Sunki Pattern Flip: Denim & Lace

Sunki Pattern Flip: Denim & Lace

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
This is my first entry for this month’s Flip This Pattern sew along at Francis Suzanne’s. (I’ve made another that I hope to show before the October 24th deadline!) This month, we are flipping the Sunki pattern by Figgy’s.

This dress can be worn as is; above, or paired with leggings in cooler weather, below. I love that this dress is so multi seasonal. I made a size 2/3 for Sofie, and I really think it will fit her through Spring since she still has lots of room. The Sunki itself could easily be a summer dress if made with a light fabric and short sleeves. Overall, an extremely versatile pattern!

I have used Figgy’s patterns several times now. They have great instructions, photos, and true up properly. The designs are edgy and fashion forward. Can’t you just see that little brat Suri Cruz wearing one? Oh, also cool: the pattern names all have cool meanings. For example, “sunki” is Native American for “to catch up with.” (Hopi Nation.)

Sheesh, the shoulder detail alone on the Sunki pattern just kills me. I love the pleated, almost boxy sleeve cap paired with that crazy “winged” neckline. I want to make that shoulder back stand up for an even more dramatic effect!

For the main fabric, I used stretch denim with a floral print from JoAnn’s. I bought denim needles and top stitching thread, and I really like the result.

Side note: I’ve been really trying new things lately, because I’ve gotten too comfortable doing easy projects. I’m trying new techniques and fabrics, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need another sewing machine. My faithful little Singer does everything she’s supposed to. But she’s very basic. I’m going to find someone to love her though; she was great to re-learn on!

And, I found out hubby is sneaking around looking at FANCY machines, but I’m not there yet either. I’m ready to upgrade, but not to the Lamborghini of sewing machines. Lord, help me teach this man to take baby steps!

For the “flip”, I overlaid the khaki side panel with cream lace. The lace came from an old tablecloth. I thought the large floral design compliments the small flowers on the main fabric.

Above, you can see how I slightly scooped the hem out to be longer in back for booty coverage. I also shortened the dress since it almost hit Fi’s ankles. Do you notice my top stitching on the hem? We’ve got 2″ of hem under there, ready to be let down as needed. I’m tellin’ ya, this dress is gonna get lots of mileage!

When I made this dress, it took me a minute to figure out the pockets. My 2nd Sunki dress was a breeze now that I’ve got the hang of it. It’s one of the first steps making this dress, so just take your time and you’ll get it.

This is my super awesome zipper trick: scotch tape :)

Hope you enjoyed my denim and lace Sunki Flip! Now I’ve made an 80s style Sunki with leather accents. I can’t decide which version I like more!

This dress is featured at USS Crafty!

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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. Fort Worth Fabric Studio

    Okay, I really can’t get over how awesome your sewing skills are! I adore this dress, and if I knew how to sew clothing–I would make this dress for my little girl in a heart beat! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
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  2. Annie

    I love the dress!!! Great details and beautiful fabric selections… the dress looks so sweet and cool at the same time. Sofie rocks it!
    And what a wonderful husband you have… he builds the craft room and buy the best machine one can find for you! :D
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  3. Renee

    Love you’re fabric combos – great flip!

  4. Amy of while wearing heels

    Wow. Another beautiful sewing project. Those sleeves and pockets are great. And how sweet that your man wants to spoil you with a new sewing machine. He obviously believes in your skills.
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    • Amy of while wearing heels

      I was relooking at this post and just adore that first picture of your niece. It’s like she has a wind machine on her :)
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  5. Frances Suzanne

    Wow, you’ve been a busy lady. Sewing with denim {and lace for that matter} seems so intimidating!! We, too, planned to complete two Sunkis this month: 1, by the pattern {since we’ve never sewn this pattern before}, and the other as our “flip.” Haven’t even begun! Can’t wait to see your second creation!!
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  6. Pam @Threading My Way

    I love denim and lace together!!! A GORGEOUS dress, Amy and great job with the topstitching thread… looks great. I bought some topstitching thread yesterday.. have never used it and am keen to.
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  7. Linda

    OMG. This is so SWEET!! Pinned! Linda

  8. Gina

    Completely awesome!! Looks so adorable on Sofie but would be perfect for an older girl too!! The little floral denim is perfect but my favorite part is the lace! The top stitching really gives it a professional finish too!! Great job, I love this flip!!!

  9. ingrid@nowathomemom

    I think this dress is one of my favorites, I love the color, the denim with the flower print (very pretty) ,the long sleeves & the lace on the side that was an old tablecloth :-) it’s amazing what you did Amy! :-) (the shoulders are very pretty too) I love everything about this dress and of course your little model is the best; she is adorable in all those pictures, she seemed to like her dress very much & paired with those boots = perfect combo! :-)
    wish you a beautiful weekend Amy!
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  10. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Wow! This dress really is cute! The denim and lace combo is so cute, and all the details on the pattern really make things special. The pockets are genius!
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