I really wasn't sure if this style would suit me, and I'll be honest, I generally baulk at any sewing pattern priced over the $10 mark. That is why I've waited so long - I really wanted to see a whole bunch of them around blog land so I could decide if I liked it enough. The skirt is quite full in comparison to what I usually wear (I tend to go for a pencil skirt style) and because the bodice / skirt seam is quite high I worried it might make me look a bit pregnant. (Nope - no announcements here.)
Luckily I am very small in the bust which means that the fullness of the skirt is a bit less, as your sizing with this pattern is very dependent on your bust size. I was a good match for the size small. The skirt is still slightly fuller than I'd like, but it will be nice and floaty for hot summer days.
I bought the gingham fabric from the clearance table at my local chain fabric store, and at the time there was a sale on, so the price came down to a measly $2.10 per metre. WIN. My intention was to use this fabric to make a muslin, but as it turns out, I really like it. So my muslin has become a dress I will actually enjoy wearing.
There is a sleeve option but I chose to go sleeveless for this one, just because I like it. I might make one with sleeves next time. I might also omit the neckline notch next time - it's OK but I do like the clean line of a simple scoop neck. I did a fair bit of gawking through the washi dress flick group to check out styles and variations.
I might be feeling a bit smug about how well I matched my gingham stripes at the seam... ;)
The pockets are handy but not essential for me. I might omit them next time too and make the job a super quick one - just breeze up those side seams with my overlocker. Quick and easy. This was my first time shirring as well - one of those techniques I've avoided forever and then was shocked at how easy it is! I dropped the shirring lines by about 1 1/2 inches to match my waist better - Gemma from Pretty Bobbins gave me that tip and it worked a treat.
I used about 2.5m of fabric for this dress and bought some shirring elastic so all up I think it cost me about $8. Bargain!
What do you think? Have you made a washi dress or do you plan to?