Have you ever sewn up the same pattern a bunch of times? When I find a pattern that fits me well, I make it again and again, tweaking the fit and experimenting with different fabrics to play with drape. It’s a great way to learn about how clothes fit my body.
When I first saw the Inari dress from Named Patterns, I fell in love with the shape. With options for both a dress and a tee (you gotta love a twofer) the Inari quickly became my new tried and true pattern. I’ve made both knit and woven versions, in solid colors and in patterns. It hasn’t failed me yet!
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Pattern: Inari Tee Dress from Named Patterns
Fabric: 1.) Nani Iro double gauze from Bolt 2.) Striped French Terry from Modern Domestic 3.) Grey linen from Drygoods Design
What was your original inspiration for this project? How did it come to be?
With my most recent Inari dress, the fabric inspired the project. Nani Iro fabric and the Inari pattern go hand in hand, in my opinion, because you get to show off so much of the fabric’s design. I lusted after many of Naomi Ito’s designs before picking this one.
How do you plan to wear it?
I love wearing dresses over jeans. I don’t care about the rules!
What did you learn?
I learned not to get cocky. Just because you have made the pattern 5 times, does not mean you can rush through it. I sewed the cuffs wrong on the knit version, but it works, because knit fabrics can roll with the punches, right?
What are you most proud of?
I am proud to step outside of my comfort zone and wear some color. While I dress mostly in greys and blacks, my fabric collection is a big, giant rainbow.
Do you have a pattern you simply can’t get enough of? What TNT patterns grace your sewing machine time and time again?