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Washi Dress Kit Review

Some time ago I ordered the Washi Dress Pattern Kit from Craftsy. I  I had had my eye on this Made by Rae pattern for some time.  It’s super popular and cute but it’s normally $16.  So when I saw the Washi Dress Kit which included the pattern and 3 1/2 yards of fabric for just under $27 I jumped on it.  I also got free shipping by signing up for their email list before ordering.

me in my washi dress

I know almost everyone and their sister have made this dress but maybe you haven’t so today I’m sharing my thoughts about it.


Is it easy to sew?  Yes!  I thought it was very easy.  The only part that really gave me pause was the shirring for the back.  I had never used elastic thread before so this was new to me but it actually worked.  The dress was easy and also not too time-consuming, which is nice.


The fabric that came with the kit is Art Gallery’s Delicate.  I feel like the kit was such a good value because it included 3 1/2 yards of fabric.  I like the bright print.  It feels a little more spring/summer to me but I feel like with a jean jacket and some brown boots it can transition to fall as well. 

I had plenty of fabric leftover and I even made my dress longer than the pattern specified.  I’m fairly tall (5’9”) and I like my dresses to be a little longer than you usually find them.

washi dress with jean jacket


I like the fit of the dress minus one issue.  As is the pattern fits me a little weird in the bust.  The empire waist should hit me just below the bust and this dress hits me about 2 inches higher than that.  Next time I will adjust the bust by adding about 2 inches and I think it will result in a more flattering fit.  Again, I’m kind of tall so maybe if you’re shorter this wouldn’t be an issue.

washi dress

Overall I’m really pleased.  I know I’m definitely going to use the pattern again.  The exciting thing is that Rae has a bunch of variations on the pattern on her site like different sleeve and collar options which make it fun.

What do you think?  Have you tried this pattern before?

washi dress pin

Beth Newman

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

SO cute! Love the dress and the fabric choice too!


Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Thank you so much!

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