Sunday, June 09, 2013

Washi Dresses!

I made a dress! Well, I made 2 actually :o)

*WARNING - these photo's are cheesier than cheese on toast. I am not a model. *


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So yesterday my sewing bestie Justine came over and we set about making a Washi Dress. It took us about 9 hours. I'm not really sure why. Probably to do with all the chatting and getting distracted. That gal can talk let me tell you! But we had so much fun, and.... we finished our dresses!




I was so enamoured and so pleased that it actually fit, that today I made another one!!

Now, I'm not a dressmaker. I have made one or two dresses before, with varying levels of success (read  - none). So you can believe me when I tell you that this pattern is brilliant. It's well written, easy to follow, and really really easy to sew up. The hardest part was mastering the shirring, but once you know how to do that with your machine, that's it. You're good to go!

So this is the first one that I made:


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We made a slight error when cutting out the pattern pieces and accidentally cut the top and skirt of the back separately (NOTE: read the pattern first...). So when we came to join the whole thing together, I had to get a bit nifty and put another dart in either side of the bodice. I don't think it was to it's detriment though....? You can't even really tell I don't think. Maybe.... ;-)


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And here's the second one, which I whipped up in a couple of hours today:


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I changed a few things with this version. I cut the back properly this time, and only added 5 rows of shirring rather than 6. I dropped the neckline by about an inch and made the keyhole a little bigger. I also didn't use interfacing on the neck facings because I didn't want to bulk up the linen too much (I just overlocked the edges). I did, however, use a small square as Rae suggests in the keyhole bit for stability.


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I took the side seams in an extra 1/4" either side on this one too as I felt it was just a bit too big around the waist. Also... Check out that pattern matched feather on the bodice... I felt like such a boss when I figured that out ;-)


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The thing that genuinely surprised me was that it actually fit with room to spare! I had read a lot about people needing to do a full bust adjustment (FBA) to this pattern. I was too chicken to attempt one and soldiered on regardless which ended up being an accidental stroke of genius; plenty of room for my ladies up in there!

So, would I make it again? Hells yeah I would! I have 3 yards of the cream colourway of that feather print just ready and waiting.


Dress Stats
Pattern - Washi Dress by Rae Hoekstra
Fabric - Poplin prints Spot in Navy / Parenthical in Deep by Anna Maria Horner (linen)
Size made - XXL (I may, optimistically, go down a size for the next one!).


21 comments:

  1. Lovely dresses Laura! The feathers version is just gorgeous and those pockets look so handy!

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  2. Well done you; they look fab! (And loving your 'lady-parts' modesty feather!) xxx

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  3. Move over Kate Moss!! You are a natural in front of the camera!! Brill Washi's! I've had this one pinned for a while but haven't taken the plunge! Jxo

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  4. Looking good! Nice matching on the feathers, I had to look twice to see the join :D

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  5. You and Justine did a good job. You must have been talking some to take 9 hours! Lol. I like your second one too. Di x

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  6. Well done on both of them, especially the matching feathers, although there was a bit of a coke-meets-keyboard moment when I spotted Hads' comment...

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  7. You look lovely in both dresses. I have this pattern and must make it soon. I want to be pretty too!

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  8. you did a great job and you look beautiful

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  9. Looks fabulous, I notice that boss matching feather right away!

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  10. Yes so impressed by feather matching - watch out or you'll be auditioning for the Sewing Bee next!!

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  11. Woo hoo! You're looking fab! Well done on making your own dresses.

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  12. I think your decision to drop the neckline and lower the keyhole was perfect as it gives you such a good fit and save a FBA. Both dresses suit you so much!

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  13. Looks fab, great work- i really want to make one, but time is a little short for the forseeable! :o)

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  14. Two lovely dresses! You may want to consider the FBA if you're going to drop a size. I recently finished one too, you can read my review here.
    http://lisainporthope.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/fitting-my-washi-tunic/

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  15. These are both adorable and look terrific! I haven't tried the pattern yet. I love how you matched up the feather on the side! Too cute.

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  16. beautiful. I've got the same fabric which I was going to use to make a school house tunic but I think a washi might be the way to go. #imsuchacopycat

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  17. That is adorable! My mum is the seamstress in our family. I typically stick to quilts. ;-) But this is cute enough to make me want to do it myself! Well done!

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