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Washi #2: (Finally) in the books!

Creative Counselor: Washi Dress #2
My second Washi dress, made with Records in Absinthe from Ruby Star Spring by Melody Miller. Photo by Crystal Liepa Photography.

Those familiar with Rae’s blog may look at this version of the Washi dress and say, “Oh no you di-int!”  To which I reply, “Oh yes I did!”  Melody Miller Ruby Star Spring with giant records all over it — how could I not copy Rae’s dress?

This dress had been cut out and half finished in my sewing room for longer than I care to admit.  Before I got pregnant with baby #3, which should give you an idea of how long it has taken me to finish it!  In fact, I actually bought the fabric for the dress on the day I read Rae’s blog post about her Ruby Star Washi.  I wanted to be sure all you little vultures didn’t snap it up before I got any!

My full review of the Washi Dress can be found here.  The second time around, I still found this to be a wonderful pattern.  And these pictures demonstrate that it works very well as a maternity dress too!

Creative Counselor: Washi Dress #2 full view
Full view, bike and all. Photo by Crystal Liepa Photography.

I finished this one a little differently.  I omitted the cutout in the front, as well as the sleeves.  I used bias tape to finish all the openings and hand-stitched them down to avoid any visible topstitching.  The result is really nice but dang! that takes a long time!  I also did a hand-stitched blind hem on this dress so there is no visible topstitching other than the elastic casing on the back.

Because, oh yeah, I also skipped the shirring on this dress and used a single elastic casing where the bottom line of shirring would hit.  It was a really easy alternative and the finished result is just as nice.  Shirring is really easy too, though, so I’ll likely just switch between the two methods according to my mood!

I love this dress and I intend to wear it as long as I can while pregnant, which frankly, may not be too much longer.  I’ve hit the huge-boobs stage of pregnancy, and my belly is pretty darned big (I’m 23 weeks pregnant in these photos), so I think I’ll outgrow it soon.  It fits fine for the moment, but the size of my chest is making the armscyes pull in ways that aren’t always comfortable, so before long it will get put away until my post-pregnancy, post-breastfeeding days arrive.  But it will be a nice surprise then!

Quickly, the fabric is Records in Absinthe from Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Spring line.  It is perfect for this dress.  Nice and soft and fairly lightweight with a lot of drape.  It was also really easy to work with, and I am thrilled with the final result!

Creative Counselor: Washi #2
As Crystal said, if we were a rock band, this would be our record cover! Photo by Crystal Liepa Photography.

**All photos in this post were take by my good friend Crystal Liepa of Crystal Liepa Photography.  She is a professional wedding and family photographer based out of St. Paul, MN, who makes at least one yearly trip (more if we can talk her into it) to Kansas City and books sessions while she’s here!  I do try with photos, but I can guarantee you that Crystal’s photos will be the best you’ll ever see on my blog!  I just don’t have her skillz!

21 thoughts on “Washi #2: (Finally) in the books!

  1. It’s really cute, that fabric is so fun! The pictures are beautiful, you are lucky to have a friend who is such a talented photographer!

    1. Thank you! I am lucky to have such a talented friend who doesn’t mind traveling down here for a photo shoot — I certainly can’t take the quality of pictures that she can!

    1. Thanks! It’s actually a wonderful maternity dress. If I had just done a very slight FBA to account for pregnancy boob growth, I would be able to wear it to the bitter end. Though in my defense, I didn’t know I would be using it as a maternity dress when I cut the fabric! Fantastic pattern!

    1. Thanks! All the hand sewing was a pain in the rear but worth it in the end. I really need to suck it up and do these nicer finishes more often!

    1. Thank you! I was pleasantly surprised that the Washi Dress works so well as a maternity dress, particularly since I love my Washis! I still have a few more maternity items planned (and some finished but still unblogged — eek), but very soon it’s time to turn my attention to nursing-appropriate items!

    1. Thanks so much for following!

      I was pleasantly surprised that this worked so well for maternity. Washi is definitely one of my fave patterns!

  2. So pretty! I’m 18 weeks pregnant now and looking for some comfy clothes 🙂 I’m impressed that it fit as-is with no alterations! Washi must be a really versatile pattern. And I love things that can go halfway into pregnancy with me. Most of my clothes right now don’t fit and my maternity ones are still to big. Yikes 🙂 Anyway, love this dress and hope you’re getting close to being able to wear it again soon! 😉

    1. Congratulations!

      Washi is definitely a versatile pattern! I wore my Washi dresses well into my third trimester actually. If you make one for maternity, I would recommend doing an FBA or at least giving yourself a little more room in the bust. I could have worn them to the bitter end except my chest was busting out of them by then!

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