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Friday, 12 June 2015

Named Saunio

Such an unassuming blog post title for such a little workhorse of a cardigan.


Named Patterns released the Saunio cardigan in their SS14 All Things Nice Collection well over a year ago. I've seen it made up, by the always on-trend and stylish Kirsty of Top Notch, three times, however I never really noticed it, until now. Her third version, and Blogless Anna's, combined with Named's discount code for The Monthly Stitch's separates competition, tipped me over the edge, I wanted one, and I wanted it now.



I was in Spotlight for some thread, when this furry wool blend caught my eye. I had the purple thread for my frocktails skirt in my hand and my eyes were drawn to it, so what was a girl to do but look up the fabric requirements on the Named website and buy 1.2m. Umm, yes.. the fabric requirements do state:
Materials & supplies:
  • Fabric 115 – 175 cm / 46 – 69”
  • Facing (if other than the main fabric) 70 cm / 28”
I played pattern Tetris and managed to get all the pieces on in a single layer. There are no scraps.

Confession, this is a mock layout before I unfolded the fabric & made it work
on a single layer - am quite glad there was no nap.

I declared my love on Instagram and will do so again here - I adore the overlapping pieces of Named's .pdf layouts. There are 3 sizes nested, each with their own seam allowances and sewing lines charted, and only 12 pieces to tape together - my idea of heaven.

I'm a little bit sad to see that some of the current patterns are no longer overlapped, The cropped jacket Lourdes takes 28 A4 pages ;(, but 'everyone else' can rejoice and buy it with glee.
(The Asaka kimono is still overlapped, at 24 pages... I'll be converting it to copy shop format I think!)

I traced out full pattern pieces (I really prefer to never cut 'on the fold'), and tracing paper is SO much easier to store than taped A4 pages.

seam allowances and sewing lines printed for 3 sizes

I also love that when you buy Named patterns now, you get .pdfs for ALL the sizes (in different files, 2 sizes per file), I've not ventured into the world of Marfy as buying only one size doesn't appeal to me. I'm happy to buy patterns, but I'd like them in all the sizes I may be & not one that I've guessed might be mine. And yes, trying to decide if I'm a 'big' Vogue or a 'small' Vogue annoys me no end - yes, I'm the size smack bang in the middle & have to guess how much ease is in each designers version.


Saunio is a quick and easy little jacket which goes with everything, in fact, I've worn mine every day since making it, over dresses and with jeans and skirts. Yes, I will be making another, I've been quite impressed by how easy it is to wear.
This is a the 'medium' size 38-42 and I'm right in the middle of that range. If you're bigger through the bust or have more muscular forearms, it might be worth leaving larger seam allowances.


I really love how it works both draped and closed. I wasn't sure how it looked closed until I made it, and it crosses both R-L and L-R equally easily. I haven't added any snaps to keep it closed as my fabric grips itself just enough, especially when I have my satchel slung across my body on windy days!


This is a wool blend, it's got no mechanical stretch and has a tight, almost boucle weave to it. I omitted the facing's interfacing and added an extra line of topstitching 1cm from the front edge to give some structure to the edge but not the entire facing. It works well. 
I varied from the instructions when it came to hemming the facing and simply sewed it and the front together, then turned it to the inside before hemming the entire cardigan.



All it needs to be perfect is a little welt or patch pocket, maybe next time...

28 comments:

  1. This is going to go with everything! It looks so warm and snuggly too. Fantastic make. I can see you happily making one or two ore of these!

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  2. Thank you so much Louise. I don't know why the sudden shift to antarctic winds surprises me, it happens every year after all! The wind blocking characteristics of this little top have been a delightful bonus, and the flecked purple goes with all of the navy, blues, browns and blacks that make up my winter wardrobe.
    It's a cute pattern, I simply need to decide which stash colour I need the next one in ;)

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  3. Thanks for drawing my attention to this natty little jacket, love it and the colour too.
    I had a little giggle about your praise for the nesting/overlapping of the pieces - when I made a Named pattern last year, that was one of my annoyances! You can't please everyone!

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    1. hee hee, it's so true! They can't please everyone. I realised I'd misled myself with my single pattern comment to as I adore the simple lines of my 70's patterns & of course, they're all single sizes, oops, I must apologise ;)

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  4. Oh I really like this, what a cute style and it looks great with jeans!

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    1. Thanks Philippa! I can't take the credit for styling it with jeans, both Anna & Kirsty have made it look amazing, so I simply had to have one too! ;)

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  5. Love love love ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  6. It's lovely, and I've been tempted by it in the endless pursuit for the perfect cardigan! And way to go spotty coming up with something so fancy!

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    1. Thank you Spotty! And that endless search for the 'perfect pattern', I know it well ;)

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  7. Looks like the perfect jacket/cardigan to go with practically anything. I'm resisting this pattern.... simply because I have a jacket sewing fetish and I only need so many jackets where I live!

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    1. You do do jackets quite well - care to swap climates for a few months?? ;)

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  8. Yet another amazing Saunio! This looks so snug and rad, Nic! Make sure to bring it when you venture north to the howling tundra of CBR :D Two weeks to go!

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    1. Most definitely! It's part of the 'survive Canbrrrra capsule collection' ;) I can't wait to see you.

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  9. This is super! Bummed I missed the Coburg lake photoshoot though.. next time :)

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    1. I missed you too x That photo with my arm held out, yep... wrangling a photobomber ;) The birds were ridiculous as well, people kept feeding them, so they kept swarming and looming menacingly.

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  10. Ahhh the saunio - such a workhorse. With your fab make I think I now need to find a fabric like that for number 4! (but this time I'm going to interface the facings! Love this and the colour is perfect on you x

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    1. Yes! A boucle knit for Saunio #4!
      Thank you x

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  11. Such a fantastic looking workhorse. I love a wrap/cascade cardigan as you know, so maybe I'll need to invest in this pattern to save on knitting time. Your wool fabric looks so lovely and drapey and warm :)

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    1. It's definitely light years faster than knitting ;) I love that I can wear it closed as well as draped - much more practical down here !

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  12. I'm usually too cheap/lazy to buy indie- but you have sold me on this one!

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    1. WhooHoo! I'm a bit slow on the uptake with some patterns, but on a second and third look, there are a lot of Named patterns that I do like ;)

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  13. Great color - and such a versatile jacket. So nice that it works so well with your existing wardrobe!

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    1. It's really been a fabulous little workhorse, I didn't think purple would go with so many things!

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  14. I thought for a moment you might have knitted this lovely! What a fabulously furry type of wool, and exactly the kind of thing one wants to be wrapped up in right now. Yay for single layer cuttting out too - I find that in a pinch, you can often squeeze a pattern out of slightly less meterage because of it It looks really lovely on you :)

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    1. Thanks Mel ;) - and my knitting will never be fast enough I fear, I think I'll specialise in knitted bookmarks... ;)

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  15. It is a stunning jacket! I love that fabric especially - love a good fabric that clings to itself at helpful times! (unlike my corduroy skirt!)

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    1. Thanks Michelle - and yes, I usually want non-sticking (hello RTW jacket with stupid grippy sleeve lining), but it works this time!

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