It’s official…I can say I’m a garment girl now! For the last 6 years I’ve been a quilter, but never have I touched any kind of garment pattern until now. Three weeks ago I took this washi dress class at Dry Goods Design in Ballard and came out with this beautiful dress. After taking this class, I feel like I finally understand how to properly read a pattern now. The class was so much fun! It was taught by Keli (owner of Dry Goods) and I learned so much from her.
You can find the pattern here and here if you’re interested. There’s options to alter the pattern if you wish. I decided to make mine sleeveless with a scoop neck and I brought up the hem (the length is usually past the knees).
For those of you that follow my Facebook page, you might recall the above post I made asking for your opinion on which fabric to use. Thanks for all your feedback! Out of 50 comments, 37 voted for the top print. The print is by Reshida Coleman, Washi collection called Petals and Leaves. It’s an older collection, but I managed to find it here.
Here’s some close ups. I learned to make a bodice with darts (a sewing term I never knew existed until now!), as well as pleats and how to attach facing to hide all the raw edges.
I also did shirring on the back of the bodice to make it stretchy so that a zipper is not required. It looks complicating but honestly it was the easiest part. Among all these new techniques I learned, I also learned to properly hem. Yup, I’ve never hemmed a garment. My friends know that I sew so I’ve been asked several times if i can hem their jeans, etc..but i always reply with “I only know how to quilt.” Period.
Anyway, just wanted to share with you this new milestone in my ‘sewing world’ ;)I’m so happy with my new dress. Whenever I look at it i think ‘did i really make that?!’