So I don’t typically celebrate birthdays for random patterns, but Rae decided to have a Washi birthday celebration and since Washi was one of the first patterns I sewed successfully for myself, I decided to join in!
When Washi was first released, I had been sewing children’s clothing for about a year, having started sewing in July of 2011 when N was a mere 2 months old. I made my first Washi in fall of 2012 and posted about it here when this blog was a mere 5 months old.
My Washi served me well and I made another when I was pregnant with Baby J in the spring of 2013. I loooooved my record Washi, which was featured in our family “album cover” photo.
So in honor of Washi’s third birthday, I decided to sew up my third Washi!
Let’s have a frank discussion about this top — it’s just not doing it for me. It’s a nice top and a great pattern but when I wear it, I feel like I’m wearing a maternity top. After having three babies and spending more than 2 years of my life pregnant, the last thing I want to wear these days is a maternity top.
I sooooo wanted to love this top. In fact, I actually had this post drafted raving about how awesome my light airy top was (before I had finished making it of course). But when it came right down to it I just couldn’t publish that post because it would be a lie and I do my best never to lie to you folks. So I rewrote it.
The truth is I don’t love this top. Yes, it is light and airy, it goes together really nicely and the pattern has fantastic drafting. This is one of the only sleeveless patterns where I don’t need a sloping shoulder adjustment (how crazy is that?!?), but I still won’t be making the top version again.
I kept this top simple — sleeveless, scoop neck, pleats. The fabric is a light and airy voile from Fabric Mart, I believe. They were having a sale on shirtings a while back and I picked up several cuts for some new shirts and tops. I originally intended this fabric for another Scout Tee, and part of me wishes that I had used it for that purpose :/
I hate to be such a downer, but not everything we make is going to be a winner, and we’re not all going to love every version of every pattern. I do love my Washi dresses and I will continue to wear those. But I will be sending this top off to a friend who is my size and might actually need it as a maternity top at some point.
I’ve already posted about this pattern twice and did a detailed review here, so check out that post for all the nitty-gritty.
But anyway … happy birthday Washi, it really is a great pattern and I love my Washi dresses. I don’t love the top version because apparently all babydoll tops feel like maternity tops to me. But if you do like the babydoll look, try out Washi — it actually doesn’t make you look pregnant (which I cannot say for all tops in this style), and is a wonderfully drafted pattern.