Aqua Double Gauze Washi Dress

Another Washi Week Washi for you today, just in time for you to sew your own this weekend!


If you want to make absolutely the most comfortable Washi Dress in the universe, you really must try double gauze. It is SO. SOFT! Wearing this dress is like wearing pajamas. Is that not a good thing to say?


(earrings from bsidemetalworks)

I purchased this Echino double gauze from Charmstitch about a month ago and regret to inform you that it was the last on the bolt. However, Laura still carries a number of Nani Iro double gauzes that are just as gorgeous. They are definitely worth the price, though I would never have cut into it on a first try. I still have enough of the green unicorn double gauze from Heather Ross’ first Far Far Away collection to make another Washi, but I’m not sure if I dare. But it would be so awesome. *Bites nails*


For this version I made the outside of the dress just as the pattern instructs, but lined the bodice with cotton batiste (a super-lightweight cotton that is widely available) because I wanted a little more stability inside for the double gauze. I actually took a video of the lining process but we’ll just have to see how my video editing skills are, hah.

I think it goes without saying that lining the dress is a bit more complicated than sewing it with the facings — I made an executive decision early on that the facing method was a better way to go for beginners, and thus it became the default construction method included with the pattern — but I feel with a video tutorial and some hand-holding, everyone could easily do the lining method with not too many tears and swears.



The Washi Dress pattern is now available inΒ my pattern shop or from the Washi Page!


Pattern details, size charts, yardage, and other info can all be found on the Washi Page, so check it out if you haven’t yet:

And on a personal note: I would like to add that I am completely overwhelmed by the response we have gotten to this pattern. I have been floored, floored I tell you by the sheer amount of kind comments, tweets, IG’s, and posts that I have seen and received, not to mention the sales, which have been spectacular and have already broken any previous first day sales records (the Big Butt Baby Pant pattern held the record for a long time, just in case you were wondering) by a long shot. It is so gratifying to offer something to the world and get such a positive and encouraging response back. It truly makes all of the hard work, neurosis, and extra hours we have put into this pattern SO worthwhile. Thank you everyone for your kind encouragement and support!!!

49 thoughts on “Aqua Double Gauze Washi Dress

  1. Ohhhh, all of your Washi creations are just fabulous! I am so in love!! I have some sateen fabric that would be beautiful for a Washi dress…would sateen fabric be compatible with the Washi pattern? Thank you for being so inspiring!!

  2. You are SO mean!
    For weeks ai try really hard to persuade myself that I don’t need and want any Nani Iro double gauze fabric. And noe you shoe me this!
    Buhuhu…. How can I resist?

    And I will be in a shop tomorrow for a sewing class that carries a wide range of double gauze and even Kokka knit fabric (didn’t know that Kokka knit even exist before). I will have to leave my purse at home.

    Greetings, Tina

    Ps great dress!

  3. Oi! you’re killing me with all these cute washi dresses. Each time I see a new one, I want to make an exact replica! The double gauze is awesome – wishing now I had bought more when I had the chance!

    Anyway, haven’t purchased the pattern yet, as we’re heading out of town, and i’m afraid if I had the pattern in hand, I’d be tempted to start making a dress rather than doing all the things on my to do list! πŸ™‚

  4. I think this is my favourite so far, but it’s pretty difficult to decide. I was just wondering earlier today whether it would work in knit. Congratulations on another fantastic pattern.

  5. I’m going to have a dozen of these dresses by the time I’m done!! Love this one, it’s gorgeous!

  6. You always do such a marvelous job choosing fabric that complements your pretty coloring. I have to say this might be my favorite! Wow, it is your color for sure. Love the necklace too. You are greatly tempting me to throw over my to do list and make a washi. LOL

  7. I just bought some Nani Iro fabric in hopes that this pattern would come out soon! I’m on vacation now but when I get home I’ll be buying your pattern…and making a mock version first, wouldn’t want to mess up on $10 a half yard fabric! I’m so excited!

  8. Wow, this is the most gorgeous one by far! I just don’t understand the difference between voile, double gauze and lawn..they all sound soft and comfy to me and they are all cotton right? I hope you have a nice long summer so you can wear all your washis.

  9. love how it turned out. I’m dying to know if you fussy-cut the fabric so the light purple flower on the bodice lined up with the one on the skirt, or if it was a happy coincidence.

  10. I was so excited to see that the pattern was released last night while checking facebook, I bought it immediately from my phone and then ran down to my computer to download and read/print it out, lol πŸ™‚ I’ll be working on a muslin and then hopefully my very own Washi dress this weekend! Thanks so much for being awesome, Rae!!

  11. I’m waiting until I’m finished breastfeeding before I make myself a Washi dress since it has a fitted bust. I love seeing all your different versions. I hope it looks half as good on me as it does on you.

  12. I totally got some Nani Iro polka dot double gauze recently but there was only 2 1/8 left on the bolt. Might need to be a tunic. Yours is totally gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  13. I’m hoping that the pattern becomes available for non-digital purchase, because its lovely. I just find it too frustrating to piece together PDFs.

  14. Just purchased today and you can count me amongst the very excited! But as I am in Australia in the middle of winter, I’m wondering if you have any thoughts or advice on heavier weight fabrics for this dress? I’m also just into my second trimester of pregnancy and am thinking I can just add a bit of extra fabric in skirt front piece and maybe a couple of extra pleats at the front to accommodate a growing belly – any thoughts on this?

