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Named Rene Maxi Skirt

Hola amigos! I am so excited to show you this fantastic skirt – the Named Rene maxi skirt, which I’ve long LONG adored, and which i bought immediately after they did the re-release of their first season on pdf.

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Named Rene maxi skirt in linen-viscose blend

This skirt has everything I love: firstly, it’s a maxi skirt, which I pretty much live in, in the summer. It’s a simple long line, slightly flared at the bottom, without too much fuss; has long vents up each side, is partially lined, and has a clean, semi-high waistband with zipper closure. I did not take pics of the zipper or the lining, sorry! LOL You’ll have to take my word, it’s a lovely style. The second I put it on, I was in love, and wore it straight away – that NEVER happens with new makes, for me – usually they need some time in the magic closet, as I’m kind of turned off by it by that point LOL.

Part of it obviously has to do with the wearability of this great pattern, but the other part is this fabulously bright fabric from Blackbird Fabrics – a gorgeous linen/viscose blend which is absolutely heaven to wear in hot hot weather: it’s soft and cool and flowing, just as a summer fabric should be. Sorry peeps, I bought it all – but they always have great prints in lovely fibers available 🙂

Here’s a little peek at how the vents show when the wind blows it around:

Named Rene maxi skirt - vent action!

Named Rene maxi skirt – vent action!

The pics here are taken the second time I wore it, when the weather hit 35 degrees Celcius just over a week ago – yuck!

The first time I wore it was the day I finished sewing it, and I wore it for a very special occasion: to go visit our NEW KITTENS!!! Yes, we are adopting two beautiful rescue kittens, and we are so excited! They are still too little to leave their foster mommy, and need to be spayed still before we can take them home, but the adoption date is scheduled for July 24th, just over a week 🙂 We are counting down the days!

Happy Forest Kittens - Cricket & Katydid

Happy Forest Kittens – Cricket & Katydid

The little calico is named Cricket, and the sweet Siamese is named Katydid (or Katy for short). All four kittens in the litter were named after forest bugs/animals, since their mama is a forest feral – part of the TNR program in Langley (Trap-Neuter-Release: a program designed to reduce the feral animal population in the most gentle, humane and stress free manner possible). One of the toughest parts for them is trapping the pregnant moms, because they are understandably very skittish, and if they have their babies in the wild, the mama hides them, and many of them do not survive 😦 But luckily they were able to nab these babies’ mama while she was still pregnant, so the kittens could be born in safety. Mama has since been spayed and released back into her colony, and is living happily ever after 🙂 These little ones will have a much more pampered life, but we know they’ll always have roots in the wild! ^__^

If you’re interested in learning more about the program, the website is www.tinykittens.com. There is a writeup on these kittens’ story, and you can watch them on Livestream 🙂 There are also write-ups on all the past kittens that have been fostered in this program as well. They really do unbelievably amazing work, and so many little precious lives are saved because of all the wonderful work they do! 🙂


Pinkness meets Vanamo!

Recognize this fabric?

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How bout now?
The Pinkness

Yes, that’s right – this is the FAMOUS fabric that the amazing Oonaballona used in her Pink challenge for Project Sewn!!! 🙂

When I found out was the lucky recipient of “The Pinkness” I knew wanted to make something really special & I spent a lot of time thinking about it, and planning the perfect project to both express my own style & do homage to the great Oona’s fabric at the same time 🙂

After careful consideration I chose the Vanamo as my pattern: I adore clean, classic designs that show off great fit & fabric and I felt it would be the perfect way to let the fabric sing, and still be a silhouette that reflects my personal style.

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I absolutely love the marriage of the clean, elegant design, and intricate textural brocade.

The fabric is a poly brocade from Mood; it has a great texture & colour, on both sides – I actually had a hard time deciding which side to use, but settled on the blue as I felt it would fit into my wardrobe better.

I am admittedly kinda fanatical about pressing, so as the fabric is polyester I knew it would be tough to get a good press but vital to a good result, so I researched pressing methods for poly & discovered vinegar water solution – I just sprayed it before pressing & it works a charm!

The downside of this lovely fabric is that it is SUPER fray-ey, so I serged every edge but the serged finish pulled away in some places so the insides are not perfect. Also the skirt insides are imperfect as post-sewing fit adjustments I made on the side seams (due to turn of cloth) meant that the facings no longer fit. Still, I’m very happy with the outside of the garment as I took extra care on the fit & finish.

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*** I apologize for the lack of modelled photos: my hairstylist has been off sick for several weeks & I desperately need a cut! Will update with modelled shots when I get them ^_^ ***

I love the pattern’s covered zip detail & clean finishing. I love the curved hem at the front of the skirt as well; it’s a beautiful detail that elevates the classic pencil skirt to the next level. The pattern is an excellent draft; just my regular FBA & waist adjustment was all I needed on the bodice; it fit perfectly across the upper back without adjustment, even with the stiff fabric.

I also love that Named’s printed patterns don’t include seam allowance; I much prefer thread tracing seams & adding my own SA (FYI the PDF versions do include it) – for me I find thread tracing both satisfying (like romancing my fabric before getting into the serious sewing relationship lol) and much more accurate.

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So I confess: I have had a HUGE crush on Named patterns & their sleek stylish aesthetic for some time; I’ve bought several and have them in the queue but this is my first I’ve sewn… next up is the Andy Coat; stay tuned! 🙂