Another Washi Attempt

Washi II

I actually made this over a month ago, it has just taken me forever to get Jake to take pictures of me in it! I wanted to try and perfect this pattern since it is really cute, comfortable and easy to slip on and off for the spring and summer months. I found that my first washi dress was still a little big around the middle, so I wanted to do a real FBA (Full bust adjustment) instead of just moving the darts down. I clearly don’t have a firm grasp on how to do a real working FBA and went through a few more trial and mostly error muslins before I came up with this end result… Which still isn’t perfect!

Washi II

…Man, I wish I had ironed this dress before taking photos! Anyways, This time around with the FBA I made darts in the front to cinch in the waist area a little bit to show that I actually have one. I think next time I’ll try to start with the size M instead of L and do a proper FBA on that size. The back of the dress still seems a little gapey above the shirring lines. OH those shirring lines, by the way.. I think there are like 20 of them on my dress, where the pattern calls for 6. But the pattern is also an empire waist, when that is what I mostly changed. I really like the addition of all those shirred lines.

Washi II

This close up pic makes me feel even MORE “meh” about this version, which sucks because I ADORE the fabric! Look at those viewfinder cards!! It was an Echino that I picked up at a local fabric shop. I totally splurged on it, the fabric is $20 a yard, but I got it for 20% off, which I still thought was pricey! But I really loved it and very much wanted to make a dress with it! I know it looks better ironed, but even then, it is a bit too loose around the armpits and the shoulders are a bit gapey. I keep meaning to get back to it and adjust the shoulder seams to take it in a little bit, but I’m pretty lazy about fixing something when I’m finished with it. I’ve worn it already a bunch of times, so clearly it doesn’t bother me THAT much! Also, the looseness of it makes nursing a breeze, so at least I have that!

Washi II

I feel like I have strayed SO far from the original pattern at this point that the actual Washi Dress pattern is a mere suggestion. I still love that weird U cutout (even though that is the first thing to go floppy without a proper press) and the back is pretty much the same. I just lengthened it to fit along with the added length of the bodice and also because I like a longer dress in the springtime. But I still think it is a cute idea and once I finally get the bodice down to where I’m super happy, I think I could pump a bunch of these out. Everything comes together like a breeze and I just LOVE pockets in dresses!

Washi II

So I hear this is selfish sewing week? That is awesome because I feel like I’m on a roll!! The weather is getting hotter and I’m desperately in need of more dresses and tank tops!!  :D

Happy sewing!!

About michellebryer

A mom who loves to sew whenever she can :)

Posted on April 29, 2014, in selfish sewing, sewing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. This looks great! I have this pattern too, but haven’t made it yet as felt it may not be so flattering- your addition of shirring lines really helps with this.

    • Thanks! I must have done like 7 muslins before I came up with this one.. I keep thinking it needs to be more fitted! But then again this pattern seems like it was meant to fit loose so maybe I’m fighting a losing battle? I’m happy enough with both versions I made. You should give it a whirl, I’ve seen some great versions out there in the interwebs!

  2. Very cute! Looks amazing! Thank you for sharing on Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey!

  3. Hey this is really cool!! I love the print as well – it looks amazing. Well done you!!

  4. This is fabulous! I actually just saw this fabric at a store today…30% off! I was wondering what size Washi you made and how much fabric you used. With the pattern and the 66″ fabric width, I wasn’t sure how much I should get. Thanks!!!

  5. This is FABULOUS!! I actually just saw this fabric today at a local store….for 30% off!!! Can I ask you what size Washi you made and how much fabric you used? I wasn’t sure do to the pattern of the fabric and the 66″ fabric width. Thanks!!!

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