Who am I?
Hi, I'm Chelsey Sawallich. I wish I had a cooler stage name, but it's the one that I was born with so I call my brand Poppy Things. I'm a Leelanau County Native, and for those of you unfamiliar, that's way up in Michigan's pinky. I've grown up on a Angus cattle & cherry farm (as I write this cows are mooing), and I'd say 97% of my design work is influenced by nature and the outdoors because of this. I'm interested in making you feel beautiful, so here I am, designing clothes, making my passion into my profession.
Comfortable & Feminine
My goal is for you to be comfortable, without having to wear sweat pants. Who says comfy has to be frumpy? I like to use a variety of fabrics to achieve different silhouettes and concepts. I love working with knits that are soft and light to construct gathered looks, retro and original prints to create classic silhouettes with a twist, and natural fibers such as silk, wool, and cotton to continue to promote sustainable fashion and reduce my carbon footprint.
All of the garments are designed and constructed in Traverse City, MI by yours truly. I start my pattern making by draping fabric on the dress form to achieve a more organic process. I like to see where the fabric takes me. I utilize fabric manipulation techniques such as natural dyes, flower transfer, screen printing original artwork, smocking, distressing.