I Sewed :: Washi Dress

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift Guess what, guess what?  I finished my washi dress!  I sewed this one up months ago, decided I needed to change the sleeves and remove the collar, and here it is!  (You can see a few progress photos here and here.)

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The washi dress is a pattern that I know a million people have sewn before.  It has so many great features with the fitted bodice, shirred back, and large in seam pockets.  I’m slow to jump on the bandwagon, but it truly fits really well.  The bodice fits like a glove and it’s super comfortable!

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I used a target sheet for this dress.  I was shopping around for fabric for this dress before Christmas, and started to feel guilty at the thought of spending $40 or more on the fabric to make something for myself.  So I looked at the target sheet section and found a set for $16 that I liked.  Turns out to be a good thing, because I ended up using the leftover fabric for Sweet Pea’s quilt (and she now has a matching pillow case….woot!).

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I made just a few changes to the pattern.  I wanted french seams throughout…that was a simple change.  And I also wanted the bust darts to not have a raw seam, so I added fabric there to help keep everything nice and tidy inside.

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I have a fancy computerized sewing machine, and it definitely isn’t the best at shirring.  The shirring does the job, but next time I want to try sewing with elastic thread on Sweet Pea’s sewing machine to see if it handles the thread better!

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

All and all I love my new dress!

  • http://naeh-connection.blogspot.de Annika

    It looks gorgeous. I also still haven’t sewn the Washi. I have the pattern, but I still have to find the right time to sew it. The threat of the muslin…

    • Teresa

      I can’t wait to see what yous turns out like when you sew the washi!

  • http://two-many.blogspot.com Renee

    It’s beautiful! (inside and out) I bought the pattern months ago and am itching to try it.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Renee!

  • http://www.sewcountrychick.com Justine

    Very cute on you and what a nice fabric too. That pattern has always scared me because it can look really maternity, but you manage to look great in it! Probably because you have legs for days.

    • Teresa

      Awww…thanks Justine! I had worried the same thing about the maternity look, but I really like how it turned out!

  • http://theinspiredwren.blogspot.com Ren

    Love this! Perfect fabric for the pattern, perfect on you.

    • Teresa

      Awww…thanks Ren!

  • http://adirondackinspired.com Monica–Adirondack Inspired

    I love it! Gorgeous photos, too. My machine does not shirr either, it’s really horrible. I love everyone’s Washi dresses but my lack of shirring skills has prevented me from trying it out. This is so beautiful though, I love the beautiful inside. I can’t figure out how you did the darts to make them look so nice inside, but then again, I’ve yet to actually sew one! Well done, a sheet has never looked so good!

    • Teresa

      Aww thanks, making sheets look good is my all time goal!

  • http://peachesandbees.blogspot.com Annie

    Great dress! No one would think you made it out of a sheet! I admire dresses made beautifully inside and out :)

    • Teresa

      Thanks Annie…I’m really trying to slow down this year and make the insides look as nice as the outsides!

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  • Rae Hoekstra

    Aww yay this is fantastic!! Not sure how I missed this before, but it’s great! Just started following your blog, and I love all your handmade wardrobe stuff!!

    • http://www.dandeliondrift.com/ Teresa Behr

      Awww…thanks Rae! Super fan girl moment over here! I know that’s silly, but you just started following my blog! All seriousness though, great pattern! I like your style :)