Is there anything I could I love more than a dress with a dropped waist and peter pan collar? Why, yes. Yes there is. A dress with a dropped waist and peter pan collar in dots. (Dots happen to be another currently obsession of mine.)
This pattern really was a dream to sew. It was relaxing and fun. The instructions are comprehensive and easy to follow. I've been sewing a lot of buttonholes lately, which always make me hold my breath, at least a little. So it was nice to install a zipper for a change.
Zippers really are a piece of cake to install. They're one of those things that look harder than they actually are. I used to struggle with zippers myself, back when I tried to install them with an invisible zipper foot. I actually found that to be more challenging than using a regular old zipper foot. I say, skip the invisible zipper foot.
What makes installing this zipper even easier is that you cut off the bottom of the zipper where the bodice and skirt join. So you don't have to get all picky picky trying to match your center back seam with the bottom of the zipper, hoping to avoid any puckers.
Since I'm on the topic of zippers, this pattern has the slickest zipper finishing I've ever seen. No handsewing for this zipper. I was so impressed and will keep that trick up my sleeve for future zippers as well.
The only change I made to the pattern was to finish the dress with a blind hem. I really love the look of a blind hem (or the un-look of it?). It seemed fitting for this dress.
Best of all, Tarikua loved the dress... and so did Indigo. So I already have another Hanami dress underway. I think I really lucked out in that my girls and I share similar taste in clothing. Coincidence... I wonder? Or was it all my jedi mind tricks which I started when they were just wee babes? We may never know. But I will enjoy it while it lasts!