Washi Dress Expansion Pack: Digital

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£10.75

Format: Downloadable Printable PDF 
Sizes available: XS - XXL
Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced


This pattern is a supplement to the original Washi Dress pattern, and allows you to make a number of Washi variations using a combination of original pattern pieces and new Expansion Pack pattern pieces. Please note that this pattern cannot be used without the Washi Dress pattern.

This 49-page Expansion Pack pdf pattern includes full-sized pattern pieces for linings, bows, collars, and two different sleeves, as well as an adapted bodice piece (with different armholes for sleeveless or sleeves, and a new front center seam that could potentially be adapted for nursing.) There are clear, step-by-step instructions on how to add all of these new features to your Washi Dress. While the original pattern was intended for confident beginners, the techniques in the expansion pack are more intermediate to advanced.


View A:
A sleeveless variation with a big bow; this view features an easy back elastic casing for those who would prefer to skip the shirring in the original pattern.


In addition to the base yardage for the original Washi Dress, you will need:
• 1/2 yard additional yardage for the large bow pieces and armhole bias strips
• 1/2 yard of 1-inch- or 1.25-inch-wide elastic for the back


For view A, a fabric with a bit of structure is recommended, such as quilting cotton, a linen blend, or cotton voile/lawn. High-drape fabrics such as silk or rayon may produce a more shapeless result around the neckline, since the bow folds over itself around the neck to form a collar.


View B:
A sweet version with sleeves and a little bow.


In addition to the base yardage for the original Washi Dress, you will need:
• 3/4 yard additional yardage for sleeves, bow facings and bow
• 1/4 yard (or small piece) lightweight fusible interfacing
• 2/3 yard 1/4 inch-wide elastic for sleeves (if you want a casing)
• elastic thread for shirring the sleeves (if you want your sleeves shirred at the cuff) and back


For view B, lightweight or high-drape fabrics such as silk, voile, lawn, 100% linen, or rayon work well, because of the gathered sleeve and skirt on this version. Fabrics with more structure won’t gather as nicely and will “stand up” more at the sleeve cap. If you do choose to make this version with a structured fabric, you may want to reduce the width of the sleeve by 1/2 inch to 1 inch at the fold to prevent the sleeve cap from looking too full at the top.


View C:
A Peter Pan collar version with optional pointed sleeves and two great collars to choose from. This view also includes pattern pieces and detailed instructions for a bodice lining.


In addition to the base yardage for the original Washi Dress, you will need:
• 1/2 yard additional yardage for collar and optional pointed cap sleeves
• 1 yard fabric for bodice linings (or less; size M and smaller may be able to fit the pieces side-by-side on 1/2 yard)
• 1/2 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
• 1/2 yard 1-inch- or 1.25-inch-wide elastic for the back


For view C, select a medium weight fabric with a bit of structure for the collar, such as quilting cotton, a linen blend, or poplin. Lightweight or high-drape fabrics such as silk, voile, lawn, 100% linen, or rayon may make it harder to get a nicely shaped collar. The collar is designed to roll a bit at the neckline, rather than sit completely flat against the dress, so structure helps.


Recommended fabrics:
Light- to medium-weight cottons or cotton blends (e.g. shirting, voile, double gauze, quilting cotton, poplin, or cotton/linen blends).


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This is a Digital sewing pattern. It is therefore delivered in PDF format for download and printing at home. There will be no P&P charge and your pattern will be available for use immediately. For more information please see our Digital Patterns page.

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