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!