My two best friends and I still make it our habit to go to the Japanese Festival at the botanical gardens every year.
But it's a whole lot simpler now than it used to be. We haven't bothered dressing up in the past 5 years, so now we just go and enjoy the festival without being sleep deprived. Dressing up as teenagers and college students was a lot of fun, but just going now, without having to plan and execute elaborate costumes first is very nice! (2015 costumes can be seen here, 2016 costumes can be seen here.)
Well, soon didn't happen as soon as I'd thought it would. Since planning this project I got engaged, got married, and moved. When packing for the move, I decided to pack the fabric and pattern for this project. And so, that is how it found it's way to a bag hanging on the back of my pantry door, ready and waiting when I started brain storming the perfect Japanese Festival dress 3 or 4 days before I planned on going to the festival.
I cut out the pinafore on Thursday. I cut out the straps and scoop neck bodice front just as the pattern dictated, without change. For the bodice back/ back waistband piece I cut two of the version #2 back facing pieces.