Beachy Boatneck Sunki

I wasn’t originally planning on flipping this one.  It’s a beautiful, simple, elegant pattern.  I love the Beachy Boatneck.  I’m a huge fan of boatnecks , 3/4 sleeves, and curved hems.  And I love that this pattern has a facing instead of a band at the collar.  I wasn’t going to flip it only because I don’t want to overload myself.  Sigh, we all know how well that‘s going!

But then souricette 1 put on a dress.  It was getting a little short.  And then she put on another dress. Also getting a little short…  She could use a new dress.  Something comfortable and cute.  A knit, possibly?  And there was that Beachy Boatneck.  It would be so easy to convert to a dress…

I had so many ideas.  I was going to lengthen it straight down and add small vents on the sides, keeping the curve.  I thought of adding a kangaroo pocket.    But then, my fabric came.  Pretty prints from Birch.  Souricette 1 loved the elk print but wasn’t sure about the chevron.  She requested the elks for her dress.  But I wanted both.  I decided to go for some chevron accents.  With the scale of the prints, that was definitely the right decision.  My original plans weren’t going to work since they involved an almost 50-50 split between the two prints.

I still wanted the dress to be basically straight but with a very slight A-line for ease of movement.  Like souricette 2’s dress…  Sunki!  So I blended both patterns.  Or as CallAjaire would say, I mashed them up.  In fact, she has a monthly mash-up series going on over at her blog.  I’ve been meaning to participate and this seemed like the perfect time!

She doesn’t want to remove that Great Wolf Lodge band yet. Even though it matches absolutely nothing.

I printed out the Beachy Boatneck in souricette 1’s size.  I layered the back onto the Sunki back.  I lined them up at the lower armscye/ side seam corner.  Sunki has that shoulder overlap so I knew the shoulders wouldn’t even sort of match up.   All I wanted to get was the lower A line and the length.  I carefully layered some tracing paper on top (that see-through stuff) and traced the parts I wanted from each pattern piece.  If you try, you’ll see that the center fold line doesn’t match up on both pattern pieces.  One pattern is meant for knits and the other for wovens so they don’t have the same amount of ease. I just ignored that and used the Beachy Boatneck center fold line.

The front was a little more complicated because of the cut outs.  I started by doing the same thing as for the back so that I had a front with no cut out.  Then, I removed the boatneck pattern piece and traced the cut out line.  I had to extend it at the armscye level.  Then, I traced but did not cut out the pattern for the pocket/side (so the other part of the cut out).  I layered that over my front pattern piece in order to adjust the side seam and armscye area.

In the end, I have a dress that uses the Beachy Boatneck body and sleeves blended into the Sunki dress.  I chopped the sleeves to just below elbow length and added a chevron band.  I considered a contrast band at the bottom but felt it would look unbalanced.

I also used the chevron for the facing.

Souricette 1 loves it.  She asked to keep it on after we did the pictures and I suspect she will be wearing it to school this week…

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27 comments on “Beachy Boatneck Sunki
  1. Rebecca says:

    I love the fabric combo! Great pattern mashup- the pockets are awesome 🙂

    • Thank you! My daughter loves the pockets too. I like how the fabrics work together too. I wasn’t so sure when I had the yardage in front of me. I think keeping one of them as an accent was essential.

  2. JessiBerry says:

    Beautiful blend of the two patterns!

  3. swoodsonsays says:

    Love the fabric choices, it looks comfy too!

  4. Ha! When I saw your “Flip this Pattern” entry, I thought – “Wait a second….that’s the sunki!” You did a great job blending the two patterns together into a new creation {and I’m tickled your “Little Miss” loves it like she does!}.

  5. erickmarnae says:

    I love the Sunki pattern–and love it even more in a knit with a boat-neck! great flip:)

  6. Angie says:

    This is adorable!!! I love the combination of the prints and putting the two patterns together!

  7. Sally says:

    What a great mash up! And I love the fabric combination!

  8. Zura says:

    Beautiful! I love the soft colored fabrics too!

  9. Ajaire says:

    This is so GOOD! And I totally agree that this neckline is just lovely with the sunki. Now I want to make one 🙂

  10. Veronica says:

    Beautiful dress! I don’t think I would ever take it off because it looks so comfy! Great flip!

  11. Love everything about this one! Amazing patterns and mash up and flip and everything!

  12. RaeAnna Goss says:

    Beautiful! I love the fabrics!

  13. Sara Soares says:

    Great flip! It is a gorgeous dress – no wonder she loves it!

  14. Nienke says:

    It’s fabulous!

  15. […] Raphaëlle made the cutest combination of two dress patterns and two different knit fabrics to create this Beachy Boatneck Sunki Dress.  Absolutely adorable!  Read more over at Duex Souriceaux. […]

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