I have to warn you that when it comes to sewing for myself, you’re probably going to end up seeing the same patterns over and over. I’ve realized that I really need to work on understanding fit, and I figure this space is the perfect place to document my tweaks because otherwise it will all dribble away from my sieve-like brain. Though I’m afraid it might be somewhat unexciting for you as I go through iteration after iteration, I’m riveted by the whole process.
I made quite a few changes to the original Washi pattern, and I’m really liking how things are shaping up. My first Washi was decent. Due to problems with the linen stretching out (I stuck it in the washer and dryer a couple of times, but alas, no shrinkage), the shirring being too loose, and an overly scooped neckline, the dress didn’t fit all that well. Also, the photos revealed that the empire waist was much too high for me, and I had a hard time loving the shirring. However, I still like it, and I think it would be cute paired with a cardi in the fall.
For easy reference, the left version is my first Washi. I like the juxtoposition of the two versions, and you can see how my modifications have changed the shape. The camera focused better last time, apparently. And am I imagining it, or does it look like I have a fake, orange-y tan on the right?
Thank you, everyone, for all your helpful alteration suggestions! Here’s what I did for a better fit:
Better, no? This version was meant to be a muslin so I used random fabric I got from my mom that happens to be remarkably similar in its grey tones to the original buffalo checks I used for my first version. It has white stripes against a pale grey background and is probably shirting of some sort. There’s a bit of stretch and seems to be mostly cotton.
I ended up liking the fit of the muslin so much that I decided to sew it all up with finished seams and all. I did forget to take into account the pockets, so they didn’t match up too well and my wing-it method resulted in some wonkiness at the side seams. Those pockets are super handy, though, and I’m finding that I stick my hands in them all the time so wonky or no, I’m keeping them as is. Pockets=awesome.
Not so flattering straight-on shot with me thinking,”Man, getting the fit right is so hard…” Or maybe it was “Mmmm…I could use a donut right now.”
The elastic with the casing made a huge difference, and I’m pleased that I look significantly less pregnant in version #2. The one other thing I couldn’t get quite right were the bust darts. The modified positions are good, but the end is still puckering and no amount of pressing fixed the issue. “Mama, your boopies are showing,” K informed me. Undaunted, I wore the dress all day Tuesday and it’s fabulously comfortable. And by the end of the day the puckers were much less noticeable. What do you think of the fit? Washi #3 is bound to be perfect, right?