Sunday, 22 January 2012

sunki dress by figgy's patterns

sunki dress for mae

sunki dress for mae

sunki dress for mae

sunki dress for mae

when shelley from figgy's patterns asked if i'd be interested in reviewing one of their children's sewing patterns, i jumped at the chance. i haven't been sewing clothes much lately and if i was going to spend the time, i wanted something that i could learn from. they have a few to choose from (and more on the way) but the sunki dress* looked perfect. mae is suddenly all about dresses and i've never quite been brave enough to tackle a zipper on a garment before or made anything with interior pockets. and yes, this pattern was indeed perfect. i had such a good time working on this that i lost track of time, enjoying puzzling over construction and details and making sure i followed the instructions properly. because it's a bit challenging, this one. but the end result is oh so satisfying. the pattern is concise and well written. luckily i'd read amy's review of the same pattern so i knew to look for the online pocket tutorial on the figgy's website, which helped enormously. the zipper went in perfectly and i'm excited to have this skill to now expand my view of possible patterns for myself. i totally recommend this pattern and will be making another one for mae in corduroy with long sleeves for winter, maybe even one for soph too as the pattern runs from 18 months to 8/9 years (that's value, folks!). and now i'm eyeing off their jacket pattern, too...

the fabric is 55% linen/ 45% cotton, screenprinted with my torus design (the same O from my XOX quilt - thanks for all the lovely comments, by the way!!) in mustard with an overprint of confetti in light pink and a couple of quill feathers stamped on with my original, hand carved stamp. the side panels are created using a screen i made last month, just small dots on the mesh so i can print an almost solid colour. VERY, VERY satisfying to sew with your own fabric, let me tell you : )


*the dress pattern also comes with one for leggings which i haven't had a chance to make yet but definitely will be soon.

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