Made it: Washi Dress

September 27, 2014

I did it. I finally felt brave enough to try and make myself something to wear. I decided to use this navy polka dot fabric from my local sewing store for my first try. I have some special quilting cotton set aside for a dress but I had to have a go at it first. I wanted to make myself a Washi dress – I have had the pattern for a while but after talking to Joanne at Fat Quarterly Retreat and admiring her Anna Maria Horner Echinacea version I had to try.

It is not perfect – I managed to sew the neckline facings to the front of the dress – happy this is an option for contrast fabric and on this fabric it hardly shows up at all. It was a very proud moment when I cracked the shirring – it wasn’t easy and without this video explaining what I needed to do to my machine I would never have done it. I messed up the armhole binding, but I know what I did wrong.

I love the dress. It fits well and it has pockets which all dresses should have. The fabric does not photograph well so sorry if it sends your eyes funny!




I have already started my next one in my precious Cotton & Steel fabric, for a wedding that I am going to this weekend. I can see many Washi dresses in my future.

This was one of my projects in my Finish Along 2014 – Q3 list.

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  • Reply Ellie Horry September 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Gorgeous! Good job!
    Totally agree about dresses needing pockets. I think it should be the law that ALL dresses should have pockets.
    X E
    Ps, we are sandal twins, love my yellow Saltwaters nearly as much as I loved my orange ones last summer…

    • Reply Kelly September 27, 2014 at 8:31 am

      You have orange ones? I am so jealous. There’s a pair of orange converse I have my eye on at the moment…

  • Reply Nat September 27, 2014 at 10:55 am

    It’s gorgeous Kel, well done and when are you taking orders?
    Loving the hair cut Xxx

    • Reply Kelly October 4, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Thanks lovely. Miss you x

  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca September 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous – I love the pattern and the neckline: you are a very talented lady.

    Lizzie’s Daily Blog

    • Reply Kelly October 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

      I am very impressed with myself and have already made a new one!

  • Reply (Mostly) Yummy Mummy September 29, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    So so gorgeous!

    • Reply Kelly October 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Thank you lovely. It is so comfy.

  • Reply Marly October 4, 2014 at 10:50 am

    A lovely dress, and the “learning experience moments” don’t show at all. As long as it’s comfortable you are set. I once made a dress with two left sleeves; it was not comfortable at all, (rather like a straight jacket) and rapidly became sleeveless!

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