Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Junebug Dress

Today I have finished up a Junebug Dress that I made from the tutorial posted at 
To go directly to the tutorial click here.  
While your there, check out the other great projects and tutorials as Jess has some fantastic ones!

I wanted to make a tester dress so I chose this fabric I had in my stash that a friend had
given me a long while ago. The colors are trendy but I wasn't fond of the print. 
The fabric is definitely vintage and has a lovely hand to it. 
Now that it is finished I have changed my mind and am quite fond of it!

The front has a button up flap.  
Love the fact that there are no zippers to deal with.
I absolutely hate sewing in zippers.

I used the size 2/3 pattern that Jess provided in the tutorial.
It will be going to one of my great nieces.  
Both are two years old but wear a size 3.

I changed a few things up from the original tutorial.
I made the sleeves longer as it is going into fall now 
and I added lace to the sleeves also.
I'm thinking of pairing the dress up with a brown turtle neck and the same color leggings.

I also made the skirt of the dress fuller than what the tutorial called for.
I couldn't decide on what buttons to use.  
As this was a tester dress I didn't want to have to buy anything to make it.
I scrounged through my button tin and found these vintage ones.
Although they are not the exact brown in the dress, I think they compliment
the vintage fabric and old time feel that the dress took on.

I am also going to stop calling it a tester dress now as it came out
better than I could have imagined.  For that I have Jess to thank
for such a fantastic, easy to follow, tutorial!
Thanks Jess!

I'm going to be whipping up another one real soon.
I'm thinking of all the possibilities for trims!
Ric rac around the button up flap, ribbon along the bottom, the ideas are just flowing! 

Until next time, 


Crafty Ashley said...

I love your version of the June Bug dress! I have been looking at this dress over and over as a possibility for my flower girls in my upcoming wedding (we are having a vintage theme), I also love the way you lenghtened the sleeves! I wish I knew how to make this pattern larger (one girl is around 5/6 and the other is around 6/7). You are so talented!

Becky Jo said...

Thank so much for your kind words, Ashley!
Truth be told, I'm not that great of a seamstress! I just follow the directions that others post tutorials on. ;)
You can definitely enlarge this pattern very easily. May I suggest you check out Craftiness Is Not Optional tutorials? Jess does such a wonderful job of giving step by step instructions on how to make patterns out of the clothing that is already in your childs closet. I took bits and pieces from each of her tutorials and combined them together to make my finished dress!

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