Thursday, March 29, 2012

Little Green Junebug Dress


I stumbled upon this retro green and polka-dot fabric at the thrift store. Something about it caught my eye even though it was polyester and very bright. I picked up several yards of it for a few bucks and decided to make a couple dresses, one for me (tutorial coming soon) and one for my daughter. I was searching for an A-line style dress with a retro feel. I came across Jess at Craftiness is not Optional's sew along for her Junebug Dress. I created this dress for my daughter with a few alterations to the pattern.

1. When creating the bodice flap I added piping. I began by pinning the piping on to the right side of the flap and basting it in place. Make sure you cut slits in the piping at each corner to help it turn. After basting the piping, I pinned the lining to the right side of the flap and stitched it closed (sides and top only) per Jess' tutorial. Then flip the piece right side out and press.

2. I only had enough room for 2 buttons instead of 3 because the ones I had on hand were so large, so I modified the pattern by only making 2 buttonholes on each side of the flap.

3. I wanted a pleat in the front and back of the skirt instead of gathering it. I went for a pleat because of this fabric's bulkiness. When gathered it creates a very full effect.  I wanted the fabric to lay down flat in a more defined A-line so I went with pleats instead. First, I took my skirt piece and measured across to find the center of the front and back. I marked it with a pin and then measured 2 inches out from each side of the center pin and marked those two spots.

Next take each outside pin and fold it in towards the center pin and then back on itself to create a pleat. Do the same for the opposite side so that it looks like this when finished.
Baste the pleat and iron it down flat. Make sure you press the pleat a good ways down your skirt to hold it in place. (I didn't do the best job of this and you can see that in the photos). Then create the same pleat in the center back of the skirt. Then continue to attach the skirt to the bodice per the tutorial. Make sure your pleats are lined up with the center front and center back of the bodice before sewing them together.

4. The only other modification I made was to shorten the dress. I wanted more of a mini dress length so I probably shortened the dress a good 4 inches or so from the pattern measurements. I took a gamble and stitched it before trying it on my daughter- luckily it was not too short.

 Overall it made for a cute little dress...if only I had made it in time for St. Patrick's Day!

Shannon

Linking up to the following parties: pincushion creationsShwin and ShwinTatertots and JelloKojo Designs, Country Momma Cooks: Link & Greet #12love notes by lauryn

15 comments:

  1. That is the cutest thing....I'd like to invite you to share this@CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party have a wonderful weekend:)

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    1. Thank you Deana- I have started following your blog and added to your link party. Thanks for stopping by so I could find out about your blog :)
      Shannon

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  2. did you seriously sew this! i want one for myself! seriously the dang cutest dress i have seen!! i would love for you to link this post up to the spread the love weekend wrap up party i host on my blog. http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/03/spread-love-4-elissa-hudson-giveaway.html
    there is also an AMAZING elissa hudson print giveaway going on right now as well.
    hope to see you there!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Lauryn- I entered your giveaway and linked up...oh and started following too. Thanks for stopping by so I could find out about your blog :)
      Shannon

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  3. This is absolutely adorable! I can tell your daughter really loves it too. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Amanda- it's funny at first she threw a fit about the dress and then wouldn't take it off and kept telling me she loved it...oh, kids! Thanks for the comment :)
      Shannon

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  4. I don't which is cuter, the dress or your little girl! The sewing looks so professional.

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    1. Wow- thank you! We appreciate you stopping by the blog!
      Shannon

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  5. Hi, I love your version of the Junebug dress. It is on my to do list :) The green fabric looks so beautiful on your little girtl too.

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  6. Such a gorgeous little dress! And a really cute little girl! Thanks for the step by steps too :)

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    1. Thank you Rhiannon- We appreciate you stopping by the blog! Shannon

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  7. This post is being featured tonight @CountryMommaCooks Linky Party stop by and pick up a button if you don't already have one:)

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    1. Thank you for the feature Deana :)

      Shannon

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  8. the dress is soo adorable! Love the piping on the front and the other changes you made!

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    1. So glad you came and checked it out- thank you for all your wonderful patterns and tutorials...I have a whole bunch just waiting to be made from your inspiration :) Thanks for all your hard work on the blog!
      Shannon

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