Friday 12 July 2013

From K - Wonderful Washi Dress Finish

More than half a year ago Amanda came to visit me in Calgary, and even before her plane landed I had already plotted out a giant 'sewing hit list' because lets be honest, makings lists is totally my style. Item nĂºmero uno on said list? A Washi dress!

I fell hard for Rae's Washi Dress pattern the first time I spotted it, and wanted desperately to give it a try. My problem was definitely fear though, because the last time I tailored a clothing item was more than a decade ago. While this pattern isn't tremendously tailored, the fitted bodice provided a few challenges for me.

While I may be blessed with a very long torso (I'm 5' 11.5") and a narrow rib cage, my stature often makes tweaking bodice pattern pieces a neccessity. Long story short, the bodice of this dress required a total overhaul to fit me, but thankfully that is where Amanda stepped in *cue the trumpets!*

With quite a bit more experience and a whole lot less fear than myself, Amanda took the necessary steps to adjust the pattern to size. That cousin of mine has got some mad skill!

While she was here I completed the dress entirely, minus about an hour of finishing work. Why it took me nearly 8 months to complete those last few tasks is baffling. A few weeks ago I pulled out this UFO, polished it off, and suddenly I had a new outfit for Stampede!

I am absolutely in love with this finish and so thankful that Amanda was there to help me along the way. Over all I really enjoyed the process and I think Rae did a great job writing the pattern. The neckline has a very polished finish and I can definitely see myself making a few more of these. I just hope I don't drag out the finish again for no apparent reason!

This crosses off 1 of 15 projects that I want to finish in the next 15 weeks (see I told you that I like lists!). Wish me luck... or at least a little sanity, ha! I'm linking this finish up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. It looks gorgeous, fantastic work!
    You totally rock that dress!!

  2. Looks amazing Kelsey! I love that you're sporting your stampede boots too. :) We used to visit my sister in Calgary around this time and we always took in a pancake breakfast or two, looking completely dorky in my sister's crumpled cowboy hat! haha. Good times. :)

  3. Wow, that dress looks great! The fit is perfect. Great Job.

  4. Great dress! Hmmm, maybe I need to give it a try...


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