In cutting out these two dresses I had a realization as to why I end up making the girls so many matching items - you need much less fabric to make two dresses out of the same fabric than you do out of two different fabrics because if you cut them out at the same time you can squeeze in the little pattern pieces here and there and save a bunch of fabric. And I'm all for saving a bunch of fabric.
So, yes, the front lining of this dress is a bit bumpy and lumpy inside, but you can't tell from the outside so I'm going to pretend that that problem doesn't exist. Denial, people. Embrace it. It's your friend.
So for this version of the Hanami I decided to leave off the optional collar and sleeves and to instead add piping to every seam in sight. One of the things that I really love about this dress is that it's really easy to add piping to the waist without worrying that it'll interfere with the zipper because of the placement of the zipper. Unfortunately I still worried about this in adding piping to the neck and because of all my hand wringing I cut one side of my piping too short. Oops. We'll just keep C's hair nice and long so nobody sees that mistake.
And I don't know what it is about piping, but it just makes everything better.
Oddly enough, I feel the same way about butter.
The pattern is one of five patterns (with a bonus 6th pattern if you pay $24 or more) offered as part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel, but don't forget that it's only offered for a limited amount of time so go check it out!