Washi Dress

Washi Dress

Yep, I’m one of the many Washi Dress fans in blogland. When I first saw the dress Rae made and wore at Quilt Market, I was seriously crossing my fingers that she would write a pattern. And when she did release the pattern, I think I bought it within a day or two. I am really impressed with anyone that can write a clothing pattern – so complicated! I love the little details in the neckline and the pockets.

The Washi Dress pattern was great. I especially loved that the pattern piece lines are all different colors, based on size. So no confusion as to what to cut. This dress took me maybe 5 or 6 hours. The first time I make a piece of clothing always takes the longest, and I’m definitely no expert. But I’m already planning a second with some of Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study fabric, and possible a third in voile.

Washi Dress Back

I made a muslin bodice before making the actual dress. I ended up deciding on a size Small, with a couple adjustments. I have scoliosis so my shoulders are uneven. It’s pretty annoying. So I used a big larger seam allowance on the right shoulder to make up for that. I also am short. 🙂 So I shortened the length of the dress 2.5″ so it would fall a bit above my knee.

Washi Dress
You can tell how much taller my husband is than me from the angle of this photo!

The fabric is from Jay McCarroll’s Habitat line. I bought 3 yards of it last November with plans on making a dress, after seeing this dress from the Sewing Summit. The fabric has a bit less drape that I was hoping for, but I do love it (even if it is a bit wild).


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    Hallie says

    You look adorable in your new dress! I’m hoping to try the Washi pattern too. Love the fabric you have chosen 🙂

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    Its wonderful! Such a fun fabric. I hear ya, on your shoulders frustration. My scoliosis resulted in my hips being uneven, so my hem lines always tilt and I hate it when I forget to hitch up the one side of my waistband for photos. Ah well, nobody’s perfect. 😉 You look great in your new dress!

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    Darci says

    Love this fabric. I have some for my girls, but they keep growing so I may not have enough for dresses after all !

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    I love your Washi Dress! I’ve made up a couple of muslins and now need to take the plunge and cut into my fabrics! I have scoliosis too and the darts on my muslins were a bit wonky. I never even thought about using a bigger seam allowance on one shoulder! Duh! Thanks for the tip, I am going to try it.

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    OOOOhhh, I love it! Great fabric choice and it looks wonderful on you. I’m planning a Washi of my own but still need to pick fabric!

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