Sunki Village Dress & Pattern Parcel #5

Hello my friends! I've been a busy seamstress, and I should have a post up with pictures and details from my sister's wedding dress SOOOOOON!! The wedding was lovely and our trip was too much fun. I've missed the desert air. Utah was on the cusp of autumn when we left, and had I not known that the blissful Virginia autumn was soon to come I may never have left that dry and blessed state. I'm done with humidity, yo. Thankfully, the leaves are starting to turn and we've even had a couple of boot-and-soup days so I'm in my element. I even made pumpkin crap cookies, which is the official mascot of fall in this house.

But yes, enough blabbering about air and cookies, right? This post is about clothes! I'm happy to be sewing along for Perfect Pattern Parcel again with Parcel #5- girls and tweens! It's a stellar parcel, to be sure. Every parcel seems to have a few patterns I've been eyeing and a few new-to-me patterns, which is a perfect mix I think. For those unfamiliar, Perfect Pattern Parcel offers limited time sales of pattern bundles from indie designers, and donates all profits to a charity called Donors Choose. Donors Choose provides supplies to teachers and students for their classrooms. It's a win-win-win- support indie designers, help students, and get patterns!

This particular bundle of patterns includes sizes from toddler to tween- meaning these patterns will be in rotation in my house for YEARS to come! A few of the "tween" sizes may even fit me, so I'm excited to see how versatile these patterns become. Click through the links or pictures to learn more about the patterns in this parcel!

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

Oh, and did I mention that you can name your own price?! Yes. I know. Unreal. And hey, if you name a price of $28 or more, you'll be sent the bonus pattern as well- the Sunki Dress!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win So what did I sew? There's a sneaky peek at the top, but I couldn't resist making another Sunki Dress. Yes, I've sewn it before (twice actually, but this one is my fave) but it's just. so. good. I'm a Figgy's fangirl, truly. The Sunki Dress was my first indie pattern purchase. I saw it and the Nituna Coat (you can see the one I made here) on Pinterest in the early early days (like, 2010, folks) and I pined after them for a long time. I had never seen such hip patterns before. I just dig the aesthetic and the ease of wear. So modern and still kid friendly. Both the Sunki and Nituna are some of my favorite kid makes to date:

So here's the deal: I started with this wool skirt I bought earlier this year at the thrift store.
It is dated and kinda weird but the print sucked me in. It's a village scene that, despite being fairly dreary, is completely whimsical at the same time. I loved the juxtaposition of those muted colors with the intricate village scene, full of towers and mountains, fishermen and horseback riders, just waiting for a story to be told. So I bought it, with every intention of turning it in to children's clothing. Sunki was perfect for showcasing the scene, with no gathers or pleats to interrupt the pattern.
It is dark and chic but still totally wearable and playable.
To keep it from feeling too grown up or dreary I decided to embellish the scene with a little embroidery. I kept it simple, mainly because my embroidery skills are rudimentary at best, but also because I love how subtle it is.
And the easier to see version- Charly said she wanted an orange haired princess in the tower. Orange hair it is!
I tried to line up the horizontal pattern as much as possible. The large repeat meant total pattern matching was impossible, but I did manage to line the sleeves up fairly well.
I love how easy this dress is- not necessarily assembly wise, but wear wise. Sure, it's wool, and pretty grown-up looking, but that won't stop the puddle jumping, leaf collecting, bug catching girl who is wearing it.

Also, it layers sooooo well! Perfect for autumn! I wish I could show every part of this fabric. It truly is beautiful, the way the colors flow and the village streets blend to marshland and then mountain scenes. I'm so happy to have rescued it and given it a good imaginative home! Surely many stories will be conjured up for the orange haired princess in her tower! Will she call out to the fisherman below? Are the horsemen coming to her rescue- or is she diligently guarding the kingdom from their attack?

So, the details:
Things I loved:
  • That silhouette, y'all. The pocket detail gets me every time
  • I finally totally get the pocket construction- 3rd time's the charm! But wait- there's a picture tutorial here to guide you!
  • The fit is spot on with my daughter's chest measurement, with just enough room to grow
Things I changed:
  • Added piping at the pocket detail
  • Created a lining- sort of. I didn't want this fabric to get itchy, so I basted lining fabric to the body pieces (using the back pattern piece and the assembled front piece with pockets as patterns) and then sewed as usual. It's a cheater lining, but I'll take it:)
  • Added an inch to the hem for my tall skinny gal
  • Cut the back piece on the fold so the pattern wouldn't be interrupted, then did an exposed zipper over top
  • Cut the side panels on the bias
Things I'll change next time:
  • I won't change anything about the pattern- but I'm sure I'll find a way to customize again! Maybe patchwork pocket details in some modern solid colors with a neutral main fabric. Mmm now that sounds right up my alley.
Notions & Fabric:
  • Thrifted 100% wool fabric (As a side note, I disregard wash labels on thrifted fabric often for kids clothing. Aint no way I'm going to dry clean this bad boy.)
  • Black piping from Hobby Lobby
  • Black fashion zipper, also from Hobby Lobby
  • Lining fabric from the thrifted skirt

Special thanks to my model, who worked splendidly on two conditions: 1. We HAD to have a pajama photo shoot first, and 2. Gummy worms.

I work for gummy worms, too.