The Helmi blouse is a semi-fitted blouse for lightweight woven fabrics.
Helmi features two different collar styles and two optional ruffles so you can choose the vibe! The blouse pulls over the head, so the only opening is at the neckline. The bishop sleeves gather into a binding, and have full-length and three-quarter length options.
Side bust darts and back darts give a lightly tailored fit, and three different bust fit styles are included to make fitting easier.
Learn to sew a peter pan collar and a stand collar. We are passionate about sewing details, so we also included a special appendix with extra techniques for sewing sheer fabrics!
Enjoy sewing Helmi in a cooperative cotton or linen, or challenge yourself with a chiffon. We hope you enjoy all the options.
What you get:
This product is a digital download and includes printable PDFs of the pattern in both A0 (for large format printing at copy shops), A4/US Letter size (for printing at home), and a projector file too!
Included with the pattern is a fully illustrated instruction booklet with step by step directions to achieving sewing success.
- Your PDF files are layered! You can choose to print only the sizes you need.
- Yes, there is a projector file included with this pattern (and a separate file for each bust fit style to make it even easier!)
- Learn to sew a peter pan collar and a stand collar, with step-by-step instructions and diagrams.
Find all the extra inspiration and info on sewing this pattern at our Helmi page.
Helmi is designed for lightweight non-stretch wovens, such as dotted swiss, cotton crepe, double gauze, viscose, silk crepe, or linen. Sheer and semi-sheer fabrics such as chiffon, georgette, and voile are also suitable.
0.5m (0.6 yards) of lightweight woven fusible interfacing (stand collar view).
0.5m (0.6 yards) of lightweight soft knit interfacing (peter pan collar view).
Thread, one 1cm (3/8”) diameter button (button closure view only), 50cm (19 3/4”) length of ribbon if finishing the neckline with a tie closure (instructions are also included for a self-fabric tie).
Allow extra fabric if lengthening the garment, or cutting large scale prints.
Helmi is suitable for intermediate sewers, but confident beginners can sew this pattern too. For an easier sewing experience, pick a stable, opaque fabric.
Available in sizes 28 - 56.
Tauko photos: The blue sample is size 34, in the medium bust fit style. It is made of 100% linen, 5.9 oz/200 gsm). The model is 5’5” (164cm).
The ecru sample is size 38, in the medium bust fit style. It is made in 100% organic cotton, 3.2 oz/110 gsm). The model is 5’4” (163cm).
Forget-me-not patterns are designed for a height of 5’6” (168cm).
See image slideshow for the sizing charts. There is also a full explanation of how the bust sizing works in the pattern instruction booklet. See our sizing page for additional information on Forget-me-not sizing.
Photographer for Tauko magazine images: Meklit Fekadu
Fashion illustration of the Helmi blouse by Ivona Fodora for Tauko magazine