Here is my latest selfish-sewing, and it's a maxi Washi dress! This was another Washi Dress I planned to sew last summer, but that did not happen...just like many other projects I plan in my head ;p The dress is not perfect, and I will mention about the flaws. But first let me say, I do like this dress!
This fabric is rayon challis I bought from Hancock Fabrics' clearance last year. I must have paid less than $4 a yard. Since it is not see-through, I went with the bias biding option.
last Washi dress I made, which was in size M, but I could not deny that there was extra room in the chest area. So I tried to adjust the fitting...first I tried small bust adjustment (SBA). The pattern does not come with SBA instructions, but it points to where to get it. So I tried it...and I actually liked the fitting much better! But the darts angles looked so odd, they were pointing too upward. Though the SBA instruction seemed clear, it was using another pattern as the example, and I could not be 100% certain if I was doing it right. I was also unsure about adjusting the waistline back after SBA. So for the second muslin I tired something else...I used the size M bodice, with size S darts. The fitting seemed good, and the darts were not pointing upwards; however, they were too long. Then for the third muslin I just tried making size S. Size S fits me fine on the chest, but it felt tight on other areas. I have meat on shoulders and back rather than on the chest, so the smaller size was uncomfortable when I moved around my arms. So what did I do? I just went back to the plain size M without any adjustment...
The dress could have been better. I wish the front gathers are little more even. And as you can see, the armhole bindings are sort of sticking out. And those are my second try...the first bias tapes looked much worse. But I am thinking they do not stand out if I keep my arms down.
I am willing to overlook those flaws because the dress is so comfortable, I love the color and feel of the fabric, and of course I love the Washi style!
Summer is far from over for us here in Texas, so it is not too late to sew a summer dress now. But I am thinking this dress will be great for fall, with a scarf or cardi to coordinate. What do you think?
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