I made the small size and did not alter the bodice or skirt pieces at all. I was lucky enough that the neckline and bodice fit without any alterations (because I don't think I could make any successful alternations). I used Rae's free directions on how to add sleeves, though I drafted my own sleeve pattern because the one included was a little too billowy (I added a little ruffle at the end because it looked a little unfinished plain).
Here are some of my thoughts on the pattern:
- I was a little worried about the shape of the dress as I have not worn an empire style dress since I was pregnant and did not want to look pregnant again. I was happy the way it came out though my husband was not convinced of its shape. I think that maybe lengthening the bodice a little will help with this.
- I bought the paper version of the pattern and was happy to not have to tape a million pieces of paper together.
- The part I was worried the most about, the shirring, was probably the easiest part of the whole pattern. The hardest part was just finding it in Joann's (it is by the elastic not by the thread if you are looking for it). I just wrapped the elastic thread around the bobbin without stretching it and started sewing. It worked wonderfully.
- I love the pockets, so easy!
- I did not cut out the keyhole in the neckline, I felt like it would be a little low to be comfortable for me.
So Washi #2 plans (yes, I am already planning my next one):
- Use "real" (aka more expensive) fabric, the Chicopee print I got from Denyse Schmidt or else try a wool plaid and make the dress on the bias.
- Use my 3/4 sleeves again
- Lengthen the bodice a little
- Add a few extra lines of shirring
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