I’m not sure a third Inari Tee Dress (my other versions here and here) would necessarily justify a blog post, if it wasn’t for the adjustments I made to those sleeves that are just too darn restrictive. If I can’t stretch to tie my trainer’s laces, I’m in trouble because I live in my trainers. (Any other city commuters out there with terrible feet?)
When I raised a question over the restrictive sleeves (difficult to stretch or raise arms) readers left some really useful comments, including recommendations for adding a sleeve gusset.
I was really intrigued to learn about sleeve gussets (comprehensive round up here) and was all set to add one to my next version of this dress. Then I thought, Or I could take a pattern that I know works and adapt their sleeve and armscye… So that’s what I did! Why make things harder than they need to be?
I’m a big fan of the Simplicity 1366 pattern, its loose, boxy style not a million miles away from the Inari. That could work, couldn’t it? (In fact, looking back I see that Up Sew Late suggested this very pattern to adapt!) Above, you can see my original Inari bodice piece pinned to the beautiful denim linen I was working with. I then placed the Simplicity bodice piece on top and traced off the difference in sleeve design. A substantial difference, I think we’ll agree.
I don’t claim to understand pattern drafting one iota but I am intrigued by the above – what was working and what wasn’t. One person, Button And Needle, commented on how low the armscye comes on the Inari Tee Dress. Was this causing the restricted movement?
I think she’s on to something. With a deep armscye, you’re attaching a sleeve to a greater depth of bodice. So every time you raise your arms, you’re lifting a much bigger section of your dress. A section that may resist that movement. Am I right? Anyone out there know more about pattern drafting than me? (That would be everyone, Karen.)
Isn’t the fabric beautiful? It’s a denim linen from The Man Outside Sainsburys. I was told that it’s a viscose linen. I don’t believe that as this fabric creases as soon as you give it the side eye. But it creases in such a gorgeous way that I’m tempted to forgive it. Naughty linen! The Holly Golightly of fabrics. Too outre to care.