When I made my Named clothing Helmi dress, I decided I needed to make the blouse version as well. The original pattern has some trench coat inspired details but I wanted really to find a good pattern for a loose fitting shirt. For the fabric, I chose this simple black and white stripy viscose fabric.
I had written down that the dress I made was a bit tight across the bust. So, for the first time in my life, I made a full bust adjustment. I didn’t want to go up to the next size since the pattern otherwise fitted pretty well. The full bust adjustment made my side seams different lengths and I tried to correct this. However, I miscalculated and the back piece ended up being an inch longer. Rather than correcting it, I decided that it looked good and left it like it was.
Then there was the fact that I wanted proper cuffs for the shirt. Since this was a Named pattern I figured out that I could probably use the sleeve from another Named pattern. The Saraste
I paid attention to the pattern matching, so I could use the stripy pattern to help me to press the front buttoning placket. That really helped since the viscose was really shifty.
I like the finished Helmi blouse but there are some little things that I want to correct for the next version. I think that the collar could be a bit more snug and just a tiny bit smaller. I could also improve the drape of the sleeve cap that gets wrinkly when I lower my arms. An inch more length might also be nice.
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