Saturday, 5 October 2013

Flip This Pattern: Piet Mondrian Inspired Sunki


It's pattern flipping time again. I just love this series...have you noticed?? I love the idea of taking an awesome pattern and adding some personal pizzazz and then every day seeing how someone else flipped it their way and came up with something completely different. 


Frances Suzanne have impeccable taste when it comes to choosing the feature pattern each month. I'll be totally honest. I wasn't sure about this one initially. It looked so wintery and here in Queensland we go from winter to summer without pausing for spring in between. So it is pretty warm and less is more for toddler clothing already. But, like a true pattern addict, I jumped at the chance for a pattern with a discount code and purchased the Sunki dress and leggings

As with the other months of Flip This Pattern I started with the sketch of the dress as is. This pattern has a unique design. It is loosely based on an A-line dress but with cool features like curved contrasting pockets and overlapping neck line. My first thought was I'll just make it as intended to get a feel for the design but I'll omit the sleeves. But, when I looked at the lines of the dress, it reminded me of the artworks of Piet Mondrian. His bold primaries with white all separated up with black lines. So I sketched in some lines, grabbed some of the boys pens and started to colour. (I could only find a red felt pen, yellow crayon and blue pencil... we have since been shopping for refreshed art supplies for the kids). 

This was the design I settled on:



So the outline of the dress is identical to the original, minus sleeves, but I changed up some of the construction to fit with my design ideas.
  • I omitted the sleeves
  • For the pockets I cut off the seam allowances and constructed with bias binding rather than the way the pattern instructs
  • For the neck line I again cut off the seam allowance and used bias binding to finish the raw edges and attach the facing to the main dress pieces
  • I made the zip shorter. This was purely so I could have uninterrupted white across the top of the back and still have my black bias lines intersecting just below the zip
  • I left the overlapping parts of the shoulders unstitched giving it a little more ease when I pull it over Eloise's head
  • I made the main pieces from a patchwork of different colours to fit my design.
  • For the extra seams (the seams I created making the patchwork) I sewed with the seams on the right side and then enclosed them within the bias binding. This way there were less seams on the inside to annoy miss E 
  • And rather than hem it I used bias binding to finish the hem too
  • I used 2" wide strips to make the bias binding for the pockets, neck, armholes and hem. I used 1" wide strips to cover the seams and divide the colours. So all the black parts ended up 1/2" wide :) (I love my bias binding maker).
  • I also made up a pair of the Sunki Leggings, I didn't flip them, just made them 'as is' to complement the dress.
And this was my finished dress:



(In other news... my mannequin should arrive in the next week or two so my finished garment shots should improve considerably...I'm so excited)

Some of the details: The fold over shoulder pieces, the shortened zip and the inside view of the seams.

Eloise just loves bags at the moment so I made up a miniature version of the Paco Bean Dottie Bag to match the dress.

How cute is my little miss? Shame about the bump on her forehead :/

I'm so pleased with how this dress turned out and the fit is pretty good too.

Eloise was pretty happy with it too. I made up a simple headband from the same fabric as the leggings. It helped keep that wild hair under control.

I think I like the back of the dress the best? Though the curved pockets at the front are pretty darn cute.



Thanks for popping by. Be sure to visit Frances Suzanne to see all the other flips for this month.

As always, I love hearing what you think, so feel free to leave me a message :) 

Kerry xx





28 comments:

  1. You are soooooooooooo clever!! I just love everything about it. Especially the thought you put into the construction.

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    1. Thanks Renee :) A huge compliment coming from someone with your talents!

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  2. Such a gorgeous dress (and model). You have created your own amazing masterpiece with this pattern flip Griffin says sorry about Miss E's bump xo

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  3. This is so cute! Great job, Kerry!

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  4. Holy Wow! This is amazing. You are my idol :)

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    1. *blush* Thank you! That's sweet :)

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  5. Simply FANTASTIC! Love the bright, bold colors and crisp lines...but still able to 'see' Sunki components in your creation!

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    1. Thanks ladies. As you can tell I'm loving this series. It is helping to stretch my skills and creativity :)

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  6. THis is sooo clever! What an awesome job flipping the pattern!!!

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  7. this is beautiful! I love the colors and that bag is tooo cute. GREAT Job!!!

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    1. Thank you Carin :) I think she liked the bag the most. I have been meaning to make her a Dottie for a while and really glad I finally did :)

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  8. I love color-blocking and your take on it is so fun!

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  9. What a great flip! I love the color blocking and using the bias binding to hid seams. Great idea!

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    1. Thanks. I can remember not too long ago I would dread using bias binding... I love it now :)

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  10. Love love love the Mondrian inspiration! Color placement is great! Looks adorable on her!

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    1. Thank you. I was just thinking, how much fun would it be to take her to the art gallery wearing it :) (except she's a bit little, and might disrupt the place)

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  11. Oh my gosh I love yours! I will be copying for sure!

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    1. I hope you'll pop back and leave a link if you do :)

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  12. Fabulous! I have to make one of these this summer. Timeless design.
    Deborah

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    1. Yes, do! And come back and leave a link so I can see too :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by :) I love your pattern, it's quite unique!

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