Dia de los Washi!


So guys, this was my very first sewn dress project. I saw the folklorico fabric by Alexander Henry in our store and I had to have it! Yes, I’m suggestable

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ANYWAY I used the amazing Washi Dress pattern with almost no modifications. Knitter Jillian can’t complete a project without modifications and this was no exception.


I was a good girl and after making a muslin it was apparent that the bust dart was waaaaaay too high for my body. This is an issue I have encountered with bras and basically every commercially made top or dress I own, so unsurprisingly this pattern was no exception. For reference, I am 5’8″ (1.70m), I modified the pattern by adding 0.5″ length to the bodice shoulders which helped, but that wasn’t quite enough to offset the dress dart/my boobs discrepancy. I think the dress looks well, but I do find myself tugging it into place rather frequently 😐 It’s not enough of an issue to recut and replace the bodice front, though.


Overall: For this seasoned knitter/beginner sewer, the Washi was a fun and rewarding project. I wear the dress as frequently as laundry allows, and I modified the bust dart issues very easily in its next iteration. Stay tuned!

Pattern: Washi Dress by Rae Hoekstra

Size: XS

Fabric: Alexander Henry Folklorico Gotas de Amor, 2.5m, found on fabric.com

Modifications: Lengthened shoulders by 0,5″; cut size xl for length

Next time: lower bust dart by 1″; make in every fabric, evarrrrr


Inaugural Post

This is probably the hardest post. I need to set the tone, and introduce myself, and impress the nonexistent readers. Pressure!


… Not like it’s affecting. I have followed craft blogs for 7 years; they kind of saved my sanity. No joke. I felt trapped in a meaningless graduate degree, and was told more than once that I basically had no options but to finish. Not surprisingly, I exhibited a lot of avoidance behaviour, including stalking yarn and knitting patterns on Rav like my life depended on it. I often told people that I wanted to ‘run away and join a yarn store’. No joke. Most nights I worked 6pm – 4am in the lab and knit furiously between PCR and ELISA cycles.

Fast forward a couple years. I’m broke but finished the damn PhD. My favourite LYS needs a yarn manager/knitting instructor and I actually get the job. Suddenly, I’m knitting for a living — sharing the love by teaching others and recommending awesome yarns for distribution! Dream come true??? I think so!

So here we are!

8 months in, I love knitting more than ever. Not only is it my salvation and livelihood, it is an awesome way to get to know more lovely people. Also, it’s sort of impossible to work in a fabric shop without becoming addicted to sewing. My coworkers are a treasure trove of knowledge (and the employee discount doesn’t hurt either, heh)! I’m on my feet, supporting myself with my passion, and loving life.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Jillian