I picked up a couple of metres of crazy scuba fabric in the Spotlight sale with the vague plan of making a midi-skirt but the sewing squirrels got to me and I had the sudden urge to make an Inari T dress. When you buy the PDF versions of the Named patterns you get all the sizes, with seam allowances, but only two are nested each file so you need to choose and then trace off. I went with the UK size 8 which was closest to my measurements.
Named patterns are on the pricey side, especially seeing that you still need to trace them, but I really liked the details of this one:the cocoon shape, the way the back curves round to the front and the split hem which is longer at the back, so worth shelling out $20.
There were plenty of opportunities for unfortunate pattern placement with this fabric so I cut in a single layer and hopefully avoided any clangers. It was straightforward to sew and everything went together really nicely - especially setting in the sleeves. As the scuba was quite thick, I trimmed any joining seams down as much as possible to reduce bulk and pressed seams open where I could. The neckline was finished with a band and twin-needled. Seams were mostly left unfinished because scuba doesn't fray although did finish the sleeve/armscye with the overlocker.
Strangely, despite its 100% man made fibre content, the scuba knit feels quite nice to wear and has a good drape, plus it was no trouble at all to sew. I'm not sure I'd test its breathable qualities on a 30C day but it's likely to get a fair bit of wear until the weather warms up (I've already worn it a few times with tights and a jacket )
Inari T dress by Named patterns
Fabric: Scuba knit from Spotlight (less than $10 pm with discount)
Changes for next time
The sleeve cuff needed an extra couple of stitches at the top to it from flipping back due to the fabric thickness.
I've already got another dress cut out in linen which I've shortened by 5cm so we'll see how that goes. Making it in a woven might also change the fit.
It's a bit of a sack from the side, but I rather like the bonkers print, and funky hemline - a fun dress to make and wear! There are already more in the pipeline.
See also: See Amy Sew | Groovy Baby and Mama | Randomly Happy