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Hacked: Named Helmi and Alexandria

The end of summer is upon us! My work starts up again in early August, which always feels like "back to school" to me. And since I have very fond memories of back to school shopping, I enjoy making something that fulfills the same desire for fresh and new with the start of a new season. This year's back to work outfit is brought to you by two of my favourite patterns from Named. I used these tried and true workhorses to make my sewing dreams a reality.

This is only my second time around with the Helmi pattern, but it was a winner from the get go. This version is a bit of a pattern hack, but not too tricky. It's the trench blouse, less the cape and sleeves, plus the horizontal seam of the tunic. I was impatient, so I didn't correct the armhole at all, I could have raised it just a bit at the front and scooped a bit out over the front shoulder, but it's not very noticeable, either visually or in wearing.

The fabric is a piece I picked up in Stockholm two years …

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