Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FROCKTOBER - frocks we love: The Washi Dress

We're celebrating FROCKTOBER at The Drapery, 
to kick-start your spring and summer sewing!
When you buy any dress pattern plus the fabric to make it, we'll take 10% off the price 
(in store or online using code 'FROCKTOBER' at checkout). 
Plus, we've teamed up with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation
and for every pattern + fabric combo sold we'll donate $2 to this great cause.

We'll be posting here throughout the month with some pattern plus fabric suggestions for inspiration. We'll keep it brief, so it's easy for you to glance through and also, we'll be more likely to keep the posts coming!

 This pattern has had a lot of love around the sewing blog-o-sphere, and rightly so.  It's flattering, very comfortable, has pockets, is feminine without being too girly, and sews up beautifully in many, many different fabrics. Even quilting cotton, which is not often recommended for adult garments.
 Above is a sample from our shop sewn up in linen (now sold out, but plenty of other linens in store).
It was made from a pattern we graded up to a larger size, and showed you how in this post.
The bow tie neckline is from the Washi Dress Expansion Pack (download only), which offers sleeves and neck variations to make this dress even more versatile.

Fabric suggestions for your Washi - you will need 2.5 metres to make the dress as per the pattern cover:

100% cottons by Art Gallery Fabrics. These 'quilting cottons' are particularly soft and drapey and well suited to many garment projects.
 Japanese cottons and linen/cottons.
 Textured plains (cottons and linen/cottons).

You'll also need a small amount of lightweight interfacing (like our cotton woven fusible interfacing), plus shirring elastic or narrow elastic for the back.

For more inspiration, see the dress made and worn by real people from all over the world in the Washi Dress Photo Pool on Flickr.

- Jane & Fiona xx

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