I’ve been super remiss in my duties as brand ambassador for Les Trouvailles d’Amandine. Being a baby mamma and moving halfway across the world for the summer will do that to you, eh?
In fact, I made this Named Clothing helmi hack back in May and have been meaning to blog it for E-V-E-R. It’s 100% channeling my current obsession with looking like I belong on a safari in the 1970s.
So, yeah, I’ve been wearing it solidily all summer. And you just try and make me not wear it over winter.
Best bit is that with the hack I unintentionally made it bump-friendly. Past me must have some serious subconscious foresite (or just really like all the pies!)
Wow, OK, enough of a ramble. Get comfy and let’s get to it.
The fabric is my summer installment of organic fabric from Les Trouvailles d’Amandine. It’s a cracking beigey-white cotton that reminds me of 70s safari gear – in all the right ways 😊
It’s lightweight with a drape that you would expect from good quality cotton. In other words, perfect for a relaxed shirt dress.
This was gifted to me as part of my role of ambassador for Les Trouvailles d’Amandine. You can see past projects I’ve made with their organic fabric – like these canvas lander pants (I mean 😍 right?).
The quality is on point – and I can 100% say that with confidence (see earlier point on wearing this non stop all summer. Non. Stop.)
Pattern + hack
I was going for something formal but relaxed. A good casual office look that could look just as good with a belt or without. Or for a nice brunch.
I was playing around with the idea of a fuller skirt so I came up with a super easy hack. Basically I made the helmi top per instructions. But for the skirt I cut two rectangles roughly 1.5 times my waist and gathered them to fit the waist of the top using two rows of gathering stitches.
Originally I left the length fairly long – pretty much midi length. But feedback from lovely Instagram talked me off that ledge. Now it’s a nice, respectable knee length that works really well.
I’m still sans sewing machine space since we had some home renovations done, so I made this up serger-less. I wanted to keep things neat so I used French seams wherever I could.
I even did a little experimenting with embroidery using my Pfaff machine, decorating the inside sleeve cuffs. They now sport little monograms with flowers.
You can’t quite see it here, but trust me. It’s a baller move. 😃
Why add a monogram? Well, because I can. 😃
This dress has been in solid rotation all through summer. It’s basically the perfect dress for that casual-professional niche I like to live in. Plus with this fabric all my 70s safari dreams are coming true.
So in the end it’s another win for Les Trouvailles d’Amandine. Those people know what’s what, eh?
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The fabric for this was kindly provided by Les Trouvailles d’Amandine (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.