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Washi Dress in Cynthia Rowley Pointillism

Or as I affectionately refer to it – my Confetti dress! A woman at Starbucks told me that her daughter whispered to her that my dress “looks like sprinkles” and I pretty much beamed.

I finally tried out the U-cutout neckline and… I cut it too wide. Oops.


I still think it’s cute! I haven’t gotten around to understitching the interfacing to keep it lying flat so right now I just blast the hell out of it with steam from my iron. I’ve probably spent more time doing that than it would have taken to just understitch the thing. Oh well.


Anyway I think it’s probably my favorite Washi! Do I say that every time? I think I do, but I mean it. I can wear it to work with a cardi, or out to a party/event, AND it has pockets. The best part is I can wear it with pink, yellow, blue, green, or black… really any color!

Another Washi success!

Pattern: Washi dress (duh, what else?) by Made by Rae
Fabric: Cynthia Rowley Pointillism in Primary from Hawthorne Threads



Sister Washis: Star Wars for Rosie

Rosie finally sent me pictures of her Star Wars Washi in action!

She appears to be quite pleased with the pockets.
Star Wars 1

It fits perfectly, YES.
Star Wars 2

Star Wars 3

Yikes, this reminds me that I need to get cracking of the last Sister Washi, Romina’s!

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Sister Washis: Part II

I finished Rosie’s Star Wars Washi!


I was ALMOST able to finish Rosie’s Star Wars dress when I was visiting them a few weeks ago – I even lugged my serger with me to Jersey! I didn’t get to finish the side seams or hem the dress though, as I was only visiting overnight and it was a busy weekend, so I took it home to finish up.


CUTE! I still need to get pictures of her wearing it but I’m fairly confident it’ll fit fine. She wanted it way shorter than I would be comfortable wearing though so that might be the only thing I’d have to adjust – making it shorter. Oh my God, am I old?


Next up is Romina’s Panda Washi! I can’t wait!


Three Sisters, Three Washi Dresses

I have three younger sisters, all of whom are, to varying degrees, very fashion-conscious. I’m also the only one who sews. My mom has sewn all of our lives but only recently took it up again – she makes them super cute dresses (and matching bags!) all the time… but when I started pumping out Washi dresses for myself they started hounding me to make it for them too.

I thought it would be fun to do a little mini-series on our Sister Washis. Let’s meet our lovely contestants, shall we?

Sisters! We are NOT in age order but L-R it’s: Romina, Rianna, moi, and Rosie



Her boyfriend nearly rivals my husband in nerdiness (love ya B!), hence the Star Wars. I very nearly bought this fabric at Jo-Ann’s (which is no longer available, sad!) for Liam’s bedroom but refrained due to indecisiveness. Rosie bought two yards for no apparent reason and then later begged me to make it a Washi for her. Sorry, blurriest phone picture ever… I took this one night to send to her:


It is HARD to squeeze a Washi dress out of two yards, and out of a directional print too! I did it though, although I’ve never spent so much time laying out pattern pieces before. I also had to cut the pockets out separately for the first time since making this pattern. Luckily she’s short like me so I’m able to cut it quite a bit shorter than the pattern requires.

Also, I’m glad for that little exercise in pattern-laying because it has inspired me to be more conscious about how I lay my pattern pieces for the most efficient use of fabric.

I did most of it in just a couple of hours when she was here a few weeks ago but she didn’t get to try it on before I sewed up the sides. BUT I visited this weekend and did a quick fit test with her and finished most of it. I just need to finish seams and hem the dress.


Romina loves pandas so I searched forever and ever until I found a panda print that I liked. Enter Riley Blake’s Sunny Happy Skies line… but it came out a while ago so I kept finding just a yard in stock in various places – and I was adamant that I get it with the blue background because it’s her favourite colour. FINALLY found some at JAQS Fabrics – Sunny Panda Blue. Cute!!!


All I’ve done so far is wash/dry and iron the fabric. She’s probably an XS but I’m thinking I’ll still need to take some of it in based on my measurements from making Rianna’s. Hers will probably be hardest to fit because I hardly ever see her – she’s away at college so I don’t see her as much as the others!


This is the only one I’ve finished! I was able to bang it out one afternoon while they were visiting over the Fourth of July weekend.

Rianna has an obsession with London. She’s never been but it’s her current life ambition. Part of it is her love for Harry Potter, which I share, and another part is her obsession with One Direction… which I do not share. This is the London Buildings fabric that I used for L’s pants during KCW.


I really like the little beefeaters! Too cute.

