At the risk of sounding like a huge dork (and using the work dork might be dorkie in itself), this is the most exciting blog post I have written. Today I get to be part of the StaightGrain Hanami Tester's Tour. I was so lucky to quickly respond to An when she requested pattern testers back in March for her bubble dress. As a result I was able to test that pattern, her Tinny dress, and now the Hanami. They are all such wonderful patterns in every way possible: clear detailed instructions, detailed pictures, and wonderful designs. Here is a picture of An's beautiful daughter wearing a Hanami top with details about the pattern.
In the past week I have seen so many beautiful versions of the Hanami, I really want to try everyone of the options now. For the first one I chose to do a cross back dress. I am pretty much in the fall sewing mode now so I chose a corduroy with the hopes of getting a shirt underneath. We have cold falls here in Maine. I used Denyse Schmidt Chicopee Corduroy. I love how it came out. I lined it with a cute little house fabric (oops can't find what it is called - sorry). The dress is fitted and looks perfect without a shirt so I was surprised that Stella can wear a shirt under it as well and the dress still looks great. Are you ready for picture overload?
It is hard in the pictures to see the vintage looking buttons (from Joann's) that I used or the lining so here is a picture of the dress on the hanger.
This pattern (along with the other StraightGrain patterns) can be purchased here. And if for some reason you didn't get to see the other dresses on the blog tour you must go to StraightGrain and start looking around. I think there may be something like 40 blogs on this tour and many bloggers made more than one. I know I am a slacker. Thank you for visiting my stop on the tour!