I’m so excited to share my first LBD today! I used the Inari Tee/Dress pattern by Named Clothing which you can get through Indiesew. I love Indiesew because any pattern that I want, or any type of design I want to dream up, they usually have the perfect pattern already on the site! I used a black ponte (60% Polyester 39% Rayon 1% Spandex) fabric from JoAnn’s. The fabric is so soft, the perfect weight, and was really easy to work with.
I love how this dress turned out! The fabric is so comfortable, and the side slits are probably my favorite. I really like the rolled up sleeve detail too, and I am so excited to make more of these. I have been really wanting to make a mid calf or maxi length one like this or this.
The great thing about this (non-maternity!) cocoon-shaped dress is that I didn’t adjust the waist at all to accommodate my baby bump, so I’m excited to see how it fits post pregnancy too!
The only alteration I made to this dress was adding 5 inches in length. Since I’m tall, I usually have to add some length to patterns. If I hadn’t with this dress it would have been more like a long tunic/shirt (which might actually be really cute with jeans!).
I was unsure of where to add the length since the dress tapers in at the bottom, and there wasn’t a “shorten/lengthen here” spot on the pattern like some patterns have. But Allie (with Indiesew) was super helpful and said the best place to lengthen it was at the natural waist (natural waists fall about 14 to 15″ below the base of the center front neck). Thankfully, this pattern already had the waistline labeled! So all I did was cut at the line and add 5 inches (as seen in the photos below).
The only place in the instructions I got a little bit lost was when it explains how to hem the bottom and turn the corners in. I’m pretty sure I figured out the correct way to do it, but there are other ways of doing hemming the corners if you still don’t understand it. I wish the directions were a little more clear or there were more pictures to explain.
I love wearing this dress alone or with a belt around the waist for some shape. I’m so excited to make more of these shirts and dresses. It’s definitely a good pattern to have, and this style of dress has become a lot more popular.
Have you made an Inari Tee or Dress yet? What ways did you make it your own?
The pattern was provided by Indiesew, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.