Figgy’s Sunki + AMH Velveteen = Awesome

on January 30 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 122 Comments

Last week my girly-girl picked out the fanciest fabric she could find for her new dress. Nothing but the best for the little queen–velveteen!

(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.

If you’d like a chance to win a Figgy’s Pattern of your choice, comment here with which one is your favorite and what kind of fabric you’d use to make it.

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122 Responses to Figgy’s Sunki + AMH Velveteen = Awesome

  1. Carolyn says:

    If anyone can think of an adult pattern of this dress (or if Figgy patterns will make one), please post! I really want to make this for myself.

  2. Zedpea says:

    The dress looks adorable, and she obviously loves wearing it – or at least loves having her hands in the pocket of it!

  3. Sarah says:

    I have two nieces who are just growing out of their last homemade dresses, i would love to spoil them in any of these beautiful Figgy patterns!

  4. Melanie says:

    Sunki Pocket Dress is adorable! it would be fun to try to sew something different like a velveteen.. Or a nice think corduroy would be nice also!

  5. Angie says:

    I really love the Nituna jacket!

  6. Tina says:

    This is a really cute pattern and I finally have a grandaughter to sew for.

  7. Risti says:

    So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Libby says:

    I love the pockets on this dress! This would be so cute (and comfortable)in some cotton knit, or some linen with embroidery. I also love the coat pattern and would love to make both a fleece version for play and a wool version for church. Kids like comfortable clothes and these patterns look very comfortable and versatile! I have to choose one? Hmmm….

  9. Vanessa says:

    I love these patterns! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Joy Friesen says:

    I would love the Sunki dress and use the Amy Butler Kasbah in persimon. Love that!!!

  11. MarciaW says:

    Sunki Pocket Dress in a light yellow knit pique with a light yellow lace overlay for decorative touches … thanks for the chance

  12. Rita says:

    I’ve never tried a Figgys pattern before, but I love that dress and was already thinking about buying that velveteen. I think I’ll have to take the plunge.

  13. Rohaise says:

    Lovely patterns! I would probably go for the Sunki pocket dress and definitely like the idea of making it in velveteen.

  14. Nancy says:

    The Sunki dress isolde be. Darling in a fine corduroy .

  15. Beth says:

    Love this dress!!! And so would my daughter. I never heard of Figgy before, but got really excited looking at the patterns.

  16. Lee says:

    I love the Nituna jacket and would use Forest Patch Echino! thanks!

  17. Erika says:

    i like the Sunki pocket dress. i’d like to make one for myself too.

  18. Jo says:

    I just LOVE the Nituna coat pattern – it would be perfect for the new coats that my 2 girls need for the coming winter here in Aus. I would love to use either a velveteen or lightweight wool.

  19. Sonicka says:

    I LOVE this dress pattern! I’ve seen so many cute ones around the Internet. It’s for sure the one I’d love to win!

  20. claire el says:

    I want the sunki pattern! what a great dress. my little girl would love one in linen or maybe a light denim.

  21. Liz says:

    OH my… they’re all gorgeous. I really love the dress and the jacket. Wow – the fabric they used for that jacket is to die for.

  22. Carmen says:

    Sunki Pocket Dress and Leggings is my favorite. I’m not sure what fabric I’d use – something soft like a fleece or flannel (it’s cold here)

  23. Stacy says:

    I love the sunki pattern and would probably use a corduroy to make it for my daughter to wear in this winter cold. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Bethany says:

    I saw this same dress featured here:
    http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2012/01/sunki-pocket-dress-leggings-by-figgys.html

    I have been wanting to make it for my daughter ever since! So that would be my choice. I think it is adorable! I think I’d find a cute cotton print to make it in. My daughter loves colors and patterns and I think we’d have a lot of fun picking it out together.

  25. Bianca says:

    The Nituna Jacket is simply adorable, as well as the others. But I just love it. I want one for myself. I’m noy quite sure on what material, but probably a wool.

