You probably know those few days following christmas. Days usually involving relaxing, getting over christmas and eating way too many leftovers. Well, this year my "relaxing" involved whipping up a dress. Of course I still ate way too many leftovers. But it is funny how the more you sew the more you enjoy the whole process, and not just the finished product. Yes, I enjoyed it enough to use my free time cooped up in my sewing room for two days.
As there was a definite gap in my wardrobe as far as dresses were concerned, I chose the Washi Dress pattern, from the blog Made By Rae for this holiday project, which I purchased locally here. The fabric was a cotton voile I had purchased from Darn Cheap Fabrics, and it was indeed cheap. But lovely and soft to touch with a colourful print.
There are several lines of shirring at the back (of which I forgot to take a photo of!) which eliminates the need for a zipper or buttons and gives you a nice snug, but comfortable fit. I was a little nervous using the elastic thread, as I hadn't used it before. But don't be scared, it really is very easy to sew with. The simple pleats came together easily, which is something I've struggled with in the past. I also took the hem up a bit.
The pattern instructions were clear and thorough, with several options to choose from for some of the steps. Though I didn't line this dress, there are instructions available for that, as well as the option of making this a tunic top or a maxi dress.
I was very happy with the end result and this has been a favourite pop on and go outfit all this Summer. The only thing I did end up altering was I later blind stitched the inner facing to the bodice, as I had issues with it staying down. Would I make it again? Yes, though I might try the plain scoop neck variation next time. Or possibly in a maxi style.
In the end though, the thing I like most about this dress is that it makes me feel happy whenever I put it on. It is my new "happy" dress.
Do you have a happy dress?
Have you been sewing or making lately?
Any projects to share?