Friday, May 10, 2013

Washi Dress

There's a rumor that Lilly Pulitzer never wore anything under her shifts... this dress feels so good I'm tempted to do the same;-)

In case you didn't recognize it, this is the fabulous Washi Dress by Made by Rae.  I picked up the printed version of the pattern at Quilter's Way and used this awesome Denim yarn dyed Essex linen. This pattern is extremely easy and goes together quickly.  That said, I totally did it wrong but somehow still managed to pull it off :-)

For the sleeveless version there should only be three pieces.  I missed the instruction to tape the back pattern pieces together and did it in four but must have at least understood the intention and added seam allowance because it still matched up.  It's a little bunchy in the back but I think if I had done it correctly or added another row of shirring it would have been perfect.

One of the best things about this pattern is that Rae provides tons of extra tutorials on her blog for customizing the fit and making variations.  I wanted to do a full lining with this adorable Little Folks voile by Anna Maria Horner.  It was a piece of cake after I watched her videos.

I made a size large and there's just a bit of gaping at the neckline.  Possibly sloppy cutting on my part but next time I'll cut the neckline and armholes for a size medium.  I also had to shorten it by about 3" but at 5' 2" that's pretty standard.  My most favorite thing, the pockets!!!  I've already bought fabric to make another one and will definitely be making the maxi version.  Be warned, I am going to be living in these dresses this summer!

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. I like your Washi Dress! It looks cute on you. The Liberty facing is such a lovely touch. I made one this week, too, and have a similar problem with neckline gaping. I hope making a smaller size fixes the problem, because I want to make a bunch too.

  2. It's adorable!! You did an awesome job! Love that linen, and the voile must feel amazing!

  3. I keep meaning to make this dress, and then I always forget until I see a cute one! Lovely work!

  4. The dress is beautiful! Love it and does seem very comfortable.I followed your link and saw the top too. May be I can make a top since I don't wear dress that often.

    Great job!

  5. It looks gorgeous on you! I am going to make the tunic.... someday :)

  6. It looks so great on you! Awesome job.

  7. You look adorable in that dress. Congrats on such a nice job!!