Do you find a pattern first, and then buy the fabric? Or do you find the fabric first and then hunt down the perfect pattern? I’d have to say that I’m the buy the pattern and go and find the perfect fabric kinda girl. The kind that hops in the car the instant I see a pattern and goes on a search…and can’t rest until I find it…which usually isn’t too long
I had been dying to make this Sunki dress from Figgy’s. It is so fresh and modern and I especially loved that the pocket inserts allowed for so much design. I really like the dress on the cover of the pattern using all one fabric, but thought it would be fun to change up the pocket panels. So, as soon as I spied the pattern, I grabbed little punk and we went on a ride across town to find the perfect fabric…
I ran into this madras plaid at Hancock’s and fell in love. Rarely do you find a plaid girly enough for cuteness, but this one had just the right amount of feminine colors that we just had to buy it. Little punk is really into pink right now (ya’ think?), so as long as it has a hint of pink, she’s ecstatic. The black/white gingham was a no-brainer complimentary fabric to add just enough contrast to the panels, yet stay completely true to the madras feel of the outfit.
The pattern has so many tailored features, something I love now that I have become more experienced in sewing. Sometimes, I need a challenge to keep me interested ;) The overlapped bodice at the shoulders is a smart addition and the puckered sleeves is a darling alternative to the common gathered sleeve….it’s just nice to look at!
Pattern: Sunki Dress by Figgy’s **BONUS:This pattern includes a leggings pattern too!** (not pictured)
Skill Required: Intermediate
Fabric used: Madras plaid and black/white gingham (Hancock’s) Total Cost: $10
Other notions: Zipper and a bit of interfacing
Pattern Sizing: 18m-8/9 (I cut size 4/5) Next time, I may lengthen the dress a bit too.
True to size?: Runs a bit small
Paper or Download: Paper (which I am having a renewed love affair with)
Instructions easy to follow?: Yes! Although there are some assumed steps which made me rate it intermediate
Alterations?: Sleeve length variations are included. I made 3/4.
Will you use this pattern again?: Yes!. Already have the fabric chosen (surprise!). This one will be made with only one fabric…will show the results once I get it made
What do you love most about it?: The pockets. They truly are a special part of this dress. Not only are they functional, but the design possibilities get me excited