Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Poppy Dresses

    When I was barely pregnant with our second baby, I was telling my niece how the heart was already beating, and only the size of a poppy seed. She said "oh, we should call the baby Poppy!" That became her "womb" nickname, and when our beautiful little girl was born, it only seemed right to add it into her name. So even though it's a middle name, it stuck, and so seven eleven years later she is our Poppy Joy Girl. I've made her a dress with Poppy fabric every year, and here they are all together in one place. (You can click on the pictures to see them bigger.)

Eleven - She still loves pink and purple.
Ten! Fun and bright, just like my girl!

Nine- Something a little more grown up looking.

Eight. I loved the colors and bold prints on this one. 

Seven- I ordered the fabric on Etsy and only one of the prints- the really big one- had poppies on it! I couldn't tell the scale of the fabric online so there are actually only a few poppies on the dress. It also came out way shorter than I thought it would but I like it. I'm glad we're in a warm climate at the moment and she's able to get a little more wear out of it. 

Six- I used an Asian inspired pattern from Modkid and fabric I found on Etsy for this one. I love it, and love the way my girl looks in it!

The Five-Year Dress in all it's Poppy splendour! I had ordered the main fabric online and planned to pick a bright green contrast for the trim. But my girl went to the fabric store with me and wouldn't hear of green defiling her pink dress; so here it is in all it's Poppy Pinkness! 

Here is her fourth birthday dress, made with Amy Butler fabrics; I think this is my favorite one so far.

The Third Birthday. You can't see the details on this one very well. The little red flowers are poppies. (Daddy was trying to capture the girl, not so much the dress!) If you look here there is one picture of her where you can see the full length a little better.

The Second Birthday. I wanted to make a classic "little girl" style dress while she was still little. She wore this one for a long time.

The First Birthday. I saw this batik fabric first online, then purchased it in a local quilting shop. I love how it brings out the blue in her eyes. (She got those from her Daddy!) There were yellow bloomers underneath.

So there you have it, the first five eleven, of hopefully many, Poppy dresses. I don't sew for her as much as I'd like to, so I've really enjoyed doing these special dresses for her special days.


  1. How beautiful! When I read your last post, I was wondering if you had made her dress. What a special tradition for your little girl. And she is so cute!!

    Also-- I had been wondering how she got the nickname Poppy :-)

  2. What a great tradition, Rebeca!

    I love that last one, too... those bright blue eyes! So sweet! :)

    And a happy birthday to Poppy!


  3. Those are such beautiful dresses! I love the poppy theme, very sweet. I only made a few dresses for my two oldest girls. My poor youngest dd - she definitely got the short end of the stick.

  4. These are so cute! And, I love the Poppy theme. But, I also love her cute eyes!

  5. I love that concept. And the photos are all so beautiful! One day you should find a large frame to put them all in- maybe a wedding or graduation gift for Alethea aka Poppy :)

  6. Those eyes!
    Alethea is a wonderful gift!

  7. Great new dress!!!!!!

  8. Dear Rebecca, I took some time to browse your blog, and catch up on your family. And what a beautiful family!! Poppy's dresses are so cute and remind me of the ones I sewed for my own daughters so long ago. I had a passion for calico then and I always made pinafores too. I took a picture of my granddaughters wearing the same dresses and I couldn't believe it was for real. God's richest blessings to you and your beautiful family. I will be back to visit soon.

  9. What beautiful memories you've given your sweet little girl. I've only hand sewn a few things for my daughter, who is now 13. It's amazing how much she treasures those things, always making sure they're packed away carefully so she can someday get them out again to look at or pass on to someone new... I hope your Poppy never outgrows the idea of these dresses--and that even when she's 13, or 15, or 17 you find some way to keep making them for her!

  10. Beautiful little girl and adorable Poppy dresses! How fun.

  11. There is no way Poppy turned 11! Of course mine all got bigger this year too. We just sent in our registration for family camp and were thinking of your family, what a fun summer that was. Many Years to your sweet girl!

  12. These are all so beautiful! My aunt used to make dresses like these for my daughter. These photos bring back wonderful memories.


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