I mentioned that I had made a dress with umbrella fabric from this post and here it is. You may have noticed this dress already, it was peeking out in this post. It’s my red umbrella Washi Dress and what better place to photograph an umbrella dress than on castle grounds in Ireland. Right. You have to forgive the many wrinkles, these photos were taken after being caught in a rain storm (ironic, I know.) and sitting in a car for hours.
My husband was kind enough to be my castle grounds photographer. How much fun is this fabric? As soon as I saw it here I was in love. It’s from an etsy designer, New Mom Designs, and all of her fabric prints are so playful and swoon-worthy as well as completely organic. The fabric itself is cotton and a bit stiff, poplin-like, which gave this washi dress the perfect a-line shape. It was a splurge but so worth it for such a unique design, I used gift money my lovely mother-in-law sent me. I love, love, love this dress.
It’s definitely my most fun and comfortable dress. The pattern is, of course, the Washi dress from Made by Rae. I love how relaxed the Washi is and it produces a dress so casual and prepared for everyday wear but at the same time dressy enough to feel just slightly dressed up.
I think when most people think of dresses with novelty prints, they opt for a retro look and I love the retro-style dresses out there. Retro just doesn’t fit my lay-in-the-grass, now play soccer, then make lunches and now crawl-around-and-look-for-a-missing-Lego life. The Washi, on the other hand, can handle all of this in stride with the exception of a few character building wrinkles, perhaps.
I am willing to branch out, however, so if you have any recommendations for other everyday dresses let me know, would you? I can handle change. I have been eyeing the Go Anywhere dress from Sewn and they even have it at my favorite shop. Anyone tried that, it looks so cute.
Oh, I almost forgot! I brought this dress along on our family trip so I could stick to my Summer of No Pants goal of three dresses or skirts a week. Wahoo for sticking to goals! Even little ones.