I have a special place in my heart for An being that her Hanami pattern was and is one of my all-time favorite patterns. This pattern played an enormous role in helping me finding my style. The style of the dress was different than anything else I had seen on the pattern market at the time and I loved everything about it. I went on to make many Hanami dresses!
I also connected with An when I was her match for Mailbox Surprise. She has the best taste in fabrics and I made these two dresses with the fabrics she sent to me.
My Anspired creation is a Hanami romper.
I saw and fell in love with this romper pattern on Etsy. But the sizing started at 2/3. Hazel is not quite two and she's small for her age. Also, I already knew that I loved the fit of the Hanami bodice and the size of the collar. I get nervous about the sizing of new-to-me patterns.
I decided to pair the Hanami bodice with the bloomers from the pattern. It was like they were always meant to go together!
Since I was using double gauze and because we live in such a hot climate, I decided to leave the bodice unlined and finish the arm scythes and neckline with bias binding.
My friend, Courtney, from Sweeter than Cupcakes was in town yesterday. She and her kids hung out at my house for awhile and I showed her this romper. She commented on how lovely this double gauze is. It's so soft, fluffy and the weave is really great.
Unfortunately, even after searching my inbox, I have no idea where I ordered this double gauze or which line it is. (Edited to add: My friend, Ute, solved the mystery for me. It's this Kobayashi double gauze from the Gnats Shop. Thanks, Ute!) If you've had a bad experience with double gauze, I'd recommend trying a different brand. Not all double gauze is created equal!
I decided to try out French seams for the side seams. Dan was even impressed with this finishing method. It's so easy, too. I think it especially works well with a soft and light fabric like this one.
Hazel liked wearing this romper and didn't want to take it off when I was trying it on for fit.
Here she's hangin in the sunshine, chomping on some ice. Lately, she loves to sing Ice Ice Baby which is pretty dang adorable. She only knows those three lyrics from the song and sings them with enthusiasm... on repeat!
You can find other Anspired creations by checking out the links below! Thanks for all of the countless ways you inspire us, An!