Saturday, 19 March 2016

third time lucky - named inari tee dress

this is my third attempt at a named patterns inari tee dress and it is definitely a case of third time lucky.  i bought the pattern when it was first released as i liked the slight cocoon shape and high low hemline.  my first two versions were disasters that never got finished.  the first one i made in merino knit but i cut it slightly off grain which meant it had an odd drape.  the second one i made in a stretch sateen but after sewing up the front and back i quickly worked out the stiffness of sateen is not great for this design. for this third version i used a lovely drapey rayon from the remnant warehouse and its a definite case of third time lucky.

i um'ed and ah'ed a bit over what size to make, my measurements best match size 40 in the size chart.  in the end i went with a size 36 making this decision based on the finished measurements chart.  the 36 would give me a couple inches ease in the bust and 3/4" ease at the hips.  i basted the front and back together at the side seams to check the fit and see if i needed to let the hips out a bit, but i was happy enough with the fit so went ahead and finished the dress as a straight 36.

now the dress is finished i am very happy with the overall fit - snug enough for a 'sack' dress, but still enough room to move.

i quite like the high low hem line.  the high hemline at the front and side splits are a bit higher than i would normally wear to work, but given the low back hemline i think overall the hemline is ok for my work place.

the dress does not have any closures and went together easily and quickly.  so beyond choosing an appropriate fabric and size there is not that much else to say about this dress.  it would be a great pattern for a beginner given the straightforward construction.

i am often tempted to put fish eye darts in the back of sack dresses to reduce sagging at the back and give them a bit more shape, but the back of this dress is pretty straight up and down so i wasn't tempted to put in any darts.

its a bit hard to make out the cocoon shape when the dress is being worn, but the photo below gives a good indication of the shape.

i must admit that when i was sewing up this dress and had the front and back basted together i tried it on and thought i'd made another dud.  but i persisted with putting the sleeves in and finishing the dress.  i'm so happy that i did as now i have worn it once to work i think its a great comfy dress.  again i must admit when i first tried on the dress i was thinking that i would be putting the pattern in the recycle bin, but i am now planning another in a black and white rayon i have in my stash.

third time lucky - winner winner chicken dinner!

til next time,


  1. Definitely a winner Emma. This dress looks lovely on you. Thanks for sharing your experience with using different fabrics. Fabric choice can be critical to the outcome in so many patterns.

  2. Very nice! And now I think I get why it is so flattering - it tucks in around the waist before cocooning out. Love it!

  3. Third time's a charm. Glad you do this pattern to work for you.

  4. Your persistence paid of, this dress looks very smart on you and the cocoon effect works for the shaping.

  5. This is gorgeous Emma! I think you're right on the fabric, my favourite versions of this dress have been ones made out of drapier fabric. I've got the perfect fabric for this - but just can't justify another pattern when I've so many unmade! It's a really interesting shape laid out flat like that - much more flattering than the Japanese pattern sack dress I made last summer.

  6. Oh this is lovely, great drape and shape. Really suits you, glad you kept going with this pattern.

  7. Definitely a winner!! I love this pattern and you look fabulous in it.