Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Floral Washi

When Chuck was in Bangkok we went to Sampeng Lane to do some fabric shopping... she picked out some nice floral printed cotton from Belleboo and decided it should be a Washi top.

She chose the sleeveless version with the u-shaped cut-out neckline (the "fun" neckline, as she called it), so I did some things a little different than my last Washi top (which I love and wear on the regular!):
  • Last time I used bias tape on the neckline rather than facings, but with the u-shaped cut-out, I decided that following the directions and using the facings was prudent... 
  • I top-stitched the facings down and sewed them to the shoulder seams to make sure they don't flap out.
  • I'm still having trouble with shirring on my machine, so I decided to make internal casings for 1/4" elastic using bias tape and the pattern's shirring lines as my guide.  
  • I was able to get the stripes of flowers to match up in the center of the bodice and skirt, but the pleats threw off the matching a bit. Meh.


  1. Love your top! What machine do you use? I had a heck of a time with the shirring on my Babylock Grace until I saw a tutorial for Brother and Babylock machines. Do you use one of these? I *might* be able to help.

    1. Thanks! And thanks for your offer to help with shirring.... I am using an old and very basic Kenmore machine my mom got me when I first expressed an interest in sewing. Now that I am more into it, I should really consider an upgrade!

  2. ooo I love this neckline - very flattering on Ms. Chuck!