When I became a mom I was quite overwhelmed at how my clothing choices changed almost immediately. I never felt I could find a store that truly called to me. I still wanted to be hip but not 20 year old hip and I wanted to look mature and feminine but not look like I was older than I was. I wanted comfy classic pieces that were flattering. So I started scouring the internet to look for good quality patterns that had a lot of versatility, that could allow me to still look hip but allow me to look and feel my age as well as the fact that Im a mom. This is where the washi dress comes in.
I have followed Made by Rae for a long time and really found her stuff when I was first looking for inspiration for my baby boy at the time. Upon perusing her patterns and such I found her style to be very modern and extremely flattering for woman. I am drawn toward tunics and dresses that are flattering but also give coverage, belly coverage. I found comfort was a huge factor in my clothes.
The first dress I made in the washi was a chambray that I have since grown out of but I replaced that one with more washi’s. Here they are (or some of them):
This one I made for Cavalia, a sort of Cirque du Soleil but with horses. This fabric is from the Fantasia line by Sara Lawson designed for Art Gallery. I made it sleeveless and with an elastic casing instead of the standard shirring elastic. I prefer this method it’s a little bit of a longer method but I do it cause I don’t really like sewing elastic thread. Or I should say my machine doesn’t like it. Here’s a shot of it in action.
This washi I made with a chambray top and this gorgeous woven neopolitan print I believe it might be a Cotton and Steel but I can’t remeber. This one has the elastic thread and is shortened to a tunic length. This one is a real favorite and is worn almost weekly.
My husband and I took our kids to some show in town (mom brain I can’t remember) and I made this dress up for a day date. I tested out the peter pan collar which I love on clothing just not to sure if it suits me or if was that I used a print for it. It has capped sleeves, is pattern length and I used elastic casing in the back. This one is done up in fabric from the Arizona line by April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics.
I have actually a few more that never made it to getting photographed on this sunny day but I’m sure you get the hint.
If your thinking about making the washi dress don’t think anymore. Rae has added so many expansions to this dress the possibilities are endless. Sleeves, bow collar, different necklines, make it shirt length, maxi length and more. Oh and did I mention pockets! This dress works well in so many substrates, chambrays, voile, cotton, double gauze, linen pretty much any light to medium weight cottons or blends. Check out the pattern here and if your looking for fabric for your new washi check out the sale I’m having this week on all wovens in the shop here.