When it comes to garment sewing, I usually only make things for children. It's not quite as intimidating, it takes very little fabric, and if you screw up - it usually looks pretty darn cute on them nonetheless. Plus, I'll be honest, I absolutely hate my body after two kids (we weren't great friends before kids either), so why spend the time and money to make something for myself when the entire aspect of clothing, fit, and size really depresses me anyways?
Enter the Washi Dress. I was lucky enough to be at a sew-in a few months ago when Rae was working on a muslin for this pattern, and pretty much fell in love with it after she basically forced me to try it on. The fit was fantastic, and it was super flattering - hiding all of my not so lovely areas. Ever since that night, I had been practically stalking Rae to get my hands on this pattern, and my patience (or lack thereof) was finally rewarded when I got to test this pattern a few weeks ago.
The pattern itself is incredibly easy to follow with lots of pictures and diagrams, and sews up quickly once you've made it a couple of times. So much so, that I've already made three of them! The floral version above was my first attempt at the tunic style (a bit too short for my liking - but I've been informed that the pattern has been adjusted to add some extra length anyways :)
Oh yeah, another reason I have never been a fan of sewing clothes for myself? I really hate being on the other side of the camera. Blech.
This is version number two, made out of this lovely print from Tula Pink's new line, The Birds and the Bees.
And then here is my latest washi, made out of Sketch in Turquoise. I'm in LooooooooVE! And what you can't tell from any of these photos is that this dress has pockets! Perfect for holding all of the acorns, rocks, and playmobil animals that Phoebe is always giving me.
So basically, this pattern rocks. Many of my friends have tried the dress on as well, and it's amazing how great it looks on all of them - even with their different sizes and shapes! It's super versatile and you can play with the length, neckline, and there's even an additional pattern piece to add sleeves - so you can sew a myriad of different versions. Buy it and make tons of dresses and tunics. I plan on pretty much replacing my entire wardrobe with washi dresses!
***I heard from Rae that the Washi Dress pattern should be available this week! Keep checking her site and I'll post a link once it's available!