Perfect Pattern Parcel: Sunki Dress

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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

Parcel #5 is coming to a close on Friday. Noooo! So soon it seems. But not to worry! You still have two days left to purchase the last girls Parcel of the year. If you don't know what Perfect Pattern Parcel is, please see my first post by clicking the link here

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

One of my favorites in Parcel #5 is the Sunki Dress by Figgy's. This pattern comes as a bonus if you set your purchase price over $28. Don't forget that this parcel is not only a girls parcel, but the sizing goes all the way from 18mo-16 tween! Parcel #5 is perfect because it will grow with you and your child up until the teens. Plus, the proceeds go to helping to purchase supplies for the schools in need.

I sewed up the Sunki Dress and love this pattern! It is so fun in many ways. From the pleats in the shoulders to the silhouette and pockets, the Sunki Dress emanates style on any little gal. I can't wait for Cora to get bigger so I can make one for her as well :) 

As I stated above, the details in the dress bring it all together. Top stitching has been a challenge for me, and I find that the more you practice, the better you become. Over the past two weeks I have been doing my fair share of top stitching and I am feeling just a little more confident with every garment I create. 

I will say that the pocket construction threw me for a loop. Figgy's does have a tutorial within the pattern that showed a pictorial of how to, which helped me some. Even though my dress had some puckering (after 3 tries I just settled) I still really like it. This will be another skill I must practice and get better at.

The Sunki dress asks for a zipper to be placed down the middle of the back, which I omitted. I had seen on a couple blogs where the fit of the dress isn't compromised if you left it out, so that is what I did. The back puffs out just a little bit, but Madison didn't seem to mind too much. 

Sunki Dress by Figgy's *included in Parcel #5 as the Bonus Pattern*
Omitted the zipper
Plaid is knit of sorts, but I cannot pin point exactly.  Black is some quilting cotton. Both from Joann's.
Loose, with some room to grown. 

Thank you so much for your support in the Perfect Pattern Parcel! I was honored to be able to sew up a few of the garments, and I am excited to have these patterns for my girls to grow into. If you still haven't purchased Parcel #5, you can click on the "Purchase Parcel #5" button below to grab the final girls Parcel of the year! Don't forget to check out the rest of the ladies on the tour too :)

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

Parcel #5 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, September 19 Pienkel || Cookin' and Craftin'

Saturday, September 20 Sew Busy Lizzy || The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

Sunday, September 21 Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs

Monday, September 22 Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober

Tuesday, September 23 Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose

Wednesday,September 24 Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal

Thursday, September 25 Make It Perfect || Mimi's Mom || Climbing the Willow

Friday, September 26 Needle and Ted || Our Family Four

Saturday, September 27 Froo & Boo

Sunday, September 28 Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations

Monday, September 29 Cookin' and Craftin' || The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, September 30 mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, October 1 lady and the gents || That's-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober

Thursday,October 2 Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows

Friday, October 3 sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara

Secret Garden Dress Blog Tour & Giveaway

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Good morning! Today is the final day of the Secret Garden Dress blog tour, and I am part of the last stop. The Secret Garden Dress was designed by Sprouting JubeJube and E+M Patterns, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Below you will find a line up of all the amazing ladies included in the blog tour, and I will also have a links at the end of the post with a Rafflecopter Giveaway!

The Secret Garden Dress is simply stunning. From its perfectly flowing flounce to the well constructed bodice, this dress has all the makings of a great pattern! I also just adore the V shaped back bodice. I find that it compliments the flounce quite well. We did a size 4 since Madison has grown over the past couple months, and the fit is spot on. I really can't wait to focus on the design of this dress and create something inspiring. The Secret Garden would make a lovely Christmas dress!

Madison was digging her "angel wings" on the back, which was really a designer error on my part. I am actually liking the end feel of the dress. I will say the dress construction is just a little tricky, so I would suggests reading through the tutorial three or four times until you really understand what you are doing. There were some areas where I had a particular hard time with, but after I walked away, grabbed a coffee and gave my mind a rest, I was able to come back with laser focus and get it done!

I hope you enjoyed my version of the Secret Garden Dress! Don't forget to enter the rafflecopter below, as well as check out all the amazing sponsors and ladies on the tour!

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