Today we have Veronica of SewVery with us today as part of the Best of Summer series, where we provide reviews of popular sewing patterns for summer kids clothes. The lovely Veronica is sharing two really fantastic patterns with us today! I recently sewed one of them myself (the Junebug dress) and have to agree with her–it’s a fantastic pattern.
Thank you so much for being with us today, Veronica. Take it away!
Hi, Caila-Made fans! I’m Veronica, a southerner who loves to blog over at sewVery about clothes I make for my daughter, patterns I test and review, and purses I sew! I hope you’ll come visit real soon!
First up is the Junebug Pattern by Craftiness is Not Optional (CINO) (I was a tester for the pattern) which was just released a few days ago. This is one of my favorite summer patterns because it’s simple and fast to sew, offers two sleeve options and a dress option (like the one I made here), and looks great when made in all one fabric or multiple coordinating fabrics. But most importantly, my daughter loves wearing it!
While the original Junebug Pattern calls for buttons on the front bib, I chose to use four little velcro tabs for the closure on my Junebug Top. I didn’t want to use buttons because I was using this beautiful matching vintage trim where the buttons would normally go. I wanted the trim to stand out and be the focal point of the top. I also made piping to match and sewed it around the top of the skirt part to give it an extra pop of color.
Like I mentioned before, the Junebug Pattern is great made in one print or multiple coordinating prints. It’s recommended for woven fabrics, but I think it could easily be made using interlock knit (just might have to try that). And there are so many ways you could embellish the top and make it your own look–piping, trim, ruffles, embroidery, covered buttons, bias trim or ruffles at the hem to name a few.
My daughter loves this outfit! The fabrics, Spring Street by Carolyn Gavin for P & B Textiles, are soft and comfortable, and she can easily put it on and take it off by herself. The top is not binding at all and gives her the freedom she needs to run, jump, and definitely climb (yep! she loves to climb everything and drive me crazy)!
For Ella, I made a size 4T sleeveless Junebug Top. It took me only a couple of hours to sew and that includes cutting out the fabric. As far as difficulty, if you stick to the original pattern design and use buttons/buttonholes, then it’s appropriate for an intermediate beginner.
The shorts aren’t difficult to make at all, but again, I think I’d rate the pattern appropriate for an intermediate beginner. If I remember correctly, they took me at least a couple of hours (or a little longer) to make, but that was last year, and I’m getting faster at sewing all the time.
For this size 5T version of the Class Picnic Shorts, I used a light weight denim and trimmed the edges with the same Spring Street fabric by Carolyn Gavin that I used on the top. The large trimmed edges offer you an opportunity to use a coordinating fabric to go with the top. You could also make the shorts in all the same fabric or use all prints for the shorts and solids for the top.
The fabric is easy to care for and the fit provides flexibility at the thigh for all that climbing she does while the back stays up and keeps her bum completely covered when she bends over! Plus the pattern includes instructions on how to make the waistband with buttonhole elastic for an adjustable fit waistband. This will be the second summer that Ella has worn this same pair of shorts thanks to that feature!
You can see more photos of my Junebug Top and read how I used velcro instead of buttons for the closure on my blog, sewVery! And to check out more pictures of the Class Picnic Shorts, visit my post from last year.
Thanks again, Caila, for inviting me over today to share two of my favorite summer sewing patterns! Can’t wait to see what everyone else in the series shares, too. Have a great summer and have fun sewing!