Auto correct is hilarious sometimes. It just tried to change the title of this blog post from “Figgy’s Sunki dress” to “Piggy’s”. Ah well!
This pattern has been in the queue for quite a while, and was finally sewn back in August. This is one of the Figgy’s patterns that is available in two size ranges, sizes 18months to 8/9 years, and then in sizes XS (10) to XL (16) in tween sizes. I sewed the XS for Clare, without alteration.
The fabrics are a stretch cotton jacquard remnant from Darn Cheap Fabrics for the main dress and stretch denim scraps for the contrast side front panels. I also used the denim to face the overlapping front and back necklines. The pattern description from the Figgy’s website is as follows:
This pocket dress/tunic is not only stylish but comfortable. The sewists will have so much fun choosing fabric for this versatle design. We will guide you through the – not as hard as you think – process of installing a zipper and making those adorable pockets. The dress/tunic includes special pleated shoulders that give a feminine touch.
I did a superb job on the invisible centre back zipper, if I do say so myself, but as is often the case it turns out that Clare can get the dress on and off without undoing it anyway. I think that the front pockets are my favourite feature. The sizing works perfectly for Clare, although it definitely is on the short side and needs tights or leggings underneath. As far as sizing is concerned, Figgys say that “The fit of this adorable dress runs slim and the finished length (depending on the leg length of your little one) is mid-thigh. If you have a little one in between sizes we suggest using the larger size. If your little one has long legs we suggest measuring the pattern and adjust accordingly.” That is pretty accurate, in my view. Clare is slim, and I often sew her clothes one size smaller in width than the size I use for length. I didn’t need to in this instance.
On second thoughts, the sleeves are 7/8 length rather than full length, and I’m not really sure if they are meant to be or not. So maybe the next time that I make this I probably would be better off making the length a size larger than the width after all. Let’s see if I remember to check this blog post before I sew! And one last photo because this one has Stella in it, wearing a pinafore that I made for Clare back in 2012. They do grow up quickly!