Makes a Great Summer Jacket Too!
A review of Helmi Trench Blouse and Tunic Dress
This pattern had the high neck and long sleeves I needed for a summer jacket to go over an Issey Miyake dress made from Vogue 1563 (1995!). With bare arms it works perfectly.
I used the body from the Helmi tunic dress combined with the long sleeves from the trench blouse, and copied the cropped curved hem from upper segment of the Issey Miyake pattern.
I cut size 40. At 5 foot 3 inches tall I needed to shorten the sleeves by 1.25 inches. With 5 and 3 layers of fabric for the buttonhole fly and button-stand respectively, I opted to reduce these to 4 and 2 and overlock the inner edge rather than fold it in.
The pattern goes together beautifully.