the Junebug dress

I never know how to start these posts off.
….to your left, we have a new dress! No, your other left.
ย …sooo my scissors got away from me, and I made another dress (or 2, or 39)….
….here’s a new dress that we found wandering the streets and adopted….
you see?
so…I give up.
I made a new dress. I named it the Junebug dress for no other reason besides I made it in June. (I say that counts as a legit naming technique. This month’s dress will be the Julyfly dress. er…nope. never mind.)
It buttons up in the front, a really cute and quirky detail. (so quirky that it had Sadie crying in frustration when she tried to take it off. So, might be smart to help your kiddos dress in this one if they frustrate easily)
It also boasts some cute puff sleeves and an A-line gathered skirt. (it also boasts a wide hem, but I told it to stop being so boastful and pipe down)
I love the slight sailory-vintage feel it has.
The fabric is by Anna Griffin, but of course I chopped off and now can’t find the selvage that has the name of the fabric line on it. I got it ages ago, if that helps. Just call me the handy helper.

This pattern is now for sale on my Patterns page!

Funny story. I actually took many, MANY pics of Sadie in this dress outside near pretty grass, trees, and nature stuff…but she refused to look normal. So, you get our boring playroom wall again. It really showcases the dress…right? right…


  1. Jess, as always, I love it. I’m so glad it boasts all those great features. I hope I can make one, in the fall. My hubby would kill me if I made another dress right now.

  2. Beautiful! I love it! I’ve never made a button hole… maybe this will convince me to try!

  3. “Hi, my name is Jess and I am a sewing machine. Well, I have a sewing machine. But also, I am one.”
    I love the button detail! I want it on my clothes! I would probably cry too, though. I get frustrated over getting dressed. I wish I was joking but actually I have this Victoria’s Secret smooth-you-out type corset and I nearly cry in frustration every time I put it on. But actually that’s because it has a million hook and eye thingers to do it up and I can’t do it myself and I’m too prideful to ask my hubby for help. Since it is just the teeny tiniest bit stretchy, if I first do it up then I can get it over my head to put it on, but not without having a very claustrophobic minute there where I’m pretty sure I’m going to die. Or even worse, have to call for help. And I would never, ever hear the end of that one.

  4. Oh! I love it! I can’t wait for the tute/pattern!

  5. I must say you have her well trained. When I saw her in nursery the first thing she said to me was, “Mommy my dress.” “Mommy made your dress?” “Yeah.” And then she walked away. haha!

  6. I am laughing. your posts are so conversational—feel like I’m having my morning coffee with a friend. Cant wait to try this one.

  7. Love the dress and the way the playroom wall showcases it! The buttons and sleeves and shape of the dress are so fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ One of these times you could start off a dress post with a funny thing your kids said/did and/or something totally unrelated and random. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Sooo Cute! I absolutely love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait for the tutorial!

  9. This just may be my favorite so far. I think I’ve said that before…I love the button detail and square neck.

  10. so cute! this might be my favorite of yours!!!

  11. I just love your blog Jess. Truly. I love how you talk to us and I feel like I am sitting down for a little short conversation with you. I sure do love this dress too. Darling. Just darling. I think I love everything you make.

  12. “but she refused to look normal” ! Bwaha! Something I think only a mum can really understand about kids!
    Love the dress! Anxiously awaiting the tute! Thx!

  13. Hi Jess.
    It is gorgeous – love the dress, love the name, and think the model is the sweetest ever and would love a tutorial/sew along.
    I always save your posts for last after reading all the day’s updates…thanks for the inspiration and the laughs…

  14. SUCH a cute little dress, and your post had me giggling! Excited for the tutorial!

  15. LOVE the dress Jess! Seriously, it’s so adorable. Looking forward to the tutorial!

  16. cannot wait for the tutorial – that is just beautiful!

  17. You are HEE-larious. Just love it. Seriously have a boy already so I can make my Little Men something…I am not sure Hubs would appreciate me putting in this dress…no matter how STINKIN’ cute it is.

