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I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

KCWC Day 2 Challenge: Accepted

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If you’re following along with the massively popular Kids Clothes Week Challenge, you may have noticed that Rae posted a mini-challenge-within-a-challenge inspired by Kristen‘s stacks of fabric sans inspiration. (Read about the entire backstory on the links to Rae and Kristen’s blogs.)

The moment I saw “Mini Washi,” I knew I was in.  I have longed to make a mini Washi Dress since I outfitted my friends and myself with as many as I could whip up in the summer. Like these:
Washi Dress in Double Gauze

In fact, I taught a class over at Pot & Box in Ann Arbor and witnessing the creation of a Gorgeous Washi Dress for students of every size and shape, I wished to make one for my Ella.

I worked on adapting one of my own patterns yesterday, and began the dress for Ella last night, but the need for sleep won out, and I left the rest of the construction for today. Naturally she wants one for her new doll, Astrid, as well. I’ll work on that later.

I’ll update with some modeled shots this afternoon, but I couldn’t wait to show you. (FYI: Ella’s is long and mine is knee-length, if the scale here has you wondering what kind of Amazon I have for a daughter.)

And a close-up of the neckline. I used a shallower scoop for a kid-version.

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  • Jenny October 9, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I love what you did with the neckline. Very true to the original Washi, but perfect for a young girl. What a gorgeous set of dresses!

  • kristin October 9, 2012, 4:41 pm

    ooooh yay! so fun you joined in! isn’t a mini washi fun to make? i was just giddy as i figured out the pieces and sewed every step. i’m sure your little gal will love looking like mama, too! :)

  • Caila October 9, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Oh, I love it! Beautiful work! I’m working with that same fabric today. Love it for fall! :)

  • Lauren October 10, 2012, 2:07 am

    Ella’s Washi is beautiful! Nice work!

  • Jacinta October 10, 2012, 5:40 am

    That is very cute. Such a pretty dress and lovely fabric. Will have to make a Washi soon.

  • Emily October 10, 2012, 5:58 am

    Love the dresses and the neckline!

  • palak October 10, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Awww… It’s so wittle! I love the fabric you used.

  • Bethany Nixon October 12, 2012, 3:11 pm

    Aw, I love Ella’s Washi dress – so beautiful!


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