Sunki Pattern Flip: 80’s Style
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.