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.)
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!
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!).
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.
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!
All and all I love my new dress!
So I have a confession to make. I am a habitual project starter, and not always the best project finisher. It’s something I’m working on, but when I get an idea, I drop all that I am doing and start working on this new idea. And then (sadly) I don’t always finish what I had dropped. Am I the only one? I think that might be a creative thing?!? Or maybe I’m just trying to convince myself that it’s something I shouldn’t be concerned about!
So the washi dress I showed you last week. It is so close to being done. I just have the tiniest bit of hand stitching left to finish it up. But before I could finish that hand stitching the prettiest Robert Kaufman fabric came in the mail, which led me to buy this new pattern, which led me to forget to finish my washi…ack! Almost there!
P.S. This new pattern, the Cabin dress, is by a new to me designer. I bought it because of the pockets. But I love little features in the PDF pattern that say “Next Row” or “Done” to help you with taping the pattern together. Genius idea!
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?