to mention unattractive! How do you shorten the front and back rise? P.S. Looking forward to your flowy Ninnis!

    1. That’s exactly what happens to me on most high-rise pants! I am pretty short from hip to waist, so high waists usually end up around my rib cage, which is really uncomfortable! I will have to do a quick post with some photos of what I do to lower the rise.

      But the Cliff’s Notes version: I slash the pattern horizontally a few inches down from the waist. It helps that on both the Ninnis and the Flints the rise is straight at that point. And then I overlap to remove the length I need, making sure that the crotch lines up. Then I true up the side seams. I prefer doing it this way rather than just cutting off the top of the pattern because I need the waist size to remain the same, and the hip size to remain the same. I just need less length between those two places 🙂

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