Sunki Pattern Flip: 80’s Style

Sunki Pattern Flip: 80’s Style

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
For a short time only, you can buy the Pattern Parcel #5 and get Figgy’s Sunki dress as a bonus pattern! You get the little girls + tween sizes. Here’s my Sunki from last year!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Here’s my second entry in the Flip This Pattern sew along at Francis Suzanne. My denim & lace Sunki was for practice. This is the dress I’ve been itching to make since I first laid eyes on the Sunki pattern! The boxy shape of the sleeves screams 80s to me, and it made me think of this vintage fabric in my stash.

Let’s take a look at the fabric. Do you see the freakin’ awesome 80s print? It has “imprints” of pieces of deconstructed jeans. When it’s laid out, you’ll see a bit of a pocket here, a piece of a zip fly there, even an occasional belt loop. It’s such a cool textile! There’s no stretch, and it feels like denim but the weave is different.

I got it at a booth at Bad Grannies in Oklahoma City. A couple of vendors there are rock stars; they pick up all kinds of vintage fabric and patterns from estate sales and such. I find such amazing things there, you’d just fall over and die. Anyway, this fabric was destined to be a Sunki dress.

For my second Sunki flip, I used leather for the side panels and pieced a back yoke. (It’s not really leather. But we’ll just call it that. Wink.)

I also added a hot pink exposed zipper. The pink top stitching was my way of “tying in” the zipper. I was nervous Sofie would refuse to wear it if it didn’t have some pink. I’m not joking- the kid just turned 2 Thursday, and she has absolutely refused to wear a couple outfits I’ve made. If Sofie doesn’t like it, she declares it. Loudly. She’ll wear a diaper full of poop, but would never disgrace herself by wearing orange. SMH.

Thankfully, she loves it. Big sigh of relief!

I don’t think babies should be allowed to have fashion opinions though. Seems kind of unfair to me. Aunts should be able to make anything they want, then force their nieces to wear it. No? Well…Sofie didn’t go for it either. And now I must ask approval from a 2 year old before I sew anything for her.

Here she is, pretending to be sweet and innocent. I know behind that sweet face lies a calculating mind. I’ve seen my niece beat the crap out of her big brothers, making sure mom only sees the parts Sofie want her to see. Then the boys get in trouble for defending themselves! I have 2 brothers, and I remember that trick well. It works every time!

I just love the Sunki pattern. I’ll probably make some more next year. I have so many wips right now I don’t even know what to finish next. Holiday season is always nuts for me. If you have any tips for staying sane when your to-do list is longer than Santa’s naughty list; let me know! Thanks for coming by and reading my post.

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Olu

    Your leather accents look fab. I’ve just sewn a Sunki and I’m tempted to make another with silver faux leather, you’ve inspired me.
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  2. Buttons

    That is super cute and I love the hot pink zipper! All my Frizzle dresses have fun zippers, but they don’t show, I need to learn this exposed zipper!
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  3. Rebeccafaith

    I’m still waiting for you to make me this dress…lol I love it!
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  4. Joe

    Really Cute! Nice job Amy. Turned out perfect for you. I wish I had more cool fabric stores around here. Anyway, great job on the zip ; )
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  5. Amy of while wearing heels

    WOW! that is impressive. I love the touches of pink. The zipper, top stitching and socks are such a wonderful contrast. The fabric, amazing. You really hit this one out of the park. Beautifully done. Glad the 2 year old approves :)
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  6. Annie

    Amy, you have done a fantastic job!!! I loved the denim and lace combo, but this one is really different and stands out. Love the pink color addition, love the zipper! I cannot believe Sofie just turned 2 and she has so much opinion on fashion!! If Bella is not letting you sew anything you want, I thought at least you still have Sofie to sew for… I guess even a little sweet girl can be so picky when it comes to fashion ;)
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  7. Raphaelle

    That is such a cute dress! My two year old also has opinions about her clothes. Her big sister didn’t develop opinions until she was three, maybe two and a half, so I thought I still had six months of choosing her outfits but nope. And she’s so difficult to figure out! She refuses to wear pants but leggings are okay. She usually wants a dress but sometimes, nothing but a skirt will do…

  8. Gina

    I think Sofie gets even more cute every week and her little sass shines through in those sparkly eyes!! Great job on the dress!!! Is the other fabric leather or vinyl and what was that like to mix those 2 different fabrics? Was it tricky!! You styled things here awesomely!!!! And that fabric was a great find!! Great job matching the fabric to the pattern too!

  9. Pam @Threading My Way

    That fabric is a great find… really looks like denim, but was probably much easier to sew. Those puffy sleeves are adorable on a 2 year old and the hot pink zip is perfect!!! At 2 years of age, you should be able to sew anything for her, but I remember my daughter would only wear what she wanted at 18 months of age. Much to my dismay, it was often daggy tracksuits when we were going out and I wanted a pretty dress… LOL!!!
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  10. ingrid@nowathomemom

    ouh! I LOVE the 80’s print and the PINK zipper; too pretty and fun! I love that you used the same pattern as last time and the leather of course ;-) (not real leather but it’s okay)
    & yep, I think that you as her aunt can dress her in anything you want!
    btw, my brother just announced us that he is expecting a baby girl in March (can’t wait to have a niece) ;-)
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  11. Rachel

    I really like the pink zipper pop! The fabric does super suit the pattern. My 2 year old has ALL SORTS of opinions about what I put on her. It’s an adjustment her brother still mostly doesn’t care!
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