  26. Phyllis says:

    I love the Sunki pattern with the color blocking…and leggings! I would try a velveteen or soft corduroy. I wish the jacket pattern came in my size!!

  27. Anna says:

    Love the idea of a sweatshirt knit sunki!

  28. Dorothy says:

    This is such a cute dress! I should make one for my daughter.

  29. Meredith says:

    I’m all about the Sunki pattern. It is so cute!

  30. Kelly says:

    I just love the two tone look… Maybe a chambray and white cotton… I need to get more innovative. :)

  31. angelina says:

    nice, thank you!

  32. Mandy says:

    Definitely the Sunki dress! As for fabric…probably would stick with something really safe…like good ole reliable cotton. ha

  33. Cayce says:

    i adore that pattern – the sunki dress. so nice to see appropriate “big girl” styles for patterns – not too babyish and not too grown up.

  34. Stephanie says:

    I like this pattern too. I’d probably take the kids to a fabric store and let them choose.

  35. Lorna says:

    Oh definitely the Sunki.

    My daughter has fallen in love with pockets (on anything) and none of the dress patterns I have come with pockets. She has just gone from only being willing to wear leggings to wanting to wear dresses all the time!

    I’d make it in some gorgeous brown velvety stuff (probably poly) which has been waiting for the right pattern, with orange highlights to cheer up a wintry day.

  36. Fran says:

    Great pattern ! The photos are beautiful….
    love the velveteen & the pockets !

  37. Sara says:

    This dress is amazing! I want one too. :-) My 8 year old, picky, I-want-you-to-make-me-something-but-make-it-look-like-it-came-from-the-store daughter would love this!

  38. I love the Ayashe Blouse and Skirt. I think the little skirt has so much style and detail. It would be so cute on my little granddaughter.

  39. Erin B says:

    I like all the patterns but would pick the Sunki and do it in either a flannel or knit.

  40. Audrey says:

    I love this Sunki pattern, and I would love to try it in a velveteen!

  41. beth says:

    I think the Sunki is my favorite. Love the pockets!

  42. Karmela says:

    I would LOVE to win a Figgy pattern! I love, love, love the sunki, and I can just imagine all the fabrics in my stash that would look fabulous in that pattern!!

  43. Cheryl Carrasco says:

    Love the dress pattern. Would be perfect for my two-year-old twin girls!

  44. Gina S. says:

    Love the Sunki dress, my grand daughter would look great in this! Can you use knit?

  45. Emili Day says:

    I have never used a figgys pattern before but I would love to try this one. That dress is ADORABLE!

  46. SofiAlgarvia says:

    This pattern looks easy enough for a newby on apparel sewing like me. The only problem is that my kids don’t fit these sizes anymore…

  47. Kristin says:

    I have been obsessed with this Sunki dress since I saw it! It’s adorable, and I love seeing it in a different fabric; great job!

  48. Emilee says:

    What a cute dress. I love the idea of velveteen for this time of year.

  49. Erin says:

    I love the new Sunki pattern. It looks so cute on all the little girls and I know my 2 little ones would love it as well. I think I would have to try it in a knit fabric because my girls love a comfy dress.
    Thanks,
    Erin

  50. mims says:

    i love this dress pattern, it’s a close call between it and the coat, but i’d like to try sunki with one of anna marie horner’s velveteens. probably the Summer Totem Emerald. i’ve never used velveteens before and i think kid’s clothing is usually a good place to try something new to me.

  51. Sarah James says:

    The Nituna jacket is asolutely jorgeous and looks achievable even for a new beginner like me! As my daughter is a huge fan of patterned fabric right now, I’d go for something like the Kasmir Tobacco Karavan Knit lined with a deep pink. Yum!

  52. Margaret says:

    I don’t have any little girls but I would love to make any of these dresses for my neighbor. And I love the new velveteen fabric and have been dying to make something with it.

