Some of the process was rather painful and I felt I needed a long break before I could continue, but in the end I was left with something beautiful and really special.
OK, don’t vomit at how corny that sounded, but really, the Sunki dress is not for the faint hearted, it’s for the experienced sewer* or the very brave. I fit between the two, but more towards the brave end. No colourful photos to guide you through each step of the way, you may just have to use your prior knowledge to get you through this one.
The instructions were certainly a challenge for me. (Ermm! the pockets were the most frustrating thing I have ever sewn.) But through each garment I sew I learn a little more and I have learnt that sometimes you can’t rely on the instructions you just have to use logic to get you through and by doing this you can gain confidence and achieve more than you think you are capable of.
Though the instructions for the pocket were incoherent, the method for attaching the zip could not have been simpler. Just lie the zip face down on top of the seam, pin and sew. Then remove the seam. You can’t get easier than that.
I used the same principal but sewed the zip on the outside instead of the inside. Magenta contrasts so beautifully with navy blue, it would have been a shame to hide it.
Once you get over the fact that the Sunki is not the easiest dress you will ever sew. Once you have completed your dress and slept off your headache. Once you are able to step back and admire your handy work and feel proud at your accomplishment. You can then appreciate the beauty of the design;
It looks like a dress that you would only find in a swanky boutique.
The fabric I used was from Ikea, bought many, many years ago. It’s a heavy weight cotton which helps to give the dress a somewhat tailored look. I lengthened the sleeves but must have got my calculations wrong because they still ended up a tad shorter than I planned, so I added a fancy cuff which turned out more fabulous than I even imagined.
But this post isn’t just about the Sunki dress. It’s about Perfect Pattern Parcel #5 Girls & Tweens which includes 5 other patterns:
- Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle
- Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs
- Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman
- Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-Boo Patterns
- Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM
The Sunki dress is the Bonus Pattern
Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5 and you will automatically be sent the Bonus Pattern! Make it in knit or woven, the pattern is from 18 months through to age 16.
How Pattern Parcel Works (in their own words)
“Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $11,000 for classrooms in need!”
*I hate the word sewer but I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate to call a person who sews. Not to be confused with sewer (tunnels and tunnels of extremely smelly water).
Look who else has participated in the Perfect Pattern Parcel tour
and still to come…
Saturday, September 27
Froo & Boo