The giant denim egg – Inari tee dress no. 2

So here’s my second Named Patterns Inari tee dress.

inari tee dress denim front

It’s made from 8oz washed mid blue denim from Raystitch. This fabric is pricey for denim, but it sews up really nicely and has a nice drape to it. The colour is quite a lot lighter than it looks on the website though, so be warned!

Making this pattern in non-stretch fabric did highlight some fitting issues – the back is a little bit tight and the neckline was too high, so I’ll change those if I make another version in a woven.

Also it was waaaaaayyyyyy too tight. I couldn’t sit down in this dress after I first finished it. Of course I discovered this AFTER I had already sewed and overlocked the sides. Classic.

I should probably have realised that denim was going to be less forgiving than the very stretchy knit that I made my first one in, but there you go. The triumph of hope over experience.

Luckily I managed to make it wearable by taking the tiniest seams ever on the sides, and triple stitching them so hopefully they won’t burst when I’m sitting on the bus or some other public location.

inari tee dress denim back

The long sleeves are turned up at the end, and I scooped out the front neckline a bit and used denim bias binding to finish it.

I also added a centre seam to both the back and front and did some topstitching so the dress wouldn’t just be a vast expanse of denim.

SIDENOTE: Do you feel anxious about topstitching? Does it always end up wobbly and amateurish, like you’ve done it after three glasses of wine? I felt the same until I bought this TRULY amazing edgestitching Bernina foot. I can’t recommend this highly enough. It costs about 22 quid, but it will make your life at least 5% better, permanently. How many things under £30 can you say that about? (I’m sure there are loads, please do share in the comments).

Unironed topstitching/neckline close-up
Unironed topstitching/neckline close-up

This dress makes me feel like I’m wearing a giant denim egg, and I love it.

Next time I’ll add an inch or two to the hem – it’s just slightly too short I think. Although it’s a very thin line between a Uniqlo-esque denim tunic and a full-on 80s denim smock, and the hemline is definitely the danger zone…

inari tee dress denim pockets

Oh and I also added pockets!

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33 thoughts on “The giant denim egg – Inari tee dress no. 2

  1. Books April 14, 2016 / 12:00 PM

    You’ve done an amazing job!!! I love making things myself too, but I have a cat – and yes, she’s such a messy creature!:) Last time when I bought new curtains for my room it was torn apart by my Misty – and yes – she did it on purpose, cause I didn’t want to take her on my lap after a walk in the rain – imagine how much mud she had on her paws! I was so disappointed, frankly speaking, then… Hope the next time they will be safe – I’ll keep everything in the closet:) Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Books Rain (writer and blogger)

  2. sewloulouloop March 12, 2016 / 10:20 PM

    Love this. I am definitely an advocate of pockets!

  3. Caroline February 9, 2016 / 6:07 AM

    This is a quality denim dress and is a wardrobe essential. I am planning to make a denim shift soon (I have the pattern and fabric), its just a matter of waiting for the right time.

  4. Ginger January 31, 2016 / 1:33 PM

    Super cute. Love the top stitching.

  5. Amelia Wray January 18, 2016 / 2:15 PM

    This looks great – I love the extra seams! The more versions of the Inari Tee I see, the more I feel it is in my future….

  6. Ann January 15, 2016 / 2:39 PM

    I’ve been pondering the question of life-improving objects…I’m sure there’s things I’m not thinking of, but the ones that came to mind right away are 1) a small dish which sits on a shelf by the door, where I put my keys when I come home — since I started doing this, I never lose my keys anymore. Maybe everyone in the world was doing this already, but I only implemented this system a few years ago, and now I can’t imagine life without this stupid little dish. 2) This one is more expensive, but I have to include it anyway — a small portable wireless speaker, which I got a few months ago. I can carry it into the kitchen with me and listen to podcasts while I do dishes, I can bring it into the bathroom when I’m cleaning there…basically it makes all chores more fun.

    I just got a new sewing machine and since I changed brands I only have the basic feet right now, which is vexing! I gotta get to work on this.

    Lastly, your dress looks great! The pockets make it much more appealing. Also, I like your shoes.

    • yesilikethat January 18, 2016 / 5:30 PM

      I love both of these ideas! I also have a small portable speaker which I use with my phone to listen to podcasts while sewing, cooking dinner etc. Definitely makes my life better. Thanks for the shoes compliment too, they are from Clarks (obvs)

  7. Joanne January 14, 2016 / 1:40 PM

    That top stitching foot looks killer!

  8. Camilla January 14, 2016 / 1:22 PM

    Gorgeous dress, I like the details you’ve added. I have this pattern too though I thought it was for wovens. An edge stitch foot came with my Janome and I love it.

