I am really ready for a bit of Spring now – occasionally we get a glimpse of sun and it feels as if brighter days are coming soon, but this afternoon when I dragged Mr Notsewsimple out to take some photos it was still cold and grey. I finished this dress a couple of weeks ago but wasn’t able to get out last week for photos as it rained solidly for most of the weekend…This is my second Named Helmi dress. I made my first Helmi last year and I knew immediately that I wanted to use up this fabric that had been in my stash for a while.
I really want to revisit patterns that I like this year, rather than constantly being distracted by shiny new things. I almost always need to do a certain amount of adjustment to get a good fit and if I can use the pattern more than once then I get a better return on that investment of time!When I made my first Helmi I mentioned that the fit still wasn’t 100% around the shoulder so this time around I made a broad upper back adjustment to add a little more width at the base of the armscye at the back. My adjustment was the second one shown in this post by Liza Jane Sews. It doesn’t require any adjustment to the sleeve head and also doesn’t add length at the side or extra shoulder width.I think this should probably be a standard adjustment for me – working at a computer all day results in a slightly hunched posture which means I need a little more width at the back and I had already taken a little out at the front of the bodice on my first version.
Apart from this further adjustment I kept everything else the same as my first version. I sewed a size 40 shoulder, grading out to a 42 waist and 46 hip. I also kept the darts that I added at the back to provide some shaping.This fabric is a lightweight and drapey polyester print. I usually try to avoid sewing with polyester, but I loved this graphic floral print and the splashes of red. The fabric looks black but is actually a very dark brown. I got the fabric from Clothspot over a year ago and they sold out of it not long after, but I recently found the same fabric available at Minerva Crafts – here – in more colours. Did you make that also used the same fabric for a shirt dress.I may have a few more repeats coming up over the next few months – is anyone else determined to make the most of their patterns or are you all about the new?