Named Inari Woven Tee

I’m back with my first pattern review of the year! It almost seems redundant seeing how many times this pattern has already been reviewed: the Named Inari. I’d already made the dress version and loved it, so when I had some leftover rayon from another project, I decided to sew the tee variation.

Woman stands in garden. She wears crane print pink woven tee, black coated skinny jeans, round tortoiseshell sunnies and tan clogs.

This was a pretty simple sew so there’s not a lot to report. It took a little longer than it should have due to my fabric choice, so I’ll share a few trusted techniques for controlling shifty fabrics (and not letting them control you!).*

Woman stands in garden. She wears crane print pink woven tee, black coated skinny jeans, round tortoiseshell sunnies and tan clogs.

My method for cutting tricky fabrics is from the Grainline blog. I sandwich the straightened fabric between two layers of thin paper (newspaper reel ends). She uses scissors but I find a rotary cutter on a massive mat a bit more efficient (and easy on my wrists).

As my new washing machine likes to eat delicate fabric, I utilised French seams throughout, even on the armscye. I wish I’d shown the foresight to cut a seam allowance larger than 1cm there!

Due to my height I cut the hem 7cm down from the tee cut line, and finished the it with a self bias facing to preserve length and match the neck finish. To tame bias tape made from temperamental fabric, I spray starch the shit out of it (outside, of course) to make it more like paper than fabric.

Finally, I employed taut sewing (for the first time, would you believe?) and my cheapie $1 teflon foot to stop the fabric rippling as it went under the presser foot. As my machine is notorious for making a mess of delicate fabrics, I was surprised by how much this helped.

Woman stands in garden. She wears crane print pink woven tee, black coated skinny jeans, round tortoiseshell sunnies and tan clogs.

I’m actually really pleased with the look of this tee, but it’s just another in a long, depressing line of handmade clothing I can’t wear because of my weak body. Most days I find I can only wear tops made from stretch jersey that moves with my body, and the fact that this top features deeper and therefore slightly constrictive sleeves made from a non-stretch woven means it’s pretty much impossible for me to wear right now.

Woman stands in garden. She wears crane print pink woven tee, black coated skinny jeans, round tortoiseshell sunnies and tan clogs.
Worn with my amazing Lotta Stockholm low clogs, yet another wardrobe item which only comes out when my legs can carry them.

It’s disappointing, but at least the main project I made with this fabric – the Sew Over It Sylvia Robe – was a complete success. I wear it all the time and will try to get them (yes, there’s more than one!) blogged when I have the energy for photos again.

Woman stands in garden. She wears crane print pink woven tee, black coated skinny jeans, round tortoiseshell sunnies and tan clogs.
This photo makes me laugh – I tried to walk towards the camera and just ended up looking like a baby giraffe.

The deets:
Pattern: Named Inari Tee
Pattern details: A loose-fitting tee dress and a cropped A-line tee, available in sizes 32-46. Comes as a layered PDF, copyshop or A4, or a printed pattern.
Fabric: Leftover printed rayon from Spotlight
Mods: Size 44 bust and shoulders, 46 waist and hips (most of these mods were made for the dress variation)
– Nearly 2.5cm forward head adjustment, moved sleeve cap forward to match
– Let out lower body approx. 7mm each side seam, effectively straightening side seam and minimising cocoon shape
– Made hem 7cm down from tee cut line
– Omitted sleeve cuffs
– Bias facing for neck and hem

*Or you could be like the expert seamstress at Spotlight, who, when I asked what method she uses to tame silk chiffon, replied, “I just sew it”.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic disability advocate.

23 thoughts on “Named Inari Woven Tee”

  1. It’s a lovely tee, too bad you’re unable to wear it. And not only because a beautiful top is not being worn, the really infuriating thing is that you don’t manage and that you don’t get any meaningful help to improve.

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    1. Yes, it is beyond infuriating! I hate feeling like it’s a waste of time describing my new awful symptoms or relapses to doctors, but we all know it’s a waste of time.


