Hanami dress

Hanami dress by Straightgrain Patterns

I’ve decided I should try to challenge myself a little bit and learn new techniques so this dress involves a peter pan collar, invisible zipper, bodice lining, and a blind hem.  I seem to be braver when I make stuff for her anyway, I always avoid all of these things when I make my own clothes. The pattern is the Hanami dress by Straightgrain Patterns and the instructions are clear and easy enough to follow. I’ve seen a lot of cute versions but my favourite is Carolyn’s cat Hanami dress. She removed 3/4 inch off from the length of the bodice and added width to the skirt and I think I’ll try her changes for my next one.

I also hand-basted the invisible zipper to make sure it won’t move while sewing it to the bodice. I think it’s worth the extra effort. The blind hem was just an afterthought since I’ve never used my blind hem footer ever. I figured it’s a good time to give it a try and I like how it looks. My only regret is not matching the back seam print.

 

Hanami dress by Straightgrain Patterns

Hanami dress by Straightgrain Patterns

Hanami dress by Straightgrain PatternsHanami dress by Straightgrain PatternsHanami dress by Straightgrain PatternsHanami dress by Straightgrain Patterns

Pattern: Hanami dress by Straightgrain Patterns

Fabric: Vintage kids Cotton poplin from Spotlight for 10sgd per meter (I think I got it on sale).  I bought 1.5 meters and I think I still have a bit of fabric left. The bodice lining is white voile from Spotlight too.

Sizing: 5Y

Design Changes: Used blind hem

The Verdict: I love that I learned how to make a peter pan collar – it’s far from perfect but I’m happy I finally tried it. It’s a cute fit on muppet too. I’m going to try the flutter sleeves next.