First off, I have been wanting to try this pattern forever! I finally bought it a few months ago and then made it right after Christmas. It did not take much time and I really liked the construction of the dress. I did not make any modifications to the size small, I just cut and sewed it as is. The one modification I did make was that I did not do facing as the pattern called for, I used Rae's tutorial for lining the bodice. I just don't like how you can see the outline of facing under certain fabric. I am glad I did do the lining instead of the facing and I really do not think it was any more work than the facing.
When I am looking at pattern reviews or pictures of other peoples versions, I really like to see when someone is actually wearing the piece of clothing. I feel it helps me to get a better idea of what it will look like on me. So, I will include some photos of me in the dress but go easy on me. Plus, my photographer did not want to get off of the couch, so the camera angle in not ideal. Perhaps I will add some new photos when it is not freezing outside to get some better shots!
Overall: I would highly recommend the pattern, from beginners to advance sewers. I think the construction is nice, and it goes together easily. The dress or top can be dressed up or down and is a forgiving and comfortable fit. You can also make a number of modification to the pattern with the many tutorials that Rae has on her site as well as the Washi Expansion Pack that she recently released.
Available Formats: PDF and Paper
A Second Washi: Yes, I will definitely be making another. Most likely a tunic version first.
What I Would Modify On The Second Round: I will most likely mess with the darts a bit again. On this particular version, I was pretty impatient and just wanted to get it done....mostly because I was supposed to be doing something else! Anyway, after looking at the photos I realized I need to make the darts shorter, meaning they need to end more on the side of my boob instead of toward the top (makes it a little pointy).
What I Was Glad I Did: Lining the bodice using a very light weight, 100% cotton muslin instead of using facing.
What My Favorite Aspect Was: The smocking on the back. Not sure why, but I love it! Oh, and I also love the cap sleeves and of course, the pockets.
Fabric I Used: Rose Garden in Coral from the Fort Firefly Collection by Teagan White for Birch Fabric, 100% organic cotton, quilting weight woven fabric
Check out other peoples versions at the Washi Dress Flickr Pool and Rae Made Me Do It Flickr Pool
And if I left anything out, messed anything up, or if you have any suggestions please let me know! Thanks so much for checking it out.
This post has been linked up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.