  2. Siobhan you look very glamorous in your lovely tee you made. I love how you tell us the ins and outs of how you made it etc… love the new specs too! Its great how you can pose for your own fashion creations. Fantastic work! You should be very proud of yourself, l am. Love the whole look. Kaz x


  3. Aww, what a bummer that after all that hard work you can’t wear the tee shirt. *hug* It looks really lovely though!


  4. Hot tips from Spotlight there! 😛 I love that print too, I’ve been eyeing it off but I think it might be too pastel for me.

    How annoying that you can’t wear it – both because you can’t wear it and because of the symptoms and causes that mean you can’t wear it. I also wish it weren’t a waste of time (and precious precious energy) to describe symptoms to doctors.

    I made the inari dress with my cousin as her first sewing project. I’ve been thinking about making the tee version for me but in a knit so I wouldn’t have to grade it up as much – I could probably get away with just making bigger seam allowances in a knit. And I am also finding I increasingly can’t cope with constricting clothes, especially around the armscye. Obviously not in the same degree. But enough that I actually find wearing constricting clothes not just annoying but fatiguing (I am starting to realise how much last year wrecked me. Mostly chronic stress I think and I probably should get checked in case it’s more but then… what’s the point jumping on that merrygoround, you know? It became too normal, and I just kept putting up with it. It SUCKS and is scary because I wonder how much worse it could get while I went ‘oh well, this is fine’. Anyway I’ve dropped down to part time finally after crying to two different managers about it and I am much better.) ANYWAY all that is to say, although I previously had sympathy with how hard and frustrating that must be, I now have even more insight into it. Even if it’s just a fraction of the difficulty for me. I wish we could all just wear what we want and look how we look. DEFINITELY bring on the robot bodies!

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      1. I appreciate long and meandering comments! And I understand what you’re trying to say. Sometimes you can’t fully understand something, but you get a taste of it, and you’re like….fuck, that must be terrible. I’ve never had chronic pain (just aches like the flu) but every time I accidentally hurt myself I’m such a bloody wuss about it my respect for those who live with pain 24/7 increases a hundredfold.

        Sorry you’ve had such a rough year. It seems like 2017 was shitty for everyone. You obviously made the right decision going down to part time. It would have been a tough one to make, because of this societal obsession with hard work and the achievements of the individual and so forth. But honestly, even when I was well I don’t think I could have worked full time, at least not without losing part of myself, and I was always good on a budget. If working part time means your health is better and you have more time for yourself, then go for it I reckon.

        I wonder if growing older means you are less tolerant of uncomfortable and ill fitting clothing. I think back on all the tight elastic waists, hard flat shoes and constrictive dresses I used to wear and am like NOPE.


        1. That is exactly the thing I was trying to say, while tangling myself up trying not to say either ‘I know exactly how you feel!’ (I super don’t) or ‘poor you’.

          I had exactly that thought the other day when I was feeling sick from heat and period cramps. A temporary, relatively minor thing that I knew would pass, and it was still AWFUL. I spent a long moment in sympathy and awe of people who cope with that level and more every dang day.

          Yeah, I’d been wanting to go part time for ages, because I want to, like… live my life. The only reason to work more imo is to pay our mortgage faster so I don’t have to work as much. So, like… I’d rather even that out now. And I grew up poor so I still feel like I’m rolling in it now, even with less money. But it hadn’t been possible because of staffing issues – except that I was just not at all coping with the physical environment here and was getting migraines and feeling really fatigued all the time. So I just HAD to insist. Everyone was basically as nice and accommodating as they could be and it was still and awful, emotional process. And now I get to try to not obsess over if I’m being ‘productive’ enough. Good ol’ capitalism.

          I definitely think part of it is getting older. I used to just put up with shoes that rubbed my heels raw. For WHAT? In general I enjoy giving vastly less of a shit about things. But it’d be nice to pick which things you were able to compromise on!


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