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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Junebug Pattern Top & Best of Summer Series

Today I'm blogging over at Caila-Made as part of her Best of Summer Series.

I'm sharing with Caila's readers two of my favorite children's summer clothing patterns:  the Junebug Top Pattern by Craftiness is Not Optional (CINO) and the Class Picnic Shorts Pattern by Oliver + S.

For my full pattern review of the Junebug Pattern Top and Class Picnic Shorts, head over to Caila's Best of Summer Series, and don't forget to follow along for the next three weeks for more great summer pattern inspiration.

To read my original post from last year about the Class Picnic Shorts, click here!

If you are visiting my blog for more info on how I made my Junebug Pattern Top with velcro closure, then keep reading!  More info on that topic is below.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll decide to check out some other outfits I've made recently.  To follow along in the future, please consider becoming a follower through Bloglovin by clicking the button below or by any of the other social media outlets by clicking the icons at the top right of my blog page.

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To make the top with velcro closure, I sewed the soft half of the velcro to the lining side of the bib (about an inch from the raw edge so it will end up 1/2" from the finished edge) before assembling the bib.  After assembling the rest of the bodice, I then marked where to sew the remaining rough velcro pieces onto the side bodice.  Each of my velcro tabs is roughly 1" square.

Alternatively, I could have sewn a strip of velcro down each side of the bib, but I felt like the smaller pieces were sufficient to keep the bib secured to the bodice.

The velcro washes just fine.  I can't recall ever sewing velcro on clothing before, but I know I've bought coats and jackets with it on it and it always works great.  I found it a great alternative to buttons and snaps for this particular application.

By using the velcro in lieu of buttons and buttonholes or snaps, I was able to sew this beautiful vintage trim to the front of the bib where the buttonholes would normally be.

Just days before I even thought about making this top, I picked up a yard of this trim for 50 cents at a yard sale near my house!  The colors match perfectly right down to the burnt orange flowers, green leaves, and navy blue.  It was meant to be!

If you want to make your own Junebug Top or Dress, head over to Craftiness is Not Optional to purchase your copy of the pattern.  Be sure to tell Jess that Veronica at sewVery sent ya!  Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, and thought I would mention another great pattern that is on sale today--Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop's Bubble Shorts Pattern (affiliate link).  Just $4 this Thursday only!  Grab it while you can at this fantastic price!  Just click the picture to purchase at Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.


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