This sweet and flattering dress features a cut-out scoop neckline, an above-the-knee hemline, pockets, and shirring in the back for an easy, comfortable fit. No zippers or closures are needed, making it a wonderful project for the intermediate sewist! The pattern can be made without sleeves, with a basic scoop neckline, as a tunic, or with a longer skirt to achieve a large number of different looks. You’ll be thrilled with all of the variations you can create with this fantastic pattern!

This 36-page eBook pattern is available in digital form as an instant-download PDF. A download link for the file is sent to your Paypal email address immediately upon receipt of payment. Please read my purchasing/printing instructions first if you have never purchased an instant download PDF pattern before. Thanks!

The Washi Dress comfortably accommodates most average-busted women in the size ranges indicated. A Fit Guide is provided to assess fit and assist with basic pattern adjustments. Those with fuller/less full busts may need to adjust the pattern accordingly; please see the “Resources” section at the bottom of this page for links to Full Bust Adjustment and Small Bust Adjustment tutorials. The six sizes included in this pattern are also nested in a way that allows for easy grading-up and grading-down, so those with basic experience grading can create sizes outside the range provided.

NOTE: The Fit Guide is included in the digital download version of the pattern. If you have purchased the printed pattern (coming soon!), please download your free Washi Fit Guide here (pdf).

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


Other Materials
• 1 1/4 yard 1.25″ wide bias tape (pre-packaged single fold or cut your own)
• elastic thread
• lightweight interfacing

The Washi Dress has been featured on my blog in the following posts:



washi sleeve tute + pattern

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Here are some books I recommend that have fantastic information on getting a good fit:

  • Built By Wendy books. Especially her “Dresses” book goes into nice detail about adjusting fit, making muslins
  • Colette Sewing Handbook: Also some great info on making muslins and adjusting patterns to fit, including bust adjustment. Her blog, Coletterie, also has a ton of great fit tutorials, and although most are specific to her patterns, many include principles that can be adapted to other women’s patterns as well
  • Design-it-yourself clothes by Cal Patch – this is a great intro to pattern making, and although it’s really basic (no bust darts, etc), it was really a life-changer for me in terms of understanding the basic dimensions of a pattern and how to manipulate them.