Breaking the Pattern: A modern way to sew Flexibound – 15 Nov 2018
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Named Clothing is a Finnish indie fashion label initiated in August 2013 by sisters and designers Saara and Laura Huhta. They now launch two eagerly anticipated collections a year, with the aim of bringing a new perspective to making your own clothes and supporting ethical and ecological concerns in reaction to the fast fashion industry. The brand's popularity has grown over the four years as they have solidly established themselves within the UK dressmaking community.
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The book starts with an easy tote-bag and progresses through increasingly difficult garments, describing each new sewing technique. Because of this, the decision has been made not to repeat some of these techniques later in the book. So a pattern further on may require you to go back through the book to see a technique described. This has been a negative point in some of the reviews I've seen, which I guess is understandable. I'm hoping that I'll be able to forgive it, however, as I've coped with that approach in other books and I do appreciate the thinking behind it.
The only reason I haven't given it five stars is that I only received it yesterday, and haven't actually made anything yet, so can't comment fully on the instructions or the paper patterns. I understand that they're all printed on six sheets, which will make for some crowded bits of paper - but I use Burda patterns and it's not as difficult as it seems to find the different pieces and trace them off.
The patterns are apparently available for download, too, although I haven't checked that out. I'm happy to trace them, and very excited to get home this evening and start doing just that!
So, as far as the garments themselves are concerned, I can highly recommend this book. They're sized up to a UK 22, and for someone who is 5'8" tall - fabulous! The patterns are beautiful (did I say that already?) and use gorgeous detailing to produce distinctive clothes which are easily adapted/hacked using the pointers provided by the designers - or your own ideas. Every sleeveless garment can be made with sleeves, and just by using different fabrics or changing the hem length, you could easily make yourself an entire wardrobe.
I love it!