    • Hi Nic,

      So the issue with heavier fabrics is that the shirring gets trickier in the back; the heavier the fabric, the less likely it is to gather up when elastic thread is used. You could definitely get around that by putting in elastic strips with a zigzag stitch or some other shirring substitute, but that’s why I’m recommending light fabrics.

      For heavier fabrics, you could try a velveteen or wool blend…but again, come up with a solution for the shirring before you start!

      Regarding the baby belly: the skirt is already quite wide, but it wouldn’t hurt to add an extra inch (and extra set of pleats) to the center when you cut it out. The other issue is how long the bodice is; if your muslin bodice hits too low, try trimming it until it’s the right length (and then remember to subtract that amount from the back when you cut that out).

      Good luck!

      • one other thought: for a maternity version, be sure to make the pleats face *outward* rather than inward!!

  15. I love this dress, its so beautiful. I hate putting PDF patterns together but the Washi dress PDF was the easiest I have ever used. It matched perfectly (first for me) and all done in about 30 mins. I do hope your next pattern is the pilgrim dress I loved that one too. This is the first pattern I have bought from you but it wont be the last!! Thank you!!

  16. I LOVE your turquoise beads! And when I’m brave enough to try sewing for myself, I am definitely going to try the Washi dress. πŸ™‚

  17. just beautiful! this one is seriously divine. so excited to try this pattern, and good to read the baby belly suggestions…was thinking of waiting but maybe i’ll try a maternity version!

    • I would LOVE to see how a maternity version works out!! But I understand sewing when you’re preggers is always a crap shoot…sometimes not worth all the effort. LMK if you go for it!!


  18. so excited- my first adult dress and the pattern is very easy to follow so far. would you consider talking more about the facing for beginners? thank you! love it!

    • Hi Jessie:

      The facings are the pattern pieces included in the pattern, and are the way you get the finished neckline for the Washi dress. They are the default method for this pattern, so if you follow the instructions in the pattern, you’ll be using facings.

      An alternate way to finish the neckline (and the entire inside of the dress) is to use a lining, which is what I’m talking about in this post, but it’s not the way the pattern shows you how to construct the dress, if that makes sense.

      I’m not exactly sure I’m answering your question — let me know!

  19. Oh no…it’s timed out twice, cause it said it was taking too long to download! πŸ™ I soooo wanted to look at it all tonight!!! πŸ™ I maybe will try one more time! I can’t wait! πŸ™‚

  20. So I know a guy, who owns a custom sewing/embroidery business and then sells his leftover fabrics at ridiculously low prices. Like, 12 yards of 60″ wide striped knits for $20. Which brings me to my question, how do you think this dress would do in a knit…. I picked up a perfect black and white stripe (and uh, you know, a bunch of other yards of stuff, HA!) and want a maxi dress. Do you think the bust darts/facings/etc would work with a knit? Or should I just bias tape the neckline instead, line it? Or is this pattern really just better suited to non stretchy and am I just dreaming?

    • I really don’t think the Washi Dress is going to do a straight-to-knit translation very well…first of all, it has 2″ of ease built in, so you’d have to take off that ease (and maybe go negative ease, most knit patterns have negative ease). Maybe even take an inch off of the side seams. I would skip the darts altogether (just tape the dart together and cut the fabric out without it as best you can. And the armpits are probably going to be a little low since they’re designed with enough room for comfort with wovens…so yeah. πŸ™‚ I’m not saying it can’t be done, just saying it’s not going to be easy!! πŸ™‚

  21. I haven’t even sewn my first Washi (a muslin in some plain chambray) or my eponymous Washi in the Washi fabric I purchased the second I saw your original post about this dress, and now I’m contemplating going and ordering some Nani Iro gauze. I need to get busy!

  22. I really love the latest versions of this dress that you have posted. I’m on a sewing budget and have long since maxed out on my purchases, but I’m soooo tempted to buy this pattern. I love this version and the pink one. OMG! I love them. I have just found out that I am preggers too, which means who knows watch my dimensions will soon be. If you get feed back on what the other pregnant ladies have done to adjust the pattern I would love to hear about what worked and didn’t work (I mean if it was a topic in a post some day. πŸ™‚ ) Great job with the pattern!

  23. While I love all your patterns…my favorite is the Charlie tunic…made several for my boy but would love, love, love to see an adult Charlie tunic pattern…

  24. Rae,

    Hi! I love your Washi dress. It would look great on all figures.

    Like Suzanne. I would like to buy a paper pattern. I am not into taping .pdf pieces together.

  25. With or without editing, I’d love to see your video tutorial on how to add a lining! I have enough voile on hand to make and line a washi dress, but I don’t have the know-how or confidence to tackle it without (visual) guidance. Thanks in advance for sharing!

    • Hi debbi:
      The pattern is not built with the negative ease necessary to accomodate knit fabrics, so if you use jersey (and feel free!), remember that you may have to subtract some ease from the sides (I think each size has 2″ built in already if I remember correctly) or go down a size or two. Good luck!


  26. I just made my first muslin of this dress and it fits perfectly! I usually have a difficult time fitting first muslins, but this pattern is so well-drafted and the use of the shirring is so smart that I feel that it would work right out of the gate for a wide variety of body styles. I’m so, so excited to make the actual dress this weekend, and I just wanted to stop by and say thank you thank you thank you for a wonderful pattern!

  27. I really really really want to make this dress my problem, however, is I’ve tried “shirring” before and it just won’t work! I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. Any tips or tricks? Or is there a way around that part? Thanks!

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