Named Inari Tee Dress by Helen's Closet

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Named Inari Tee In Rayon Challis

It is interesting to see which patterns take off within the sewing community, some attaining something akin to household name status.  For example, you could say you made an Archer and most home sewers would know what you meant (at least any who have sewn with indie patterns).  I feel the Inari has reached this status as well, and I will be the first to admit that it is a tad baffling. I have wanted to make this pattern for a while now to see what all the fuss is about, but the price tag is pretty steep at almost $20 Canadian.  I figured I could draft something similar because it is so simple, but I finally bit the bullet and went for it to save the time. I am quite pleased with the make overall, I still can’t say I fully understand the hype.

Named Inari Tee Dress by Helen's Closet
Named Inari Tee Dress by Helen's Closet

The Inari is a cocooned-shaped sack dress with set in sleeves and sleeve cuffs.  The neckline can be finished with a facing or a neckband, and the dress can be sewn with knits and wovens. A t-shirt variation is also included in the pattern, so it does offer quite a lot of bang for your buck.  The defining feature of the Inari is that the side seam is swooped forward to create a more flattering shape around the bum and add visual interest to the garment as a whole. I love this side seam and do agree with other reviews that it is very well drafted and creates a nice, comfortable shape.

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I also agree with many of the reviews out there about the sleeves being uncomfortable and the armscye being too low.  I wanted to see how the pattern fit as-is, so I didn’t make any changes to the sleeves as recommended by others.  I would definitely make the adjustments next time, because the cuffs cut into my arms when I put them all the way forward, and the dress rides up to an almost indecent level when I raise my arms (see the video below).  I love the way the sleeves sit when my arms are down, and this version is still very wearable, so it wasn’t a total fail.

Named Inari Tee Dress by Helen's Closet
Named Inari Tee Dress by Helen's Closet

I have been trying to find a good pattern to match up with this cool patchwork print.  I figured the Inari would work well because the print is so large, I wanted to be able to show it off without any folds, tucks, or gathers.  It took me some time to decide how to place the print and I am very happy with how it turned out.  I couldn’t get the sleeves to match at the shoulder seams, but I did cut both sleeves the same, so they match and have nice little pointed details right on the shoulder – so cute, right?!  The fabric is rayon challis and I got it at Dressew supply here in Vancouver.  There is still some left!

Named Inari Tee Dress by Helen's ClosetNamed Inari Tee Dress by Helen's ClosetNamed Inari Tee Dress by Helen's Closet
Named Inari Tee Dress by Helen's Closet

Would I make the Inari again?  My gut says I probably will, once I get the sleeves sorted out it is a fantastic day dress, and I love a good loose fitting silhouette.  I still don’t know exactly why this dress has had such success with the sewing community, given the struggles I have read about concerning the sleeve fit.  the only thing I can guess is that sometimes the simplest things are the most fun to sew and the first things to be worn out of the wash.

PS: I sewed this whole thing with my new serger and it was SO FREAKING FAST!  I tacked down the neck facing and tacked up the arms bands by hand.


Final Stats

Pattern: Inari Tee Dress by Named

Fabric: Rayon Challis from Dressew Supply

Sewing Time: 2.5 hours (not including cutting time, including hand sewing details)

Alterations: None, but next time I plan to raise the armscye


About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

12 Comments on “Named Inari Tee In Rayon Challis”

  1. The mystery of a pattern hit is an excellent topic to explore. I see some similarities with the success of a pop song or a fashion trend. The driving effect is certainly a major factor here. We’re all easily influenced creatures and the fact that everybody likes something is so very convincing. Moreover, when leading bloggers get enthusiastic about a pattern, they certainly help promoting it although they’re not trying to. However, only times will tell if a pattern is a real good one or just a fad. For example, the Hollyburn skirt and the Scout tee had a huge success and they’re still on while other major hits simply vanished over the years.

    All this said, I love your Inari. This strong graphic print is perfect for the dress. Would I live in Vancouver, I’d be in this store first thing in the morning! See how easily influenced I am?

    1. Haha, thanks Hélène! I am so easily influenced by other sewers and I go a bit crazy every time a new pattern is released. Im hoping this obsession will subside a bit once I’ve been sewing for longer. Perhaps this is wishful thinking, though?

  2. I love your Inari dress! That print works so well with it and the fabric is amazing 🙂 very interesting about the sleeves. I noticed the same thing with mine and I just thought it was because the shoulder and back were too tight and needed an adjustment. My sleeve overall was okay though, probably because my arms are more meaty haha
    Well done! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Anya! I feel that the back sits pretty nicely, but if the armscye was higher the sleeve wouldn’t pull up the dress when the arms are lifted. If I figure this one out I will do a blog post on it for sure 🙂

      1. Oh, please do a blog on how to raise an armscye! I love the Inari pattern, but am having the same issue as you. Trouble shooting has been difficult. I did a broad back adjustment and am now considering a full bicep, broad shoulder, and/or a forward shoulder joint adjustment — but maybe all I need in an armscye adjustment.

  3. This is really nice – your pattern placement is awesome. I think that in a a lot of shift dresses, if you raise your hands up over your head they become indecent. LOL. I am with you in not knowing what all the hype is about, but that being said, I do have this pattern already.

  4. Wow, this is lovely. What gorgeous fabric! Too bad the arms are too tight–I do hate when that happens! 🙂

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