Well, I did it again. I made another Washi. Last week during One Week One Pattern I decided that I should make one more tunic so I would have a Washi for every day of the week. A friend of mine asked me to make her a tie-neck Josephine top and she picked out this fantastic Lotta Jansdotter fabric. Thankfully at the time I had the good sense to order some extra and it was just enough to make this Washi tunic.
I did my standard modifications on this top– made a medium graded to a large at the hips and scooped out the front armholes a bit to account for my forward shoulders. I decided to cut the skirt portion between the tunic and dress cutting lines so it would be a little bit more full, but not as full as the dresses are. I also raised the neckline an inch on this one. It’s the first time I’ve done that and I am glad I did. I am always a fan of higher necklines and this is still plenty scooped.
I added the small bow from the Washi expansion pack. The front bodice is not cut on the fold for this version so it gave me a chance to practice my pattern matching. I ended up getting the middle flower matched perfectly! Of course the bow kind of covers it up, but I know that big flower is under there.
Instead of using elastic thread in the back I used the casing option from the expansion pack. I sewed a seam down the middle of the casing and used two 3/8″ pieces of elastic instead of one piece that’s an inch wide. I had to go back after washing this top and add some length to the elastic because it felt a little tight. Does elastic shrink? It never occurred to me to pre-wash it, but the top felt fine before washing. It was a little annoying to have to unpick one of the side seams and lengthen the elastic, but of course I wanted the top to be comfortable so I’m glad I took the time to do it.
At some point I do want to try a Washi with sleeves, but I like being able to layer this with a cardigan. And now I am really going to start some Fall sewing! I am excited to try to tackle the Archer pattern this fall and have a few other things that will be great for cooler weather!