Saturday, October 12, 2013

W-w-w-w-ashi Dress

Happy weekend to you all! Ours is drawing to an end here, but it has been a fun one.

Yesterday we had Little M's daycare open day. I volunteered at the cake stall and it was a beautifully warm day. So I wore a frock. A Made By Rae Washi frock.


I actually made this a while back, but for one reason or another I haven't worn it. I do like it, but I find it slightly constricting due to the wide elastic at the back, and the cotton very slightly rough.


I made a size M in organic cotton by Rashida Coleman-Haye. You can enter her name on etsy and find it easily. It was about $13/m. I would describe this as a nice quilting cotton. I haven't made a garment in quilting cotton since I learnt to sew, and I find it a little rough against the skin - more so because this dress is unlined.

I made a size M and added 5cm in length to the bodice. I also used an elastic casing with 3cm wide elastic at the back instead of the shirring. I regret this as I think it makes the front bodice too firm. Apart from that I made the dress as per instructions.



Piggie tails! Her first ones ever. Ridiculously gorgeous. 
So there you have it. A Washi dress. I got a lot of lovely compliments yesterday, but the truth is that I don't feel that comfortable in it. I also feel like there is a slight pregnancy vibe to it. I think I look better with a bodice that is fitted to my natural waist, rather than this empire style. I also don't think I'll be going back to this type of cotton either - maybe I've spoilt myself after sewing so much Liberty Lawn? Mmmm... Liberty Lawn. So buttery and soft.

Pattern: Made By Rae Washi Dress
Fabric: Rashida Coleman-Haye organic cotton
Notions: 3cm wide elastic
Alterations: lengthened bodice by 5cm, changed shirring to elastic casing

14 comments:

  1. Cute photobombing! The fabric is a great pattern and I can see why you got loads of compliments. I agree, it is hard to go back to using quilting cotton for clothes after sewing with other fabrics :)

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    1. Haha thanks! She loves getting in on the photos. We look at photos of her all day long - I think I'm bringing up a narcissist!

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  2. I like it and the photo bombing! I also have some dress length pieces of quilting cotton but can't seem to get motivated to make them into dresses. You are not helping either :)

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    1. Sorry love. I'm usually such an enabler too!

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  3. Nawww! Best photobomb ever! The pattern of this cotton is so lovely though after the majesty of Liberty it must have been a shock. More Liberty I say!

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    1. I reckon! Girl after my own heart.

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  4. Very lovely. I too use quilting fabric for my clothes - as a former quilter I have quite a stash to use up!! I find it quite ok - but then i haven't had the good fortune to be spoiled by Tana Lawn. Perhaps I can acquire a new habit!! Cheers, Karen

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    1. Lawn is so lovely to wear. It is incredibly soft. Buy some!!

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  5. Your garments are so well-made! It's funny, but Rae and a few other indy designers recommend quilting cotton and while I know they're not all created equal, I can't imagine that it's all that comfortable, which your review supports. I guess you don't know unless you try! (Anna's Washi is 100% cotton and she was pleased with hers. I wonder if it's quilting weight.)

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    1. Aw thank you! I don't think Anna's was quilting weight. I think it might have been lawn....?

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  6. haha pigtails! cute...
    The dress looks really good despite its non comfortability. The colour is great on you. I have been eyeing off the pattern but feel a bit funny in empire line thing too...
    Its a great print!

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    1. Thanks! It is weird how much I don't want to wear it again.... Especially as I really wanted to make it in the first place. Ah well!

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  7. That fabric is gorgeous! So funny that you say about the pregnancy vibe because I've seen a maternity version I loved and want to recreate next time round. But in saying that on you it doesn't look pregnancy at all. In fact it looks gorgeous!

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  8. Love love love the print but I have to agree that the
    pattern isn't the most flattering. Not on you specifically - just in general. I've often wondered if I was missing out on something with the multitudes of Washi dresses on the blogosphere but your post has confirmed that I can remove it from my maybe list of things to make! Ta!

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