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I finally made The Washi Dress

DSCN9939I finally made the super-popular Washi Dress from Made by Rae.  Rae recently released her crazy-popular digital pattern in paper form and I was lucky enough to be asked to make a sample dress for my favorite shop Rock Paper Scissors.  The pattern and the fabric were given to me and the dress currently lives in the shop.  I did manage to snap a few (awful) shots of me (on a cloud day) wearing the dress before I sent it off.  The fabric is from Violet Craft, her Waterfront Park line, and it really is perfect.

washi in violetcraftPeople are totally mad about this dress and I get it. It has pockets and a sweet little cutout in the bodice. The empire waist is a really flattering cut on most women as well.  I know it certainly is for me. I made the small size because the pattern suggested making the size that matches your bust measurement.  Ah yes, that would be small. Unfortunately, it is a little tight in the shoulders.  It fits really well everywhere else. The fit on this dress is almost guaranteed to be pretty good, at least in the bodice,  because it has elastic shirring in the back that will keep the front of the dress looking cute and tight.  The shirring also ensures it is comfortable to wear without requiring lots of fussy effort to get a perfect fitting bodice.

I made a second Washi to try to correct for the tight shoulders.  I didn’t want to go entirely up to a size M because I was afraid of making it really bulky in the skirt (you know, my fear of looking pregnant).  Instead, I altered the pattern to be an M on top and size S on the bottom…basically the complete opposite of what I usually need to do.

washi dress in denise schmidtIt mostly worked.  The shoulders fit better for sure.

shoulder detail on my washi

 For some reason the bust darts are droopy, which has never happened before.  The pattern has a unique way of constructing the darts, the fabric that usually makes up the darts is completely cut away.  It helps to reduce the bulk that sometimes can build up around darts and I had no problem with the first dress…not sure why I have boob droop on this one.  I was a little disappointed with this fabric, it’s from Denyse Schmidt and is really cute up close but kind of drab from far away.  A Washi shouldn’t be drab!  A Washi is a chance to show off a fun print!  So, that’s a bummer.  It looks better when I wear my red sweater.

washi in dotsBy the way, my lovely husband took the pictures of me in the second dress and apparently it is very hard for me to avoid smirking when he’s taking the pictures.

Have you made a washi? Did you have boob droop?  Any helpful alterations you would suggest?  I do want to make another in voile, probably this. Has anyone made a washi in voile? Did it need to be lined?  I’m concerned about making a see-through dress. I have many questions today, clearly.  I need much guidance.  I think if I got it just right I would make a closetful of Washi dresses, I just need the perfect tweaks.

meet pepper!

there is really no telling, of the things I make, what is going to be a hit with the boys.  they love their t-shirts and quilts but the bucket hats…meh.

that is why I am so happy to introduce pepper the penguin, a much beloved new member of the family.
Pepper the Penquin

I find pepper tucked under a blanket in the playroom and I find pepper at the bottom of a pile of stuffed animals.  it’s a good sign.  pepper is in the mix and having quite a few secret adventures.
pepper plays

this is the first true-blue stuffed animal I have made and I have to say it’s really exciting to make a stuffed animal and have it look, well, like a real stuffed animal!  the pattern is from abby glassenberg design and I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for this pattern.

    pepper attaches

the good news is the complete pattern was released today and it’s an exciting 2-in-1 pattern with pepper in fabric or crochet.  abby obviously knows her stuff when it comes to making softies and her patterns prove it…this one was clear and thorough even in draft form.  now, I am tempted to make a shark and shake things up for old pepper, just kidding…I am only tempted, that’s all.

pepper was actually such a hit that C wanted one too.  he has very specific ideas about how his penguin needed to dress.  I had to take notes, he insisted.  it turned out very, ahem, colorful.  they are pretty good friends these two, pepper and pepper.
pepper gets a friend

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