The Washi Tunic : My Maternity Staple

Getting pregnant was such a surprise to me. We had so longed for a baby for such a great length of time, that though the idea sounded magical, it also seemed out of reach. We were certainly past the point of getting our hopes up each month. So as I said, when we were finally blessed with this little baby, I felt a little lost on the crafting front. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I was on quite the garment sewing kick. I was making outfits for myself right and left, and had no intention of stopping or slowing down. But after realizing I would have a quickly growing midsection, I sort of took a pause from all the sewing for me. (All sewing, actually, but you get my point).

And then I came across the Washi dress from Made by Rae. I was no stranger to the pattern, as I’ve seen it all over blogland and beyond, but the pattern had appeal to me now that I was in need of a maternity wardrobe.

I’m so thrilled that I gave it a go. You see, I now have four completed Washi tunics, and five more are in the works. Its my pregnancy My Belle! Seriously. Its all I wear. If you haven’t yet tried the pattern, it is a great one! Rae even has an expansion pack available with several variations to the pattern. I’ll likely be getting mine before the week is out, as I’m dying to put a collar on a top or two!

This is the first one I made with some Chambray Union fabric from Robert Kaufman (a garment sewing must!)


Holy fat face, Batman! 


The next three are all Liberty prints that I had been hoarding for such a time as this.


I am so in love with these tops! You can see that my accompanying maternity staples are skinny belts and my trusty Jackie cardigans.


Finding suitable maternity clothes is not an easy feat. Its definitely the sort of wardrobe “shopping” that when you find a piece that works, you want it in every possible color. Thankfully, the fabric world is diverse enough that I think I can fool people into believing that I’m not actually wearing the same top everyday.


I’m so excited about these tops, and I can’t wait to show you more as I make them. I’ll have to make some dresses too, as my wardrobe seems to be lacking those as well!


Thank you for stopping by. It feels good to be back and to be reporting on my sewing adventures. There’s certainly more to come!


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  • Teri

    Your Washis are so pretty! It is one of my favorite patterns out there– it sews up so quickly and is super comfortable! I want to get the expansion pack soon so I can try a Washi with sleeves.ReplyCancel

    • You’ll have to stop back by and tell me what variations you do! I’m so excited to start on mine.ReplyCancel

  • Super cute! I love the bright red, yellow, and blue one :)ReplyCancel

  • kalle

    these tops look great! i, too, am expecting; i’d love to make a few of these tops for myself. did you make any modifications to accommodate your growing belly? or is the pattern roomy enough as written?

    thanks for any tips you can provide!


    • I found the pattern to be roomy enough. I did go up from where I was prepregnancy in the bust, just because I think the bust in the pattern is a bit small to begin with, and because I’ve grown there far more than I anticipated. I’m 21 weeks and have plenty of room both around and lengthwise. But if I get really big toward the end, I may grade the pattern up to the next size and add a little length to the bottom front to keep from flashing my baby gut. But as I said, currently the fit is great, and there is no worry of showing off too much.ReplyCancel

  • Michaela

    Your Washis look amazing on you, I especially love the Liberty ones…shopping for maternity wear can be so frustrating- how great you can make things that make you feel good. Congratulations on your news!ReplyCancel

  • Mariann

    Love, love, love the tops! Hope you and your little apprentice are doing well. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • They look awesome! And so do you! I’m pretty sure she is coming out with a new top that is also very maternity friendly too.ReplyCancel

    • Oh! Awesome. Do you know what the pattern is called? Is it the one with the pleats on the front?ReplyCancel

  • oh my gosh I love all of these so much!!! It’s making me want to sew more sleeveless Washi tops now. LOVE!!ReplyCancel

    • Girl, they are so perfect for maternity! Thank you so much for this pattern!ReplyCancel

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