While most fashion fans have spent months eagerly awaiting the top designers’ latest collections at LFW, sewing bloggers like myself were probably more likely to get excited about discovering what the Named spring/summer collection had in store this year. Obviously you can’t see Named’s creations on a catwalk, but flicking through their beautifully shot lookbook is almost as good.
As you might have guessed from the name, the Ticket collection is inspired by travelling – it’s intended to be like a trip around the world in sewing patterns (which is great, because my bank balance certainly won’t allow an actual trip around the world). It combines sporty elements and feminine silhouettes and is fun yet grown-up. I love how they’ve styled it in the photo-shoot, with plain pastels contrasting with bold colours and playful prints.
I would of course love to make and wear all of Named’s creations – that amazing kimono, for instance – but realistically that’s never going to happen (see point number 6 of this recent post), so I’ve instead shortlisted a few patterns I know I’d get lots of use out of.
I’ve been looking for the perfect cropped tee pattern for it seems like forever. I’ve seen so many ready-to-wear cropped tees on the high street but was determined not to part with my money for one because it seemed silly to buy something I could so easily make myself. Turned out it was trickier to find a simple cropped tee pattern than I first thought, though, so my wardrobe has been decidedly cropped-tee-less. Until now, obviously, thanks to Named. That comfy-looking t-dress is a winner too.
These are just everything you want from a summer trouser – fitted in all the right places and flatteringly slouchy in others, and smart enough for work but casual enough for a stroll on the beach on sunny days off (I wish). AND you can make a short version too. Need I say more?
Firstly, the fabric they’ve used here is amazing. Secondly, the pattern itself is amazing. I love that it has a 1930s-pyjamas vibe about it, I love the little pocket (for keeping sweets in, obviously), and I love that gorgeous piping detail. Also, just check out the pattern placement of the flower on that collar – bravo, Named, bravo.
Now, this one would likely need A LOT of shortening for a shortie like me, but I can’t help be drawn to its clean lines and top-stitched seams. The full chiffon version is gloriously princessy yet rather chic too.
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Named’s SS14 collection.
My November wish list.