  9. Fabric Tragic January 14, 2016 / 4:14 AM

    No! No longer, it’s perfect! You’re right – a sack (or egg) dress can’t be too long otherwise it’s at risk of Le frump! My version of this was snug at the thighs too…. I’m looking forward to making it in a knit!

  10. nicoleneedles January 13, 2016 / 10:28 PM

    Love it! And I have one of those edge stitch gizmos for my brother – I can confirm it has my life at least 5% better, if not more.

  11. navybluethreads January 13, 2016 / 10:18 PM

    A fab, comfy dress. Interesting to read your top stitch foot recommendation, will take a loo

  12. ohhyellow January 13, 2016 / 12:58 PM

    v nice indeed! I esp like the centre seam detail. I have yet to sew up this pattern – though I am one step closer: I have traced it out.

    • yesilikethat January 18, 2016 / 5:30 PM

      that’s often the hardest step for me so I reckon sewing up the actual dress will be a doddle! Good luck.

  13. seamsoddlouise January 13, 2016 / 10:20 AM

    Great topstitching, I bought an edge stitching foot recently and agree its excellent! Love the pockets in this great idea.

  14. Kathryn January 13, 2016 / 8:40 AM

    This looks great and I love the addition of the top stitching to break it up a bit. I tend to err on the shorter side with hemlines on dresses with undefined waists too – though I think with my recent Japanese Dress D this means I’ve made it winter wardrobe appropriate only, that is only with tights!

    • yesilikethat January 18, 2016 / 5:31 PM

      There is definitely a huge divide in my wardrobe between winter dresses and summer dresses. I wouldn’t even contemplate a thigh length dress without tights :/

  15. Helen January 13, 2016 / 7:10 AM

    This is super fabulous, well done!

  16. Sophie January 13, 2016 / 3:28 AM

    Super pretttaaayyy! Love it, the denim all the deets. Plus I think the hem length is great too. My 7 year old told me I looked like an egg with hair this morning…think I’d rather be referred to as a denim egg.

  17. Chloe January 13, 2016 / 2:37 AM

    Love the denim egg! I may copy you, a little bit. Though I think the denim I have may be darker. And your testimonial for the edgestitching foot was very on point. I tend to eyeball almost all of my topstitching, because I am too impatient to change the foot! As for inexpensive life changers – angled tweezers for threading the serger. A must have!

    • yesilikethat January 18, 2016 / 5:37 PM

      Tweezers are great, although I always tend to lose mine (along with my seam ripper) which is incredibly frustrating. I don’t mind changing feet as it’s pretty easy on my Bernina, changing thread or needle on the other hand…massive pain

  18. Elise and Life January 12, 2016 / 9:15 PM

    I totally love this! I love how you’ve done the neck. My top stitching is horrendous, if I used my machine more I’d definitely be investing in one of those gadgets 🙂

  19. Helen January 12, 2016 / 9:10 PM

    Oh, Pockets work then? I thought they might affect the shape a bit, but maybe not in a sturdier fabric like denim. I love this and will probably completely steal the idea at some point. Great!

  20. Jen January 12, 2016 / 8:42 PM

    Love it! Jen

  21. Mother of Reinvention January 12, 2016 / 7:40 PM

    I really think this is great. Your topstitching is superb. I have an edge stitching foot that came with my machine but I don’t really use it. I will now though. That is perfect for edge stitching blouses. Xx

    • yesilikethat January 18, 2016 / 5:31 PM

      Thanks! Definitely give it a try, it’s brilliant for blouses and shirts.

  22. donna January 12, 2016 / 7:21 PM

    I love it. Looks great on you. Now I want a denim shift dress.

  23. Ingrid January 12, 2016 / 6:33 PM

    I had exactly the same problem with this dress being too tight. Teeeeeny tiny seam allowances around the hip area luckily did the trick for me as well. Love the top stitching detail on yours!

  24. Caitlyn January 12, 2016 / 6:15 PM

    Pocket dress for the win! I got a couple of sewing machine feet for Christmas and am super excited to start using them for exactly this reason–you can totally get by without them, but sewing is so much nicer when you’ve got them! Other cheap game-changers in my life are SKUBB boxes from IKEA to organize my underthings drawer, a Camelbak bottle to encourage me to drink more water, and an extendable magnet rod for all of the occasions when I drop pins, screws, etc. in hard-to-reach places.

    • yesilikethat January 18, 2016 / 5:36 PM

      Great tips! I have an extendable magnet rod too and it’s amazing for picking up pins. I should definitely drink more water though..

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