  18. I love it again! Can’t wait to hear how you made it/

  19. This is so cute! I want a bigger one for myself! Your tutorials are really good so I can’t wait to see how you made this ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. p.s. sorry about all the comments, my comment box thing wasn’t working properly until it ended up posting the same comment several times over! I’ll leave you in peace now, before I cause some other damage…!

  21. Oh my goodness, I love this. Can you do any wrong??

  22. As always, I love this! So adorable! And I agree – I love the way your type your posts, so friendly and fun. Thanks for sharing your talents and yourself!

  23. This has to be one of my favorite dresses you’ve made!! I LOVE IT!! Please, oh, please do a sew along!! ๐Ÿ˜€ And hopefully I’ll be able to sew along…after I have the new baby (sunday)!!

  24. Super cute. Oh why can’t your adorable little girl be wearing a size 4? lol I am no good at adjusting patterns. Guess I’ll have to try again if I get brave.

  25. So cute, as always. And you are hilarious. I’m pretty sure we should sew together sometime so we can chat in real life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Again, a great dress! Thank you for all that inspiration! My to sew list is growing and growing….

  27. I’m with Laura, I want this button detail on my clothes!! This is absolutely gorgeous. If I EVER get any good at sewing I will definitely have a go at making one for my daughter! Oh and since she’s 2 in November I reckon I might be able to make it for her next summer if I try really hard! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. I can’t wait to tryl this one, I just love it!
    THanks for sharing!

  29. Eeeek! This is SO cute. Sigh, I have a boy, but perhaps I could make it as a gift for a lucky little girl.
    Nice job!

  30. I read a lot of blogs but yours has the cutest model ever – by far!

  31. This is so lovely! I’ll be seated and waiting for your tutorial… I don’t know how to sew yet… i’m dream of making a dress as beautiful as this one for my 18 months baby girl! I think i’ll search for some courage while you post the tutorial to go ahead and give it a try!

  32. That is a super cute dress. I really have to overcome my fear of buttons and just try it one day.

  33. I don’t have any girls but if I did I would definitly put this on them, it is the most adorable dress ever.

  34. Jess, this one is just great! As were the other ones!!!!


  35. Yep! That is adorable! I just passed up some navy anchor buttons at JoAnn just the other day because I didn’t ‘need’ them. Yay! Now I do.

  36. Jess!!
    This is another tutorial/sewalong that I MUST try!
    You never cease to amaze me.

  37. Sooooo cute!!!

    Jess, you are such an inspiration! After looking at all the cute clothes you make, I always want to pull out my sewing machine and get sewing!

    Please do a tutorial and/or sew along on this dress!

  38. I must make this for my 4 year old! How super adorable! Love!

  39. Fantastic fabric choice, Jess. Love it. You amaze me daily ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. how adorable! and what a cute name to boot!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. me encanta!!, puede que me animรฉ y le haga uno a Andrea para el otoรฑo, para llevarlo con una camiseta de manga larga debajo.. UHmmm! creo que ya se que tela usarรฉ…Animatรฉ y haz un sew along, porfaaaaa!!!. olga

  42. Sooo cute Jess. YOu could definitely start a business selling the patterns you make. I want to join in with this sew along when it comes along – my first one! Suz

  43. This dress is just gorgeous

  44. This dress is just gorgeous

  45. This dress is just gorgeous

  46. This dress is just gorgeous

  47. This dress is just gorgeous

  48. This dress is just gorgeous

  49. This dress is just gorgeous

  50. This dress is just gorgeous

  51. You make me wish I had girls. So cute!

  52. Love, love, love, love, LOVE it!!

  53. So gorgeous! (as always) Your girls are toooo cute!

  54. it’s so pretty! Love the buttons ๐Ÿ™‚ but I hate that somebody is spamming in the comments!

  55. Absolutely adorable! I think it would make a fun dress for a sew-a-long because it lends itself to so many looks depending on fabric/button choice! I’d participate (I already have my fabric idea in mind!).

    As for the spammer, I know some people don’t like it, but adding the verification requirement might keep those pesks away.

  56. That button detail is to die for (and apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way because man, did it take me a long time to scroll down through the comments to leave my own ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. This is so cute! I love the buttons and really everything about this dress.

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