I’m currently without my sewing machine (a much postponed servicing was needed and I must admit I’m not dealing very well with this “forced separation”), but in the few weeks before I was able to test a couple of lovely patterns.
I’ve tested for An’s before (here and here), but to be honest I am always eager to test her new patterns, so when she contacted me for the Hanami pattern I was so ready for it!! I might be repeating myself, but every new pattern from An, becomes a favorite of mine. The Hanami was no exception – it’s such a wonderful pattern.
(It may sound odd as we never meet in “real life”, but somehow it feels like we know each other for ages. An is such a great friend and she’s always available for sharing tips and advise).
I had seen previews of the Hanami pattern on her blog before, so I knew what to expect: a great pattern embedded with An’s wonderful sense of style and , again, lots of options included).
I knew immediately I wanted to sew the top version: my girl has enough dresses for summer (ok, maybe she could use a couple more, but let’s not talk about it now. No sewing machine, no sewing. Right?) and she’s running short on tops and blouses (she always grows faster than I sew …).
Also, I wanted to use a lovely Japanese voile I had in my stash (Lecien, Memoire a Paris, I think) before there was not enough to sew anything from it (I had less than 1/2 yard, so my sewing options with a growing kid were getting slim).
This pattern has the option of a peter pan collar (too cute), but I wanted to test the crossed back option, so no collar for me.
For the sleeves, I choose the flutter sleeves. However this was not an easy option, the tulip sleeves (also included in the pattern) are also so cute and I may need to test them (soon).
Here’s my final version:
The Hanami has an optional side bow and, of course, I just couldn’t miss it It’s so cute!
I still can’t believe how easy it is for me to fall for bows I’m pretty sure I’m getting older, but any piece of clothing with a bow is bond to be added to my wardrobe (and my girl’s).
But, isn’t this the most adorable side bow ever?
As usual with An’s previous patterns, the Hanami pattern is a pdf file with easy to follow (step-by-step) color instructions and full scale pieces.
The top version was truly easy to complete (it took me a bit over 2 hours, but I was taking my time) and I had no major issues.
As for the verdict of the final user: She loves it!
Cool enough to be worn on a park play visit and stylish enough to wear on a date in the city with mum
Sometimes, summer sewing is all about making everything simplier: just put together a great pattern with a pretty fabric and your girl is ready to play.
Simple and sweet, right?
On a final note, don’t forget to check An’s blog for the next days. She’s showing off all the testers versions of the Hanami pattern (40 versions! that’s quite a lot of inspiration) and so far I’ve been awe with what I’ve seen.
(PS. Just in case you wonder, more details on the shorts can be found here).
Enjoy you summer sewing ♥