Just this week I posted on Instagram (@adesays) about how weekends for me is all about exploring the outdoors and running about and that short is now my go to outfit for the weekends. What then work great with shorts would be some neat nice tank/blouse which I really have a lack for.
For Christmas, a friend gifted me with a copy of The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees (I’ll do a review on the book if anyone is keen) which was supposed to help me find my style and sew more intentionally. I considered building a capsule wardrobe to include only work pieces, keeping my casual/weekend outfits separate but realised there will be pieces I wouldn’t mind wearing for the weekend. So I’m putting that idea on hold as I consider other options. In my Instagram post, it was about the Willow tank (by Grainline) which I’ll do a review of soon but what I really wanted to talk about today is my Inari tee (by Named) .
Incase you missed my earlier Inaris, here’s a recap of my Inari tee and the tee dress. The tee version definitely fits in with my idea of having more tank/blouse that goes well with shorts. My first Inari was a lot more casual as the fabric was in a loud vibrant colour and I stayed true to the original pattern of a cropped top.
In this version, I made some alterations and used a Rayon fabric instead of my usual go to cotton fabrics. The first time I lay my eyes on this Cotton + Steel x Rifle Paper Co’s Les fluers Flamingo patterned fabric, I knew I had to get my hands on some. This is unlike what I’ve come across so far and exudes this dreamy-like feel to the fabric. After getting my hands on some, I didn’t know what to do with it but was glad to have settled on a blouse and then decided upon the Inari. Rayon while isn’t the easiest fabric to work with, isn’t as daunting as well. The end result and how it feels on the skin is worth taken that extra caution of spamming the pins, sewing slowly and precisely and pressing every so often.
For pattern size, I used a size smaller than my measurement so that it be more fitted. Instead of using a facing at the neckline, I went with bias binding. I also hemmed the sleeves instead of the original folds up and lastly I extended the length of the blouse so that it can work well with pants for the office or a pair of highwaisted shorts for the weekend.