I’ll admit that I’m a bit obsessed with Named Clothing patterns after trying just two of them, in particular this Inari Tee Dress. At first glance the Inari is quite simple, but the details are where it’s at. It is slightly cocoon-shaped with an uneven hem and rolled up short sleeves. It didn’t have pockets, so I added side seam pockets. There are two options for the neckline and I chose to do facings for this version. All together this basic Tee Dress is something you’ll want to grab everyday from your closet but it can easily rock a special occasion with it’s looks.
This is a quick pattern to sew. But take into account that Named Clothing patterns do not include seam allowance. Thus, you must trace out all your pieces and then add the extra seam allowance as directed. It takes time, but I consider tracing your patterns out as an investment in the garment. A traced pattern really pays off when you start making multiples of a piece. I’ve already made two Inaris and I’ve got plans for at least three more in the wings.
One of the awesome things about this pattern is that it is designed for both woven and knit fabric. The drape and feel of this Cotton + Steel rayon is incredible. (I used the Zipline rayon print to make my Handmade Style Tunic) My second version of Inari was made with bamboo knit. I can’t believe that a dress could be so dressy and so comfy at the same time.
Once you get to the sewing, you can knock out this dress in a few hours. You better believe this means that it will be the summer of the Inari.
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This dress is so gorgeous! Such a pretty fabric and a wonderful drape. It is a simple dress shape but it looks effective. Looking forward to seeing more Inari dresses, perhaps one in a knit fabric?
Hi Caroline -Thank you. I’ve got a black bamboo jersey Inari that need photographing!
Gorgeous! I am confused though because my copy says a 3/8″ seam allowance is included. Did you add one to yours?
Hi Lauren – I just went to double check my copy but definitely seam allowance is not included on my copy. It asks for 3/8″ to be added, plus 1 1/4″ to the bottom edge. Where did you get your pattern from – is a pdf or hard copy?
The pattern version for download includes the seam allowance. The printed version doesn’t. That’s the difference.
Pretty Inari! Mine will be sewed sometimes in spring 🙂
Thanks for pointing out the difference! Really good to know.
Mine was the PDF! I’m glad it’s clarified. I thought I had done something really, really wrong! 🙂
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Nice dress! I also like Named Clothing Patterns.
Love your Inari dress! Re the Cotton and Steel Rayon – the manufacturer says to dryclean the fabric as pretreatment. Did you prewash or dryclean or omit this step? Rayon will shrink but I hate the idea of drycleaning.
Hi Joanne, I definitely didn’t dry clean it. I’ve just been pre-washing in my own washer with the rayon and it seems ok. i’m not really into dry cleaning anything anymore. seems old fashioned! did you get some rayon for a project?
I love everything you do! For those of us who don’t have a serger, do you have any tips on how best to finish the edges of rayon material?
Love your dress! Do you have any tips for sewing with rayon if I don’t have a serger? Would you just use French seams or a binding strip perhaps?
Hi karyn, gorgeous print as always! What size did you cut for this dress – do you find it’s fits true to size or large or fitted?
Swoon this is gorgeous, beautiful fabric has turned into a great dress.
So pretty! I love the Inari! Did you use same size for knit as for the rayon?
I did just use the same size for each version! (less tracing to do)
Hi Karyn !
Did you modified the collar ? It’s seem less round then the original pattern. Love your dress by the way !!
Hi Vicky, I didn’t modify anything on the pattern. It’s pretty perfect. Have you made one yet?