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Sewn: Named Helmi Trench Dress

One of my sewing goals for 2017 was to take things a bit slower. Which I have, largely out of necessity - there are only so many hours in the day, after all! So I've been thinking long and hard about what I'd like to add to my wardrobe, and making what I hope are smart choices.

Which leads me to the Named Helmi Tunic Dress/Trench Blouse. At first, I planned to make the tunic option, keeping things simple. There are a lot of great versions of the tunic out there, and I love the style. But once I had my fabric in hand (and had picked up an extra half yard because only getting 2 yards made me nervous), I decided to cut all the pieces and play around to see what I could come up with. I landed on basically combining all the elements of the two into one, and the Trench Dress was born.


I rashly held the pattern up to myself and decided that I wouldn't do a low/full bust adjustment, which I have done on other Named patterns (and other patterns in general), but these darts seemed t…

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