Jess just published a very thoughtful post about sewing and body image, and the siren song of popular patterns. I’ve been sitting on some thoughts along those lines but I think Jess said it better than I could. So I begin with a reading recommendation today.
And instead of a more substantial post about what I’ve been sewing (and thinking about sewing) this summer, I give you a partial update with a trip down memory lane.
Here are all the versions of the Helmi pattern by Named Clothing that I’ve made so far.
I started by making the blouse version:
This version, in a slippery lightweight polyester crepe, was my wearable muslin. I went with the hidden button placket but without the intriguing trench details. (More about the blouse here.)
And then I couldn’t stop, though I ditched the hidden placket on my next versions:
I added kimono sleeves on summer versions:
And the dresses:
The first one in a stripy cotton (I later elasticated the back waist on that one),
the second one in a Cotton and Steel cotton print, with a bit more body:
And the latest one, sewn this summer, in a cotton chambray:
On this one, I elasticated both the front and back. And I added this simple belt with D-rings, because I felt like that waist seam needed something more.
All the dress versions have pockets, pinched from a Simplicity pattern, by the way.
I pick up this pattern when I feel stuck, dispirited about fitting, but looking for a meaningful addition to my wardrobe despite those troubles.
So that clearly fits the definition of a tried-and-true pattern, but also says something about the adventure of dressing yourself…
This post will need an addendum because there’s one more blouse I have somehow failed to photograph although it’s a staple of my work wardrobe.
But, for now, I’m sharing this love letter to Helmi as is — maybe it can help someone get out of a sewing rut?…
What’s your go-to pattern?