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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!).

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

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.

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

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!

Work In Progress :: Washi Dress

Washi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

As I was snapping this picture Sweet Pea walked by and said…

Sweet Pea: “Whatcha taking a pictures of?”

Me:  “A dress that I’m seam ripping.”

Sweat Pea:  “Why would someone want to see a picture of that?”

Well, the point of this pictures is to show you (and me, ha) that making something takes time.  And often it involves mistakes.  This one was just a mistake in style for me.  I sewed the washi dress with the expansion pack (poofy shouldered sleeves, a neck tie), things that ended up just not looking good on me.  (This style has looked good on so many other sewists out there, it just doesn’t work on my broad swimming shoulders!  I’ve showed you a picture of me before in poofy sleeves…it just doesn’t work!)  So this dress sat, and sat, and sat next to my sewing machine for months.  This week I am finally ripping those sleeves off to put cap sleeves on.  And I’ve removed the front tie and I’m replacing it with a simple facing (all part of the washi pattern).

Made any mistakes lately?  Working on anything new?