Two Hanami tops

August 19, 2013

I had the pleasure of sewing up my friend An (of StraightGrain)'s latest pattern - the Hanami top and dress.  The Hanami is An's third PDF digital pattern. Her first was the bubble dress and her second was the Tinny.  You can see all of An's patterns here.
I promise my hem is not crooked on Isabella's top...the tape kept coming away from the shoulder and the back was slipping down!

The Hanami top and dress has several options...a flutter or overlapping 'tulip' flutter sleeve, a crossed or zipper closing at the back and can be made as a top or dress.  A slim peter pan collar is also an option. You can read more about them all on An's blog.  Click here to find the Hanami pattern (and also perhaps enter a giveaway to win the pattern and some gorgeous fabric to celebrate the pattern's release!).
I chose to make up the top version - I made both with crossed back (the same as Norah is wearing above). I made Isabella's with regular flutter sleeves and juliette's with the tulip flutter sleeves.  The tops are lined (except for the flounce).  Fabric and sizing details at bottom of post.
I am really happy with how these tops turned out. It is such a beautiful design and they will be great here in Melbourne as the weather starts to warm up. The tops are fitted and I would advise choosing a size above if your child is taller or bigger than average. 
Isabella's Hanami top: Size 5.  Regular flutter sleeves with crossed back.  Main fabric is from Sweet Tea collection by Anthology fabrics.   Lined with pale cotton blue batiste.  Vintage blue buttons.
Juliette's Hanami top: Size 3.  Tulip flutter sleeves with crossed back.  Main fabric is Liberty Lifestyle (Bloomsbury collection - Garnett - Colourway). Lined with pale green cotton batiste.  Red buttons. 
Be sure to pop back to StraightGrain over the coming week or so...for the next 10 days all her pattern testers will be posting their Hanamis too!


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  1. they are beautiful! I just love the cross-back option!

  2. Love both versions (I used the same Liberty print for a top last fall and I still love these colors)!
    They look absolutely stunning on your daughters - so so cute!
    (I tested the top version as well and I loved the fit).

    1. Thanks Ana Sofia:) look forward to seeing yours:)

  3. Well done Suz :) The tops are gorgeous. Love the fabrics.

  4. Lovely! I'm especially fond of the one in bold colors, so pretty.

  5. Gorgeous tops! Your posts always make me wish I could squeeze myself into little girls' patterns!!!

  6. Oh my goodness... the girls looks sooo cute! I love the top with jeans.

  7. Both tops are so gorgeous, Suz! Such beautiful fabric choices... Thank you for your sweet post about the Hanami, and for all your helpful advice - it was awesome having you as a pattern tester!

  8. Looove both fabrics!! Beautiful tops! Great job!

  9. Both tops are beautiful! I especially love the one in brigh colors. Gorgeous.

  10. They are beautiful shirts. I love your comment about your straight hem. I hadn't even noticed. My makings probably always looks crooked.

  11. This is my favorite pattern designed by An so far and, seeing it made with such gorgeous fabrics, is a pleasure to my eyes!

  12. Oh they are gorgeous - perfect for Spring! Love that floral fabric you used for Juliette's top :)

  13. I love the liberty fabric you've used. It goes so well with jeans.

  14. omg that liberty fabric is heaven!

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