Have you ever been inspired by nature to sew an outfit? For the first time, I’ve sewn a dress after spending time in the presence of God’s beautiful creation. This Poppy Inspired Maxi Dress came about after the poppies exploded in the field next to my house.
We got a lot of rain in our desert this year—much needed rain. And boy did nature produce. There are poppies EVERYWHERE!!! You can see orange patches in the fields and hills for miles. I’ve heard the fields at the Poppy Reserve are heavily visited right now. I’ve lived here for 23 years, and have never visited the Reserve.
With so many flowers in the open field, I had no reason to drive to the reserve. Therefore, I grabbed my phone and drove around the corner to check out the blooms. I listened to praise music on my phone while walking along the path. Gosh, it was such a beautiful and peaceful time.
On the way back to the car, I decided to make an orange, floral dress. I pulled this fabulous Telio Brazil ITY Knit that I received from fabric.com during my time as a contributor to Sew Sew Def Magazine.
The fabric needed a full skirt and loose bodice with no design elements to show off the beautiful flowers, so I chose Burda 6474. The pattern has elastic inserted at the waist, sleeves and neckline. I omitted the header and opted for four rows of 1/4″ elastic to add a little extra to the neckline. The effect is beautiful, but GOSH it took FOREVER!!! Seriously, I believe it took me two hours to insert all the elastic and distribute it evenly. Instead of the wider casing, I used the one from View B. It was a better fit for the four rows of elastic.
Safety pins are my method of inserting elastic. I’ve never been a fan of bodkins because they don’t hold the elastic all the way through (for me). I attach the elastic to the pin and slide it toward the clasp end of the pin. Then I insert the pin through the casing from the opposite end. I find that this helps to prevent the pin from opening while feeding it through the casing.
However, I did have two instances where the pin opened during this session. I started out feeding all four pins at the same time, but that was taking far too long. So I switched to feeding one pin at a time. This was quicker but requires extra care, as the previous rows are gathered, causing the row you’re working on to be gathered as well.
If anyone knows of a better way to do this, please let me know. The end result is beautiful but this method works much easier on woven fabrics.
I went out early Monday morning, trying to beat the sun, for a photo shoot with the poppies. To my great surprise, the flowers were all closed up. I had no idea that poppies close at night and when it’s cold. I’m not a flower girl at all and know nothing about plants. I decided to take some photos anyway to get some practice.
Then later in the day, I decided to go back and get more photos with the poppies open. Well, well, well!!! The wind had kicked up, so not all of the poppies were open. I thought I’d give it a try anyway, for the sake of getting some open poppies. NOPE!!! The wind wasn’t having it! I must have been a hilarious sight out there for the other people to see. Hahaha!!!
I did everything to try and beat the wind and steal a shot in between the gusts. NOPE!!! Go home girl! At one point, I just laughed at myself so loudly. I was trying to hide my sneakers that I wore to the field because there was no way this girl would go barefoot in a field. Em eeemmm! Not me! I’m scared of critters. Hahaha!!!
I’ve seen photos of people lying down in the poppies. I would never do that. First, it’s just not right. Secondly, if anything crawled on me, the entire city would get a show because I’d be running and screaming. Hahaha!!!
Now tell me, have you ever been inspired, by some thing or place, to sew an outfit (other than fabric, pattern or other people’s clothes)? I’d love to hear about it.
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