10.26.2013

A Plaid Hanami/Geranium Hybrid : Kids Clothes Week

My final dress for kids clothes week is this plaid hanami/geranium hybrid for Indigo.

a geranium/hanimi hybrid

 I used the Hanami bodice pattern.  But I shortened it by 2 1/2 inches and added faux cap sleeves (like last time).

a hanimi/geranium hybrid


The Hanami bodice closes with an invisible zipper.  

zipped up


 For the skirt, I chose View B of the geranium dress.


hanimi/geranium

I had planned to try pleats for my very first time.  But I unwittingly bought a home dec fabric for this dress and the pleats didn't lay quite right, so I gathered it instead.  And of course I had to match the stripes.  It's become an addiction of mine.  :)

matchy-matchy plaid


And speaking of that home dec fabric (Tartan in Midnight - in sateen), I really, really love it for this dress.  I love the shape of this skirt so much and the sateen holds it so well.

hanimi geranium

The geranium's view B has side pockets (called secret pockets by Indigo, since you can't really see them).   I like this detail so much.  I think it was brilliant of Rae to add them to the skirt pattern piece itself rather than making them a separate pattern piece.

secret pockets

Now that both Indigo and Iris have a few new dresses, Tia's up next.

32 comments:

  1. The dress is stunning - and your stripe matching is very nicely done! Gorgeous kids you have there, too :)

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  2. So pretty again, I love the fabric. Tartan is hot in Europe this winter!

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    1. thanks, eva maria. that's interesting about tartan in europe. i really love it and would love to see other ways people are using it. :)

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    1. thanks for the encouraging comments. i appreciate them. :)

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  4. Ooh I love it! Such great fabric and a great feminine dress. Lovely photos with your children too:)

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  5. Torin, my son, aged 7 says: " I like the idea of secret pockets. I have some on my pirate coat!"

    I really must add more pockets to things! And blog about Torin's pirate coat at some point.! Lovely dress. Tartan always makes me think of my childhood home in Scotland. as-it-seams.blogspot.com

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  6. Gorgeous dress - and I am most impressed by the plaid matching! Beautiful photos of you and your kids, too :)

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  7. You, and your children, are so radiantly beautiful. The dress is lovely (I luuuuurve plaid!) but my favorite part was the photos of you with your kids. There was so much over-the-top-obvious love. :-)

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  8. Oh yes, I see those stripes matching up at the zipper. Your queen of the details! Loved the pictures with you in them. We've talked so much, but now I feel that we've really met =)

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  9. The dress is AMAZING. Great job.

    Stopping by from KCW projects.

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  10. wonderful plaid dress, love the pockets!

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  11. The dress is beautiful! Love the fabric and the sleeves!

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  12. oh i love how the plaid moves around the dress, and the silhouette is great. perfect for fall.

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  13. i have such a crush on you :) what great pictures and dress!!

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  14. LOVE your dress!!And the plaids... so much!!

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  15. really beautiful dress! I love your style!

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  16. This is the most simply perfect dress. The silhouette, the pattern matching, the fabric. Bravo!
    Beautiful photos, and you look so young to have such a great brood of kids!

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  17. I love the dress and how you seem to be taking sewing to a whole new level! Also, LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing you in the photos with the kids. I especially love seeing Tarikua looking into your eyes with so much love! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. thank you, Aleshia. she is such an engaging child. we're so blessed to have her!

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  18. Gasp! This is SO gorgeous! That fabric is absolutely perfect for your hybrid dress - love the plaid on the bias! And kudos for matching so well - a skill I'm working on but have yet to master:) This dress is so perfect . . . what a delightful hybrid of the two patterns.

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    1. thanks so much, lucinda. the matching wasn't exact on the zipper, though i did give it my best shot. it starts to become a fun challenge,

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  19. Oh, and is being an amazing photographer a family thing? Those photos are just priceless.

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    1. thanks so much, lucinda. dan was actually the one who taught me to shoot in manual. :)

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  20. Gorgeous dress! I can't believe I missed seeing it. I like the longer bodice of the hanimi pattern as opposed to the geranium. Love the pattern match up, too!

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  21. so stunning - both the dress and indigo! i love how you put these two patterns together, and the plaid, and the plaid matching, and ... everything. you are just so good!!

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