  53. Liz F says:

    The velveteen looks great! I’d love to try the velveteen in the jacket!

  54. Olivia says:

    I’d definitely love to have the Sunki dress pattern. My girls think pockets rule the world because they get to carry all their tiny treasures inside!

  55. Elizabeth says:

    I would choose the Sunki dress pattern. My little girls love, love, love pockets in their dresses.

  56. Linda says:

    I love the Ayashe pattern…a bold Liberty of London would do nicely, I think.

  57. kristin says:

    I would love to try the Sunki…probably in some sort of tribal-inspired print! Fingers crossed.

  58. Jennifer says:

    I loved the Sunki pattern when I noticed a beautiful version over on the Angry Chicken blog. So versatile!!

  59. Courtnay says:

    I absolutely adore the Sunki Pattern. I would probably make it out of really nice cotton or possibly linen.

  60. Jennie P. says:

    I really like the Sunki Pocket Dress and Leggings pattern. I’m not sure yet what fabric I’d choose, but I know it would be extremely cute on my niece.

  61. darci says:

    the sunki is my favorite, i pre-ordered it as soon as it was announced. Looks like now i’ll need to make it out of velveteen- what a great winter look!

  62. Jodi says:

    I think if I made my daughter a Sunki in a sweatshirt knit she would never take it off. :)

  63. nopinkhere says:

    Gotta be the Sunki dress. My daughter would love the pockets. I’d like it in a cheerful border print with sold sides.

  64. Crystal says:

    I love the Sunki dress – and I think I could attempt to sew one for my daughter. Pockets on a dress is great!

  65. Tara says:

    I have admired the Sunki pattern since I first saw it. i think it would look great in a chambray

  66. Monika says:

    I love the dress and leggings too – I’d probably make it first in a flannel with a fun pattern but I’d also try it in a sweater knit. I’d be tempted to size it up for myself!

  67. Izza says:

    This pattern is so chic! Love the pockets.
    I think a linen version of it would be fantastic too.

  68. That jacket would be nice in fleece, though it wouldn’t be much use around these parts much.

  69. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    Pockets are essential for littles girls! So cute!

  70. Linda Thompson says:

    I definitely like the first Suki with velveteen; I don’t like the color b lock with the white…make the child look like she is trying to be curvacious…and we have mothers dressing their kids a bit too grown up…but perhaps if the block out was a bright cheery color with denim for the dress it would just be cute!!!

  71. Kimberly says:

    this looks like fun to make! I have really been enjoying making kids clothes lately :)

  72. Celia says:

    The pattern you used is darling, and I have not sewed with velveteen before. I think that the Nituna Jacket looks awesome, and I would be able to make both boy and girl versions of this jacket.

  73. Jess says:

    I didn’t realize it because of the different photos, but I fell in love with this dress pattern in the shop a few weeks ago! I want one in my size!!! If I won I would choose that dress and make it for my daughter; now that you’ve said it I’m entirely stuck on the idea of making her one in a sweatshirt fabric, and maybe also corduroy!!

  74. Melanie says:

    I love the Sunki dress and I know my girls would too!

  75. Jennifer says:

    The Sunki pattern is my favorite. It would be super cute in a tweed like blend.

  76. Denise Graf says:

    I’d love to make the dress for my daughter! I would try to make mine look just like the one one the cover. Is that denim? It is so cute.

  77. Chloe says:

    I love the Nituna jacket, probably in a corduroy or maybe a laminated fabric.

  78. Mari says:

    I fell in love with the Nituna jacket the moment I laid eyes on it, and would love to do a reversible version for Spring in a bright solid and a funky Vlisco Dutch wax print.

  79. Catherine says:

    The Sunki is my pick – and I have a white & black woven pattern I’d probably use, on a medium weight cotton. My other choice would be linen, because this dress has such wonderful design lines.

  80. Katie says:

    Definitely would want the pocket dress. My toddler is obsessed with pockets. These updated patterns are so cute!

