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Inari in ponte

This is actually the second time that I have sewn the Named Inari Tee dress – but the first one hasn’t made it to the blog yet.

Named Inari dress in striped ponte

So, there is a little story behind this dress. When I was at Sewjourn in May my friend Kathryn sewed up a ponte version of the Inari dress in black and white stripes. Despite having different shapes, we usually sew the same size. This meant that I could try hers on and see how it looked on me in ponte. Then I spotted a massive pile of stash enhancing fabric that we had brought along with us to share out – and there it was, black and white stripes in ponte. So I copied.

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I that I sewed this in size 40 – it could have been the 42 – and didn’t make any alterations. It is such a fast dress to assemble, although I made life slightly more complicated by choosing a striped fabric. Lots of pins helped with stripe matching.

Named Inari dress in striped ponte

I really like the way that the side seams curve around to the front, with the resulting slits at those seams. The high low hemline works for me too. Remember that I am only 158cm tall – I think that this dress could show a lot of leg on a taller person, especially when they sit down!

Named Inari dress in striped ponte

Copying Kathryn, I cut the sleeve bands with the stripe running across, and left the bands turned down rather than folded back as cuffs. The neckline is finished with a facing that I topstitched in place.

This is what Named say about the pattern:

  • The pattern includes two variations: A loose-fitting tee dress and a cropped A-line tee
  • Short sleeves with a rolled-up effect
  • The dress is slightly cocoon-shaped, with an uneven hemline
  • Slits at the sides of the dress
  • Finish the neckline with a facing or a separate neckband
  • Choose a light to medium weight fabric, non-stretch or with slight stretch. If you make the neckline with the neckband, choose a stretch material, such as firm jersey or a rib-knit, for the band piece. The samples are made of cloque.

Named Inari dress in striped ponte

I intended to use this as a trans-seasonal piece layered with boots/tights and other tops either under or over it. I feel that it works quite well in this role. A very satisfying fast sew – I can see why it has been such a popular pattern in the sewing internet world.

Named Inari dress in striped ponte


13 thoughts on “Inari in ponte

  1. I have been wanting this pattern for ages and have had the exact fabric earmarked for it! My only issue is being an X shape I think it may be the wrong shape for me! It really looks good on you! I am picking this won’t be your last!

    1. Hi there Carol – I haven’t found it a problem at all in this ponte version! I haven’t worn my linen one yet, so can’t comment on how it would be for wovens, but it’s absolutely fine for this one. Maybe it depends a bit on your body shape. Maybe I don’t wave my arms around a great deal either!

  2. Love this on you, wondering how it would look on me. Oh dear, just too many cute patterns. The orange top, did you make that as well? If so, what pattern is it? I love the colors you choose, I think we have similar taste in color choices.

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