I have three younger sisters, all of whom are, to varying degrees, very fashion-conscious. I’m also the only one who sews. My mom has sewn all of our lives but only recently took it up again – she makes them super cute dresses (and matching bags!) all the time… but when I started pumping out Washi dresses for myself they started hounding me to make it for them too.
I thought it would be fun to do a little mini-series on our Sister Washis. Let’s meet our lovely contestants, shall we?
Sisters! We are NOT in age order but L-R it’s: Romina, Rianna, moi, and Rosie
Her boyfriend nearly rivals my husband in nerdiness (love ya B!), hence the Star Wars. I very nearly bought this fabric at Jo-Ann’s (which is no longer available, sad!) for Liam’s bedroom but refrained due to indecisiveness. Rosie bought two yards for no apparent reason and then later begged me to make it a Washi for her. Sorry, blurriest phone picture ever… I took this one night to send to her:
It is HARD to squeeze a Washi dress out of two yards, and out of a directional print too! I did it though, although I’ve never spent so much time laying out pattern pieces before. I also had to cut the pockets out separately for the first time since making this pattern. Luckily she’s short like me so I’m able to cut it quite a bit shorter than the pattern requires.
Also, I’m glad for that little exercise in pattern-laying because it has inspired me to be more conscious about how I lay my pattern pieces for the most efficient use of fabric.
I did most of it in just a couple of hours when she was here a few weeks ago but she didn’t get to try it on before I sewed up the sides. BUT I visited this weekend and did a quick fit test with her and finished most of it. I just need to finish seams and hem the dress.
Romina loves pandas so I searched forever and ever until I found a panda print that I liked. Enter Riley Blake’s Sunny Happy Skies line… but it came out a while ago so I kept finding just a yard in stock in various places – and I was adamant that I get it with the blue background because it’s her favourite colour. FINALLY found some at JAQS Fabrics – Sunny Panda Blue. Cute!!!
All I’ve done so far is wash/dry and iron the fabric. She’s probably an XS but I’m thinking I’ll still need to take some of it in based on my measurements from making Rianna’s. Hers will probably be hardest to fit because I hardly ever see her – she’s away at college so I don’t see her as much as the others!
This is the only one I’ve finished! I was able to bang it out one afternoon while they were visiting over the Fourth of July weekend.
Rianna has an obsession with London. She’s never been but it’s her current life ambition. Part of it is her love for Harry Potter, which I share, and another part is her obsession with One Direction… which I do not share. This is the London Buildings fabric that I used for L’s pants during KCW.
I really like the little beefeaters! Too cute.
Her only request for this dress was that it had to have a peter pan collar… which I’ve never made before. I couldn’t find a good one online so I ended up drafting it myself. It turned out quite cute, although it took me forever to figure out how to attach it!
Also I finished the dress as they were literally going out the door to drive back to Jersey. I didn’t even get to tack down the peter pan collar like I wanted to so I commissioned my mom to get it done sometime.
So that meant I didn’t even take pictures of the finished product! I told her she could take the dress but she HAD to take pictures… it took her ages but at least she asked her friend Tyler Kenny who has his own photography business which is why these pictures are way better than the norm on my blog.
Ugh, isn’t she a cutie pie? She’s actually quite ridiculous, so don’t let her looks fool you.
Aaaaand it sounds like Rae has a peter pan collar as part of the add-on coming up. EXCITED!
Stay tuned for the next installment of Sister Washis!