Named: Anneli Tee

Back in December/January I was a pattern tester for Named’s Palyground collection. I made the Anneli Tee after the Ninni Culottes (which I turned into palazzo pants). The Anneli pattern is a two-in-one, with a ankle length sleeveless dress or short sleeve tee. It has a wrap over front and in the tee, the sleeves are wider than normal. It’s probably just because the collection is called Playground, but the tent-type shapes they’ve used some of the patterns remind be of those stripy circus tents.

named-anneli-flatlayBoth patterns call for a light-mid weight jersey, which is what I used, in black and a pale pink. Immediately after I finished this I started thinking about making a silky version with a slit button closure at the back to make the head hole suitable. I think the extra drape of a lightweight woven would look beootiful with these exaggerated sleeves and wrap. One day soon!

As with the Ninni pattern, Anneli is really simple to sew up. The instructions are very clear, and the illustrations are just icing on the cake. The instructions specify using an overlocker/serger to finish the seams, but don’t let that put you off. Head over to Seamwork or Tilly and the Buttons for tips on how to sew knits on a normal sewing machine. Or, if you are using jersey you can leave the edges raw! They’ll curl up but won’t fray before you’ve worn out the shirt. I used a twin needle to sew the hems, but it’s not necessary for this kind of shirt- I just like the way it looks.


Wonky seams add character, right?

I have no experience in such matters, but I image this would make a decent nursing top for breastfeeding mothers? The wrap overlaps enough that you’re not in danger of accidentally flashing anyone if there’s a breeze, but it is a true wrap, so you can pull it back for easy access, shall we say. I’d love to know your thoughts on this if you have any experience. I have many friends who complained of the rubbish range of nursing tops and the Anneli might make a great gift for new mums.


Back in January, when the Sea Holly had bee friends

Named: Ninni Palazzo Pants

Named has released in Summer 2017 collection ‘Playground’! Hooray! Back in December I made these pants as a pattern tester. I love love love being a pattern tester. It’s better than a birthday.

The Palyground collection has a relaxed vibe with swingy breeze-friendly shapes and clean lines. While I wouldn’t wear everything in the collection, I do love the mix of staple pieces that can be dressed up or down as well as those more detailed pieces that are complete stunners.

I used a fabric I bought in Japan many years ago from a kimono fabric shop in Fabric Town. At the time, I wanted to make this Vogue Tom and Linda Platt dress with it, but the fabric is shorter than fabrics I’m used to and because of the bias cut, I couldn’t make it work. I remember being told at the time the fabric was silk, but I’m not sure. Either way, it’s got a lovely splotty stars-in-the-sky type print and has a beautiful drape that is light enough to get caught in the wind. I used a Japanese print quilting cotton from my stash for the pocket bags.



Named patterns can be printed on A4 pages and stuck together or printed in one big A0 sheet. Previously, my copyshop (Officeworks) has printed multiple A0 pages if it goes over a single page. I recently got a guy who knew his stuff and he adjusted the paper size to the exact PDF dimensions and it printed out the exact size. It just printed one long skinny-ish sheet. Amazing!

This pattern is called ‘Ninni’ and it’s crazy easy to make. It’s drafted as a midi culotte length which I love… on other people. Being short, things that length tend to make me look even shorter, or like a child who has outgrown her pants. But, an extra 10cm and I get a fabulous pair of palazzo pants. Winning!

The elasticated waist is very forgiving on the sizing, so would make a really great noob pattern as you end up with something that fits and looks rather dramatic very quickly. I would say this took less than 3 hours to put together, including cutting out the pattern and pieces.


I’ve worn these quite a bit since December and often get compliments including from a stranger at the supermarket (stranger if you’re reading, sorry I looked startled, you made my day). I can image these looking amazing in a pastel crepe, matte jewel tone or a large leaf print.

If you have made a pair please leave your web address in the comments, I’d love to check them out!


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