Here’s my firstÂ Inari Crop Tee by Named. The fabric is some kind of woven that my mom will definitely hate. I got this fabricÂ in Sham Shui Po a couple of weekends ago, where I also got this zigzaggy cotton that reminds me of a Missoni print if itÂ were to fallÂ into the hands ofÂ a hardcore brony.
I made this in Size 38/US 6/UK 10. I downloaded and printed the PDF pattern from the Named website, then traced it onto parchment paper. But because I wanted French seams, I added 1/4″ to the seam allowance everywhere except for the facings (neck and sleeves) and anything attached to the facings (the neckhole and cuff openings). I used this great tutorial from Grainline Studio to French all the seams (except for the edges of the facings, which I just zigzag-stitched). This top usedÂ about 1 yard of 60″-wide fabric.Â I love the faux rolled-sleeve look very much.
I am definitely making this top again. I also want to make the tee-dress version of this pattern in a Gudetama fabric because I really want a yellow dress. Stay tuned.
The pocket skirt I am wearing in this next picture was made from fabric salvaged from my second dress using the Leini pattern. Scroll down for more.
I like this skirtbecause it reminds me of an old American Apparel skirt I wore a lot at the end of my undergrad. It also reminds me of this fashion bloggerÂ LenaÂ that I used to adore (and still do, actually, now that I’m looking at her Instagram feed)Â and her outfits from, like, 2008.
Leini Dress #1
I made the Leini dress in Size 38/US 6/UK 10 in a light blue chambray. The lining isÂ some red-and-white stripy fabric that I got for $5 HKD per yard. I think it might have plastic in it because when I ironed it at high heat it hardenedÂ and smelled real bad. Like, real bad. I’d tried to read through the instruction booklet beforehand, but these are the kinds of instructions that make no sense until you’re actually trying to executeÂ them.
The lining was a bit confusing, especially with the arm holes, but I figured it out. And, dude, thisÂ skirt is freaking LONG. Or my legs are real short. Or both. I lopped off a couple of inches before hemming the skirt, but I definitelyÂ could have lopped off more. The length is very office lady. How apt. Because I work in an office.
So, everyone, if you’re looking to sew an office lady dress, this is your pattern.
Leini Dress #2
I thought the bodice of my first dress was a bit big, and the elastic waistÂ too high, so IÂ made a second dress with all these brilliant modifications in mind.Â ThisÂ second dress is one size smaller than the first, and IÂ lengthenedÂ the bodice by two inches. I skipped the lining and used bias binding instead… but accidentally bias-bound the neckline backwards.
The end result was so fugly I didn’t take a photo of it. But I did wear it to dinner with my parents.