  81. jen says:

    I prefer cottons, am just starting to get comfortable with knits. I think I’d want to use a sweatshirt fleece to make that pattern though – perfect hello spring outfit for my girl! (heck i’d like one in my size!)

  82. Sarah McKinney says:

    That pattern is adorable. I don’t have any one that will fit it but if I did I would be using it.

  83. courtney says:

    My daughter loves anything with pockets!

  84. meg says:

    I’ve had my eye on the ofelia pattern for a while. Solid colors. The sunki is wonderful though too. Thank you for the chance to win!

  85. kathyh says:

    Love this pattern. It’s not fussy and it doesn’t have a twirly skirt.
    But is does have style. Plus, any kid could put this on by herself.

    And big pockets.

  86. carrie says:

    i’ve been stalking the sunki for a few months now! i think it’s divine. i think i’d do it in a shot linen or cotton with a bold contrast on the side panels.

  87. WandaFish says:

    I think the Sunki is my favourite and I’d love to try a cotton knit fabric like one of the Karavan line or maybe one of the loulouthi velveteens :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  88. Jennifer says:

    I love both the versions of Sunki pictured above — and love the use of contrast side panels on the blue version. I would make mine out of baby-wale corduroy…simply because I have some in my stash :) I would love to make a velveteen version too, for an extra special little girl’s dress! Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  89. Karo says:

    Beautiful! I love Figgy’s design aesthetic and Miss Horner is by far my favorite fabric designer ever. The combination is bound to be pure perfection. :)

  90. Jams says:

    I love that jacket pattern and would try it in a velveteen!

  91. Oh so CUTE! She’s adorable and I can imagine how lovely it must be to wear that dress!

  92. Jordan says:

    Love the Sunki pocket dress – it would be just the thing for my girl who loves to collect ‘treasures’ where ever we go. I’d use something warm – that velveteen looks yummy! – as she gets cold easily, too.

  93. Anna says:

    I saw this pattern reviewed by another sewist recently and have been pining for it ever since. My 2 little girls would love it! I was thinking of comfy sweatshirt fleece, maybe colorblocking the side panels with jersey to match the leggings.

  94. Renae says:

    Cute pocket dress and leggings–great for my daughter who refuses to wear jeans.

  95. I’d have to go with the pocket dress because I want one for myself ;) For the fabric…hmmm. It might be cool to do some color blocking with linen…

    Jenna
    callherhappy.com

  96. Kristen says:

    I’ve been SO TEMPTED to buy the Sunki pattern. I LOVE IT! And I’m hoping I could make the size 8 just a tad larger to fit my two 9-year-old girls! I have some Habitat fabric (the grey with pink) and would love to use it to make this dress. We also are running short on leggings that are long enough, so I’d like a new leggings pattern…

  97. Leslie says:

    I love the new Sunki pattern. The pocket detail is darling. I am thinking a bright print for a spring dress for my daughter!

  98. [email protected] says:

    Ok…in my excitement, i forgot to add that I’d likely make it out of corduroy.

  99. [email protected] says:

    OHH! I’d love to win & my favorite is the Sunki!

  100. Emily says:

    The children used in these patterns are the most stylish kids I’ve ever seen. I want to make these and I’m not a mom!

    My favorite pattern is the Ayashe skirt and blouse, which could be used year-round. I love the dress made with AMH velveteen. Adorable!!

  101. avital says:

    I have boys, two of them, and love to sew, and sewing boys things just isn’t quite as exciting, especially since my boys only want plain, and soft, and I’m so tired of making pants out of grey or navy fleece or jersey! Recently, a little five year old girl has come into my life, the daughter of a new and wonderful friend, and I finally have someone to sew girlie things for. I would LOVE to make the Sunki dress for her. I love the fabric in the cover photo of the pattern and have a stack of ikat that I got when I was in Central Asia several years ago, (They call it Atlas and it is their traditional fabric) and might use that, if she wanted something fancy, or if she wanted something more casual, I’d go with some sort of knit.

