Sunday, 16 February 2014

Happy 50th birthday Unikko

About 3 years ago my very lovely boyfriend bought back from Europe some Marimekko fabric- of course it was floral...Poppy!
I loved it so much I was ridiculously scared to cut into it- just pulling it out every now and then, lovingly running my hands over it and rubbing my face on its glorious colours! I'm not weird I swear. 
Whilst having a drool over Marimekkos new line I saw that it's the 50th anniversary for the poppy pattern collection (Unikko)- it seemed a sign to set to work. 
I used the Colette Laurel pattern ( as used for my Kanga dress)- I think it's great for fabric with big patterns as it has so few design lines but isn't a sack!!!
I drafted a facing for the neckline and shortened the sleeves heaps (this was mostly because I didn't have a lot of fabric to play with- sleeves always seem to take up a deceiving amount of fabric!) 
It sewed up really quickly in an afternoon and I hand catch-stitched the facings down leisurely over breakfast the next morning! 
Bit in love...
Poppies





11 comments :

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  2. I love that print! I think the dress is a perfect use of the fabric.

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Well done you!!

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  4. Gorgeous dress! I can imagine how hard it would've been to use up your favourite fabric, but at least you get to enjoy it now - and still run your hands over it!

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  5. Gorgeous fabric, gorgeous dress. Clever you.

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  6. Gorgeous dress! I really, really would love to learn to sew - totally jealous of those clever ones who can!!

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  7. I'm crazy for poppies! I'm a beginner at sewing and I've been wanting to try a Collette pattern. They seem pretty straightforward and I'm hopeful I could manage it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oooh you must try this pattern - its so wonderfully versatile! (and theres lots of help on the webs!)

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  8. What a lovely dress! I really like the simple design and the colors.

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  9. Beautiful dress! I've always wanted to make a marimekko dress. Well done.

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  10. Fabulous dress!!!!! LOVE that fabric!!!

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