Hanami Top by Straight Grain

When  An from Straight Grain was working on a new pattern and sewing samples, I could not wait for a chance to test the pattern for her.  I love everything An makes, and this was no exception.

 
The pattern comes with several different options to choose from. It can be a top or a dress, with or without collar, tulip or flutter sleeves, zipper or crossed back. If you mix and match there are enough options to create many many unique pieces for a very lucky girl (or the whole neighborhood).


The top came together fast, even though I chose fabric that required some thinking, since the print is so directional. I chose to do the top, since Ania is not a fan of dresses. An's instructions are very detailed with many useful tips, including making perfect gatherers. 
 

I used an invisible zipper in the back. I always preferred buttons to zippers, but I might be changing my mind, especially when everything lines up so nicely. Big fan.

 
The day An sent us the pattern, I got an awful migraine that stubbornly stuck around. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish in the time frame, so decided to fight through it and sew. I was just going through steps thinking that I really needed a nap, when I did the sleeves. My heart skipped a beat, you know, how it does when you fall in love or eat really good chocolate. Swoon. The sleeves had me at the first stitch. (Aren't I funny. Well, at least I amuse myself.)
 

Ania loves her new top. It is very versatile and looks good with shorts, pants or skirts. I definitely recommend it. Get yourself a copy HERE. You won't regret it.




 

22 comments

  1. I love those serendipitous sewing moments. Those sleeves are pretty awesome.

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  2. Lovely! And the tulip sleeves really are gorgeous on this top!

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  3. One of these days, I'll muster up the courage to sew zippers. Beautiful job!!!

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  4. I love these beautiful pictures of Anja! Your Hanami is gorgeous, and suits her so well. Thank you or all your help, Olga - you are an amazing tester!

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  5. I love that fabric! And your girl looks lovely in this top!

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  6. Gorgeous! I don't even have this pattern, YET, and I am already in love. The petal sleeves are just perfect. <3

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  7. Beautiful Ania and beautiful top! Great job!

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  8. A very pretty top!!! Love the petal sleeves...

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  9. I fell in love with those Tulip flutter sleeves too! Love your version of the Hanami :)

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  10. Fantastic job! and you are right those petal sleeves are to die for.

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  11. Love that print!!! My daughter love pink, and this is a pink i could live with! Great sewing Olga!

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  12. Another wonderful piece! Love the model!

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  13. So cute! Love the fabric! Where did you get it?

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  14. Your top came out beautiful. I loved the sleeves too. And you are funny.

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  16. What an adorable top! I'd love one on my little girl. Great job! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty.

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  17. wauw... those colours are beautiful

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  18. What amazing curls and such a sweet top to boot.

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  19. Hmm, somehow I have missed this piece! The first thing I noticed was the sleeves, and the second one was the stylish match with the shorts! Very interesting pattern, I wonder if those hierogliphs actually mean something?

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