Lace-backed Washi Tunic

Necklace: Francesca’s
Tunic: mine
Jeans: Old Navy Rockstars
Sandals: Dolce Vida from Nordstrom
Hello and Happy Monday! I thought it was finally time to show you my second Washi! Well, if you want to be technical, this is actually my FIRST Washi. I made this tunic version when Rae first sent me the pattern for testing. 
I would have shown it to you sooner, but I had some fixing to do. When I made this Washi I was still figuring out my size, and I *ahem* made a mistake while cutting, so the shoulders ended up not matching the back piece and the neckline had a funny gap. I’ll show you what I did to fix this problem, although the gap still persists somewhat. Oh well, I love this fabric and still wear the tunic! (Sorry I can’t remember what the fabric is called or who manufactures it. I’ll have to look through my scraps for the selvage info.)
This Washi Tunic looks just like any other until… datdadada, I turn around. 
Yes, I added lace to the back of my Washi! Lace makes everything better, don’t you agree?
Here are some pictures to show you how I added lace to the back of my Washi. Keep in mind that I was fixing a problem with my finished Washi, so my pictures start from there. If you are starting out with lace for your Washi, you can jump in part way. Here goes…
1. I separated the front and back pieces at the shoulder seam. I did this by picking out the stitches because I didn’t want to lose any of the front piece. (FYI, I had to pick part of the side seams out, too).
2. I removed the top part of my Washi tunic. You can see that it’s a little curved, and I wish I had curved it even more. I made the cut high enough so my bra strap wouldn’t show through the lace, but I suggest cutting even lower. I mean, oolahlah, right? 
3. I used the discarded back piece and my pattern to trace cut lines onto the lace.
4. I made my lace back piece a bit larger than the old back piece so I could add a ruffle/pleat. 
5. I used a gathering stitch in the middle bottom of my lace to add a ruffled gather. I just pulled until the sides matched up with the finished sides of my Washi, leaving 1/4″ for the hem. 
6. This is my lace after the gathers. (The funny curve at the top went away when I sewed the lace onto my Washi.) I also serged the edges so I could fold them over and stitch them down later.
7. I’m sorry I don’t have a photo of this part, but I sewed the lace to my Washi tunic along the bottom edge (right sides facing). Then I turned the dress inside out, sewed the shoulder and side seams back together and finished the edge of my lace by turning it under 1/4″ and stitching it down.
I was really quite a simple fix and although it didn’t fix every problem it did make the back look pretty darn cute. 
Oh, and of course I added some crocheted lace from my grandma’s stash to the bottom of my tunic because I do that to almost everything. (Except for Hudson’s shorts, thank goodness).

Now, who else wants lace on the back of their Washi? I think I should go make another. This time, on purpose!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’ve been busy, busy, busy working on some new self-drafted patterns and I can’t wait to show you the results. Hint: tomorrow you will see pictures of Abby in something green, white and blue with distinctive vintage influences. I can’t wait to show you! Have a wonderful Monday, friends!


  1. says

    I think you’re right about lace making things better. This is gorgeous! I really like your other Washi dress too. I love your choice of fabrics for both of them!