I AM Patterns - Helios
I AM Patterns’ Hélios is packed with seven different options. You can use this pattern to create your entire summer wardrobe. It can feature a top with adjustable straps, a straight neckline, bust darts and a slightly a-line cut. It can also be sewn as shorts, a skirt and trousers. These three versions have the same elasticated waistband with a drawstring. The skirt is a full circle skirt with Italian pockets. The shorts' length is mid-thigh and also features Italian pockets. As for the 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.
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
In an effort to reduce paper usage some pattern pieces overlap with each other, so you will need to trace the pattern on paper or use Cloth Edit’s Vilene Light. It is fantastic for tracing patterns, and you can even sew it, which makes it great for fitting. (Note - the overlapping is neither extensive nor hard to discern).
The packaging for I AM Patterns is beautiful but tricky to get into without ripping the lovely gold card that backs the pattern. Our suggestion is to jiggle the pattern down as far as it goes, and neatly cut off the top of the pattern. You will need to snip off approximately 1.75cm, but take care to steer clear of the pattern itself.
For your Helios garments select flowy fabrics with a nice drape such as rayon, silk, lyocell, Cupro, silk, cotton crêpe, viscose crêpe.
The Helios covers the size range of 36-46. The image includes measurements for other sizes, but sizes 48-52 relate to the PDF version, only available directly from the pattern company.
Level of Difficulty
I AM Patterns indicates that Helios is a 'simple' pattern. The instructions are clear, with step by step illustrations.
I AM Patterns is a very popular French independent sewing pattern company, owned by two sisters: Marie-Emilienne (founder and designer) and Blandine (marketing manager). I AM Patterns’ designs are modern and push the boundaries, but they also include timeless pieces. I hope you enjoy exploring their range.