(Forced to take hands out of beloved pockets for just a sec.)
(Resume the position.)
I love this new Figgy’s Sunki pattern. The Ikat version on the cover is stunning, but the pattern lends itself so well to just about anything. I’m crazy about the color blocking with the pocket/side panels, and think it would super cute and casual in a sweatshirt knit. Sunki includes a leggings pattern to go with the dress. The envelope collar and pleated shoulders are a nice touch, and surprisingly easy to pull off. There are excellent instructions for putting in the zipper. The hardest part was the pockets and side panels, but Shelly already has a pocket walk-through up on the Figgy’s blog with lots of photos to help. If you are an intermediate sewist or an adventurous beginner, you should have no problem with this pattern.
Figgy’s patterns are very easy to read and follow. The pattern pieces are full size, and come on one sheet so you do have to trace them, but it is quick and easy with some freezer paper.
This is the second time I’ve made a garment out of velveteen, so I have a few tips to pass on:
- You have to be careful about working with the nap. I’ve found that edge stitching doesn’t work out as nicely as I’d like, so I ended up skipping in several places on this pattern. The velveteen does hold a press or crease quite nicely, so the edge stitching wasn’t really necessary.
- The feeddogs will leave a pattern on the nap, so sew with the nap next to the presser foot whenever possible. (If, for example, you’re sewing the hem.) You can work the tread out with a little brushing and a bit of steam though, so don’t stress too much.
- See my wiggity woggity hem? I think it was the double fold hem I did and trying to sew on the top rather than the back. I should have learned because it happened on my velveteen skirt too. Next time I’ll just serge the hem and fold it up once or use hem tape.
- No troubles washing and drying! It comes out great.
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