Hey lovelies, thanks so much for all your lovely words about the Washington Dress!
Before the sewalong and contest kicks off, I wanted to give you a bit of inspiration about the many different ways you can adapt the Washington Dress using colour blocking or by hacking it into a tunic – the three sections give you tons of opportunities, and it’s possible to make it look quite different!
First up, let’s talk colour blocking. If you like a strong look, then go full on and use three colours! I adore Meg’s version – she cleverly picked a bodice and yoke colour which pick out colours from the woven skirt, giving it a really cohesive look. The black yoke is also fantastic for nipping you in at the waist.
However, there are many other options! Here are just a few:
From left to right:
- This could be colour blocked like Meg’s dress, or the bodice and skirt could be the same colour with a contrasting yoke.
- Or, you could go for a drop waist look – like Elaine’s dress below! Just use the same colour fabric for the bodice and yoke.
- Next up, make the skirt and yoke from the same fabric for a two-piece look.
- And finally, there’s no reason you can’t make it monochrome! The skirt can easily be swapped out for a knit, and you’ll end up with a chic and well-fitting dress.
Here’s Elaine’s drop waist version made with stretch lace, no less!
Turn the Cashmerette Washington Dress into a tunic
Next up, a hack inspired by Elaine: you can turn the Washington Dress into a tunic!
This is pretty easy: simply take the skirt piece, and cut across it at the length you’d like your tunic to be (remember to allow 1 inch extra for your hem). You can choose the shape you’d like – straight across, curved down, or anything else you can imagine! Make sure you make the adjustment at the same height on the front and back skirt pieces.
You can also make it sleeveless! First, make up the bodice without adding the sleeves. See how you like the fit at the shoulder – often you’ll want to narrow the shoulder a bit for sleeveless tops, so if necessary you can cut a crescent off the armscye. Then, you can finish the armhole either by turning and stitching, or you could use knit binding. Either way, I’d recommend using a bit of knit stay tape or stretch interfacing on the armholes first so they don’t stretch out.
Here is Elaine in her roaring drop-waist tunic, and her sleeveless blue velvet holiday version!
Coming up later, I’ll show you how to hack the pattern into a maxi – another idea from a tester!
Do you have any other creative ideas for hacking the Washington?