The thesaurus tells me that synonyms for the adjective “wishy-washy” include “insipid”, “mediocre”, “blah”, “boring”, “drab“…to name but a few.

I have to say these are probably a bit harsh on my poor Washi dress, and I think I’ll just settle for “meh“!


oooooh…my expression says it all, no? And I should have put some lipstick on! oops

I sooooooo want to love this pattern. It’s a doddle to sew and would be a great way to get some summery dresses into my wardrobe in double quick time to fill the gaping hole where my warm weather clothes should be.

It’s also a super comfortable and ultra quick school day dress.  You can be out of the shower and into something presentable in a flash, as long as you’ve remembered the fake tan for the high vis white legs.

It looks cute with ballet flats, which is pretty much a necessity for me these days.  I cannot do heels on a daily basis any more.

And yet, still, I’m not sold.

This version has a much better fit…I increased the FBA a little and it has made a significant difference to how this dress looks. Although the under bust seam could stand a little tweaking, I don’t feel quite so…hmmm…what’s the word?…’pneumatic’ this time round.

Could it be as simple as fabric choice?

This fabric is a crinkly polyester that is interlined because it’s too wibbly on its own, but stretches against the interlining so your hem looks like the cat sewed it.  I’m tired of sewing polyester.  I’m craving cotton dresses (although the dress on the table is some stash poly, and the red that I’m planning a skirt is also poly…but they are nicer than this, and when they’re done there will be many more natural fibres coming into the sewing loft).

It could also be a colour thing.  For as long as I can remember black has been my default neutral.  I love it. But I’m starting to feel that it’s an unrequited love.  These days when I wear black I feel drab and frumpy. I had to throw some hot pink at this to lift it. And whilst black might be generally considered “slimming”…I’m not totally convinced.  I feel more like I just look like I’m trying to hide something that can’t and, more importantly, doesn’t need to be hidden.

Conversely, when I wear colour, I feel perkier, walk taller, and invariably get more complimentary comments.  The Giverny dress, which is a fabric I would never in a million years have chosen for myself, is the most complimented garment I’ve ever worn.


It’s got to the point that I’m seriously considering returning a piece of black linen I was  kindly gifted, and am kicking myself that I’m making the “birds” fabric up with the black/cream side as the right side, and the navy/cream as the wrong.  Where was my head?


Anyway…the question of the day is…do I give Washi one more go in a lighter, brighter fabric?  Or do I cut my losses and go in search of an alternative quick win summer dress pattern?  The Husband thinks the former…he likes this look. What do you think?