I Am Hélios, a sewing pattern with seven versions. With me you can make an entire summer wardrobe.
I feature a top with adjustable straps, a straight neckline, bust darts and a slightly a-line cut.
I can also be sewn as shorts, a skirt and trousers. These three versions have the same elasticated waistband with a drawstring. My skirt is a full circle skirt with Italian pockets. My shorts length is mid-thigh and also features Italian pockets. As for my trousers, they open elegantly at the front of the leg as you walk, and are finished with a rounded shape at the hem.
The bottoms can also be sewn to the top to create three additional garments: a playsuit, a dress and a jumpsuit. Four very simple versions, perfect for beginners and three combinations for a synonymously chic, casual and timeless style.
I AM Patterns are designed to be traced off. The different pieces overlap with each other so you will need to trace the pattern on paper. This means that you will be able to make multiple sizes of the garment and adjust the pattern as you trace it if necessary. For this you could use tracing paper, baking parchment, thin wrapping paper; or we can supply you with some spot and cross pattern paper.
The pattern is enclosed in an envelope. It contains the sewing pattern along with a step-by-step illustrated explanation guide.
Flowy fabrics with a nice drape such as rayon, silk, lyocell, Cupro, silk, cotton crêpe, viscose crêpe.
Fabric Requirements: (in yds)
|Fabrics and notions||34-36||38-40||42-44||46-48||50-52|
|A, E, F & G bodice, 55″ wide fabric||7/8||7/8||1||13/4||13/4|
|A, E, F & G bodice, 43″ wide fabric||15/8||15/8||15/8||13/4||13/4|
|B, 55″ wide fabric||2||21/8||21/4||17/8||17/8|
|C, 55″ wide fabric||11/4||11/4||13/8||13/8||13/8|
|C, 43″ wide fabric||11/2||11/2||15/8||13/4||17/8|
|D, 55″ wide fabric||23/8||23/8||21/2||21/2||21/2|
|D, 43″ wide fabric||31/4||31/4||31/4||31/4||33/8|
|B, C, D, E, F et G, Elastic tape||11/2||13/4||17/8||2||21/4|
|B, C, D, E, F et G, Drawstring or tie||11/4||13/8||11/2||11/2||15/8|
For versions E, F & G, we have broken down the yardages for the bodice and for the bottom of the garment. Calculate the total yardage for versions E, F & G by adding the fabric required for the bodice and the bottom of the garment in your size.
It isn’t possible to use a 55″ (140cm) wide fabric for a full circle skirt in sizes 46 to 52. Therefore, the skirt for those sizes features a lovely volume but isn’t a full circle skirt.
1 top + 3 bottoms = 7 garments – We love this kind of math!
On top of being able to sew the top and bottoms as separates, you can combine them to make a playsuit, a jumpsuit and a dress. With this pattern you will be able to sew an entire summer wardrobe.
A: Top; B: Skirt; C: Shorts; D: Trousers; E: Dress; F: Playsuit; G: Jumpsuit
You will also need:
- All versions except the Cami Top (A):
- Elastic Tape – 3/8″ (1cm) maximum width (see yardage chart)
- Drawstring or tie – 3/8″ (1cm) maximum width (see yardage chart)
- A, E, F, G only (all versions including the top):
- Two 3/4″ (20mm) wide tri-glide sliders
- Optional: 18″ x 28″ (45cm x 70cm) iron-on interfacing
Ability: Very Easy / Beginner
MEASUREMENT CHART (inches):
Height: 5’5” (1m65)
FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS (inc)
|Hip (shorts & trousers)||381/4||393/4||413/8||427/8||441/2||461/8||475/8||491/4||503/4||523/8|
|Elasticated waistband||Will be adapted to your waist measurements|
|Cami top length*||221/2||221/2||221/2||225/8||227/8||23||231/4||231/4||233/8||235/8|
|Bodice E, F & G length*||227/8||227/8||227/8||23||231/4||233/8||235/8||235/8||237/8||24|
* From the neckline to the bottom of the garment on the center front.
**The garment’s length includes the waistband. To know the length for versions E, F and G add the length of the bodice and the length of the chosen bottom of the garment.
For versions F & G, to be able to slip into the garment, the garment’s bust measurement needs to be at least as large as your hips measurement.