Washi Tunic for Me!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


i've been busy knitting but i've also been sewing.  i couldn't resist whipping up another washi after making my dress.  this time i decided to do a tunic.  i originally was going for rae's version with sleeves and maybe a peter pan collar but the universe was against me.  never try cutting out your clothing pattern pieces when you have kids running wild around you.  after some silly mistakes (some that weren't even mine) i ended up running out of fabric and didn't have enough left to do the sleeves or collar. i also omitted the pockets...lol.  but even though the end result wasn't what i had originally visioned i love it no less. i've been wearing it non stop and cannot rave enough about this awesome pattern.


i used one of my fave prints from last year "afro fusion dusk" from indie by pat bravo for art gallery fabrics.  it's soft and has a lovely drape.  i couldn't resist adding the same vintage mustard bias for my armholes and neckline that i did for my original washi dress. i did a plain rounded neckline that i finished with the mustard bias and some double top stitching for fun which i also repeated on the hemline. i also decided to add a casing with elastic for the back this time instead of doing the shirring.  you can find a tutorial on how to do this on rae's blog here.  i didn't line mine though. i simply made a casing and topstitched it down in position and fed the elastic through. when i sewed my side seams down it closed the ends of the casing.  it's super fast, easy and i love the result.  i recommend it if you don't feel comfortable sewing shirring or your machine acts up with it.  mine has suddenly realized it hates shirring. no idea why...lol.


i hope to show you some pics soon of me actually wearing the tunic but with our dreary, grey, and rainy weather here the timing just always seems to be off for the hubs to take pics of me and it's just too dark in my condo to take shots of myself.  hopefully i'll be able to show you all soon.  in the meantime i put it on sally, my lovely dress form.  she's not my size...not even close...haha...but i love her anyways.  i use her for hanging things on and she likes to travel and do markets/craft shows with us all :)  she's on loan to me from a friend and she's come in very handy.  one day i will buy myself one that is my size though...lol.  when i put this on her i died laughing.  seriously.  it really made me realize how big "my girls" were when you see it hanging off of a dress form that is the size i'd like to be.  oh my....so close ups it is :) i'm sure you get the idea though :)


i've really been enjoying sewing my own clothing and hope to do a lot more this year.  one of my new year's resolutions has been to sew my own pair of pants.  anyone have a great pattern recommendation?  i'm fed up with buying pants that just dont' fit right and make me look bigger than i am so i'd love to make some fit just for my body.

have you made your own pants before?  what is your favorite pattern to use? do you have any tips for me? let's chat sewing my friends!

||  FABRICS USED  ||
- afro fusion dusk from indie by pat bravo for art gallery fabrics purchased from fabricworm
- vintage mustard colored pre-made bias tape for armholes.

||  PATTERN USED  ||
- washi dress by rae hoekstra (made by rae)
- size made: XL
- full bust adjustment: none
- length: mid thigh
- helpful link: sewing women's clothing post from rae (great for tips on sizing and muslins)

26 comments:

  1. if you put a bra on sally, stuff it, make her a cover from knit, and then stuff it to make your measurements too you could use her. It's good to have a dress form set at no bigger than your smallest measurements and stuff it up if you want a really good representation of your own figure... if you want to try use it for draping etc. I haven't touched mine since I had Jackson and I'm a little scared to bust out the measuring tape and see what needs padding up. Maybe less carbs and more running first... ;)

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    1. YOu know what....I thought of doing that with the bra but then decided against it...lol. thanks for the tip though :)

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  2. Awesome job! I do love that fabric too. Can't wait to see you model it. I was cracking up about your dress form comments....too funny! If I had a dress form I'd have to hack off her chest to mimic mine, lol! We all have our flaws, eh?
    I would love to sew some pants too, but am so scared! I did see a class on craftsy.com that was about sewing a pair of pants for yourself that fits.....sounds interesting! Good luck if you try it....that's a great resolution!

