Can you even believe this is the first time I’m making Poppy? It’s been on my list to make for months now, but I needed the Sew-a-long to give me that push I guess! I LOVE the rib knit fabric I ordered for my daughter’s Poppy from Sincerely Rylee Fabrics. I’m even more excited that there was enough leftover to make a slightly modified Thea for myself. 🙂 I also found decorative daisy buttons that she liked, so I’ll be sewing those on too. For reference, I’ll be sewing up a sleeveless dress length with ruffle this week.
Check out the line drawings below for more info on pattern options, recommended fabrics, as well as sizing information. You can also visit the pattern listing for more in-depth information, or if you’ve already purchased the pattern, it will be available in the tutorial as well.
There is a ton of helpful beginner information between the M4M and P4P blogs, in case you are new to knits, or new to PDF patterns in general:
- New to PDF patterns? Check out our helpful tips here
- Not quite sure how to measure yourself accurately? Don’t worry; check out the post here!
- Wondering if a pattern is “true to size”? Read more about sizing and intended fit here, and information on using finished measurements here.
- Having issues printing? Most issues can be resolved by using our FAQs/troubleshooting tips
- Look here for more extensive grading help!
- Not in our official SAL group yet? Join here 🙂
Our first day is all about prep! First, be sure to measure yourself (or the person/people that you are sewing for) accurately. The tutorial includes information about grading and mashing, but you can also check out the blogs and video linked above.
After you’ve measured, you’ll want to decide which version/options you’d like to sew up. This will determine which pattern pieces and fabric pieces you’ll need to cut out. Want to sew up a Poppy hack, including a functional placket? We have the original hacks post here, plus buttonhole tips here.
Then, you’ll want to choose your fabric and gather your supplies.
- Light to medium weight knits with at least 40% stretch, good drape, and good recovery- this month’s sponsor, Sincerely Rylee Fabrics, has some GREAT options to use for Poppy. Check the pattern tutorial for yardage requirements.
- 3-5 buttons or snaps (3/4″ or smaller)
- Optional – stabilizer for waist seam – 1″ knit interfacing, clear elastic (3/8″ or 1/2″)
- Optional – interfacing for buttons
- Optional – wash away hem tape
Next, go ahead and print your pattern. Be sure to print a test page and measure your 1″ square before you print the whole pattern. Once you’ve got your pattern pieces printed and assembled, go ahead and cut out your fabric so you are all ready for day 2. Remember that even if your pattern is only off by 1/16″, that’s 1/16″ PER INCH, not total. Definitely reprint if you notice your test square is off!
- Make sure you are taking an accurate and consistent seam allowance; seam allowance is already included on all pattern pieces, and is 1/2″ unless otherwise indicated in the tutorial.
- Be sure that your pieces are cut on the fold or as mirror images, however it’s indicated on the paper pattern piece.
- When you’re grading, be sure to add/subtract length to front AND back pieces as applicable
- For reference, I’m sewing the youth version with sleeveless and dress length + ruffle options
Want to sew along with me? Check out today’s video!
If you have questions about measuring yourself, printing, putting your pattern together, or cutting your fabric, you are always welcome to post in our SAL group so we can help you! Be sure to check in each day during the SAL, and look for daily posts to enter our giveaways. We can’t wait to see what you create this week!