I’ve seen a few Named Clothing Inari dresses popping up here and there and when Megan brought her version round for me to try on, I was hooked.
I went down a size from Megan’s as I had the perfect jersey fabric for this dress, but I couldn’t quite locate it, and by the time I found this spotted cotton, I had forgotten about the sizing. Luckily I can fit into it quite happily.
Beady eyed readers will note that my dress is very short, and in fact, it’s more of a tunic. The length was dictated by the amount of material I had. This was a Spotlight remnant and it was pretty small. However, I quite like it as a tunic or long top.
So what can I say about the pattern? It is extremely quick to make and goes together really well. The curving side seams are a nice touch, with the slightly longer back and the split. I will say that the lengthen/shorten lines are very high and as I was taking 10cms off the length, I had a very strange line to true up. In the end I took the extra length out of the middle of the dress and this seemed to work well. The tunic is cocoon shaped, which might not be the most flattering silhouette for me, but it does make a really easy summer top which will go well with shorts. I really like the little cuffed sleeves, and on the subject of the sleeves, I noted that the sleeves on Megan’s version were quite tight across the upper arms, and I’ve since seen other reviews saying the same. Mine do feel firm but nothing I can’t live with.
I shall be making another of these, but in a firm stretch knit. Now I have made it, I don’t think my original fabric choice would have worked, so the sewing goddesses were looking after me.
21 thoughts on “Inari dress”
Another lovely tunic for the sunshine! Nicely done! Thanks for the review.
I love these flowy dresses, so good in sweltering heat and when no one’s looking you just go legless, goos for air circulation eh? Personally I’m a tuck the dress into the knickers kind of girl, when a dress is below knee, so perhaps I wouldn’t have to do that in something shorter?! Lovely spots, beige and white are so fresh together, nice make.
Thank you. I used to love tucking my dresses into my knickers, but am a bit old for that now – except when I’m alone ;).
Well made Sue and lovely fabric. Named have some lovely patterns.
I like your lovely tunic and I think, the shape suits you very well 🙂
Thank you SaSa!
Over the weekend I have made 2 Inari dresses after succumbing to this pattern. I wasn’t going to buy it but I kept seeing so many lovely versions online. I am absolutely delighted with this pattern and I have only needed to add length on the bottom shorten or length line by 8cm. I really like your tunic length which I may consider, along with 3/4 sleeves for next winter.
Yes, longer sleeves for winter would be good. I have some lovely winter knit for this one; pity it’s summer really!
I love this pattern – in fact I wore my Inari to work today!
Thanks Lizzy, I’m quite a fan!
I just love the idea of it being hot enough to wear your lovely spotty tunic. I’m shivering in my boots at the moment. Re the tuck-in thingy, this is what we used to do when paddling in the sea. It suddenly brought back memories of being a little girl.
Yes, I was born in the UK and remember well the paddling with tucked in dress. Also doing handstands with it tucked in – heaven forbid!
This looks so lovely in the spots. I have made a knit one, but haven’t blogged it yet. It’s a better fit than the woven. I like your tunic length too.
Yes, I’m quite taken with the tunic length. I will get to making a knit one – eventually!
I love your version of Inari as a tunic and you really style it right with your skinny white jeans, but still, I’m not totally convinced about the flattering potential of this dress. On most bloggers, I find that it makes kind of a rounder derriere. I hope I’m not offending anyone, because a round derriere can be very beautiful too.
I’m a bit with you Hélène, I don’t have much of a derriere, but even mine looks quite rounded!
This pattern has piqued my interest too Sue. Your tunic version looks wonderful with your white pants.
Thanks Jean, I think it’s worth making, although I wonder about the shape and my rear end!
Your tunic looks so cool and perfect for summer.
I am loving this pattern; it’s definitely worth a second version.