OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH!!! This is an exciting installment of Fun Friday at Mabel Madison! We asked Amy to do her thing, and she went all-out! And she learned about that amazing body that poplin has. Crisp, but supple, and it gets so nice and soft... Read on!
Hi there! I'm Amy from Friends Stitched Together. I got my hands on some Mabel Madison Stenzo poplin last month for the first time and I'm kinda obsessed! This time, I used these two starred fabrics (navy and green) for an adorable little Yoki Dragon.
I've been eyeing this pattern for a long time now. Unfortunately my four-year-old has already claimed the "Seahawks dragon" as his own and sleeps with him every night! I guess I'll have to make another one for me. ;)
The Stenzo poplin was just the fabric for this pattern. The pieces are fairly small, so I needed a fabric that had some... I don't want to say "stiffness", because it's not... Maybe "starchiness" is a better word? It is amazingly soft and smooth, but tightly woven, so it doesn't shred around the edges - it was perfect for the small seam allowances and hand sewing.
The only fabric not from Mabel Madison are the spikes in the back and the nostrils. I had planned on making them from the navy Stenzo, but I didn't realize how small the pieces were going to end up. No way was I going to get that many tiny spikes looking perfect! I used a bit of dark blue felt that I had on hand instead.
I used the Navy on the bottom of the feet and tail and inside the ears and wings. The little pieces were a little finicky, but I took my time with them and I think it turned out pretty great!
There was more hand sewing than I usually do, but the Stenzo is so easy to work with that it wasn't the chore it usually is. You can just barely see the stitches where the wings connect to the back (I had to show that off! Haha!).
When I ordered the fabric, I had planned on doing a navy dragon with the green as the belly and accents. I quickly realized the nostrils and eyes wouldn't show up and flipped my fabric choices. I actually think I like this combo way better than the other way! As usual, the most boring part for me was aaallll the stuffing! Other than that, this was such a fun project and I think I'll be ordering more Stenzo poplin for birthday dragons this year!
Hey, Amy, there's a birthday coming up in April in my family - want to make a deal? Hee hee! I just LOVE this little guy, and I can visualize dragons in butterfly poplins, in gnomes, in dots... the list goes on and on! It's amazing what poplins can be used for, isn't it? -emily-