new Junebug dress for Sadie

I usually don’t enjoy sewing the same things over and over again (hence my old Etsy shop going kaput)….but Sadie really “needed” a dress this past week. Like I need a hole in my foot,ย  but whatever. Most of the dresses I’ve made her over the past few months she doesn’t like anymore. So I’ve learned to make sure fabric is ok with her highness before I painstakingly sew it into an expensive closet decoration.

So tada! She got a new Junebug dress! With Sadie-approved fabric. (it’s La Dee Da Coral Fiddlesticks from my fab sponsor, the Fat Quarter Shop!) I kept it simple on purpose…for 3 reasons.

a) I have no energy for embellishing. The green thread the buttons are sewn on with is all you’re gettin’.

b) I’m 34 weeks pregnant. Isn’t that an excuse for getting out of pretty much anything? (except labor, eventually. darn)

c) I like simple clothes best. Sometimes I get carried away with trying to make things new or different…but I am always drawn to simplicity. I should just embrace it, right? Plus, this is probably my all time favorite dress tutorial/pattern I’ve made, so it was high time another was sewn up!

Speaking of sewing new clothes, are you doing the Kids Clothing Week Challenge over on Elsie Marley? It’s the first time in awhile I won’t be out of town during it! lol…I am excited to have a goal and start sewing up some fall clothes! Hopefully my energy can last through my ambition. ๐Ÿ˜‰

See the winner of the Sewn Hats giveaway here!ย 


  1. Being 34 weeks pregnant should definitely get you out of most things. It looks brilliant though, such a lovely design. Sadie made a great choice with the fabric. I’m really excited for KCWC too, can’t quite narrow down my list at the moment.

  2. Sadie’s beautiful smile says it all, doesn’t it? What a cute pattern and she does know what works for her. I say, let her do part of the work by choosing the fabric, embellishments, pattern, etc. Makes your work easier! (unless, of course, that’s your favorite part)

    Good luck with getting out of labor!

  3. Lovely dress!
    Happy week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  4. love the fabric you used in this dress Jess, so so cute! I really need to make this one already, it has been on my to-do list forever. So cute!

  5. Wondered why I’ve not seen blogs here from you recentlly! You’ve definite got an excuse! Do hope everything goes smoothly.

    Pretty dress for Sadie – lucky girl to have a Mom able to just make a dress for – like that! When are going to get her to make her own, I wonder? And, what happens when she grows out of it – handed down ?

  6. I don’t remember exactly where I found it, but the June Bug dress is what brought me to this awesome blog. It was love at first sight! <3

    Thanks for sharing your talents!!!

  7. I have the same problem – I make or buy something for my oldest daughter that she turns up her nose at and it’s just a closet decoration. But at least we have a good solution – hand it down to the next girl … I have 4, and then we have 2 girl cousins who are just younger than my youngest daughter. So that’s 6 girls to pass clothes down the line – someone in there somewhere is bound to like and wear each thing.

  8. bless your heart and the whims of little girls! my four year old is known as HRM Queen C around here. It is getting harder to sew anything that meets with her approval. I have to run all fabric choices bt her first; I must say that Sadie has good taste–C would go for something a bit more outlandish….

    lovely sewing as always!

  9. I love it! Sadie looks like she loves it too! I like simple things better. I really need to sew up one of these!

  10. LOVE this fabric! Sadie has good taste ๐Ÿ™‚ I like seeing different versions of your great work.

  11. sooooo cute! i miss Sadie!! such a cheese monkey! i loooove the fabric jess! I wish i had stuff to sew with now that i have time to do stuff!!

  12. Lucky for me, my oldest still loves pretty much anything I make, and my baby is too young to care. =)
    But I must say, Sadie picked a good fabric for this dress! And it looks so cute on her. =)

  13. SO CUTE! i wish my little gal would pick fabric like that! great choice, sadie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. She keeps you busy, I can see that ๐Ÿ™‚ I wonder how big is your daughter’s closed ๐Ÿ˜€ The dress is really nice – the fabric makes it looks not so ordinary, though the pattern is simple. Good luck with the challenge!

  15. I love your June Bug Dress. I’m going to make one for my niece!

  16. ” So I’ve learned to make sure fabric is ok with her highness before I painstakingly sew it into an expensive closet decoration.”

    Ha ha ha, TOTALLY btdt!!! My princess is 4 years old. Together, we have learned (painfully) that she must approve the pattern AND the fabric before Mama will make her anything.

    Beautiful work on the dress, and good luck with labor, etc.

  17. Mary Striegel says

    I just wanted to take a moment to say how much I enjoy your blog. The June Bug dress is the first thing I made that I found on a blog. You do a great job!

  18. Really cute! I think kid’s whims are crazy!!! Not looking forward to that day!

  19. Thanks for reminding me of this tutorial… I have been putting off making this for a while (as I am lazy and wanted to use your pattern which until now, has been too big for my niece). I made sleeveless version today with a cord bodice (using up some scraps) and blogged about it here

    Thanks again,

  20. Hi, This is so cute! I was wondering if you can share you measurement with me so I can make something like it for my niece who looks about your daughter’s size. She lives far away and i cant measure her, so if you can share at least the amount of fabric you used that would be great.

  21. Sarah Seifert says

    Where can I find a tutorial for the Junebug dress? It’s so lovely and I would like to make a couple for my girls. When I click on the link you’ve provided on this page, it takes me to a search results page that lists this entry and a Kids Clothing Week entry. Thanks for your help!

  22. Emma Cockerline-Smith says

    Hey, I don’t normally comment on things but wanted to say that I have made a few junebug dresses now for my eldest and will be rocking the pattern out again this summer for both my girls. It’s a beautiful dress, I love it so much so that I made my daughters school dresses last year and guess what…they were junebug dresses! Love your site xxx

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