Named Ninni Culottes

Cashmerette Springfield Floral with short Ninni

These are my 2nd Ninni Culottes from Named Clothing.

For my first pair, I added quite a few extra inches to the sideseams and also to the rise of the pants, but I made these straight from the pattern. I like both pairs, but neither have all the ‘swishy’ volume that the pattern intends, since I’m not in their size range.

Peppermint Ruffle Sleeve Cotton Sateen 2

Sizing Details: I’ve sewed the UK22, which is the largest size. I really only sneak into this size because of all the positive ease envisaged for the style so it’s really not a ‘size inclusive’ pattern.

Marsala Linen Adeline

StyleArc Adeline Marsala Linen 2

This Adeline Dress is made from lovely marsala linen from The Fabric Store.

Nice fabric is generally a little on the expensive side (you get what you pay for), but the Adeline can be made from 2 metres of fabric. That’s pretty rare in plus size sewing. So rare it probably explains why there are 4 of these in my closet (and counting)!

StyleArc Adeline Marsala Linen

Check out these lovely versions from Meg, and Lara of Thornberry (I also love this amazing version made for her mum).

Size details: I sewed this in a straight size 22, and had originally planned on sizing down. However, the hem makes it quite difficult to get in and out of cars with much grace, so I wouldn’t want any less fabric around the bottom

Floral Montrose top

Cashmerette Montrose Cotton

This Montrose Top from Cashmerette is going to be a Tried-n-True pattern in my wardrobe, I can feel it in my bones!

I bought this fabric as a remnant from Nerida Hansen in Australia. It sat in my stash for quite a while because it was a much thinner cotton than I had anticipated, and I also wasn’t sure if it was very ‘me’.

Cashmerette Montrose Cotton 2

Turns out my fears were quite unfounded, because I wear this top all the time! Even though I sewed the high neckline without a keyhole opening at the back, I find it easy enough to get on and off, and since there’s so many colours on the shirt, it really goes with most of my wardrobe.

Size Details: I sewed the C/D cup bodice in a size 20, grading out to size 22 as the waist starts to curve out. I’m also using the Full Bicep sleeve, which is maybe my favourite part of this pattern.

Brown & blue Springfield Top

Cashmerette Springfield Cotton 1

Buying this Springfield Top pattern from Cashmerette was something I sat on for ages.

It seemed too simple to purchase. Not that I have any skills making my own patterns, but I suppose I just thought I should be able to make do.

Cashmerette Springfield Cotton

What eventually swayed me into purchasing the Springfield was that I had at least 6 or 7 pieces of fabric that were too small to be used on any of the other patterns that I already owned. I obviously needed this.

I had enough of this nice brown cotton to also add a self-lining to the inside yolk. This is great since I have such trouble telling front from back on my makes.

Sizing Details: I’ve sewed the C/D cup bodice in a Size 20 at the bust, grading out to a size 22 at the hips. I’m wearing the top here with a 47″ bust and 54″ hip.

Scribble Peplum top

Peppermint Peplum Rayon 2

This Peplum top is a free plus size sewing patterns for beginners from in Peppermint Magazine in Australia and is drafted by the lovely Emily from In The Folds.

I had enough fabric leftover from my Scribble Rayon Adeline to make the peplum with an extra long frill, which makes it long enough to style with pants that aren’t super high-waisted.

Have you read this article on the difference between a frill & a flounce? Neither had I until I was looking for how to describe the bottom part of the peplum!

Pepermint Peplum Rayon

I have another 3 of these tops in the ‘almost finished’ sewing pile, which I’m excited to be able to wear next summer!


Size Details: Although my measurements put me between a J-K on the Peppermint scale, I actually sewed a size H and am wearing it on a 47″bust and 54″ hip.