Still Celebrating!

It’s Day 10 of the Wear Your Washi Contest on Instagram. In case this is the first time you’re hearing about it, I’ve been having a party to celebrate the Washi Dress and its companion pattern, the Washi Expansion Pack. Washi was the first women’s sewing pattern I released, and it turned three years old this month!

I’m amazed at all of the Washi dresses and tops that are out there, with so many awesome variations. Some of you still seem to have a few more Washis in your closets, and I can’t wait to see what else shows up in the feed. Here are just a *few* of the photos in there:

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Last week, I posted a giveaway of five copies of the Washi paper pattern. So many of you entered!! I used a random number generator to select five winners, and here they are:

#78 Ellen, who said: “Happy Birthday, dear Washi!”

#109 Nicole, who said: “I would love to try the Washi Dress. I just bought the Ruby dress in the last week. Sewing your children’s patterns have given me the confidence to sew adult patterns. I think you are simply amazing.”

#196 Katy, who said: “I’d love to win a copy – I’ve been following your blog for years and always fancied making a washi (or 10!) but there’s always too much month left at the end of my money! x”

#281 Elena, who said: “I love this dress! Great pattern and thanks for the giveaway!”

#292 Hilary, who said: “I would love to give this pattern a try!”

We’ll pop your patterns in the mail today, ladies!

Watercolor Tank Dress

summer tank dress

With the hottest days of summer upon us I’ve been wearing dresses almost daily, especially my Lotus Pond tank dress. So it made sense to make another tank dress that could stand up to the heat. It took next to no time to sew and already in the few weeks since I made it has been threatening to surpass the rayon maxi washi for Most Worn Status in my closet.

summer tank dress

The top is a black baby rib knit from Organic Cotton Plus (I love their rib knit. I also got some natural and mint) and the bottom is a watercolor rayon print from Wanderlust. I also had the good sense to include pockets, something I always consider skipping to save time but never regret later when I add them.

summer tank dress

As you can see, it’s all pretty simple. I even skipped adding binding to the arms and neck and just folded the edge under and zig-zagged it down to finish it.

summer tank dress

It looks great with my little black bolero which I did not make, but I think I need to try making one of these soon. The bolero sweater always seems to look fantastic with the high-waisted styles I’m drawn to.

summer tank dress

Washi Print Pattern Giveaway (and a winner!)

Thanks for all the comments!!! This giveaway is now closed, and winners will be announced soon.

It was so fun to see all of the Washis posted on Monday for the #happywashibirthday giveaway! Here’s just a sampling of the dresses and tops posted on Instagram:

Happy Washi Birthday!Top row: left / center / right , Bottom row: left / center / right
happy Washi BirthdayTop row: left / center / right, bottom row: left / center / right

I’m excited to announce that the randomly selected winner of the #happywashibirthday giveaway is Heather, who posted such a lovely green dress made out of Lizzy House’s Catnap fabric.

heather washi

Heather will receive one copy each of the Geranium Dress and Washi Dress paper patterns. Thanks to everyone else who wished Washi a Happy Birthday on Monday, and feel free to continue to post with the tag #happywashibirthday. So many of you are still posting with the tag (on Twitter and FB too!) and it’s really great.

The Washi birthday festivities continue! First, the #wearyourwashicontest is going strong. I can’t believe how many people are still posting daily Washi Dresses!! It’s so incredibly fun. If you’re participated, please don’t forget to include full shots of the dress on you as well as the day and date count to stay in the running.

And…to wrap up our birthday week for Washi here on the blog, today I’m giving away FIVE more copies of the print Washi Dress Pattern!!!! If you would love a print copy of the Washi Dress Pattern for your very own, this is your chance! We’ll leave the giveaway open until tomorrow evening.

Washi Print pattern

To be entered in the drawing, leave just ONE comment on this post by 9:30 PM EDT tomorrow evening (Saturday, August 15, 2015). Five winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email to provide a mailing address for the pattern. International entries are welcome! Void where prohibited by law.

Good luck, and a huge thank you to everyone for helping me celebrate Washi this week!!!

Happy Birthday, Dear Washi

happy birthday washi Day 1

Just a quick reminder that today is the day to enter the Happy Washi Birthday giveaway over on Instagram; just post a pic of you wearing your Washi and tag it #happywashibirthday!! I’m wearing mine (see slightly nerdy pic, above)…are you?? Also: If you’re playing along with the Wear Your Washi contest, today is Day 1. Otherwise, just post your pics with the tag #wearyourwashi just for fun. Check out this blog post for all the details!

PS. Want to have a chance to win a print Washi pattern of your very own but don’t have a Washi to flaunt yet in order to do so? Don’t fret, we’ve got a giveaway planned for you on the blog, soon. Stay tuned!!

Beatrixalong Roundup

Remember the Beatrixalong? A few weeks ago I hosted a sewalong to welcome my newest pattern, Beatrix, into the world, and a bunch of you participated and made some awesome tops!

Let’s take a look at some photos from those of you who sewed along on Instagram and Flickr. It was really exciting to see all these Beatrixes coming to life!

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And it was even more fun to see them materialize into finished tops…

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And then the most fun of course was seeing them modeled by their makers:

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This is just a handful of the sewalong photos; you can see even more on Instagram (#Beatrixalong) or in the Beatrix photo pool. Thanks to everyone who participated!

If you want to make your own Beatrix, you can get your pattern here. All of the Beatrixalong posts are now on their own page, so if you’re still working you can access them any time you like for tips and tricks and all sorts of detailed photos showing you how to make your own Beatrix!

I always love to see what you’re making with my patterns, so please post your Beatrixes on Flickr in the Rae Made Me Do It pool or the Beatrix Sewing Pattern Pool, or on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter with the following tags: #beatrixpattern, #raemademedoit, or #madebyrae!