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Breaking the Pattern Book by Saara & Laura Huto

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SEWING BOOK: Breaking the Pattern – a modern way to sew offers a modern approach to dressmaking, showcasing the true beauty of clean-cut Scandinavian style.

Designed for the trend-conscious, this book equips you with the tools to create a coherent capsule wardrobe – complete with an enticing collection of 20 timeless garments that are easy to make, wear and combine. Gradually improve your expertise throughout the book, with new techniques introduced project by project – from tote to coat. Test your abilities by stitching up a classic white tee or jersey tunic before moving on to craft your perfect pair of jeans.

Breaking the Pattern includes six full-size pattern sheets ranging from UK size 6 to 22 / US size 2 to 18 / EUR size 34 to 50, with information on measuring yourself and finding the perfect fit.

The Finnish sewing duo behind the indie pattern label Named, Laura and Saara Huhta help you to build your sewing repertoire and grow in confidence as you further design, alter and modify your makes.

Sizes: UK 6 – 22 / US 2 – 18 / EUR 34 – 50
Language: English
Projects:
Nummi bag
Sade blouse and tunic
Rae pants
Utu skirt and pinafore
Solina dress, jumpsuit and top
Saraste blouse, shirt dress and top
Kaste cocktail dress and butterfly sleeve dress
Palo jeans
Halla coat
PDF Patterns included (available directly from Named, Saara & Laura Huto)

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    5 out of 5 Solina Top

    WorthyDesignStudio

    The pattern itself is great. Simple to use and a lovely shape. The book is great, you can chop and change lots of elements so I did this top longer than standard, no collar and no centre front seam. I’ve a full review on my site https://www.worthydesignstudio.com/pattern-reviews/solina-top

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    5 out of 5 Solina dress

    thepetitepassions

    This is one of the best pattern books in my collection because of the sheer number of patterns and variations that are included in it. The designs are sleek, modern and fit together really well to create a classic wardrobe – they can also be used very effectively as a starting point for a lot of wardrobe basics.
    I made the Solina dress and adjusted it very little. What was a nice surprise was how well the size fit – normally I have to make lots of adjustments from the ‘suggested’ size but there were very few on this. The waist ties help enormously with that too.
    Also…the fabric for this only cost me £10, in total. I bought ti from the Textile Centre’s stall at the knitting and stitching show. Love a bargain.

    There’s a LOT more detail about this pattern and the book itself over on my blog – http://www.thepetitepassions.com/2019/06/breaking-pattern-solina-dress.html

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    5 out of 5 Saraste Shirt in Double Gauze

    Mertxe

    I made the size required for my measurings. No modification at all. It was perfect as it was…
    https://thesewingexperience.blogspot.com/2019/04/saraste-double-gauze-shirt.html

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    5 out of 5 Saraste Shirt Dress

    Claire Cooper

    So far I’ve made two patterns from this book. The drafting is excellent and I love the styling. I made the Saraste shirtdress in red floral cotton. I shortened this considerably, mainly because I didn’t have quite enough fabric. yYou can read more about this make on my blog. https://ragbagsandgladrags.blogspot.com/2019/04/red-floral-saraste-shirt-dress.html

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    5 out of 5 Solina Dress

    victoriasmith83

    I really loved making this dress! It was such a nice break after working on a blazer! A very easy make and all my tips and tricks and sizing are on the blog! I also have a YouTube video about this dress! You can get to my YouTube channel through my blog homepage!! My instagram is also linked on my blog homepage! My instagram name changed from @dancebaby412 to @victorialucilleanne
    https://www.victorialucilleanne.com/blog/solina-dress

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    5 out of 5 Solina Dress

    Stitch And Press Ahn

    First let’s say that these girls have knocked it out of the park with design . The book is beautiful, and I can’t wait to work my way through it. They give you a great option to either download/print or trace your pattern. I’m a girl that loves options!
    The Solina is so effortlessly chic and sexy! I did make some modification to fit my personal style. The pattern gives you the option of either ties in the front or you can make your own belt. I opted with the belt, gives me chance to mix and match. I love how this dress looks with a braided belt which gives me the 70’s folk singer vibes. If you want to see this look go to my instagram page, link is at the bottom. I also changed the sleeve a bit. I basically copied my pussy bow sleeves, I prefer a buttons to ties.
    Construction is pretty straight forward, but while the book is very well detailed, you shouldn’t expect any extensive handholding. The only thing I changed to the construction was to add stay stitching to the neck line since I was using a viscose and it can grow with handling.
    Changes? Well next time I would like to add more seam allowance. Standard to the pattern is 1cm, but I prefer 1.5, why? I love french seams, and while it’s possible to accomplish at 1cm, it’s more of a headache. That’s it, so in love with this romantic dress!

    https://www.instagram.com/stitch.and.press.ahn/

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    5 out of 5 Utu Pinafore

    victoriasmith83

    Oh my goodness this make was such a challenge for me, mostly because of just me! haha! Follow along with my journey and hopefully learn something new! Extensive review and explanations on my blog and youtube! Links below!!

    Blog: https://www.dailysewjourner.com/blog/utu-pinafore

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dancebaby412/

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/lIrU3WVqQhE

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    5 out of 5 Saraste shirt dress

    beckymarkus

    The Saraste shirt dress is the first of what I hope will be many patterns sewn from Breaking The Pattern. The drafting is excellent – I made a muslin but didn’t end up making any changes to it, as the fit was already fantastic. The only thing that bothered me was that the instructions felt a bit sparse, and you have to flip pages to other sections of the book for various steps. I understand this saves space/paper, but when I’m sewing I just want to be able to glance at the page not have to flip back and forth. I think someone who has little sewing experience might have trouble understanding the instructions, but as an experienced sewist I had no problems putting it together. The book overall is beautiful and if you haven’t bought it yet I honestly don’t know what you’re waiting for 🙂

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    5 out of 5 Solina Jumpsuit

    smpowzun

    I love this book! The patterns are beautifully designed, presented and drafted like all sewing patterns from Named. The photography is inspiring and the instructions are easy to understand and follow. There is a lot of additional information for beginner and in-depth explanations of key techniques which makes it a great reference book as well. The only trouble I had was in working out which pieces to trace off, because they are tightly packed together on the sheets of paper and the same pieces are used for multiple patterns but it is achievable (maybe save it for when you are not tired). I have made the Solina jumpsuit in a rayon from Tessuti Fabrics and it is one of my all-time favourite makes. I’m sure I will be living in it for the rest of the summer, it feels so comfortable and effortlessly glamorous. I definitely plan to make more projects from this book.

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    5 out of 5 Amazing Book! Saara and Laura Huhta are such an inspiration, the book they've created is a must have for any sewing lover!

    Rosy Peña

    I’ve made two patterns from this book, the Ruska knot dress, and the Rae Pants! I have full blog reviews on each pattern as well as the book itself! Ruska: http://www.rosypena.com/breaking-the-pattern-book-review-ruska-knot-dress-named-patterns/ Rae: http://www.rosypena.com/named-patterns-rae-pants-breaking-the-pattern/ Breaking the Pattern Book Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWbiDKKGd0w. ❤️

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