Two Hanami topsAugust 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 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.StraightGrain over the coming week or so...for the next 10 days all her pattern testers will be posting their Hanamis too!