Well, An put out a call for testers for a new top/dress pattern that she was working on, and I was lucky enough to participate! Here's the top, modeled by her absolutely adorable daughter - in some beautiful Nani Iro fabric no less:
She sent us off the pattern, and I got to work....so, what fabric to use? Well, I knew that I was for sure going to be doing the flutter sleeve dress version for Julia, because that's what she likes.....no tunics for her!
I chose a Japanese fabric from my shop - it's from Westex, and it's totally cool - there are bears, owls, squirrels, birds, mushrooms, bats....but, at the same time, it's very tastefully done.
Anyways, here's the modeled shots of my version of the Hanami dress - this is a size 4, and she definitely has room to grow, so this will last a while:
The dress, while simple to make, has two sleeve options, the length option, and ties on the sides. I decides on a screaming orange contrast, mainly because, well, I like orange, plus my kid has some orange sandals. She LOVES the dress - so much, in fact, that I made another:
This time, I used an aqua baby-cord that I had in my stash. I added pockets on the sides, and a really bright pink bias contrast. I was, again, very pleased with the result. I think my favorite detail of this dress is the sweet "v" in the back.
So, two dresses that my kid really loves - success!
Thanks An for letting me test the Hanami! I bought the Tinny pattern before it was even getting "Flipped" at Frances Suzanne. I'm going to make the circle skirt version real soon - just have to decide on fabric!