Thursday, November 5, 2015

Batik Inari Tee Dress


I've succumbed to the allure of the Inari Tee Dress.


I tried not to, knowing that it's outside of my style comfort zone, but each and every time Inari popped up in my blog feed, it looked just so impossibly cool. See Heather Lou, Amy, Emma, etc.


Inari also seemed a good choice for showing off a busy fabric... My fabric is a length of batik, combed cotton, which is super soft with a nice drape. I bought it recently during a weekend in Penang, Malaysia.


I know, I know, shouldn't I be stash busting? Yes, but this purchase wasn't technically against my rules! I am a lawyer, so I had to leave myself some loopholes, right? Also, batik is like my kryptonite. I just love it!


Construction-wise, I didn't change too much from the pattern. When I tried it on mid-way through, I decided I liked the length as is, so I used a bias tape facing on the hem to save all the length I could. 


It still shows a bit more leg than I normally show (see my super pale, never-seen-the-warn-rays-of-the-sun thigh below), but I'll see if I can get used to it. If not, I can always just close these side slits a bit.


I ended up topstitching the neckline facing down because it didn't want to stay tucked in and I knew it would drive me insane, popping out. I don't mind the topstitching for such a casual pattern, plus it mostly blends in the batik.


My conclusion: I'm still feeling a bit uncertain about the Inari pattern on me. I'm not sure the cocoon shape is all that flattering for a bottom-heavy gal like me. 


The photos look better than I imagined they would, though!


But I also kinda don't care how it looks because it's so comfy and breezy! 


Have you made Inari?




32 comments:

  1. I think your version is lovely and very flattering :-) It's gorgeous fabric, you look very 'chic' casual

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  2. I haven't made it either because alas what looks unbearably cool and chic on smaller women often looks totally BLAH on me. Especially because things tent from the boobs! But I do like your version - the batik is so fun!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! Yeah, this pattern definitely doesn't leave a lot of boob room- I made the largest size and juuuuust barely fit in across the bust. I definitely don't think it's my most flattering dress, but damn if it's not comfy!

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  3. I have been admiring all of the Ingrid others have made. Yours is great too! Not sure it will suit me, but may try post-pregnancy.

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    1. I think you'd look great it in, Noelle, post-pregnancy, of course!

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  4. I think this looks great on you! It is such a lovely design to show off great fabrics. I have made the top (had to lengthen as it was too cropped for me!) and want to make the dress and now it's Autumn heading quickly to Winter so I think it's just too cold for it right now.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! This is definitely a summer dress! But you should make it when it warms back up!

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  5. I love this fabric!! And I love your lawyer-loopholes on your stash bust! I always have to have loopholes too. ;-) This dress looks very breezy and comfortable. Not every piece of clothing needs to be "flattering" as that's defined by our stupid culture, meaning, let's face it, a fitted waist and top, you know? Sometimes a woman just wants a comfortable damn dress. I like this and think you look cool.

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    1. Thanks, Inder! After looking at the photos and wearing the dress around for the afternoon, I feel like I am liking it. I may sew those slits up a bit because it makes me very self-conscious to have that part of my leg out, though! Re: the loopholes, I just knew that I would never be able to do a full out stash diet, so I have myself some breathing room with those (fairly reasonable) loopholes.

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  6. It's a great pattern for that beautiful fabric!! I think this dress looks great on you- very carefree & summer friendly :) I have it printed out, will be trying the tee version first!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Looking forward to seeing your Inari tee!

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  7. I'm totally being drawn to these silhouettes these days also! I made two Cabins from Blueprints for Sewing at the end of the summer, which is a fairly similar silhouette, and I wore them a ton until it got cold. Now I can't figure out how to layer with them! I feel like chic and breezy looks great by itself but I just can't seem to find a cardigan that works. So I say, go for it with this style because you don't ever have to wear cardigans where you live, right? haha! And I think it looks great on you!

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    1. Thanks, Megan! Yeah, I could see how a dress like this or Cabin, might be difficult to layer. But, you're right that I don't have to worry about that here ;-)

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  8. You are making me jealous! i'm loving all the versions of this dress, like you, but I'm refusing on principle to buy a dress that stops a few inches short of my measurements. I feel like the amount of ease is crucial in this pattern, and I'd *could* grade up a size, but I'd probably get the ease wrong. Also, make more sizes, Named!
    Rant aside, it looks great on you! The length is the perfect balance to the looser shape. Make more!

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    1. Thanks, Gillian! Yeah, I barely eeked into the largest size of this dress. It looks like Named has added extended sizes to some of their newer patterns (up to a 46.5" bust) but not all of their patterns. I feel like they're missing out on a good chunk of the market by not having the larger sizes!

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    2. I so agree with you ladies on the sizing. I just eeked out a muslin in the largest size. I love Named styles but the sizing is not very generous. I wasn't going to but after looking up all the dresses( especially yours Meg because we are very similar in size)I decided to try it. I have to admit, it makes me feel very stylish!

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    1. :-) My thoughts exactly when I saw it!

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  10. It looks fabulous on you! And I am a sucker for a good batik fabric, too.

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    1. Thanks!! Batik is serious my weakness. Each piece is unique!!

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  11. The photos are very flattering. Obviously the batik colorway helps. I bet when you are walking this is even more flattering with soft movement.

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  12. I think it is totally flattering to your shape, it looks amazing on you.

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  13. I think it looks great on you! A little bit of a different shape but still very flattering! And the fabric is really lovely!

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  14. Searching through Google Images to get an idea of how others have made this pattern … it is really, really flattering shape on you! Never would have guessed you were "bottom heavy gal." Very well-fitted.

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  15. Hi Meg, I love this! I'm going on a trip this summer and thought this pattern would be perfect for traveling. I too was worried since the dress is a little out of my comfort zone (maybe it would be better for me with bike shorts). I absolutely love it on you, and you've inspired me to try it out!

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  16. Just discovered your blog and I must say that you rock everything you wear!

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