Today, I give you not one, but two more Washis. I’m officially done done done tweaking the pattern. Not so much because the fit is now perfect, but because I don’t know that I can make another Washi at this juncture. Variety is the spice of life and all that.
Riding on the high of my alteration success from muslin #2, I wanted to dip into my “nice” fabric to give my changes a test run. This brown knit with white polka dots is one of my prized fabrics, and I clenched my teeth a bit as I cut into it.
I know you’re thinking, “What is up with the lining?” The batiste lining was originally a smidge too long, so I chopped it without thinking it through. I hemmed it and didn’t realize how short it became until I took the photos. I have half a mind to just cut the whole thing off and wear a half-slip.
I’m infinitely happier with the elastic casing versus the shirring, but it causes an unintentional ruching at the waist when the fabric has no give (my muslin last time had a nice amount of stretch and it wasn’t as obvious). This knit is very odd. I guess it’s what you call a two-way stretch, but the warp (parallel to selvage) doesn’t stretch at all. Plus it curls all over the place. It’s slinky and sheer and I just love this fabric despite its weird properties. Because of its sheerness, I had to add a lining, further reducing the stretch factor. It doesn’t bother me enough to change it, but it’s noticeable and maybe not very professional-looking.
This blue floral is a slightly different colorway but same print as the one I used for a failed dress before. I’ve hoarded both the brown knit and this floral for eons, but I decided the time has come to start using up special fabrics. You’ll be seeing a lot of phrases like “who knows where this fabric came from” and “I have no idea what kind this is” going forward as I de-stash. I apologize in advance. Because in addition to not buying clothes, I am not buying any fabric for a year (gasp!) or until I run out of fabric – whichever comes first. My stash is out of control, friends, and I will show you just what I mean soon, because it deserves a post all its own.
Is this print not gorgeous? It might be voile. Or maybe lawn. I have no idea…At any rate, I made the elastic a little looser for this blue floral dress, hoping to avoid that pulled taut look, so this one is now more blouse-y at the top. I also added the sleeves since I felt like all I’m making are variations of the tank dress, and this too is a see-through fabric, so in went some rayon lining I had on hand. And though I love pockets, I chose to go without, again because of the sheer fabrics.
It’s not flawless by any stretch of the imagination – things got a little dicey at the neckline that I tried to stay-stitch — but you know, I kind of love it. If I saw this in a store, I don’t know if I would be naturally drawn to it, but that’s part of my aim with this sewing venture: try new silhouettes, fabrics, styles. The dress is comfortable and feminine and I don’t know, I feel like breaking out in song and skipping in it. I’m still trying to decide if I like the brown knit dress or not.
There. Done. Stick a fork in it. I wanted to try the Washi in a knit and a fabric with substantial drape, so check and check!
Here they all are, my lovelies: