When Named (Uber-cool Finnish pattern company) asked for testers for their SS15 pattern range Ticket, I jumped at the chance (I literally jumped up and down when they sent my pattern to test!). In particular, I was excited to see they included 5 plus size patterns in their range (actually 6, as one is a two-in-one).
I tested the shorts version of the Alexandria Peg Trousers and Shorts:
I didn't have many issues with the pattern - it was mostly very straightforward and a pretty quick make. The pattern is a "three scissors", which means average difficulty - I would say that was accurate. I had some trouble the first time I sewed the facing onto the edge - the advice in the pattern to handstitch at the top of the vent is a good suggestion! Once I did that it fitted very well and lay nicely.
I actually made three versions of these shorts (and am looking forward to cooler weather so I can make the trousers!). The first didn't really work - I used a very lightweight woven and I managed to stretch out the curve of the hem in a most upsetting way. My bad :(
My second version however, are one of my favourite things I have ever made:
I love them so very much. The fabric is a very drapey interlock (from Spotlight) which makes them feel more dressy as they are slinky :) I also like the "sporty" hem, though this version feels smart enough to me that I have worn them out for dinner with heels and felt good.
|I look a bit startled in this picture...|
My other note would be that these are SHORT! For me anyway...I am nearly 6 foot tall, so I added some to the length (I think about 1.5 inches from memory). The curve of the hem means they are still pretty short at the sides.
I then made another version because I live in Sydney and it was summer, so shorts are definitely a good thing. This pair was out of the Birch Organic Jersey ("Flight").
|Annoyingly my hands in pockets thing here is actually pulling them up heaps so they look a bit dodge...|
I love this pair for more for daytime, though I wish I had used a jersey which was not light on the underside, as you do see a lot of the back of the fabric, given the side vents.
Here I am again looking pleased with myself :)
I guess my only other comment would be on the rest of the collection itself. I really love several items in the collection, and I am really pleased to see the company including some plus sized patterns in their range for the first time. I hope they continue to expand that range!