Last summer, I bought Rae's Washi Dress pattern, printed it, and never thought about it much. I adored every one that I saw on Instagram and after six months (and leaving QuiltCon ready to sew), I declared that Wednesdays in March would be "Washi Wednesday." As I prepped the PDF pattern, I thought that I could not handle waiting that long (over four weeks) to make dresses. My next thought was "Washi Week" and that is what I did, all week, I made Washi dresses.
I could get to almost an entire dress in the time I was allowed each day, the hem was always unfinished and some days, the arms were incomplete. At the end of 5 days, I finished 3 Washi dresses and 1 Washi top!
The next week was spring break and I did not do a damn thing.
I was able to squeeze in one more dress (cream w/blue trees) at the end of the week 3, it was a busy time as I volunteered half days to 6 elementary students who learned to sew.
After that, I made a matching dress for my little. And maybe you didn't know this about me, but, I could not stop making these dresses, so I challenged myself to crank out 2 more before the month ended. I was able to finish them with a day to spare! Luckily, it was Cesar Chavez Day, so I didn't have time to sew anymore.
I really love this pattern, most of them are made differently–some have pockets, some do not, one has sleeves, 2 are tops, one has a full bodice lining, and one has neck/back facings machine stitched in place. Yes, I am making more tops (waiting for Tsuru) to coordinate with some pants that I recently purchased.
You can purchase the Washi Dress pattern on Rae's site.
Alexander Henry print
Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander
Washi by Rashida Coleman-Hale
Ruby Star Spring/Vinyl by Melody Miller
Indie by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt
Mecca for Moderns by Alexander Henry