For a while now, I’ve been wanting to make the Washi Dress. A friend who had made it suggested the shirring technique used in the Washi Dress to tighten up the baggy back of my first dress, and it worked great. I bought the fabric, bought the pattern, and eventually got to it!
BUT! Reading this and that from people who had made the dress, I thought it might be a good idea to do the tunic version to test it out, size-wise–(I didn’t have muslin for the muslin practice version, and I wanted to just get started!!!).
Well! I’m still a novice at buying sewing patterns online, so I didn’t realize that when I clicked on BUY NOW! I would get a download from which I’d need to print a ton of papers, cut them, and tape them together quite precisely.
It took an entire naptime, aka, 2 hours.
That was yesterday. Today during nap time, I was able to cut out almost the entire pattern. It shouldn’t take that long, but sometimes I had to backtrack– like when I realized that I’d save fabric by NOT folding the fabric in half, but only as far as I needed to get the width of the pattern piece, of course after tracing an entire pattern piece….. Etc! But eventually I had all the pieces!
And from there, it was astonishingly easy and quick! Before I knew it, I was sewing darts and pleats!
At one time I realized that I’d placed the FOLD line on the wrong part (the shoulders instead of the bodice middle!), so there’s an odd seam at the bodice front, but… this is a learning piece, so I just cut the shoulders, seamed the bodice front, and ran with it.
And suddenly I had an entire tunic on my hands, minus topstitching at the neck, hemming, and arm finishings! But I ran out of navy thread, so those will wait until tomorrow.
The really good news is that when I tried it on…. it fit! It fits very well, in fact. I’ll definitely make a dress (or 2, 3, ….???) out of this pattern! It was worth the bitterness of all that cutting and taping, after all! :0