Washi Dress for ME!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

washi love, washi love!!!  it's taken me forever to finally get the armholes of my washi dress done but i finally did!!! yay! i used a vintage mustard bias trim and love it! it's a fun pop of color just for me on the inside of the dress.  i wore my washi out for my hubbies xmas work party this past weekend and before you judge the pics above let me tell you they were taken at midnight after the hubs and i had (some...ahem) drinky drinks.  this momma was not feeling any pain and boy was it amazing to be out with the hubs without our children for a night.  it was sooooooo nice.  we don't get to go out very often (i mean like 1-2 times a year) so it's a big treat for us to go out for an adult evening :) 

i loved that i could wear a dress that i made.  it was such a thrill!  i love this dress....i love it so much i've worn it about 3 other times since saturday...haha.  i know the pics above are crappy lighting and the dress is wrinkled but i couldn't resist sharing them.  they felt real.   they felt like me...being a goof and capturing a moment for me when i was feeling free and content with my body.  i love that rae's washi dress makes me feel like that.  it hides my flaws and shows off my good assets.  i have never felt more comfy in a dress before. it's a fab feeling!

i plan on making the tunic version next and will be trying out rae's version with the elastic on the waistline instead of the shirring.  i had a tricky time with the shirring placement for my body.  it's the only negative for me with this pattern and that's me being very, very picky.  i never seemed to get the right amount for it to hang right over my hips an butt and i made the mistake of sewing the side seams before trying on the back to see if the shirring was good.  i had to rip open a section of the sides and try to add lines of shirring and take away some and it was a nightmare.  they still aren't perfect but i don't care. i love it anyways. 

i'm also leaning towards doing the peter pan collar for my tunic and a few other of rae's tricks like the longer sleeve.  i can't wait to get started on it.  the nice thing about being done the first washi is that i have already made a muslin and a dress and can just make as many as i want  knowing they will fit :)  the paunch is hidden and the girls (aka my boobs) are happy in the bodice. 

the washi i made was done using the dress pattern and i did the short sleeves and the fully sewn down yoke and hemmed that bad boy short.  well short for me. i really wanted to wear this with tights and/or leggings and found the shorter length was way more flattering and slimming on me than the at knee or just above length that i normally wear. it slimmed my legs and made me look taller.  so i'm so happy i dared to make a big change like that from what i would normally wear.  it suits my wardrobe better now and is way more versatile for me to wear with different shoes and boots with the shorter length.  i'm also thankful for all the lovely compliments and helpful suggestions on tight colors to choose from when i posted a sneak peek instagram shot. you ladies are AWESOME! you can read the convo here which has a pic where you can see the length of the dress better.  i'm still on the hunt for some colored tights like suggested (mustard or teal) so in the meantime the grey has been a great match for brown shoes and boots.

i made a size xl and did not have to do a full bust adjustment.  the xl fit me perfectly.  the darts were right where i wanted them and there was no armhole or back neck gaping which is a problem i always have with garments. thank you rae!  i love that this dress helped me to get over my fear of sewing a fitted bodice for me.  i highly recommend doing a muslin before you make this dress and taking the time to get a great fit.  you can find out lots of information about doing a muslin and sizing etc from this great post rae has written and also from the pattern itself. 

-  anna maria horner's print fine feathered in colorway pomegranate from her new line field study from fabricworm.
- vintage mustard colored pre-made bias tape for armholes.

- washi dress by rae hoekstra (made by rae)
- size made: XL
- full bust adjustment: none
- length: mid thigh
- helpful link: sewing women's clothing post from rae (great for tips on sizing and muslins)

have you made a washi dress yet?  what version did you make?  have you made a dress for yourself before?  what is your fave pattern to use?  spill the beans...i'm dying to see your washi's ladies!


  1. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS POST!!! I have had my finger hovering over the "buy this nownownow" button repeatedly - I just love it and you are SO VERY cute in it.

    I love what you had to say about it and I really appreciate that you like it so much and are so positive about it. It's really wonderful.

    Good for you my dear - this may just be my january project :).

    1. Aw thanks Christy! You are too sweet!

      I totally think you should "buy now, buy now buy now!!" You'll love it and it's quick to make too!

      Happy holidays luv!

  2. I am so excited to finally see this in action!!

    You are so cute and adorbs...and I'm thrilled this fits you. Grr about the shirring issues, but yes, so it goes.

    Thanks for writing such sweet things about the Washi!! I'm so thrilled you love it.

  3. Look at you and your cute self! You look A-dorable.

    I keep wanting to make a few things for myself but they just keep getting pushed onto the back burner...one day...

  4. You are so stinking cute Shannon! Love your washi, and I love that you took the time to sew something for yourself, and I love that you took pics slightly under the influence. Of yes you did. And I love you for it!!!

    You rock on :)

  5. Awwww....love you guys :) xoxoxoxox you made my day :)

  6. I bet you are so proud of this. It's lovely! The fabric is lovely too!
    Emma x

  7. Cute!! Looks great! Can't wait to see the next version =)

  8. It's GORGEOUS!!! Oh my goodness, from the fabric choice to the fit, it's just perfect!

  9. Beautiful work, as always. I'm dying to make my own Washi, especially in a maxi length, but I'm still searching for the perfect fabric. I love your combination of the shorter dress with tights.

  10. Super cute! Love the fabric and it's very flattering!

  11. It's so happy and pretty! I love it!

  12. You look great! It must feel pretty great to rock something of that magnitude that you made for yourself. And yay for getting out and having fun! I hope you got to be (carefully) ripped out of your Washi. Muahahaha

  13. It's looking like the XL is going to be a pretty perfect fit on me as well, I'm nervous I may get gaping at the back neck, but that's with just the bodice/skirt so we'll see. Wish me luck! ;) I do think I'll have to be careful in it with my posture, poor posture will have me looking preggo for sure. I really really like how the bodice fits though!

  14. Your Washi looks great on you. I just finished my first one the other day and I *love* it so much. I still have to take some pics though. I totally agree that it hides any parts you might want to hide and highlights others.

  15. hello, just me catching up on my feeds which i apparently hadn't cleared out for a few weeks. couldn't let this post pass without me telling you how amazing you look in the washi, and i'm glad i'm not the only one that has done slightly buzzed dress modeling in blogland! hehe. hope you're enjoying a nice holiday break!


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