The Valo pattern includes two variations: a midi dress with an elastic waist and large patch pockets, and a relaxed-fit top with a gathered drawstring waist. Both variations have a distinctive heart-shaped yoke with a scoop neck to front and a V-neck to reverse. The dress hip seam is reinforced with a flat-felled seam, which gives it a lovely shape, and works as a subtle little detail. The dress features elegant half-sleeves whilst the top comes with perky short sleeves. You can also make the dress with short sleeves and a drawstring waist, and the top with half sleeves and an elasticated waist. The Valo dress and top are especially designed to be sewn from Named’s Kulta or Hopea linen blend fabrics!
Choose a non-stretch, medium weight fabric. You can opt for a low drape fabric, like the linen blend in our samples, or a more drapey one, depending on the desired result. We recommend choosing a contrast color for the yoke, or using the wrong side of your fabric for contrast or cutting it cross-grain, if your fabric allows. This pattern was designed especially for Named’s Kulta and Hopea linen blend fabrics, which can be used with the right or wrong side out, and on the grain or cross-grain.
Materials and Supplies
- Interfacing, 40 cm (½ yd)
- Dress: 4 cm (1 5/8”) ribbon for cord casing, 165 cm (2 yd)
- Dress: 3 cm (1 1/8”) elastic, your waist circumference
- Top: 2 cm (3/4) ribbon for cord casing, 165 cm (2 yd)
- Top: ribbon or cord for drawstring, your waist measurement + 70 cm (3/4 yd)
- Top: cord ends, 2 pcs