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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    August 21, 2012

    You are a cutie! And so is that dress. It really looks nice on you! 🙂

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    August 21, 2012

    That is so cute! And I love the color you chose 🙂

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    Elaine M

    August 21, 2012

    Cute & fun fabric, good color for you.

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    August 21, 2012

    looks awesome! i’m on my second washi dress, it’s such a great pattern!!

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    August 21, 2012

    That is super cute! The fabric is great too! I’m going to have to make one of these for myself.

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    August 21, 2012

    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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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    August 21, 2012

    How cute are you?? Love it! Between you and Holly, I’m thinking I might have to give this one a try. At some point. : )

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    August 21, 2012

    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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    August 21, 2012

    Great pattern! Great fabric!
    I have scoliosis too! and like Ellen my hips aren’t level!

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    August 21, 2012

    You are so cute Faith!! I love that you used this fabric for a washi, it looks so eye-catching and fun. Well done!

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    August 21, 2012

    so pretty faith!!! i have some of that fabric stashed away for something. It looks great on you!!!!

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    August 21, 2012

    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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    Twins Squared

    August 21, 2012

    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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    Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    August 22, 2012

    It looks fantastic! Good for you 🙂

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    Meredith Daniel

    August 22, 2012

    I think it is gorgeous, Faith. The fabric is perfect.

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    Jay McCarroll

    August 22, 2012

    So darn cute! You have really brought my fabric to life with this adorable dress! Great job!

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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts

    August 22, 2012

    Looks super cute on you Faith!
    PS: Way cool that JM commented!

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    August 22, 2012

    Love that dress! Love the background of the picture, too 🙂

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    August 22, 2012

    Awww…you look so purdy in it! I can’t wait to make mine 🙂

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    August 22, 2012

    I love it! Great job!

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    August 22, 2012

    Great choice in fabric for the dress. I might have to look into making one!

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    August 23, 2012

    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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    Shirley Littler

    September 9, 2013

    Where can I get this pattern? I like my dresses a little longer, but I love that!


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