Seaside Hanami Dress

I picked up the Perfect Pattern Parcel last week during Kids Clothes Week. This is a neat project on its second “parcel” or pattern collection. They pick some neat independent pattern designers, you name your price, and proceeds from the sales go to charity. My little one immediately gravitated toward the pictures of the Hanami Dress by Straight Grain, so that’s what I sewed up first! I didn’t get actual sewing done last week, but I picked up the pattern bundle and I cut it all out, so that counts, right?Seaside Hanami Dress - Mimi's Mom

Ellie is my nature girl, being born on Earth Day. Her birthday is next Tuesday, eek! She’s turning 5, and I was going to have this be a birthday dress, but preschool picture day came up instead.
Seaside Hanami Dress

This was inspired by this fabric that for no good reason reminds me of seahorses. I confirmed with my animal lover that this would be an acceptable addition. My girl also requested a pocket. And for the seahorse to be in the middle. And I thought I’d do ties instead of buttons. Not because I have buttonfear, just wanted a change up to accent the cross back design. If I were to do it over again, I’d make the ties a little less chunky. Maybe I’d cut them at 1 1/2″ instead of 2″. I placed them in the outer side and the left wrapping flap, just at the same place as the buttons are on the pattern. On the inside flap, I sewed a little loop of elastic at the inside left side seam and two small plain buttons on the right wrapping back flap. They keep the inside neatly wrapped inside. Here’s my sneak peek pic from before the skirt went on.Seaside Hanami Dress

To match the pocket with the rest of the pattern, I cut a chunk and played around with it, hemmed the top, found a good spot for it to go where the pattern matched and the pocket size was right, and then sewed down the one side. I then trimmed the overhanging parts to be even with the side seam and hem and basted those sides down. I’d wanted the seahorse to be emerging from the pocket, but that just never looked right.Seaside Hanami Dress - Pocket Placement

My seahorse was from a gif I found online searching for “seahorse applique,” then I printed him on paper and traced a simplified version of him onto fusible web. I wanted the beachy texture of linen. I stitched just inside his lines nicely, then sketch stitched around another two times. It’s subtle, and you won’t even see it unless you’re up close, but it was fun. Next time I’ll be brave and use bright blue thread. P.S. Pay no attention to the badly sewn bar tack on the pocket.Seaside Hanami Dress

I got the Hanami dress all done last night and showed it to her this morning, and she tells me she wanted the seahorse smack in the middle. Like of the bodice. Ah well, I talked her into trying it on anyway, and it’s what she’s wore for preschool pictures today. She doesn’t look as bothered by it as she meant to be.
Seaside Hanami Dress
Seaside Hanami Dress

Seaside Hanami Dress

Not sure what I’ll sew up next of the Pattern Parcel… probably a Celestial Tee because the little pleats around the neck! Or maybe now I actually have to make her a birthday dress!

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Not A Real Green Dress!

“I’ll buy you a dress, but not a real green dress that’s cruel…” I had this song in my head for all of last week, and here’s why! My Jenny Dress Pattern Review!
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I LOVE green. Green is my color these days. The walls in my house are green. My peacoat is green, my windbreaker is green. I have a bunch of green shirts. Once, when I was organized, I had all my shirts lined up in color order. All the green all together, it was beautiful. But I did not have a green dress! Enter Jenny.

My First Ever Giveaway!

Hey all, I’m hosting my first ever giveaway in honor of finally doing something with my page and reaching 100 likes on Facebook! I definitely will not do this for every 100, but I wanted to kick things off a little. Here’s what you’ll win.

Win this Harry Potter inspired spells Infinity Scarf!

  This is one of only three like it. I’m keeping one (it’s currently around my daughter’s neck though), and the third is up for sale on Etsy today. That’s it. That’s all of this fabric I have. A very limited amount was printed, and most went to other people making super adorable diapers and baby pants. I have the opportunity to get more in a Gryffindor colorway of burgandy with gold print, but I need to order it today to get any of it. If I do, it will also be VERY limited.

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