And now for something completely different — my 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!
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.
I will report back after I make a flowy pair and let you know what I think!
Pattern: Ninni Elastic-Waist Culottes by Named Clothing.
Price: 10 Euro (PDF); 16 Euro (print)
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.
- Inseam pockets.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.