Bird Dress with pointed collar and sleeve

After the response to yesterday’s pink Washi top (wow!!) I’m not sure I can follow it up with anything better, but hopefully you’ll love this dress as much as I do!


One of my favorite prints from the recently-released Waterfront Park line from Violet Craft was this elegantly simple bird print. My friend April gifted me with this fabric when I visited Sew to Speak in Columbus this summer so I’m happy I got a chance to make something fantastic with it!!


This dress is the Washi Dress of course, with the addition of a pointed collar and a new sleeve, both of which will be pattern pieces included in the new Washi Expansion Pack (which I talked about more in yesterday’s post).

I love the pointed Peter Pan collars that seem to be everywhere lately. I wanted a small sleeve that would really go well with the pointed collar, and the answer is clearly a pointed sleeve. I also know that many of you loved the Hello Pilgrim dress that I posted a long time ago, and I feel like this pointed sleeve would also look really fantastic with a big bow and recreate that look quite nicely. My first version of this dress had both a black collar AND black sleeves, but it was crazy I tell you. I tried it on for Mr Rae and my first thought was “this is way too Minnie Mouse, isn’t it?” and he was like, “yup.” I still think making a version where the collar and the sleeves are the same fabric would be great, it just didn’t work this time.


The collar is easily finished with a bodice lining, so instead of using shirring in the back on this one, I used the bottom of the lining in the back to create an elastic casing, which I think will be really nice for those of you who fear shirring with elastic thread. I used elastic in the back of the Motif Madness Dress and the Time for Tea dress, and it works really nicely.


What do you think? Do you like the pointed collars? I’m including both curved and pointed Peter Pan collars in the Washi Expansion pack, so that should be really fun!! Can’t wait until it’s ready!

23 thoughts on “Bird Dress with pointed collar and sleeve

  1. oh WOW! I am loving both the sleeves AND new collar!:) and Waterfront Park is one of my fav lines right now! just finished a table runner using it!!

  2. i really like the elastic casing. I’ve tried shirring, but it always comes out crooked – my lines are never parallel and neat. This has stopped me from making a washi… can you post how you did this?

  3. I love this dress and I love this fabric (just ordered some for myself..)! Can’t wait for the extension package to come out – sounds like a lot of fun!

  4. i love this! I have the WASHI pattern and fabric waiting, but I’m wondering if I should wait for the expansion pack to learn to do the casing – seems less scary than shiring, which I’ve never gotten to work

  5. Wonderful… I think a those birds are awesome on this dress and loving the black collar. Simply beautiful!

  6. Gorgeous – I can’t wait for the extension pack. I already live in my two washi (washis’? what is the plural?) I am going to live in all these variations this Australian Summer!

  7. Love!!!. . .thinking black with white collar or grey with black collar would be lovely for work with black boots or mary-jane heels. And a belt. . .pearls. . ok I will stop now.

  8. Super cute. You’re killing me with all these versions of washi. Do you plan on sending an email to all those who purchased Washi from you when the expansion pack is out? I know its silly but I’ll probably buy it the minute you release it πŸ™‚

    • of course! we’ll send out an email to everyone who has purchased the pattern (at least through my site) as soon as it is ready. I’m not sure how to get ahold of people who have purchased the paper patterns through shops, but we’ll try to reach everyone. I know alot of people have been waiting for it!!


  9. Im about to buy the Washi pattern but I really want the extension pack when it comes out. Should I wait until its out? How much more will it be? Your clothing designs make me want to have you as a best friend! I love your blog!!GodBless

  10. I may be a dreamer, but I dream of this pattern modified into a fall/spring coat in something like a velour? Long sleeves, a little higher neck line, fabric covered buttons? Maybe even 2 different fabrics divided at the pleat line? Can you see it? It could be a beauty…

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