Hanami #2 (We Should Probably Just Start A Running Tally)


You didn't think that I would make just one Raccoon Hanami, did you?  Oh no!  Each girl has to have her own, of course.  So allow me to introduce you to Raccoon Hanami #2 - worn by C at her second birthday party.

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.

There is a downside to this, however, and that would be that if you don't label your  pieces correctly you could end up cutting out too many size four bodices and not enough size two bodices and then you might end up lining your size two bodice with a size four lining (after all your piping is sewn in and your seam allowances are trimmed) and then you might wonder why your lining isn't fitting properly.  And then, once you figure out what went wrong, you might slap yourself and realize that you're an idiot that apparently can't count correctly.  This is all just hypothetically speaking of course.

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.

And here's one of my favorite things about this version of the dress - the contrast back panels.  I should probably admit that this was born out of necessity since I mixed up how many size four and two pieces I needed out of each fabric and by the time I realized my mistake I had run out of fabric but the contrast back is actually one of my favorite things about this dress.  Well, that and the piping of course, but that's a given, right?

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  1. Ooooh, love it once again and I hear you on the piping! :-)
    (And how did she become two already?)

  2. Wow! This is amazing! I love the piping and the contrasting back. I would love to make matching clothes for my daughters, but I just can't seem to find the time. Your daughters must be over the moon!

  3. Oh wow, Happy Birthday C!!!! (Our baby girls are growing up so fast!) She could not be cuter. It's not possible. And the raccoon dress does not detract from the cute one bit. I love the piping. I. Love. The. Piping. Between this version and the one on Behind the Hedgerow today, I want to sew this pattern now!!!

  4. She doesn't seem to notice anything wrong with it, so it's all good! Happy birthday to her!

  5. carolyn, i love this so, so much! i love the contrasting back! and the placement of the raccoon on the front center. so good. this hanimi is insanely cute! and i wonder if raccoons might end up being the new fox, which was the new 'put a bird on it'. watch out, carolyn, you might just be starting a whole new trend!

  6. Love it, and the piping! Though I do now need to go and liberally spread butter over a hot cross bun...

  7. Both raccoon hanamis are just gorgeous... I loved the one you made for O too- saw it pop up in my IG feed. :) Happy birthday to this adorable little girl! I covet that hair!

  8. So cute. I am in complete agreement about the allure of raccoons, butter, piping and the (potential) pitfalls of batch cutting!


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