  102. Kadybug says:

    Your dress is so cute! Thank you for the tips on sewing with Velveteen! I have been curious about sewing with Velveteen but wondering what challenges might present themselves.
    The Nituna Jacket pattern is cute! I think I would probably use a corduroy print like the
    “Medallion Flowers Pink ~ Happy Together CORD”.

  103. Julie C. says:

    I love the Sunki Pocket Dress and Leggings because it’s so versatile! It’s basic and yet you can get really creative with it!

  104. chibidani says:

    The dress and leggings pattern just outweighs the jacket one.
    I really don’t know my fabric types well enough to say “I would use X”, but something cute and happy in a fabric that is comfy and moves nice is what I would choose.

  105. Emily says:

    The Nituna jacket is pretty incredible, so I’d have a terrible time choosing between that and the pocket dress pattern. I have two little girls, and I’m sure they’d love picking out some corduroy or some tweed. And there’s a legging pattern too? I may never need to go shopping again.

  106. Ann says:

    I want to make this dress for me!
    I would do it for my little girl in a comfy knit with fun strips in the color block side panels.

  107. Tanya Barrett says:

    I was actually checking out this exact pattern the other day. I love it, I would like to try it with a jersey or sweatshirt type of material. Looks cozy.

  108. Ingrid C says:

    Wow! Why can’t they make this in Size 10 for ladies? I would be way into that. For now I’ll settle with making one for my girls.

  109. Westin's Mom says:

    I really like the jacket and think a velveteen jacket would be great!

  110. Lizzie says:

    I love this Sunki Pocket dress! Your little one looks adorable in your velveteen version… I’d make it in something a little easier to start (like the Ikat) before trying something like velveteen!

  111. Heather E. says:

    I love the look of this Sunki dress and would love to make it for my girls! Color blocking with knits would make a great play dress, and if it were fall I may consider sweater knits.

  112. Liz says:

    I’ve been eying the Sunki pattern but the nituna is also calling my name :)

  113. Laura says:

    I would love to try to make the swing jacket – maybe in a thick, soft wool? This dress is beautiful too!

  114. vernita says:

    I love the little Sunki dress. I’d use the “Trailing Orchid Blue Velvet ~ Soul Blossoms CORD” to make it. I used to sew for my 3 daughters when they were little…now I have plenty of “grand daughters” that love me to make them pretties:)

  115. meghann says:

    Oh, I love Shelly’s patterns! I received ‘Sewing for Boys’ as a Christmas gift & it is the most amazing thing ever – it is so hard to find cute boy things to sew, and that book is chocke full of them. Anyway – my favourite Figgy’s pattern is one I don’t see in the link – the Mary Go Round dress. Super-easy & adorable. Oh, and reversible!

    I would love to try this new pattern! I have some really cute lightweight-corduroy that I think would look really cute… xo

  116. Jerri says:

    I love the Sunki pattern. The kind of fabric I would use would be linen on the med to heavy side. Probably solid colors. Can you imagine light grey and pink?!

  117. Amber says:

    Have been wanting to make this dress for my little girl!

  118. Sara Upshaw says:

    My little ones are just starting to realize pockets are fun. I don’t think I’ve even heard of Figgy’s, but how cute this dress is!

  119. Kirsten says:

    I’d absolutely love to win the Sunki pattern. I’ve been eyeing it for a while!

  120. Cherie says:

    I love this Sunki Pattern….especially with the color blocking! I’m wondering if it can be made in a knit….

  121. Cinnamon says:

    So hard to choose my favorite pattern! I think my girl would get the most use out of the sunki dress. I would absolutely make it in the velveteen and then again in a brushed cotton or flannel shirting. Just adorable.

  122. Louise says:

    I like the Sunki dress like you made, and I’d maybe make it in a linen…..

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