Wednesday, 4 April 2012

I made a SUNKI dress - I'll show you how I did it.


I have eyed off the SUNKI pattern for quite a while. I couldn't resist any longer and I purchased it the other day. I was so pleased that it only took 6 days to arrive - America to Australia.
That is awesome.

I was quite apprehensive to make this dress as it is marked as an Intermediate Skill level and I wasn't sure if I could do it. I had some tips pinned to help me through. And the wonderful people at Figgy's were happy to receive any questions I had via email. Great service.
Anyway. I started at the very beginning and went slowly.
Step 1.
Trace pattern and cut out all pieces. Transfer markings.
I actually made a mistake on the very first step.
The sizes are doubled up, so you have 18mths , 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 & 8-9. My daughter is in a size 3-4. I traced around the 2-3 thinking it was 3-4. Luckily I hadn't cut out my fabric so I then traced the 4-5 and used that size.

Having now finished the dress it is slightly too big but I'm sure after a couple of washes and a couple of months it will be the perfect size.

Step 2.
Apply interfacing and finish bottom edge of facings.

Step 3.
Attach the pocket bag.

Step 4.
Attach side panels. There is a tutorial here that helps to explain attaching the pockets in a little closer detail.
Angry Chicken has also linked some pictures here help a bit too.

Clip curves on side panel.
Turn pocket bags to inside and topstitch.

Step 5.
Line up bottom of pocket bag and side panels and sew along curved edge.

Step 6.
Continue to topstich the upper side panel.

Step 7.
Here is an easy way to attach the Zipper !!!!
Sew back pieces up to the zipper mark.
Continue to sew up to the neck with a basting stitch.

Step 8.
Pin zipper right side facing the pressed open seam.
Stitch around the zip. Open and close your zipper as you sew to avoid sewing along side the zipper head. Removing basting stitches.

How easy is that?

Step 9.
Attach facings.

Trim and turn.

Step 10.
Overlap shoulders with back pieces over the front.

Step 11.
Pin pleats on shoulder. Baste.
I found that my pleats were too narrow and my sleeves were too big to fit into the armholes of the dress so be quite generous when pleating. 

Step 12.
Sew underarm seam of sleeve and side seams of dress.
Sew sleeve to dress.
Hem sleeves and dress.
I actually sewed the hem on the sleeve before attaching it to the dress, much easier.

Apply your labels and your done.
Of course there are much more detailed directions with the pattern.
I just wanted to relieve any fears you may have about taking on this pattern for yourself.
It is a real grown up looking dress packed full of style.
I just love it!

A fabulous dress ready for gorgeous girl ♥

And now after a million photos and a few smiles she has had enough.

Linking up here:


  1. Looks fabulous, Sherry!!! Love the deep pockets!!!

  2. This is terrific!! You did a wonderful job and your daughter is sooo so cute!

  3. Beautiful job! Love the fabric. Thanks for stopping by my place and giving me the link!

  4. Oh what a great dress! It reminds me of one that I had as a little girl. And those pockets are awesome!

  5. That is so cute and so is you little model. I love your blog, I'm now following you. I would like to invite you to come and visit me @
    I have a Sunday party that is still open if you want to share anything. I would love it if you did.

  6. Hay, I want to let you know I'm going to feature your wonderful tutorial this Sunday at the Sunday Round Up on my blog.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!!
    This week’s Linky Party is up!!!!
    I hope you will stop by an link up another lovely project..
    Claire x

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