The Washi Tunic
So this past week, I made the very first pattern I ever bought, which I'm pretty sure was on the memorial day before this past one. It was right before the long weekend and at the time I fully believed I was going to have a new dress by the next week. That didn't happen, and then when the Refashioners hit this past year I again thought I was going to kill it with an awesome washi. Well that didn't happen either because the shirt I was using didn't have enough fabric. Buuut I guess good things take time because I finally got it together and using a larger shirt I refashioned myself a washi. And it turned out awesome. Boom. Here's the before pic. Sorry it's such a poor quality selfie... and that my pants are like the same color as my skin so it looks like I'm not wearing any. Awkward:
There are definitely a couple of issues that I'll have to work on for the next time, but all in all I like how it turned out and I thought the pattern was really well drafted. First off, the white stripe running just right of center drives me nutso, but honestly there isn't much I could have done about it because that's where the stripe was on the original. For whatever reason it did't irk me before I refashioned the shirt, but I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles.
I also made a couple small changes while constructing. The first and most obvious is that I rounded out the neckline. I liked the little half moon cut out in the pattern but I was going to make a pussy bow neck before I realized that the plaid would have made it all crazy-town. I also decided to just cut to the length of the shirt I was using. Then I went back and smoothed out the hemline. I like having the security of butt-coverage and it allows me to wear leggings which are just about the most comfortable things ever. Win win. The last change I made was to finish both the arm holes aaaand the neckline with bias binding. Again I thought I was going to do a pussy bow, so I nixed the facing and then plans just changed. Whatever it happens... a quite honestly I kind of like finishing edges with bias binding. Yes, I almost steamed my fingers off several times, but in the end it's fairly easy and usually fool proof.
So that's about it on the Washi. I find it to be totally flattering, super comfy and a pretty easy make. You all should check it out. Lastly, if you're curious at all to see what me an the hubby dressed up as for halloween here's a teaser and you can see a better pic on my instagram @jinxandgunner:
Until next time!