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Yep, made my first Washi Dress.  I seriously had to make it, like. right. now., so I didn’t have to watch everyone in the entire sewing community make one until I fooled around enough and eventually made one in twenty years or so.

Firstly, it is so comfy.  The shirring on the back makes this probably one of the most comfortable garments I’ve ever made.  I have pretty wide shoulders and usually a lot of patterns are pretty snug, but this is perfect.

Secondly, I love the little sleeves.  They’re really similar to the dress that I made here, so cute, and give just the right amount of coverage!

Thirdly, the flexibility.  I’m pretty sure anyone who makes one will want to make multiple versions and put on their own little washi parade.  I think I’m going to plan on making a sleeveless version for wintertime to wear to work with a cardigan, maybe a tunic or two.  I really am a pants kind of girl.

I made this in a medium.  I tried muslins in both medium and large sizes, but I’m glad I went with the medium.  I might even try doing an SBA on my next one.

Fabric is Summerlove by Art Gallery.  a leetle  bit wrinkly, but it’ll work!

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51 Responses to washi

  1. beth lehman 08.15.2012 at 6:52 pm #

    anna ~ it is gorgeous!!! so lovely on you and so flattering!! perfection. i can see it as a tunic with some jeans….

  2. Katy Cameron 08.15.2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Both you and the dress look gorgeous! It would look fab in all the variations you suggested too :o)

  3. Emily Schildhouse 08.15.2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Gorgeous! And I love the fabric you picked – very golden summery!

  4. christinaree 08.15.2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Awesome! I made one too and it is so comfy!

  5. Lindsey R. :: LRstitched 08.15.2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous! This pattern is on my list, can’t wait to make it.

  6. Vanessa 08.15.2012 at 7:43 pm #

    So pretty! Those colors look awesome on you!

  7. KJ@letsgoflyakite 08.15.2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Beautiful, lovely colour on you!

  8. Cherie 08.15.2012 at 8:00 pm #

    So puuurty!! I love the colors – they remind me of summer turning into fall. And I’m dying to make a lil Washi parade of my own too. The only problem is deciding which fabric to make it with first! I swear, each new fabric I see, I think, “that’d make a cute washi!” 😛

  9. ~ko 08.15.2012 at 8:11 pm #

    So lovely! The fabric is delightful and the cut looks perfect! Great job :)

  10. Carrie P. 08.15.2012 at 8:42 pm #

    really pretty. great colors on you too.

  11. Faith Jones 08.15.2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Looks awesome on you! I think we should all wear our Washi’s on Friday night at the Sewing Summit. :)

  12. Kelly O. 08.15.2012 at 9:07 pm #

    I think this is going to be my first ever garment making endeavour! I just love it! and it has looked great on every size person I’ve seen it on! I need this pattern–I wish we lived closer so you could help me make it but I’m certainly going to give it my best effort!

  13. Jenny 08.15.2012 at 9:40 pm #


  14. cateoh 08.15.2012 at 9:51 pm #

    I looks beautiful, now I’m even more eager to make one! ,

  15. Julie 08.15.2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Beautiful. Love the colors!

  16. Michelle Jensen 08.15.2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Very Cute Dress! I really like it. I would never make a muslin, I just pray that my sewing talents take me that far… which they don’t, lol. I think that the fit is great. I haven’t ventured too far into clothes making. I know things are just intimidating until you try but sometimes they are intimidating when you try. At least sometimes :) Great dress, thanks for sharing.

  17. Carolyn 08.15.2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Your version looks fantastic…I love the color and fabric that your chose (I’m so jealous that you can pull off orange)!

  18. Deb 08.15.2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Awesome job Anna!

  19. Elaine 08.15.2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Your washi looks great Anna! I jus got done making the muslin for a tunic version. I can’t wait to see the others that you make.

  20. janeylulu 08.15.2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Gorgeous! It looks wonderful you AND incredibly well-made! I just bought some of that fabric, now I wish I had bought enough to make myself a dress (and that I had the skill to do so).

  21. Jessica 08.15.2012 at 10:25 pm #

    How does one dress just look so good on EVERYONE? I love that fabric, art gallery is always the softest.

  22. Emily 08.15.2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Lovely on you! :)

  23. Brooke Crook 08.15.2012 at 10:47 pm #

    What a great looking washi! Love how it turned out. I am also addicted to this amazing pattern and have started on my second one already!

