Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Toddler Dress

90+ degree days in June don't really motivate for quilting. But they DO motivate for making some summer clothes. I'm not very versed in clothing, but Mira has a dress she loves that is made of a cool cotton lawn, and I went ahead and tried to replicate it. I was pretty successful. It's lucky that two year old bodies are very forgiving to strange shaped clothing. Mira can look cute in pretty much anything.

I bought this fabric from JoAnn's "Prairie Girl" line last summer, intending to make it into a tunic for myself. As my friend Rachel says... she's glad I didn't. Apparently the fabric is too little girly.

I put an invisible zip in along the back, and it's successfully been worn once, though not yet washed!


It passed the wearability test, and the cuteness test...

Now to see if I'm brave enough to tackle a dress for myself!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Junebag

For the first time ever on the Junebug Blog... I present the "Junebag"!!! Tee hee.



You see, I've named all my custom bags after the people who have inspired them (see, Erica Bag, Emily Bag). And this bag I made all for me. It has all the elements I need for the "perfect purse". And I made it in the month of June! Such a perfect name for a cute bag :)

The bag has a main zipper pocket - a must for me as I'm paranoid about losing stuff. The zipper across the top completely encloses the main portion of the bag.

There are also two front slip pockets, for sunglasses, sunscreen, subway pass... anything that I need to be easily accessible. There's also a tiny zip pocket embedded in front of the slip pockets for my cell phone. I'll probably have to redesign if I switch to an iPhone, but for now my little cellie fits perfectly.

And of course, never to shy away from pockets (love to be organized!) there is a very generous zip pocket along the back of the bag:


The strap is a long 40" because with two little kids, I definitely need to be hands free. So, the bag is designed to be a messenger style, without being too big and bulky.


Inside the main interior of the bag... two large slip pockets, one with a pen slot for writing checks, or phone numbers.

Both the outer and the interior are home dec weight fabrics. The pockets and linings are from Erin McMorris' Summersault line.

Finished bag approx 9"x10"




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Friday, June 15, 2012

WIP... a BOY quilt!

I am a sucker for bicycle fabric. Hello, have you guys seen Lucy's crab shack bike prints?? Love:




Anyway, I've been hoarding all my bike fabric lately, and discovered that this Michael Miller Bicycles print really didn't go along with some of the others I've got. And really, it was meant to be a quilt just for a little boy anyway, right? So I got some coordinating solids, and an awesome gear panel for the backing, and now... brainstorming ideas for the top. Simple strips? Patchwork? I'm off to sketch it out. Wish me luck. Or give me some ideas!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How to Buy Fabric

Well, that's an easy answer. Go to a fabric store and buy up! Ha, just kidding.... I stumbled upon these two great posts about how much yardage to purchase, and I just have to document somewhere:

http://www.made-by-rae.com/2012/06/how-much-fabric-should-you-buy/

http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/06/how-i-estimate-yardage.html

Rae pretty much seems to buy like I do. A bonus of buying 1/2 yard increments of "I have to have it" fabrics is that Noodlehead (noodlehead.com) patterns generally use 1/2 yard cuts. And I love sewing Noodlehead patterns :)

I love the info on Ikat. Very useful for those who are interested in sewing garments. Which I totally am, and am also totally intimidated by. She makes it look easy, which also means she is very very good at it!