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?
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!
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.
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!
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:
Um, yeah, so much for that idea.