1.05.2013

Another Washi Dress

 We're headed to Florida soon and my thoughts are on warmer weather.  Perfect excuse to whip up another Washi Dress.  I like my first Washi Dress, it definitely needed some fit adjustments.
 This time around, I made some adjustments to the bust.  I moved the darts up a bit, shortened the bust, brought the shoulders in and widened the neck.  I also cut just about 2 inches out of the middleI also did a partial lining instead of the facings.  Rae has a series of videos to walk you through it.  I think it's actually easier than the facings.  I had my computer next to my machine and it felt like Rae and I were sewing together.  How fun!
 The result of my haphazard adjustments is a shockingly perfect fit!  This is my first attempt at fitting and makes me think that I might actually invest in a dress form.  I've got my eye on this one

I really like adding a tie to the Washi.  This time I made it wider and added some belt loops to the side.  
I'm sooo happy with this dress. I picked this fabric up on clearance for $2/yard and really didn't think it was that great. I figured for the price it would make a good muslin. 
I think my next venture is going to be figuring out how to add an invisible zipper to the back.

10 comments:

  1. That fabric is gorgeous on you!

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  2. Nicely done! It does look to fit you so perfectly, though the first one looked good as well.

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  3. you made some awesome improvements! Love the before and after, as i read through the changes I'd do an oooooh, yes yeah that IS different... lots of head nodding. :) thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love your Washi! The fabric is gorgeous. I just finished my first Washi and am already thinking of what adjustments I should make to my next one, so I appreciate you sharing your fitting decisions!

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  5. Love the fabric of your dress. For my 'winter'version of the dress (living in Belgium) I also shortened te bust part, and adjusted te back so I didn't had to use shirring and I have put an invisible zipper on te side.

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  6. I have never commented on your blog before but I have to say, the dress in the bright fabric looks STUNNING on you!

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  7. I love the fabric you used, and what a bargain! :) I just made my first washi on the weekend, I found the dart placement was OK for me, but I think next time I too will reduce the length of the bodice. Did you then also move the shirring up? (My bottom row of shirring lines up perfectly with the bottom of the bodice). I also widened and deepened the neckline and am happy with that :) Have you heard of Swedish Tracing Paper? I just mention it as I used it for the first time making this dress and it was handing to use it as pattern pieces and a muslim. It is very helpful for getting the fit right :) If you are interested you can see my Washi at the bottom of this post :) http://prettybobbins.blogspot.com/2013/01/sunday-stash-and-washi-dress-for-me.html

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