Yesterday, my Sunki Flip for the Flip This Pattern series was revealed and today, you get a chance to vote for your favorite of the four pattern remixes! You can check out all four and vote over at Frances Suzanne. I have to say, my fellow competitors did a phenomenal job with their flips and coincidentally, we ALL decided to make jackets/outerwear! I’m not entirely sure which one I like best – they are all so great! 🙂
I decided to take the stylish Sunki dress
and make a comfy knit hoodie for my toddler. The original pattern is a beautiful dress with some really unique and fun elements like the very visual pockets, the overlapping shoulder seams, and the pleated sleeves at the shoulders.
I love the shape and style of the original Sunki Dress
and those oh-so-identifiable pockets. So I wanted to keep the general silhouette and modern feel from the pattern. But my daughter really will only wear comfy knit clothing and with the weather getting colder, I thought a little zip up hoodie would be perfect!
To flip the original pattern into a zip up hoodie, I made the back one pattern piece and omitted the zipper. In the front, I left the pockets exactly the same, but split the pattern into two pieces. I added width to both the front and the back, since this was meant to be outerwear, I wanted to make sure it would be roomy enough to wear over layers. I changed the shoulders from the overlapping pieces to a regular shoulder seam since I wanted to add the hood and omitted the facing pieces.
I left the sleeves pretty much the same except instead of pleating them at the shoulder, I did a slight gather. The fabric I used is a thick and cozy sweatshirt knit, so it would have been too bulky to pleat. But the gathers still give it that slightly poofed look.
I shortened both the sleeves and the body of the “dress” and added cuffs for a more casual and fitted look.
I chose an exposed zipper down the front for an added visual element. It was my first time using an exposed zipper and I love it!
The oversized hood is lined with a warm flannel and is perfect for bundling up when it gets chilly! I used one of my daughter’s store bought hoodies to draft the pattern for the hood.
I decided to sew up a pair of Sunki leggings to go with the hoodie, but stuck with the original pattern. They were a really fast and easy project to make and I can see myself making a bunch more of these for my daughter!
And that’s my Sunki flip! I really enjoyed sewing this hoodie and the leggings and I hope you like them too!