Which came first; the pattern or the fabric? 🤩
Named Patterns’ New Hali Wrap Dress and Jumpsuit had me from the first ‘sneaky peak’ I received from the lovely Named team. This wrap ticks my wrap dress dream boxes. I adore the length and shape of the sleeve, and its neat cuff which harnesses lovely gathering. The wrap component fits really well, and as someone who always shortens and lowers the bust darts, it was a joy to just sew this beauty ‘out of the box’. Oh, and what a box. It’s a hefty patterns with 3 x A0 sheets. It weighs well over 400g, hence the price tag. Don’t worry, you will be making this many times, and while the dress is a hit with me, the jumpsuit is also like a siren’s call. It has the perfect fit at the back and through the legs for me.
Back to the wrap dress.
There is a back yoke to the bodice, and I just love a good yoke🤪. It offers stability, and it provides an anchor for the weight and fullness of the dress. The 'business' is all in the skirt of this dress. There is an upper and lower section to the skirt. The upper section has a subtle and perfectly balanced A Line skirt silhouette, and there is a gorgeous, fuller, lower skirt that attached at around the thigh. I didn’t mention this in the Vlog, but there is also a gorgeous shaping to the front section, where the upper meets the lower section, at the free front edge. It’s a small flourish, but it’s divine. The movement that the skirt creates is special. The length is a perfectly chic midi length.
My version is in Cloth Edit’s ‘Bountiful’ 100% Linen, in the new Spring | Summer Collection. There is also a Chartreuse colourway in this cloth that might be up your alley👌. The cloth was amazing to work with, but I’d also love to try this in a Japanese Cotton or Linen Silk. Hmmmm.
I loved working through this pattern. The instructions, as always, are great. The only change I made was to omit the pockets, but I will insert them in the next version I make, although I will probably revert to the sort that are sewn into the waist seam.
I hope this was a helpful closer look at the Named Patterns’ Hali. It gets a glowing review from me.