A Poppy in Koi

To celebrate the start of Selfish Sewing Week hosted by Imagine Gnats, I thought I’d show you one last summer dress I made for me.

Poppy Tunic Make It PerfectThis is, perhaps, the final expression of my somewhat unhealthy obsession with koi fabric, only because my stash is just about spent.  I’m not sure what it is about these fish, but I just can’t get enough.

Once Kiki decided that she would never again wear the koi top/skirt combo I made for her (right after I took the photos for the blog post, uhem), I realized that sometimes good fabric is wasted on the young.  It’s my turn to wear koi!

Koi Poppy 4

This is my second Poppy Tunic by Make It Perfect.  My first chambray version has been worn at least once a week all summer long, so I figured that a second one was in order — not just because I love this pattern, but also because I have a feeling my family is ready for me to wear something else!

Koi Poppy 2

In case you need more details on the fabric, the contrast yoke and band at the hem are the fabulous Eiko Playing Koi in cream from Birch Organics, which seems to be unavailable just about everywhere now — and the main is the coordinating Eiko Stamp Stripe in pool, which is still up for grabs at Fabricworm.

Koi Poppy 3

The first time around, I sewed up a medium and ended up taking it in a bunch on the sides.  This time, I took a chance and cut a small.  I am very rarely a small these days (after two kids, you know) — but believe it or not, the fit is much better!  I still took it in a bit where the bottom of the yoke meets the bodice in the front and lowered the arm holes a tad, but that’s it.  How nice when fitting becomes easier instead of harder.

Koi Poppy 5While questioning the wisdom of making another summer dress so close to cooler weather, I’m happy to say that I have a cardigan in just the right shade of sage-y green that will be perfect for layering with this tunic in the fall, along with a pair of leggings.  I’m also thinking of another chambray version with maybe a corduroy contrast for fall and winter.

Are you taking some time to sew for yourself this week?  I’m just about to cut out a Laurel Dress in Pretty Potent Echinacea rayon.  Exciting!

Poppies . . . Poppies . . .

Meet my new favorite summer dress . . . the Poppy Tunic from Make it Perfect.

Poppy1I had my eye on this pattern for a while — and when it turned up in the Perfect Pattern Parcel a couple of months ago, I knew it was destiny.

This dress has cool and unique style, fits great, and is extremely comfortable.  In my book, that’s a win-win-win.  It’s also a great way to use up that leftover cotton print from another project that’s been sitting in your stash.

Poppy Tunic 1

How about that yoke detail on the front and back?

Poppy Tunic 2

Poppy 3

Poppy Tunic 6I made a size medium with Robert Kaufman chambray and a quilting cotton print I got on sale at Hawthorne Threads back in January.  I did have to adjust the bodice a little bit to accommodate my smallish shoulders — but otherwise, the fit is spot on.

Poppy2

Believe it or not, this exact fabric combination has made a previous appearance in my household . . .

Oliver & SThis is Kiki’s Hide & Seek Dress by Oliver & S, made for Kids Clothes Week this past spring — a dress that came out very well and that has been worn very little.  If only I had known that Kiki would be establishing and vigilantly implementing her new “Skirts & Shirts Only” policy right when this one came off the sewing machine, I might have made her something else with these spiffy fabrics :).  So, I was so glad to have enough left of both to pull off something for me.  And only now do I realize how similar these dresses really are.  Crazy!

Make it Perfect also has a kid size Mini Poppy — I wonder if there’s enough of this fabric left to make one of those for Lulu, or would that be overdoing it??