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March Model Spotlight: Nokomis

Nokomis modeling View C of the March Top and Dress

We’re continuing our March Model Spotlight today with Nokomis! You know that feeling when you meet somebody and just know that you are going to be friends? This is how I felt with Nokomis. She arrived in my studio looking so cool, wearing all black with a beautiful block printed face mask and bandana. We talked about her love of dyeing and visible mending and all things fibre arts. We had masks on so It wasn’t until she came back for the photos that I got to see her beautiful smile, too! 

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Nokomis and I looked at a bunch of fabrics for her samples. I love for my models to feel confident in their clothes—so it’s fun to match the fabrics to their style and personality! Upon seeing all the colours and prints I had pulled, Nokomis hesitantly said that she mostly wears all black, but she loves colour and small floral prints when she’s working with fabric and dyes. I thought, well why not make a black March dress? I usually avoid black for photoshoot just because it can be hard to see details, but I had some silky linen in my stash that has a subtle sheen—perfect for capturing the light. 

March model photos featuring Nokomis in her black March Dress.

We made two views of the March Top and Dress for Nokomis: View A (the dress) and View C (the straight peplum with the shorter sleeve). Here are the details:

Model’s Measurements: High Bust (43”), Full Bust (47”), Waist (42”), Hips (49”), Height: 5’9”

Size Made: Straight size 20

Adjustments: Lengthened the pattern 1” at the bottom center front and tapered back up at the side seams. This gave extra length in the front to drape over the bust. 

Fabrics Used: Silky Linen (black) and Sandwashed Cotton (chartreuse). Both sourced from Blackbird Fabrics

Nokomis modeling the March top, view C shown seated.

This was my first time using this sandwashed cotton fabric and I just love the bumpy texture and the way it holds volume! It is also a dream to press and it has a great weight to it. It is good for tops like March but could also be used for pants, too! 

Close up of the short sleeves on the March Top, as modeled by Nokomis.
The March Top model with a french tuck by Nokomis, view C.

View C of the March top features shorter sleeves and has no neck tie. I like how the ‘V’ cut out stands up on its own thanks to the interfaced front and back panels. You can also sew a tie on this view if you like! March is great for mixing and matching design features from the different views.

Helen's Closet March Top and Dress Sewing Pattern

Nokomis brought some really cool jewelry to the photoshoot and I loved how it paired with both the samples. She loves gemstones and chunky metal pieces and I can see why! They are so gorgeous! 

For Nokomis’ dress we chose the black silky linen and I’m so glad we did! This fabric looked so stunning sewn up in this pattern. It has a regal appearance and I could totally see this being dressed up for a special occasion. 

March Model Spotlight photos, featuring Nokomis.

I could photograph Nokomis’ smile all day! It was so great getting to know her and having her model the March photos for us—thanks Nokomis!

For the Helen's Closet March model photos, we were lucky enough to have three models!
View C of the March model photos.

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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.

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