Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mini Me.

Sigh. I couldn't participate in KCW this time around. So busy. So, so busy. I had Planning Commission on Monday night (a relatively straight-forward meeting which had me home by 8:40 p.m. but forget about sewing at that point), City Council on Tuesday night (which went till 11:30! the only thing that happened after that was two beers in quick succession), Steve had his softball league on Wednesday night (he came home to find me in bed, asleep, holding a children's book, and two children strewn in various directions in other parts of the bed, don't ask me, I don't remember), and then ... then I was in recovery. And so was Steve. Seriously, this week couldn't end soon enough.

But last night (TGIF!!!), I decided it might be fun to cut out a Hanami Dress. Another pattern from the awesome PPP#2. Using fabric leftover from this project. Because, hey, the theme of this spring's KCW is "mini me," right?

Hanami Dress


I decided to go with the little flutter sleeves and the cross-back, which just seemed to compliment this soft Indian print. This fabric started its life as curtain panels, and I just love the combination of pastel and bold colors.

Of course, I couldn't resist adding a little bit of purple piping at the waist. The Hanami dress just begs for piping!

Hanami Dress


I really love that dropped waist.  It's comfortable and easy to put on (no squeezing your poor protesting toddler into this dress), and it has a wonderful 1920s-1930s vibe. Seeing this made up, I really want to make a Hanami in feedsack fabric with a white, piped, peter pan collar.

Hanami Dress


I took a risk and sewed this up in the 18-month size (Maggie is 20 months old, but on the small side), and I was pleasantly surprised that the fit is roomy, but fine! I did shorten the skirt by a couple inches, but that was the only modification I made. I expect she'll be able to wear this for a while, but it's not so big that it doesn't look good now. Score!

Hanami Dress


By now you've read everyone else's ravings about how great this pattern is. I have to concur. The instructions are excellent. Helpful, but not overkill. A good balance. And the pattern drafting is obviously spot on. Look at how perfect this little dress is!

And now, for your entertainment, a few attempts to take a photo of both of my kids together:

Attempted to photograph both of my kids.


Attempted to photograph both of my kids.


Attempts to photograph both kids together


Attempted to photograph both of my kids.



Attempts to photograph both kids together

Attempted to photograph both of my kids.


Attempted to photograph both of my kids.


Um, yeah, so much for that idea.

10 comments:

  1. Super-sweet photos, and I really adore that fabric! I hear you about recovering from the week - we have had a lot of weeks like that lately! I managed KCW, but two out of six days so far saw no sewing, and I'm not sure I'll have time today either.

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    1. I applaud you for doing KCW this time around! Since having two kids, and a job with a commute, I don't think I've managed to really participate once. Which is a shame, because I always really enjoyed sewing along with the whole blog-o-sphere. But I've really become a weekend-only sewist. Perhaps if my kids would just start going to bed without ridiculous levels of fanfare ... I don't know when that will happen, though!

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  2. How grown up is Joe? He is really trying to help you get your shot.

    Terribly sweet dress Inder, I love the fabric. Do you have any left? It would make a gorgeous yoke on a Hide and Seek blouse .

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    1. I do have some left, just a little bit, and that is a GREAT idea!! I will put it aside ...

      Yeah, Joe was trying to help!! But Maggie is so squirmy. She's at that age where she just will not be contained! And she may be small, but she gives her brother a run for his money. She's no delicate flower!

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  3. Oh. My. Gawd. Love their squishy little faces!! That fabric is to die for, and perfect for that dress. KCW, um, yeah. I made Charlie some pj pants today, maybe that counts?

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  4. Such a lovely dress and her curls are divine! Cute photos of the kids together, that's exactly how mine always end up too!

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  5. Wow, Inder, I can't tell you how much I love this. You know I love the Hanimi pattern, but I always thought it would look better on older girls than toddlers. This looks great on Maggie. I love the fabric you chose, the piping, and just the style (crossover back, flutter sleeves). One of the best (if not THE best) version I've seen of that style. So well done, Inder! I absolutely adore this Hanimi dress!

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  6. What a sweet dress! I love the fabric and the piping is great. I should give piping a try some day. How do you get it so even? And the sibling pictures are so sweet and funny. I'm sure we're headed in that direction as soon as O can actually move :)

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  7. That FABRIC! What an exquisite wee dress. I think there's something unexpected about your choices (drop-waist style, non-"kid-specific" fabric) that really adds up to a very, special garment. Piping, too!

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  8. What a gorgeous Hanami! Love it. Those big bear hugs - priceless :)

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