Well, it took a little while, but here are those better pictures!
I love the way the shirring lines draw in the waist so beautifully in the back. For those of us who are *bigger* up top, this helps to compensate for bustiness. No one wants a big bust if it makes her look large all over--but if a dress allows you to have a bust AND a small waist... Well, then. Life is perfect.
I forgot to mention in my last post about this dress that I made some adjustments to the front skirt to accommodate my bodice. If you remember, I blended a size XL front bust with a Medium size everywhere else (the shoulders of the front bodice are M, too). The only problem with this is that I didn't have enough fabric in the front skirt for all six pleats, so I reduced the number to four. On my Washi there are only two pleats on each side.
Of course, I could have used a larger size for the front skirt and kept all six pleats, but I didn't want the skirt to be too full. If this dress was made using a lighter apparel fabric, that would be fine, but it's made with quilting cotton which has a lot of body.
My awesome sister-in-law took these pictures for me and we had a lot of fun. I was acting like such a goof, she could hardly get any pictures of me with a normal smile. See:
Laughing. Always laughing.
In the end she was able to get this one, and that made her happy. Thanks sister!
Pattern: Washi Dress by Made by Rae
Necklace: Forever 21 ($4)
Red Pumps: Marshalls ($20)