KCW – days 4 – 7

finished poppy tunic with G

Seven days later and the poppy tunic is all stitched up. Yeh! Hey! It worked. The fabric perspective is preserved. Distant poppies at the top, with the close up poppies at the hem.

After much consultation, both of us agreed that we needed a red band. Seems like even in the case of poppies, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Who knew?

finished poppy tunic with Gwinny

(I banned the chickens from the photo shoot this time. Too risky. Oh, and please ignore the fact that she’s managed to pull down the hem a bit.)

I love the sewing pattern (McCall’s M6689) and will use it again. It has so many lovely details, such as the pleats and bow but they are lost in the busy-ness of the poppies. I’d like to try it with plainer fabric next time.

back of finished poppy tunic

The back pleats give a slight bustle, giving a swing feel to it. My tall, willowy daughter can pull off this look and it suits her. She’s now requested black leggings to go with it. Does her list eeeeeever end?

I’ve loved making the tunic. The hardest part turned out to be fitting all the pattern pieces on the limited fabric and still keeping the poppies growing in the same direction.

The KCW week is now over, but I still have two other children waiting for their own handmade something, so I’m going to go on into this week, and probably beyond. Next project is ready for cutting.

children handmade patchwork bags

Just had to include a photo of the patchwork bags AJ and BL made at this weekend’s quilting workshop (first session here).  Fabulous time again and they learnt so much. They’ve already started on their next bags and are looking forward to the next workshop.

Sewing  – it’s in the blood.

Joining in with Sew-Much-Ado today

8 thoughts on “KCW – days 4 – 7

  • Tuesday 30 April, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Love the blouse but oh my goodness loving that dog!! Is it an Irish Wolfhound? It’s georgous!

    • Wednesday 1 May, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Bridget. She’s a Deerhound, or a Scottish Deerhound for those across the Atlantic. They’re a bit smaller and thinner than a Wolfhound.

  • Wednesday 1 May, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    oh the poppy top turned out just perfect! good call on the red band – it pulls the whole top together just so.

    what fabulous bags! your girls sew better than i do and that’s no lie!!

    and i also have to say how beautiful your dog is.

    • Wednesday 1 May, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Without the red band, the poppy top really was too much. Shame as I’d spent time matching up the poppies on the waistband as best I could. It’s covered up now. Hmph!

      The girls made the bags on a brilliant course. They love, love using the sewing machine. We’re going to fit in lots of practise before the next workshop. Gwinny the dog has no interest in the sewing machine, but concentrates hard on looking sweet so that she gets plenty of cuddles. 😀

  • Wednesday 1 May, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the class, the bags are great!
    How lovely to see Gwinny xx

    • Wednesday 1 May, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      I have a pair of quilters in the making. I’m not sure that Gwinny minds. So long as there is a chance of a bonio.

  • Thursday 2 May, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Brilliant result! You are clever 😀

    And congratulations to the girls the patchwork bags are quite lovely 😀 😀

    • Monday 6 May, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks, Val. I’m really pleased with the tunic. And I can’t help smiling when I see the bags!

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