Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sew Twists and Ties: Named Ruska Knot Dress

My second Sew Twists and Ties project!

Like my Megan Nielsen Jarrah Sweater, this one falls into the "ties" category. I gotta get on those twists before this challenge is done!

This little black dress here is the Ruska Knot Dress by Named. The pattern is included in their new book Breaking the Pattern, which contains a whole bunch of cool projects with Named's signature sleek and cool designs. 

The best part of Breaking the Pattern is that each of the patterns has several different options for mixing and matching. The Ruska has options for a long dress with split hem, a mock turtleneck, a t-shirt, and this knot dress: 

I cut my usual Named size, size 48, with no fit changes. I chose the shorter hem and the long sleeves for a winter dress, with the t-shirt style neckband rather than the mock turtleneck.

The fabric is black rayon lycra from my stash. I think I might have bought it on Sampeng when I still lived in Bangkok, but I kinda can't exactly remember. Massive stash issues, I guess! The fabric is black, so of course you're only going to get overexposed or underexposed photos from me, none of which show the details of the dress! Terrible photographer issues, I guess.

So: fit. I'll admit that this is not my best Named pattern project ever, as far as fit goes. As you can see it's dragline city around here. And a bit clingy, too, although I imagine some of that has to do with fabric choice.

 I think perhaps I should have sized up at the hip and lengthened the skirt... it's feeling a little snug and short for my taste! I may crop it into a shirt like Joanne as a solution for this one. 

I'm gonna give this one a firm "Meh." But I still like the concept! If I were to make it again, I might take a pattern I know fits me, like the Cashmerette Concord, and merge the Ruska's knotted overlay onto it. 

How about you? Have you made anything from Breaking the Pattern? Working on anything for Sew Twists and Ties