Helga Playsuit

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Named Helga Playsuit

This was a total spur-of-the-moment project for me. I was actually procrastinating doing real work and let’s be honest, I’m not even sorry about it. This cute little jumpsuit is my new favourite summer outfit and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Helga Playsuit

This is the Named Helga Playsuit from the playground collection. I loved the sample they showed and knew I wanted to give it a go, but I was waiting for more versions to pop up so I could get a sense for the fit.  Eventually, I just decided to dive in and give it a go, and it was quite a fun sew! I like the design a lot. It is a wrap jumpsuit, so no zipper is required, and it has a faux skirt in the front and shorts in the back.

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I used a stiffer crepe fabric from Blackbird Fabrics even though the pattern calls for lightweight fabrics like rayon. I love the sample from Named and it looked to me like it had some structure to it. I also liked the idea of stripes. This is something I had on my summer inspiration board and I’m happy I made something in this trend. I lined the bodice with a thin cotton that also had stripes, so it is a really cute double stripe project and it is very comfortable on the skin.

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The pattern calls for rope or cord for the shoulder straps and the waist drawstring, but I chose to use self-fabric for both. I love striped drawstrings, they have such fun visual impact.

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I had concerns about the wrap bodice because it looks a bit baggy on the Named model, I wasn’t sure if it would fit my bust very well. After constructing the bodice, I decided to add in vertical darts to help give the top more shape around the bust. It worked really well and I only had to cut a bit off the wrap skirt and inner short piece to match the fabric used up by the darts – easy peasy.  Other than that, I made no changes to this pattern and I cut a size 14.

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I was a little unsure about the fit once the playsuit was completed, it was still baggy up top and not the most flattering. However, after wearing it one day, I found it to be SO comfortable and nice to wear, and I feel really confident and stylish in it, so I have no more doubts now. I can get away with not wearing a bra because of the baggy top and that way there are no straps showing, bonus!

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I am going to get a lot of wear out of this cute little jumpsuit this summer – I just have to be careful not so spill anything on it!



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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

13 Comments on “Named Helga Playsuit”

  1. When I first saw your jumpsuit I thought, “WOW how brilliant of Named to include darts in this pattern!” :) Of course reading down, you did your own and they give it such a classy shape! I love your jumpsuit – I think it’s flattering and the perfect cool outfit right now in Vancouver I must say! I love the different stripes you used inside and out on the bodice too.

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  3. It’s so cute! I was eyeing this pattern yesterday, actually, and now I’m kicking myself for not buying it. I bought the kimono pattern and the pencil skirt with wrap bow. After I sew myself through those two patterns I’ll buy this cute jumpsuit.

  4. I want to hear more about your “summer inspiration board”! Maybe a blog post on what inspires you and how you decide which projects to do??? If you were so inclined…. ;-). I’m sure others would be interested too!

    1. Thanks, Laurie! I actually have a blog post about that board which I meant to link up but I missed it! Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve linked it up now. Mostly I just make a pinterest board of what I like for the upcoming season and then I separate it into visual trends (vertical stripes, midi dresses, etc). Then from there I can pick patterns and fabrics based on executing those trends :)

  5. I’m so glad I happened on your blog when I was trying to figure out how the ties worked on this playsuit saved my sanity

  6. So beautiful! You did such a great job… I’m working on mine right now. Hoping to have it complete before the 4th (American summer holiday :) ).

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