Junebug Dress

How’s your Sunday going?  I’ve had a lot of people visiting the shop keen to make things for their girls so I thought I’d bring you a 2nd free pattern to round off the week.

Sewing for kids is a great way to practice your skills without having to worry too much about the finished item – luckily for us kids won’t notice if your stitching is a bit wonky and they won’t complain if it doesn’t fit just quite right.  Chances are they will have grown out of it before it might start to unravel and if it is too big it allows them to grow in to it – a win, win in my book!

Junebug Dress - Front

The Junebug Dress was first released by craftiness is not optional as a free pattern sized for 2T/3T.  She gives a helpful sew-along on her website broken down into three stages.  You will need to download and print the bodice pattern pieces – available here.  (I see that she has now released the pattern to buy sized from 18 months up to age 8.) Make sure when you come to print them that you have your printer set to ‘do not scale’ or ‘print at original size’, or something equivalent.  You can follow her sewalong here:

Step 1: pattern & pieces
Step 2: bodice & buttonholes
Step 3: sleeves & skirt

I used a Michael Miller quilting cotton for the outside of the dress – it is a wonderful chartreuse colour with white daisies.  The bodice was lined with some white cotton I had in my stash.  The pictures outside show the colour far more accurately.

The number of buttons on the front is optional really and I chose to just use two fairly large wooden buttons I had.  The sleeves are gathered with elastic at the cuff.

Junebug dress Junebug Dress - sleeve detail

I’m off to make up some samples for upcoming classes in the shop, and hoping for the sun to come out.