Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Bell Sleeve Blouse and Circle Skirt: Named Clothing for Kotiliesi Käsityö Magazine

I've had these garments photographed for a while so I thought I'd give myself  a push and get them blogged!  They are both from a Finnish magazine called Kotiliesi Käsityö that Laura and Saara at Named Clothing produce lots of designs for.  It's a wonderful magazine, a mix of knitting and sewing and whilst I marvel and admire the knitting, it's all about the sewing patterns for me.

Named Clothing always show a photo album of their designs for the current issue of the magazine- I think it's published every two months- on their Facebook page.  They also include email details to contact the Kotiliesi Käsityö magazine directly to buy a copy.   I've done this and they are very helpful.  You do have to pay online from your bank, not Paypal, and banks usually make quite high charges for this.  I have a friend in Finland who helps me out when I need a copy.  Even with the bank charge, you can end up with a lot of Named Clothing patterns for you money and I think they are aimed at a slightly older age group than the usual Named Clothing designs which suits me perfectly.  Lots of everyday separates, plus dresses, coats and jackets.

These designs are from issue 2/2016.  Sadly, old copies of the magazines are not available- there have been several I would've loved.  I have noticed that some of the clothing goes on to become a Named Clothing pattern at a later date and often with a few tweaks and changes.   These are both bell shaped designs according to Google translate- I use this and my linguistically able daughter to translate the sewing instructions.  The patterns are traced from layered and nested designs- like Burda- and seam allowances need to be added.  

I do find Named Clothing a great fit, the bust darts  start mid armhole and point downwards to the bust apex- this seems to be ideal for me.  I made a test garment and I made no changes to the darts which is very rare for me.  The only change I made was one I have made before on my second version of the Kanerva pattern, I made the size EU 38/ UK10 and reduced the centre front by ¼".  This alteration gives me a size 8 fit at the upper bodice and shoulders where I am narrow with the space and ease of size 10 armholes- I like freedom of movement here!  The same dart is used for the Kielo Wrap Dress (my blog post on this is dress will be over at the Girl Charlee blog next week) and I found it a wonderful fit on that pattern too.  I added ric-rac at the neckline to echo the print.

Fabric for the top is Atelier Brunette cotton lawn/batiste in Blue Moon.  It's gorgeous fabric, softer than a Liberty lawn and wonderful to wear, great drape for a woven cotton. 

The skirt is an A-line shape with flap detail pockets. The fabric is In Theory, Wavelength in Gold.  It's barkcloth which is a heavier weight, slubby cotton fabric that seems to hand particularly well in skirts and jackets.  I made a size 10/ Eu38 with a larger waist and with shaped waistband pieces as I find that more comfortable than a straight waistband.  I used a small piece of Liberty Capel in mustard to face and line the pockets.  The buttons were bought with a gift certificate I won a few months back for button specialist Textile Garden .  The right buttons can make or break an outfit and I usually rely on the excess of vintage buttons I've gathered over the years but the sheer luxury of spending a generous voucher on lots of amazing new buttons was a wonderful indulgence. Check out the 'Other' section to get a hint of the fantastic selection available.  

The top has seen most wear as it's incredibly comfortable and the sleeve length is well suited to the cooler days of British summer and beyond.  The skirt is quite a full-on print to wear but it does give me an instantly dressed up look when I put it on and the gold is a very uplifting colour.  Clogs are low tan from Lotta from Stockholm, check the 'seconds' out.   You can see our cat Buffy, now one year old, on look-out duty on the back of the wall.



  1. A great outfit - gorgeous fabrics and stylish pieces. Love the skirt and the flap pockets! Shame the patterns are not available. You have a black/white tuxedo cat like mine - I have a post on Carla (she is a rescue cat).

    1. I found her on your blog, she's gorgeous, lovely markings! I've always had black and white cats, love them!

  2. gorgeous outfit! As always, thank you for the detailed reviews - it's so helpful :-)

  3. That colour combination! Gorgeous outfit. xxx


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