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.
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.
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.