April Sewing Challenge Day 15. A Funky Floral Hanami Dress

Hello there!  Welcome to a brand new week in my April Sewing Challenge of listing one new item in my Etsy Shop every weekday this month.  Today is Day 15 and I’ve got a brand new pattern to show you!

This is the Hanami Dress by Straight Grain Patterns.  I purchased it as part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 which donates a share of its profits to charities, while supporting and promoting independent pattern designers.  Everyone wins, including me because I’ve found a great pattern here!


This sweet dress features tulip flutter sleeves, a bodice that crosses in the back, and a full, gathered skirt made for twirling.  There are several variations with this pattern which is always nice.  They include the cross back or invisible zipper, a few sleeve options, and a peter pan collar option.


I may have attached the sleeves backwards, but they still work in my opinion 🙂  The back is a unique element, with a 4 button closure.

ImageMiss P wasn’t in much of a modelling mood but she got the job done nonetheless.  The weather today was positively lovely and playing outside was priority #1Image

I just love the print on this fabric!  It’s a super funky, abstract floral print that I bought for a song at Fabricland.  I’m glad I purchased several metres of it because I will surely use it!

‘Hanami’ is the Japanese word for observing flowers, the famous cherry blossoms in particular.  There are no shortage of blossoms to observe here!


A Ha–a smile!  This was about the only one I was able to capture today 🙂


Such a sweet pattern!  The wheels are turning already for my next ‘Hanami’!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I have NO idea what I’ll be making tomorrow so stay tuned…

xo, Heather


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