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    1. I heard mixed things about that pants class. Like the actual pants you make are not that flattering. Worth looking into though :)

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  3. Oooh, I can't wait to see the modeled shots! I bet it's so pretty on! I'm kind of obsessed with that fabric right now...I'm dying to make a skirt (or a Washi!) out of it. I did get a little bit of $$ for Christmas...hmmmm.....

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  4. looks awesome!!!

    ok, for pants that fit you well you have to go all out and draft a pattern. You can totally do it and it is going to make you so much happier than trying different patterns - that can always be a good start but since pants are so specific it's almost easier to just go for it. Get your hands on Cal Patch's book Design it yourself clothes. She is great at walking you through the drafting process - seriously amazing.

    Go for it - and good luck!!!

    xo
    christy

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    1. thanks Christy! I forgot that book had pants in it. Will take it out from the library again. I keep meaning to buy it but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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  5. That pattern looks so awesome!! Can't wait to see the full thing on you.

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  6. love the tunic version! I agree - I want to see it on you!...but really, this pattern is so my style, yet another project for the list... :)

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    1. You would look adorable in this! Even this year...wink wink :)

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  7. I love that print and the yellow trim!

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  8. I loved making my washi dress so much I broke out the tunic pattern the next day. Love your fabric!

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    1. How many have you made now? Which fabrics did you use?

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  9. I'm getting stuck into my Washi dress - first of many variations I suspect!!! I'm having to fiddle about with the bust darts though - because apparently I am .... low :)
    Love the fabric.
    I've had my eye on the Colerette's Clover pants. love the little pocket detail - but have to find just the right stretchy fabric first...

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  10. Cute! Sewaholic's Thurlow pants pattern is supposed to be amazing!

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  11. Yum yum yum. Can't wait to see it on you!! Did Jeni B make a washi in that same fabric? Seems familiar to me...great minds. :)

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  12. so pretty! i made a washi tunic with fabric from the Indie line as well... love pat bravo! the mustard bias tape is perfection :)

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  13. Shannon I love your choices here - the fabric print and the Washi shirt pattern! I've been wanting to try this one.

    I'll be honest with you, pants are really challenging. If your body type is not straight (mine is definitely not)! The only way to get a perfect fit is to make your own pant pattern. I've been working on my pant block for years....You can always start with a pattern, but in the end it could look totally different. I remember seeing a tutorial on Craftsy about how to draft your own pant pattern. The other challenge is the fabrics you choose to make the pants from. Every fabric will "fit" differently, especially if it has any stretch. You almost need to make a muslin first in the exact fabric you want to use for your pants. Good luck! I don't want to be discouraging. I still aspire to have great fitting pants one day too!!

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  14. Seriously this post has come up at a funny time. I too have been wanting to start making more of my own clothes and though I haven't made anything I would actually wear in public aside from Halloween costumes I only just started looking into the process more seriously this year. I found the Washi Dress at Rae's site only a few weeks ago and have been hovering over the idea since. I totally fell in love with it and the idea of made to wear clothing.

    Have any good tips to get me started on something ?
    Thanks! ps...I love your fabric pattern.

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  15. I second the recommendation for Sewaholic's Thurlow. Lladybird did a sewalong for them, so while making pants can be daunting, she kind of breaks it down into steps for you. I'm almost done with my second pair and I love 'em!
    Love your fabric choice for your tunic. I'm another waffler about the Washi. I can't decide if it'll make me feel pregnant or not (which is not something I am going for!)

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  16. This fabric is gorgeous, and I love the contrasting yellow bias tape. I've had plans to make a few more Washi things myself when I get caught up with all my other projects. Looking forward to seeing you model your new top!

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  17. I made myself 5 or 6 pairs of pants last year. Jeans, dress pants, beachcombing capris. Get an Ottobre Woman magazine, http://www.ottobredesign.com/. Those pants fit great.

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  18. Super cute!

    Speaking of sewing...are you still enjoying your new(ish) machine? I have had my eye on the Ambition 1.0 and I am saving up, but I am so nervous to make the wrong choice!

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