I am so happy that I have my sewing and blogging mojo back!!  As we had the Mayor and Mayoress of Darlington visiting our school this week for our Remembrance Day assembly, I decided to sew a Poppy dress to wear.

I bought the fabric on Saturday morning from our fabric stall in the indoor market and had finished it by Saturday tea time!! It was the Simple Sew Kimono dress which was free from Love Sewing magazine.  It was just a case of cutting out and sewing up…..no zip to hold me up! 

I used bias binding to edge the dress and put a thin ribbon inside to hold the insides together. I did an extended belt to knot around my middle and the sleeves are slightly shorter due to using 45 inch fabric……but it was the only poppy fabric on the stall.

Remember how I just keep sewing the Lottie!?!? Well, this could be my new favourite pattern!! 

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have seen my photos of the fabric and it was called The Poppy…..until I remembered I made a beautiful Ruby dress last year and it was called The Poppy! So because it has an awful lot of poppies on it it seemed right to change it’s name!! 

And here is The Poppies being modelled with our Mayor…

Also with the Mayoress and one of my Headteachers! Don’t worry they were all happy to be blogged!! 

So my collection of occasion dresses is growing…..and yes it’s Children in Need this week and we are dressing up as Superheroes….wasn’t that lucky? The Superhero dress is ready!!


Pattern: Kimono Dress

Fabric: 2.5 m of cotton

Notions: 5 m thin bias binding and 0.5 m thin ribbon

Wonky factor: 8/10 . I really like it however, when I sew it again……and I already have plans!! I am going to make the sleeves the correct length! I also think they need to be more draped and less sticky out!! 

Amanda 💝