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.
|Just for you, the buttons! Hidden, but I just love them.|
I ended up loving the buttons so much, I went back for more for Helmi number two, which will be another mash up of the two views for summer. I think this pattern has boat loads of potential for mixing and matching the pieces and coming up with different looks. The tunic has been fairly popular in the world of sewing blogs, but I only came across one blouse version, which is very cool.
|Here's the back - the "trench" panel adds some nice visual interest.|
|The collar & neck fit is spot on.|