  24. Twins Squared 08.15.2012 at 10:53 pm #

    You did a really great job and you look terrific! I just purchased my pattern and my fabric is in the wash! Squeal!!!! I can’t wait!

  25. SoozeM 08.15.2012 at 11:00 pm #

    It’s gorgeous, the fabric is divine and you look lovely in it :)

  26. Fab 08.15.2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Very nice, you look very pretty!:)

  27. **nicke... 08.16.2012 at 12:09 am #

    i can’t wait to make one.

  28. {Leila}Where the Orchids Grow 08.16.2012 at 1:19 am #

    This colour suits you so well Anna you picked the perfect fabric for this dress! You look lovely!

  29. gail 08.16.2012 at 2:17 am #

    oh so beautiful on you, anna! love that necklace, too!

  30. MooNi 08.16.2012 at 2:18 am #

    What a wonderful dress! Pretty colours!


  31. kristin 08.16.2012 at 2:59 am #

    so gorgeous, anna! that fabric is so summery and beautiful on you. i agree, i’m thinking tunic will be great in the fall with jeans. and my washi #3 fabric just got pre-washed today…we’ll see when i get to it. 😉

  32. Jacinta 08.16.2012 at 4:33 am #

    Wow well done! looks so good.

  33. Nat at Made in Home 08.16.2012 at 4:33 am #

    Such a great summer dress!!

  34. Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts 08.16.2012 at 8:10 am #

    Anna, you look beautiful! That dress is lovely on you. I’ve been admiring it and you surely picked a beautiful fabric to make it in. A tunic will be great for fall too! Can’t wait to see yours. You always inspire me!

  35. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy 08.16.2012 at 9:45 am #

    Gah! I need to get on that! Love how your turned out. I keep going back and forth between the maxi or midi – I think you may have pushed me towards the maxi – love it! You look great Anna!

  36. Danielle 08.16.2012 at 12:47 pm #

    I love it! It’s the perfect dress. And don’t worry…I will be the last person to make one of these. I’m always last;)

  37. Erin 08.16.2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Anna, that color is stunning on you! So beautiful…

  38. SaraJ 08.16.2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Love the fabric and great job! Washi on list of my things to do!

  39. Larissa 08.16.2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Starting to get the fever myself. Yours is such a beautiful fabric. Did you make it to match the necklace? LOL. ‘Cause that necklace is PERFECT.

  40. holly | bijou lovely 08.16.2012 at 3:43 pm #

    It’s so gorgeous Anna! Love the fabric you chose. I really want to make a tunic soon but can’t decide what fabric I want to use :)

  41. Jeni 08.16.2012 at 7:58 pm #

    LOVE! You are gorgeous, Anna! I am going crazy, I want to make one so badly! If only we weren’t on vacation this week, I’d be stitching up a Washi storm! 😉

  42. Poppyprint 08.16.2012 at 8:39 pm #

    You always make clothes look easy, maybe because everything you make looks so lovely on you! Perfect necklace!!

  43. Cindy 08.16.2012 at 9:22 pm #

    So pretty, Anna!! Love the fabric you chose!:)

  44. AGP 08.17.2012 at 6:55 am #

    This is absolutely beautifull Home

  45. Sarah 08.17.2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Beautiful!! I am always in awe of the stuff you create. You look more and more like your mother. :)

  46. sewVery 08.17.2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Ok. I am seriously loving all the dresses made from this pattern. I may have to buy the pattern and try sewing again for myself!

  47. luvinthemommyhood 08.17.2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….love!!!! I’m getting ready to make mine next week! Can;t wait!!!!!! You look gorgeous m’dear…gorgeous!

  48. Sew Much Ado 08.20.2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Oh Anna! It’s beautiful, and you look beautiful wearing it! I love your fabric choice.

  49. Dahlia 08.21.2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Beautiful dress Anna! You are amazing!!

  50. quirky granola girl 08.23.2012 at 8:49 pm #

    oh my! that dress pattern is fabulous and i adore your version. that fabric goes really well with your coloring. i’ve been waffling over starting to sew clothes for myself. i should know that your blog will keep inspiring me in that direction :)

  51. dana 08.27.2012 at 9:14 pm #

    you look gorgeous! pretty dress!

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