Hi guys! This is Maddie from Maddie Made This, and I’m back today on the Hart’s Fabric blog sharing my hacked Helmi tunic for Sew Your Hart Out September. I’m always looking for a great blouse or tunic pattern to add to my wardrobe. I feel like a lot of the tops I’ve made are pull over tops, which are great in the summer but not always ideal for layering! The Helmi tunic has been on my radar for a while now, and I jumped at the chance to hack it up a little as part of my Sew Your Hart Out September outfit.
The fabric I used for my Helmi is an amazing cotton lawn from Cotton + Steel’s latest collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. It’s light and soft without being sheer, and feels so delicate and luxurious! It was a dream to work with, and now I’m thinking about all the different ways I can incorporate their cotton lawn into my everyday life. Sheets, curtains, tops… this is normal, right?
Aaaaanyways — I had a ton of fun making my mark on the Helmi. I kind of meshed together the top and the tunic to make this version. I liked the silhouette of the tunic more than the blouse, but I didn’t have enough fabric to do the full version. So, this is the tunic at blouse length! I cut the top of the blouse where the tunic would normally be plus a seam allowance, and then cut the bottom of the tunic at a length that would make it the same as the blouse.
Initially I wanted to cut the bottom of the front on a fold to make it a popover like the tunic actually is. I wasn’t sure that there would be enough ease to get it on and off, though, so I make it a button front. You can totally cut it on the fold, though! Next time. I made my first hidden placket with this blouse, too. The directions were kind of confusing, so I followed them as best I could and just made it up when I got lost. I think it turned out pretty okay.
I love my hacked Helmi, and the beautiful fabric makes it the perfect weight for crazy St. Louis’s fall. Seriously, you guys, it’s 65 in the morning and 85 by the afternoon, so layers are necessary! The light fabric is breathable and easy to layer a sweater over. Thank you so much to Hart’s Fabric for sponsoring and hosting this post — I’ve loved participating in Sew Your Hart Out September. Remember, don’t forget to read my post on the Chi-Town Chinos, which was posted on September 13th.