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 número 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!