When I really love a pattern and have a gap in my closet I tend to and make up the pattern several times in a range of fabrics. The named Inari dress is no exception.
With my first one I chose my favourite fabric as a wearable muslin (brave or stupid?). I hadn’t read any reviews online so I chose the size according to my measurements. When cutting out the pattern I wondered about all the extra fabric through the waist but figured it was easy to take it in afterwards. Once constructed I felt the extra fabric swamped my figure I pinned in the waist several inches and let out the seam allowances on the hips as far as possible for extra ease.
I have since adjusted my base pattern to come in at the waist and out at the hips to reflect my hourglass shape. The original pattern lines are intact but the shape suits my figure. The dress is now one of my go-to patterns as it can be put together in an evening after work (assuming that it’s precut). I love this pattern as it feels modern with its split hem. A few people have mentioned limited arm movement I haven’t experienced this but Gail wrote an extensive post on this if you are finding this an issue.
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