Her only request for this dress was that it had to have a peter pan collar… which I’ve never made before. I couldn’t find a good one online so I ended up drafting it myself. It turned out quite cute, although it took me forever to figure out how to attach it!


Also I finished the dress as they were literally going out the door to drive back to Jersey. I didn’t even get to tack down the peter pan collar like I wanted to so I commissioned my mom to get it done sometime.

So that meant I didn’t even take pictures of the finished product! I told her she could take the dress but she HAD to take pictures… it took her ages but at least she asked her friend Tyler Kenny who has his own photography business which is why these pictures are way better than the norm on my blog.


Ugh, isn’t she a cutie pie? She’s actually quite ridiculous, so don’t let her looks fool you.

Aaaaand it sounds like Rae has a peter pan collar as part of the add-on coming up. EXCITED!

Stay tuned for the next installment of Sister Washis!

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Kids Clothes Week!

Ok so the first two days of my first Kids Clothes Week were a bust. As in, I did zero hours of sewing.

In my defense, Mr. L decided not to sleep on Sunday and Monday night, and I was clever and used last night to catch up on some much-needed sleep. I did spend a good deal of this past weekend cutting out some shorts/pants for L out of my excess yardage stash, plus I did finish a pair of pants for him so I at least have something to show this week. I also have two baby girl dresses that I had to wait to blog about until after they were given as presents.

Here are L’s new pants! I really like Dana’s kid pants pattern because 1. it’s free, 2. it’s super easy, 3. there are a lot of options to switch it up, aaaaand, it’s free. Hard to beat that. I love the flat front option. I also sew his nametag to the outside of the back waistband… mostly because I think everyone should see how awesome my work is.


This is Lizzy House’s Star Charts in navy, which I may or may not made a Washi dress out of… which I may or may not have worn to a birthday party with Liam wearing his Star Charts pants. I’m planning on matching clothing with Liam until he refuses. My goal is age 12, or whenever he threatens to declare himself emancipated.


I also cut a few pairs of pants/shorts, again with Dana’s pattern. It’s probably lucky that I only had enough to make shorts out of the Michael Miller weiner dogs fabric because they probably would’ve looked too much like PJs as pants.


The London Buildings fabric are also destined to become shorts. The London fabric is excess from making my little sister a Washi dress but she has so far failed to provide me with decent pictures. She lives in NJ so I told her when she left my house that she needed to take pictures of the dress and send them back to me within 3 business days or I’d go Cinderella’s stepsisters on the dress and rip it up. Threats apparently don’t work on her. She tried sending me crappy phone pictures and I demanded new ones. God, her seamstress is a jerk.


I also cut pants out of a gray linen-cotton blend but that is just way too boring to photograph, sorry. Here are the dresses I made for L’s friend for her second birthday:

Free itty bitty baby dress from Made by Rae – quilting cotton from Joann’s:




Geranium dress also by Rae – also random Joann’s fabric 


I got to use my new snaps plier. It gets lots of terrible reviews but I think it works just fine. Plus, not having to make buttonholes!


So that’s where I stand on Kids Clothes Week. I hope to get all or most of these pants done this week – I’ll probably end up binge-sewing this weekend rather than doing an hour a day.

And let’s not talk about how I made another Washi dress for myself, making it number 5. Only 2 of which have been blogged. I also made one for my sister and am working on one for another sister. Three sisters. Three Washi dresses. TOTALLY WORTH IT.


Two Washi dresses – FINISHED!

Ummm I might have a Washi dress problem. I made two in one day.

I totally acknowledge that I have posted two Made by Rae patterns in a row but I can’t help it. I swear I’ve used other patterns; I just haven’t taken pictures of them yet!

I call this one my Washi Doggies. It’s Michael Miller and I’ve had this fabric on my WANT list for about a year. Finally!


I think I might rip out the stitching holding down the front facing and do a blind stitch. I don’t like how OBVIOUS it is on this particular dress. I did use a pretty heavy black thread and I’d rather have the uninterrupted houndstooth pattern. Ha, houndstooth!


I call this the Birthday Washi. I found the fabric at Joann’s and knew I needed to make a dress out of it. Yes, it’s quilting cotton but I actually like the stiffness for this dress. It makes the skirt more substantial somehow. While I was there I also picked up a kona cotton in navy and think I need to make another Washi with white piping.


I wore this one to my nephew’s 4th birthday party and it is soooo comfy. I might need to wear it for every birthday forever. The pockets are the best.


Loooove this pattern. I’ve already worn the Washi dogs twice: once while I was visiting my parents and again to work this week. I wore it with a kelly green sweater, because, YES. I clearly like my houndstooth with kelly.