I did not set out to write a love letter to Named Patterns, but we can’t help who we love. It is just so fun making their patterns, and even more fun wearing them. Though when I took these photos I was sweating all over. Let’s just say it was not a perfect day to play fancy lady and get dressed up in my lined dress and tweed jacket. I took these photos and quickly put my shorts back on.
To complete my Indie Royalty outfit I tried to quickly whip up an Inari dress. This is a great pattern and I’ve been scanning my fabric stash for possible matches. This crepe is great because it has a bit of stretch and hangs with some weight. I wanted to preserve the stretch (especially around my hips), so I lined it with a lightweight jersey. It seems counter-intuitive to line a dress in this heat, but it helps to keep the back from sticking to my bum.
In classic Helena style, I stretched what should have been a simple 2 hour dress into a 4 hour marathon. The lining is, of course, extra work, but also the finishing of each seam separately so I can press it flat, the stay stitching, the grading of the relevant seams. I even said to myself that I will just quickly make this simple dress to enter in this contest, just for fun, but I lied to myself. I got lost in the little details and then, before I knew it, it is the last possible minute to get my entry in and I’m begging my 8 year old to take my picture. But, the dress is really detailed and well made, and I should have modeled it inside out.
I especially like the pairing of the two pieces. Truthfully I am not a very fancy lady, but the Inari dress is a casual shape and easy to wear, so it balances out the more formal and fancy Named Lourdes jacket. I am looking forward to wearing the jacket with jeans, too, but this outfit really is a fun one and I will wear it again! And I know I will get a ton of wear from this new dress.
I really had fun this Indie Pattern month and I hope everyone else did, too! Thank you, The Monthly Stitch!