Named Rae Pants (Cropped Version)

I was lucky enough to test one of the garments in Named‘s new book, Breaking the Pattern. Because of this, they very generously sent me a copy of the book when it was released.

My first make from the book was some drapey Rae Pants, which are perfect for Sydney weather and for work!

The author leaning against a wall and railings wearing a black top and drapey cropped pants with a blue striped ombre pattern.

I made these from some panels I got at The Fabric Store in Surry Hills. As soon as I saw it I fell in love.

A close up of the trousers

I cut the waistband on the opposite direction because I liked the pattern it made.

An animated gif showing the waistband of the pants.

These are super comfortable, look great and move wonderfully. Definitely a hit!

All the deets:

Pattern:  Named Rae Pants

Size:  9


  • Graded from 9  to 8 (or possibly 7) in the hips and legs – there is a lot of ease in this pattern so I did that by eye rather than using the pattern pieces
  • I didn’t lengthen them!  I would usually need a good 2″ but I wanted a cropped version
  • I shortened them – again by eye – based on where I thought looked good with the print on the panels I was using
  • Lowered the slit – they would have been a bit too revealing at work I think with the slit where it was (mid-thigh for me)

Fabric used:  Something drapey (viscose?) from the Fabric Store.  Actually two panels. Note to self:  get better at recording what the fabric you buy is and whether it’s washable!

Like them?  Wearing them?  YES and YES.  Love the style – thinking about making another pair

Notes for next time:  

  • Remember to lengthen if you want them to be the length shown on the pattern – it’s super easy to alter where it hits.
  • If lengthened, need to assess whether to lower the slit.
  • Want to use a drapey fabric that holds a crease (if you want it to) but doesn’t crease too much!

Now am going to shut up and go sew.


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