Monday, November 30, 2015

Washington Dress

Hurrah, another Cashmerette pattern!



Jenny describes the Washington dress as "mixing the comfort of a knit bodice with the fabric possibilities of a woven skirt" and notes that it "gives you the freedom to play with colors and textures." I'd say that's a pretty apt description! A knit bodice, knit yoke and woven skirt allow for all sorts of mixing and matching and colorblocking and stash busting. Good stuff!



Note: I was a tester for this pattern, so I received the pattern for free, but all opinions about the pattern are my own.


Speaking of testing, although I was a tester, this is not the tester version, this is the final version. When testing for Jenny, I pulled the rookiest of all rookie moves: I printed out the PDF pattern without measuring the little square thingy, sewed up the whole dress, found it to be enormous and then sent an email to Jenny all like, "Umm, the pattern runs a little big?"


Yeah, turns out I had not printed it actual size, but rather 20 percent bigger all around. Haaaaaaa... face palm. I have never done that before, and the self-imposed shame I have felt since ensures that I will never again make a dress that is 20 percent too big due to a printing mistake! I ended up cutting the final version from my enormous tester fail version.


Anywho, back to the Washington dress... mine is made from some green cotton jersey I bought ages ago on Girl Charlee. I love the color, but think it might be a bit lightweight for the bodice of the Washington. Next time I'll go with something a bit thicker so it's not so "Hey! There's my bra!" 


My yoke is black ponte and my skirt some pretty floral quilting cotton from Belleboo here in Bangkok. If you participated in #bpsewvember on Instagram, you might remember it from my "Oh no!" post- when I was recutting my giant tester version to make this dress, I accidentally cut a hole right in the center of the front skirt piece... luckily I had enough fabric leftover to cut another!



Once I made Washington in the right size: happiness! What a cute pattern! Comfy knit on top, a lovely a-line woven skirt, interesting lines and waistline flexibility as a result of the yoke. A winner, for sure!


I feel like the Washington Dress is an extremely wearable dress that can go casual or more formal depending on your fabric choice. Also, it's a really simple, quick make; no closures, no complicated techniques. If you can make a t-shirt, you can make this dress in a few hours. I made mine almost entirely on my serger. Good stuff. 


42 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS! And the right size ;D

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    1. Ha ha- yeah. Will not let myself live that one down. Thanks for not holding it against me ;-)

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  2. What a PRETTY dress! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thanks, Marci! I was worried it might be too pretty for me with that pink floral, but I think the green and black keep it from going too girly.

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  3. I LOVE the color combo. This is really pretty

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    1. Thanks, Tasha! This is a fun dress to play around with different color and fabric combinations!

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  4. Looks great Meg - particularly like that the mint knit on top matches the flowers on the skirt!

    I've only printed a pattern wrong once, too - I believe it was the Thread Theory - Newcastle T-shirt. I think I ended up buying the physical pattern as well and then SOMEHOW clicking to check my traced version - which was about 15% too small. Whoops!

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    1. Thanks, Sophie-Lee! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has printed a PDF wrong... I just wish I had noticed before cutting and sewing the whole damn dress!

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  5. So lovely!! This is my favorite Washington that I've seen so far (granted I've only seen tester and pattern envelope versions as of yet). Perfect pairing of fabrics and colors, plus it looks awesome on you!

    My tester version was also not my fave. But I used some stash freebie fabrics that I didn't even like.... I already have my fabrics for my first "real" one and can't wait to put it together as soon as I have some time to sew!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya!! Can't wait to see yours!

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  6. This is very sophisticated and perfect for the curvy figure! Just a note, the jersey can be self-lined for more weight, and is still easy peasy!

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    1. Thanks, Cherie! Good idea on the self-lining!

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  7. Adorable! This might be my favorite version that I've seen so far.

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  8. This dress looks great, I really like the mix of fabrics you chose! I have to ask, did you already receive the final version for testing? I hadn't seen anything from Jenny about this release so maybe I got accidentally left off an email. I'll have to check with her. I had a hard time with the tester version fitting my pear shape but it sounds like some adjustments were made for the final version, so I'm excited to check it out! Its such a cute design, I hope I can make it work for me!

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    1. Thanks, Megan! I actually saw Jenny in person a few weeks ago and she gave me the printed pattern... not sure if she's sent out the final to the testers yet. I haven't seen anything come through yet, so I don't think you missed anything.

      I hope you can make the final pattern work, too!

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  9. From somehow who is a newbie sewer, seeing all the fab things you sew (so many!), it's nice to know that mistakes happen to everyone! Love the colour choices you made

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    1. Oops, hit enter too soon: I think everybody makes the occasional bonehead mistake. Or at least that's what I like to think when I am making one ;-)

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  10. It's lovely! Can I ask a totally practical question? Do you find you need to iron the skirt when it comes out of the wash? (I have a strict no ironing unless sewing policy! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Gillian! Ummm... well, I haven't washed it yet, but I imagine it might need a little bit of ironing. But I don't have a dryer, so most things need ironing. A dryer might help get the wrinkles out of the woven and help avoid ironing!

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  11. gorgeus dress, this is my favourite of what I have seen so far, the fit and the colour/print combination is perfect

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  12. This is a stunning dress. I was going to pass on this one - but your version pushed me right over the edge. I really like the 'mixed media' it's a beautiful dress. The curved waist yoke is so flattering and I'm guessing comfortable. Beautiful dress and you look lovely wearing it. g

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    1. Aw, thanks! It is very comfy at the waist. I hope you like it once you get a chance to make one for yourself!

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  13. Lovely dress! Great choice of colours and print. That floral is cute. :)

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  14. LOVE your fabric choices. Gorgeous.

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  15. This looks so nice on you, Meg! I love the fabrics you chose. That waist yoke is such a nice detail and it opens up a whole new realm of different fabric possibilities!

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    1. Thanks, Teri! Yep, lots of mixing and matching possibilities with this dress. And some stash/scrap busting opportunities, too!

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  16. What a cool pattern! I had not heard of this one yet, but I really like it. I love your fabric choices too; too bad the green is on the lighter side.

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  17. Gorgeousness as always, Meg! Love the colours on this one.

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  18. This looks spectacular on your! That green combined with the floral is lovely!

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  19. Love the color combo! Looks fantastic!

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  20. I think you only have to do the "print at incorrect size" mistake once, and it is so traumatic that you won't ever do it again. I always measure my test square, even if I just printed something else 5 minutes ago because of the sadness of taping the whole thing together and realizing it was wrong. I don't know what I would have done if I'd sewn the whole thing in the wrong size!
    The finished dress looks amazing and I love the idea of a knit top and woven bottom. So cute!

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