The Junebug pattern is here!

After months of working on it, the Junebug dress (and tunic!) pattern is finally here! I have so much respect for all you pattern designers out there, it’s really a lot of work! I could not have done it without the fantastic skills of Melissa-from Melly Sews. She digitized and graded the pattern for me, and she did a spectacular job. Super professional and great to work with. Thank you so much Melissa!

The pattern is sent via an instant download link after you purchase it, and the PDF comes with 21 pages of instructions, in color, for a dress, tunic, and sleeveless version, and in 8 sizes, starting at 18 mo, and up to a size 8! Includes helpful fabric and size charts, and tips along the way to make your Junebug sewing as easy as possible!

The Junebug Dress/Tunic
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Seriously, C? No smile? Don’t you love your tunic style Junebug? *SAY YES*

Ok, I’ll take the pondering look.

I heart the puffy sleeves, but the sleeveless is just as cute!

I love the striped buttons on this one!

 A little note: I am leaving up the original Junebug dress tutorial and 2T pattern on my blog-I do hope you’ll consider buying the pattern though! 😀
 So which one will you make first?
Oh yes, tester pics coming next week! I had the most amazing testers who made some gorgeous Junebugs.


  1. Huge congrats on the release of your pattern!!! This dress is so cute! I am going to work hard to get through my current WIPs, I’d love to make this. I love that it goes up to size 8!

  2. Congratulations, Jess!! So excited for you! The dress (and tunic) are just beautiful 🙂

  3. Darling! I will keep this in mind, for future projects! BTW, your girls are so cute! Blessings…

  4. So fun! Congratulations!! I’d looooove to produce a pattern some day, but it sounds like a lot of work. I do bet it is super rewarding, though!

  5. Well done you for getting the pattern out! I made this when it was a free pattern on your website (have girls the same ages as your 2 eldest) and I even made a jacket using it as a starting point. Great idea!

  6. Bought it!
    Love it!

  7. i want this awesome pattern, but the ‘buy it’ button is out of order at the moment. i will check back later to see if it works 🙂

  8. I just bought the pattern because I’m a huge fan of yours, even if I have already made a Junebug dress that I drafted from your sew-a-long. Good job on the pattern and hope to see more of them!

  9. So cute! Charlotte is a great model, even if she doesn’t always look thrilled. 🙂 And thank you for leaving the original tutorial up. I appreciate that choice, as I know not all bloggers do that.

  10. This is super sweet. The dress is adorable! I’m definitely going to buy a pattern soon 🙂

  11. Ordered the pattern! I’ve loved the JuneBug dress since it was first posted but was too lazy to figure out the bodice for myself. THANK YOU for the pattern! I can’t wait to get sewing! 🙂

  12. Congrats Jess! How exciting. I do love the sleeveless the best. Hope you sell many!

  13. Congratulations and good luck! Well done.

  14. I am sorry but I get too distracted by that adorable little girl to look at what she is wearing.

  15. Hey Jes…I have made this pattern twice already according your 2 years old one. Where is the pattern available ???? I can’t wait to make dress and tops for my niece..

  16. Love it and congrats. Definitely on my to do list.

  17. I’ve just bought your pattern. I think it is very generous of you to post so many tutorials. I’ve learnt a lot. I love the way you explain all the instructions. Thank you for an amazing work!

  18. YAY! this is so exciting – congrats ont he pattern release, friend!! 🙂

  19. Congratulations on you pattern release Jess! I love the contrasting hem on your sleeveless version!

  20. Well done Jess! Such a great dress. Love the variations too. I hope it is a great success! I will be starting melissa’s course tomorrow night to digitalize my first pattern- yay!!

  21. Love the tunic! I also love that you’re keeping the original up. You know those that can’t afford the cost can still try to work it out for themselves, but all the rest of us will be so happy to have something so cute without the hassle of pattern grading 🙂 As a long time follower I’m so happy to see you releasing patterns. It’s always been amazingly generous in my eyes how many free tutorials and patterns you’ve put out there. Congratulations!!!

  22. I literally just finished my first junebug then emailed you about it last week! I will be buying the pattern for sure. It will probably be a staple in her wardrobe. I love the sleeveless with the bias tape!

  23. Hi Jess,

    I am an avid follower of your blog! am glad that you’ve started with patterns too! Just to let you know, in case you need any of your patterns to be tested, I would be glad to help you out! I love making your clothes.


  24. Love the pattern! And also: your little girl is to die for! So cute! I love her cheeks!

  25. Love the three versions you have there! Especially the sleeveless…. Adorable!

  26. Congratulations, Jess! Love the Junebug…such a great design.

  27. So adorable and the dress too 🙂 Will you be selling a license along with the pattern? So that people can make the dresses to sell and give you credit?

  28. Adorable! Love it!

  29. How fantastic, I was wondering the other day when you would start selling patterns! I cant wait to see more!

  30. Pinned it! So excited about this, girl!

  31. Congrats Jess! How fun fun fun!
    And holy cow, I’m so sorry for asking you test for me. I had no idea you were in the middle of your own pattern mayhem :(. If life is too crazy please don’t worry about trying out the shorts. Of course I’m excited to see your style on them but seriously, no stress over it.
    Okay. I’m rambling.
    Cute June Bug dress!

  32. I love this pattern! I think I will have to buy it…
    Congratulations Jess!

  33. I just posted how my Junebug dress turned out. I thought you might like to see it. I used a placemat for it’s pocket.
    Thanks for a cute pattern!

  34. Do you have a long sleeved version of this?? It’s super cute!!!

  35. I bought the pattern, but I haven’t received the email to download it.

  36. beautiful!!


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