|Despite all my efforts, yes, there is a bird looking at my crotch|
I have tried the Washi before. Months ago, I printed out the front and back bodice and ran up a muslin. I was totally unsuccessful getting a good fit with the bust dart. I discovered that the best shoulder fit was from a size XL, but I had a real problem doing a large enough FBA (7cm) without then having to take out a huge amount of width at the waist, and since it's an empire waist dress there's not a lot of room to push in a waist dart big enough to take up the width. I kept ending up with something that looked like a sack full of boobs, or else the waist was way too loose and it became a tent dress, neither of which is really a look I like. So, Friday night I clicked on the file and sighed at it. 'If only it were armhole princess,' I said to myself, because recently I've been able to get a good fit out of a few things using armhole princess seams. And then I slapped myself on the forehead because hi, if I want armhole princess seams, I can HAVE armhole princess seams. I just had to play with the pattern a bit. And buy some fabric.
|One of the nice things about this dress: no zip or other fastening, just a bit of shirring.|
On this dress though, so far, so successful. However, it was then far too hot on Saturday morning for me even to consider trailing into the city centre to the fabric shops, so I had to improvise with what I could buy locally: hence, Primark duvet cover. If you're not European, the significance of Primark is probably lost on you. It's a cheap-as-chips clothing retailer, very much of the "three washes and you're done" school of clothes manufacturing. I usually try not to buy anything at all from Primark because they notoriously use the worst kind of sweatshops to produce their clothes, and the quality is dreadful. However, my options for local fabric sources are very limited. A king-size duvet cover nets you about 4.5m of usable fabric, but of course it's also extra wide, about 200cm, for €20. The one I bought had the same border print of birds and plants on a grey background on one side and on a cream background on the other. The cream side turned out to be too sheer to use on its own and I didn't want to go out again and buy something to use as a lining, so that meant using the grey side which is more opaque just by virtue of colour.
When cutting the fabric, I tried really really hard not to have a bird hovering around by my crotch or around my backside... and failed. I also pretty epically failed to match in any way at the side seams, or even in the height of the border print, because I'm an idiot who doesn't pay attention to my own damn cutting diagram. I have to be honest though, and say I really don't care that much about the side seam match fail or the bird hovering around my crotch, and I don't think it looks that bad.
|Not very pretty insides: pinked seams, topstitched facing, bound armholes|
I really missed my serger making this. The fabric turned out to be relatively loosely woven and so as I handled it it didn't stay in very good condition. I didn't dare do a lot of seam finishing because it frayed so badly and in the end just pinked all my internal seams, turned and topstitched my facings and hem, and bound and topstitched the armholes. I don't think this dress is going to last all that long and while I maybe don't care that much it would have been nice to be able to just zip along my seams with my overlocker to finish them rather than pinking.
You can read my proper pattern review of the Washi dress on PR, but in conclusion: I love it. I wish I had some lining fabric because I want to make a maxi dress version with the other half of the duvet fabric, and I would also really like to make a version with sleeves out of a very nice blue glazed cotton I have with me. I thought I wanted to keep the blue cotton for a different project, but now that I've made a Washi I think it would be a great fabric to use for a dress. It's more stable too, so I think I might have a go at flat-felling the seams to finish it.
Of course, now I've made a sundress, Dublin is blanketed in thick grey clouds. :| I hope that's not my fault...