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|Made By Rae: Washi Dress (Washi Dress) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||9/11/13 5:47 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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from Rae's website "This sweet and ﬂattering dress features a cut-out scoop neckline, an above-the-knee hemline, pockets, and shirring in the back for an easy, comfortable ﬁt. No zippers or closures are needed, making it a wonderful project for the intermediate sewist! The pattern can be made without sleeves, with a basic scoop neckline, as a tunic, or with a longer skirt to achieve a large number of different looks. You’ll be thrilled with all of the variations you can create with this fantastic pattern!"
XS - XXL; I had massive problems with the sizing. Bear with me here, this gets detailed and long.
My measurements put me exactly at a size medium. I cut and traced. Then it didn't fit. at. all. The medium was clearly way too big. My upper chest was like a balloon of fabric and the sides puffed out as well. Then the pattern sat again because I just didn't want to deal with it. The bust darts were re-worked time and time again.
I picked it up again in May and attempted to do my own modifying, making muslin #2 but it still wouldn't fit right. At this point it became a hopeless mess. I didn't want to give up but I was seriously deflated by all the "perfect fitting" Washi's popping up everywhere.
In August I picked up an excellent book (of which I highly recommend and use a lot now). The Busy Woman's Fitting Book by Nancy Zieman
Seriously cheap on Amazon and seriously worth a lot more.
I learned more about my body and how to fit it than any other book I've read through, and I've read many. There are no convoluted hard to understand steps in this book. It is fast, easy, and works. It is a pivot and draw sort of method that my brain understands. That slash and move crap confuses me. (more to follow in the alterations spot)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes after I ironed out all the fitting issues.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are superb. Rae explains things very well. The pictures are super helpful too.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really love the design of the Washi.
I like how it looks on people and I wanted one! lol.
the pattern instructions are written wonderfully
printing and taping all the pieces. yuk.
It uses a lot of fabric for such a small tank/tunic
Riley Blake Flutter Dream Blue 100% cotton, 2 yards. $14.38, from fabric.com Jan 20th, 2013
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used a size Small, recommended by Nancy and my measurements. Then I performed a square shoulder alteration (OMG the difference with this is huge - I'll always do this now). I also did a full bust adjustment. Now I know I don't have a large bust and all but my measurements between my high bust and full bust show that I do need the FBA. I wanted to argue but went with it anyway. It worked! Also, the bust dart was completely moved up 3/4". Muslin #3 was much better. The only thing to address was the front and back neck gape of a freaking inch! ~ This happens a lot for me.
Muslin #4 I used a slick technique I found Here at Phat Chick Designs. I slope or slant out the front and back neck 1/2 inch and the muslin was perfect. Sigh. of. relief.
The Washi itself was not hard to sew up at all. I went with the tunic length and no pockets. I didn't use facings - detest them. I used self-made bias and the tutorial over at the Grainline Studio website Here to insert it for the neck and arms. I should have went with the 1/4 but I had already made the bias up and didn't want to trim it at this point.
I also used 1/4" elastic x 3 instead of shirring for the back and used my self-made bias for the casing.
My back measurement from seam to seam of the knit shirt I had on at the time was 17" so I went with 15" for the elastic but after sewing down the ends on each side it was more like 14" long.
After trying the tunic on it hit right were my thighs are the largest so I didn't think that was a good idea. Plus I'm a pear shape so I should have went with the front "skirt" in a M instead of a S. I took off 2.5" in length and put in 1/2" hem by folding up 1/2" and then again 1/2". I think the length looks much better on me now.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend it because it is highly popular. I hope others do not have the fit issues I had. Honestly I don't know if it is just my body or the pattern.
The sewing and end product are awesome. It was getting the fit that was so difficult. I see from my pictures that I have a bit more to work on. I see some pulling lines around the bust still so I'll go back and see about altering them 1/2" instead of 1/4" for next time. I also have a bit of tightness in the armholes. I will take off 1/4" to 1/2" in the front next time.
Tons and tons more pictures and info on the blog. Thanks!
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