Larnari Tee Dress

Larnari Tee Dress

Posted by Helen | May 30, 2016 | Into My Closet
Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet

What is a Larnari, you ask?  Well, when a pattern and another pattern love each other very much…you get the idea.  In this case, the Lark Tee and the Inari Tee Dress are a match made in heaven.  I tried the Inari recently, and I loved the cocoon shape, but not the fit of the arms.  I wanted to make a knit version but didn’t want the awkward arm fit issues, so I decided it was time for some matchmaking!

Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet
Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet

The Lark tee from Grainline Studio is my go-to t-shirt pattern.  I love the fit, length, and the fact that it offers 4 different necklines and 3 arm variations.  For this mashup, I used the scoop neck bodice and the cap sleeves.  To combine these patterns, I simply traced them both onto a new sheet of paper and blended between the two at the armpits. I used the top of the Lark from the sleeves up, and the bottom of the inari from the armpits down.  I also deepened the scoop of the neckline on the Lark, check out the images below to see what I did.

Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's ClosetLark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's ClosetLark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet
Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet

The result is tee-dress perfection.  I got the fit of the Lark in the shoulders and arms, with the cocoon shape of the Inari down below.  I still added the cuffs to the arms like the Inari has, but used the neck binding from the Lark pattern.  I also added some length to the pattern because my first Inari was a bit short. I made this in a stretch jersey rayon blend, thick enough to show off the shape without being too hot to wear during summer.

Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet

Needless to say, this dress is insanely comfortable, I can see myself wearing it once a week just because it is like secret pajamas.  It was so easy to make with my serger, it took under an hour to put together.  Also, aren’t you proud of me for choosing a neutral?   I needed a black day dress, but it was hard to actually make one in black instead of of bright colour or fun print.  I’m doing it, I’m sewing for my real life, woo hoo!

Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet Lark Tee and Inari Tee mashup by Helen's Closet

PS:  Larnari?  It sounds weird, but it is better than Inark, right?  Any other suggestions?  Larkinari? Sorta like Labradoodle? ha!

 

Final Stats

Pattern(s):  Mashup of the Lark Tee and Inari Tee Dress

Fabric:  Rayon Jersey from Dressew

Time: 50 minutes (not including pattern drafting and fabric cutting time).

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This turned out fabulously! Such a great mashup.

Sweet little black dress

haha I love Larnari the best 🙂 Great mash up and it looks so good on you 🙂 It does look insanely comfortable!
Also, I love your booties, and your necklace!

It is very comfortable…except for those shoes, lol. Those beauties only get worn if I’m being dropped off at my destination and taken home, no walking, haha!

Love it! So easy and chic, and thanks for giving details should I feel the need to make one myself!

Thanks, Christine!

This looks perfect! Great mash up Helen and so good of you to make it in such a classic colour!

Thanks, Heather! I need all the encouragement to choose basics that I can get!

This is such a great idea! I love how the Lark tee fits so I may give this a try eventually!

Thanks, Teri! I was thinking of doing another post about modifying the lark to a swing tee. I love the lark pattern so much!

I had the exact same reaction to the sleeves, and I made a Plantari! (Plantain tee, my go to tee). Here is my version:
http://laurasdailylookbook.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-cozy-cocoon-for-winter.html

I haven’t made the Lark yet, but your version of the Larnari gives me a little more motivation. 🙂

Nice! I love your Plantari!

it looks great Helen, I’m sure it is as much a pleasure to wear as it is a pleasure to the eye!

Love love love this! Simple yet elegant!

Thanks, Hanne!

Great solution to the Inari sleeve problem. I barely wear my rather beautiful Inari just because the sleeve issue … thanks for showing the way! Now, just to do a tracing mash-up …

Thanks, Liis! I think this could work well with a woven sleeve too, if you have a favourite woven t-shirt pattern like the Scout 🙂

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