Now that I’ve finished making the Helmi Tunic sewing pattern from Named Clothing, I actually love it and think it will be a great addition to my wardrobe. The fabric is very comfortable, and since I lined it, I won’t hesitate to wear it on its own. It also looks good with leggings so overall this pattern + dress is a winner! Longer pattern review below…
Assembling the Tunic
Cutting the fabric was pretty straightforward – I cut most of it in one layer to ensure I liked the flower placement. While pinning it together to try on, I noticed the white portions on the fabric were a little sheer. Would I wear it on its own if it was kind of sheer? Honestly, probably not.
So then I decided to line the whole thing – making this quick and easy project double the work! At least I didn’t have to make buttonholes – it fits over my head and I just sewed it halfway (lining photo below is before I sewed the button area up) so it doesn’t gape open. I used silk for to line the top and some knit for the bottom skirt. The silk came from a shirt I made (and never wore), so I was glad to repurpose it.
I made a few errors which were my own fault. Make sure you don’t cut the two front sides the same width – one side will be much wider because that is the side with the concealed button placket! Also determine if you want to underline the dress, before you have cut out and sewn a great deal of it…
I really like the side view where you can see the curved hem and slightly longer back view. In the future I may add a button to the very top in case I want to emphasize the stand collar, but not a priority. I hemmed the sleeves to elbow length to try and hit where the waist seam hits.
I recommend this pattern from Named Clothing as something well-drafted, wearable and looks modern but not so trendy that it will be out of style soon. Instructions were pretty straightforward but I did have to re-read the collar instructions and puzzle them out. The sizing was very accurate for me and I didn’t have to make any fit adjustments, especially because this was not a form-fitting garment. I am really pleased by this addition to my wardrobe – it is a winner winner chicken dinner!