I succumbed to the dress that has been appearing all over the place - the Named Inari Dress. I have seen countless versions of this dress on other blogs and on Instagram, and have admired its simple, stylish shape. I spent ages reading about it, to try and determine the best type of fabric to match its distinctive shape. And this is what I came up with:
The first thing I did was to swap the sleeve for the kimono sleeve of my beloved New Look 6217 (Inar-ono, geddit?). I had read a few posts about the odd/low armscye shape on the Inari so decided to remove that potential difficulty altogether. Secondly, I added 2 inches to the length, as I know it is short.
The fabric was from Mandors, a cotton print with a distinctive 90s feel. It's not stiff but I wonder if something more drapey would have been better. But maybe part of the point is that you can see the shape of the dress, and a drapey fabric would surely hide it? Choosing fabric for this dress was one of the issues I found tricky.
I haven't received any positive feedback from my Current Husband about this dress, he is not a fan of the shape and the nightie-like quality it has. But I'm not really a fan either. While the shape is much looser than I'm use to, I really feel that the whole thing looks so homemade, in a bad way. I think it's the neck facing that doesn't sit well but also perhaps my substitution of kimono sleeves with the loose shape that makes me feel like I am wearing a pillowcase with a neckhole and armholes. Even though I like the curved hem and side splits, I still can't get past that feeling.
Have you made something in a different style that you really wanted to love - but didn't? Are there any patterns that have caused you similar puzzlement?