Finished - a pared down Helmi
A week or two back I shared this sweet little project on the Stitch 56 blog - it's definitely a favourite!
It's the Named Clothing Helmi blouse, sans the 'trench details' - no shoulder flaps or cape, and no sleeve buckles.
The fabric is an Atelier Brunette cotton in Blue-Black Shine - lovely to sew with, a cream with a very hint of blush as the base colour. It does crease a little but I still adore it. I felt that with a slightly sheer and more crisp cotton the shirt would be better pared back - those trench details would look great in a solid drapey fabric, like a silk or rayon.
Pop over to Stitch 56 and have a read a few tips to perfect the collar and the placket. I love this pattern and it's covered button placket (perfect if you practice buttonhole-advoidance like myself).