Oh hello there! I just discovered these pics on my desktop and realized I haven’t blogged about it yet, so I thought I would share! Things as always have been busy around here, and I am deep into making my first pair of jeans so I thought it would be nice to come up for air for a brief moment, hehe. I was recently asked to test the newest offering from Made By Rae, which is the Washi Expansion Pack. A very cool idea- it includes all sorts of options to add to the original Washi dress pattern- two different peter pan collars, two bow collars, a couple different sleeves, a lining for the bodice, elastic casing in the back instead of shirring….you could mix and match these and never have the same dress twice! I tried out the pointed peter pan collar and little pointed cap sleeves.*can you see the goosebumps on my arms? It was about 40 degrees taking these out on our deck….brrrrr!
I cut out this dress about a year ago and it has been hiding away unfinished since then, so I was happy to get motivation to sew it up! The fabric is some cotton (?) shirting from Joann’s, and I added a little piping in the waist seam to tie in the collar, I like how it turned out!
I lined the bodice and added a casing for elastic instead of the shirring in the original pattern…I really wanted to try out shirring with a chain stitch on my coverstitch machine, but couldn’t get it to work- has anyone out there with a coverstitch machine been successful with this? I tried all sorts of tension adjustments and just couldn’t even get close.I have to point out that my collar doesn’t lay as smoothly as it should, and that is entirely my fault. When I got the pattern for testing there were no grain line markings on the collar piece, and I was not patient enough to wait for the new piece. Also it was a little short and I think I stretched it a bit to get it to meet up in the center. So with the new pattern piece there is a little extra length, and proper grain line marking which I am sure would resolve my little issue. (Although I don’t think it is as noticeable in person as it is in these pics.)If you like the original Washi Dress pattern I think this is a very worthwhile investment to have all these variations to mix and match…keep an eye out for the release soon at Made By Rae!
**I guess I should make note that I am not paid or otherwise compensated by Rae, I just really enjoy testing her patterns when given the chance, and I do get a free copy of the pattern after it is released. All of my opinions are honest and my own 🙂