Inari Dress: Evidence that sewing has been happening.

Contrary to what my blog may communicate, I have actually been doing a lot of sewing recently. Mostly for my Cabaret Wardrobe; pieces which are just too damn cold to model at this time of the year. I will get some of those up soon, well TBH probably August at the earliest. Because… IT’S INDIE PATTERN MONTH! Yes!

Last year I made my Named Esme Cardi and won a prize. This year I am hoping to enter 3 of the 4 challenges, if not all 4!

I have to confess when I saw the first IPM challenge was Dresses, I was very *meh* about the whole thing. Unlike most sewers, I don’t wear or make dresses that much. (I’m always praying for the IPM Pants challenge.)

But then of course I had been thinking for some time – like while the rest of the internet made this pattern – about buying the Named Inari Dress. I ❤ Named patterns with a fiery passion. And the plus side of the Inari is that it also functions as a top pattern.

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This fabric had been sitting in my stash for about 6 months. I bought it for about $4 from a local op-shop. I’m not sure what it is, I think it might have some wool content. But regardless, it’s warm and slightly fluffy on the inside which is perfect for a Christchurch winter.I couldn’t decide between vertical or horizontal stripes, so I did both!

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The neck band is made from stretch merino sweat shirting scraps leftover from a long since worn out pair of track pants I made for my husband. The thread was on hand too, so a real righteous make this one!

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I mostly find Named patterns easy to use and well laid out. Sometimes there are details missing that irk me, but this pattern is a real walk in the park. I think from cutting out the pattern pieces to finishing the last stitch, it might have taken me 2 hours, certainly no more than 3! I cut a straight 42 after reading that some people had found it a bit small in the hip area. The only changes I made were to add about 5cm to the length and make the sleeves 3/4 for winter, perfect for hiding merino under layers.

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My only gripe is that on the side splits with a 1cm seam allowance it’s pretty hard to get a really nice finish without an overlocker. Not so much an issue in this fabric, but if I was sewing something that really frayed I’d want to be able to turn it under twice.

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Insomuch as I don’t wear dresses much, I just love this dress. Great colour and big and snuggly. Basically it’s a nightie I can wear during the day which is always my goal. #secretpyjamasforthewin

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I’m very excited to be participating in Indie Pattern Month for a second time. And I am hoping to participate in at least 3, if not all 4 of the challenges.

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Outfit deets:

  • Vintage necklaces: long beads –  a gift from my Dad & Stepmother, geometric – purchased from a Melbourne vintage store
  • Bracelet: a gift from my late Grandpa
  • Boots: bought over 10 years ago, and chopped from long to ankle length by me (I just folded the top over and glue gunned it down)
  • Black merino tights: Made in NZ, from Farmers

23 thoughts on “Inari Dress: Evidence that sewing has been happening.

      1. There are many ways of making the chemise look different. If you make it into a top, you can put the tiniest bit of shaping at the waist by measuring in a little less than 1/4″ at the waist. Then curve very slightly down from underarm to waist. The curve very slightly out to the hip. You’ll need a French curve ruler or you can draw it free-hand. It’s just the slightest of curves. This makes the chemise just a little shaped and suitable for wearing with a belt. If you create a slit on each side your top will fit and look even better.

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      2. Thanks to you, I was encouraged to get a customized dress form. She’s arrived! I plan to make a chemise once I finish facing and overcoming all my fitting challenges! So I’ll show how this is done in the future.

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  1. What a great looking dress. The blue fabric with the black stripes looks awesome and the stripe playing brings this dress alive. Looking forward to your other makes for the TMS IPM. I participate in three of the four. Sadly didn’t had time to make a dress.

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  2. (I thought I commented on this post when I first read it, but I guess not?!? O_o )


    Seriously though, I love your dress! That shade of blue is fantastic on you, and I love the stripe play from front to back. I also love the “Winter-ized” changes you made; as-is, it’s a bit brief for properly cold weather! The pattern really does make a cute top too, though again, perhaps not for winter weather. 😉

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    1. Yay! I bet that’s a sweet clubhouse too! And so glad you approve. It’s always a bit of a rish when you hack a pattern before you’ve even made it, but I felt confident with this one. I predict a number more and definitely tops because #separates ❤

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