With a relaxed A-line silhouette and rounded hemline that falls above the knee; this dress makes a striking statement, no matter the season. 

I love Named Patterns - ever since I sewed their Dakota dress back in my first year of sewing, I have always gravitated towards their cool Scandi chic style. The Helmi Tunic Dress sewing pattern includes 2 variations - a loose fitting tunic dress and a loose fit blouse.

I opted to sew the tunic dress. The tunic dress has half-sleeves, a stand-up collar and a curved dolphin hem which all make for a charming style. It comes in sizes EUR 32 – 50 (US 0 – 18 / UK 4 – 22) of which I sewed up the size EUR38 based on my bust, waist and hip measurements.

The Helmi Tunic Dress sewing pattern has been on my radar for ages and I finally took the plunge when I stumbled upon the perfect fabric.

The seam allowances on all Named patterns are 1cm which is something you must be aware of! I used my seam ripper a couple of times when I forgot and used my usual seam allowance.

The instructions are well written and can walk a newbie from start to finish and create a professional looking garment. 

This needlecord fabric (or sometimes called baby cord) is delicious. It has a soft, supple and yet durable finish. This beautiful fine quality needlecord is a lovely weight for dressmaking.

The corduroy fabric turned my perceptions of cord on its head because this is so light to wear! I love its tactile feel and how the subtle texture lifts the big bold floral print. 


The berry cord (also a Lady McElroy fabric) adds an exciting punch to the muted sages and mustards.

I only made one change to this pattern and that was to add pockets. My personal sewing motto is “Pockets are EVERYTHING” and I will add them to most projects unless if it interferes with the style lines. Seriously who doesn’t want somewhere for your hands to hang out?

This style and the needlecord is perfect for your autumn wardrobe and/or transitional wardrobe. The concealed button placket gives the dress a smart tailored finish. This can be easily converted to a standard button placket if one were so inclined. 

I have to admit that this project took me out of my comfort zone in terms of the relaxed fit style and the browns (I haven’t worn brown in years) - I was really surprised at how much I love this style.

It is comfortable, warm and stylish without swamping me at all. This style would look amazing in a solid linen and statement buttons. The possibilities are quite endless with the Helmi dress and I for one am looking forward to trying out more variations!

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