This was a quick little project using one of my favourite patterns - the Named Inari dress. I have made this previously in knit fabric, but steered away from wovens after my first woven muslin was too tight across the shoulders and sleeves. Then, I saw that Carolyn had recently made a woven Inari with a sleeve alteration to give a bit more room. I did the same and voila, it's perfect. Thanks for the tip Carolyn!
This lovely black and white cotton fabric is from Textile Traders. I spent some time in front of the mirror working out where to place the pattern for the best effect. I think it worked out OK.
The cotton was very lightweight, so I underlined it with white cotton voile to give the dress a bit more substance and allow it to hang better. I originally had the white lining extending to the hem, but I didn't like being able to see the white on the lower back hem, so I hemmed the lining above the side split.
My only other alteration was to lower the neckline.
I just love this easy, stylish and comfortable pattern and it's already been worn many times. I'm actually working on another knit Inari in blue and white stripes as I write. I wonder if anyone will notice if I wear the same pattern all summer!