23 August 2013

Hanami pattern review....

When I saw an email from An of Straight Grain, asking me to test her newest pattern, the Hanami, a top or dress with tulip or flutter sleeves & zippered back or criss-cross back, with or without collar, I was thrilled to say the least!  This pattern was so easy and quick to sew-up, while teaching some new techniques at the same time.  I loved it!

I made size 9/10, and let my daughter choose the sleeves and back that she wanted as well as either the top or dress.  Phebe is 11, and still wears a size 10 in some shirts, but alas, this ended up being a bit snug on her.  Thank goodness for a slightly younger wearer of 9/10.  It fit perfectly.  She loved it, and had fun modeling it for us.

Here's that cute criss-cross back.  Isn't it so fun?!  I love that it's not too low to feel uncomfortable, but just low enough to actually be noticed.

The instructions were super clear, with great photos to help along the way.  An did a great job of including a table that breaks down which pages you'll need to print for the size you're making.  It's nice to print only what you need, and not finding out after it's printed that you don't even need that page/piece.

Great instructions for how to assemble the pattern pieces.  So helpful.  And I loved that she includes a diagram on how to best lay out your pattern pieces to fit on your fabric... just like all the big pattern companies.

Lots of detailed photos and great instructions.  I'm sad that my daughter can't wear this, but I have a 3-year old... there's another Hanami, (or two or three) in our future!

Thanks An for letting me test this super pattern!  Thanks Whitney for having so much fun modeling for us.

Check out An's shop to pick-up your own copy!