Introducing the Bow Tie Leggings & Shorts Pattern…

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The day that I’ve been dreaming of since I was 13 is finally here! Today is the day I am releasing my first pattern. I’ve spent the last several weeks working with some incredibly talented testers, sacrificing the little sleep my two babies let me get to stay up late and make sure this pattern was as close to perfection as I could make it. I’d like to introduce to you, the Bow Tie Leggings & Shorts PDF Sewing Pattern:




Just like a girl can never have just one pair of shoes, a great pattern can never have just one option. This pattern is loaded with ways to make it customizable. For starters, there are two different fit options. You can go with your traditional, skin tight legging, or a slim pant version that is still form fitting but just a little looser. On top of that, the pattern comes with four different length options: Mini Shorts, Knee Shorts, Capris, & Pants.  This makes this pattern an all year long favorite.

We did two rounds of testing to make sure this pattern fit perfectly before it was released. I can say though, we did find one problem in the second round that we just haven’t been able to fix. Almost every single model that tried on these leggings did NOT want to take them off. These leggings are so amazing that they induce tantrums. You think I’m joking.

Here are a few photos from my amazing testers:

Ashley Lundin‎ 3

Slim Fit Mini Shorts – Photo by Ashley Lundin

Danielle Clark‎ 01

Slim Fit Capris – Photo by Danielle Clark

Dorothea Cain 02

Traditional Fit Leggings – Photo by Dorothea CainHeidi Richardson 02

Traditional Fit Capri Length – Photo by Heidi RichardsonJulianne Kirschman 01

Traditional Fit Leggings – Photo by Julianne KirschmanLaura Kelly‎ 01

Slim Fit Pants – Photo by Laura KellyLindsay McManus‎ 03

Traditional Fit Knee Length – Photo by Lindsay McManusLisa Ratford‎ 01

Traditional Fit Mini Shorts – Photo by Lisa RatfordLydia Michelle‎ 01

Traditional Fit Leggings – Photo by Lydia Broglie

Nicola Hebert

Traditional Fit Leggings – Photo by Nicola HebertRebekah Erhabor‎ 07

Slim Fit Mini Shorts – Photo by Rebekah Erhabor‎Ronda Bowden 01

Traditional Fit Capris – Photo by Ronda BowdenSara Tolba-Rezk‎ 01

Slim Fit Pants – Photo by Sara RezkSheila Sisco‎ 05Slim Fit Pants – Photo by Sheila Sisco

You can check out even more tester photos on my Facebook Page at I just know you are going to love this pattern!  Be sure to grab it.  You won’t regret it!  Use Coupon Code LAUNCHPARTY for 25% off the Bow Tie Leggings & Shorts PDF Sewing Pattern

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You’re not going to believe this, but I’m impatient.  Ok, Ok, so maybe if you read my last post, you’ll already know that I’m impatient.  I couldn’t wait til tomorrow to release my new Bow Tie Leggings & Shorts PDF Sewing Pattern, so I’m releasing it a day early!  Be sure to grab your copy before anyone else does, and try your best to be better at keeping secrets than I am.  Ok, I can’t take it.  Wanna know another secret???

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We’re live, y’all!

We’re up and running, and YOU are reading our first post!!  Thank you! So since you are here, let me tell you a little bit about me…

My name is Melissa Prendergast, and I’m the owner of Bella Sunshine Designs.  I’m a mother of two of the most beautiful girls on the planet.  Not that I’m biased or anything, I mean, look at the photo below and judge for yourself.

Lilly 3 Months-003See, I told you that they are cuties.  My youngest, Lilly, is 4 months old, and my oldest, Isabella, is 2 years old.  I love to sew for them.  Actually, I would say 99% of everything I make is for them.  Something about Isabella’s face lighting up when she sees whatever it is that I’ve sewn up is what makes me not want to ever stop making things for her.  That’s pretty much how this business was created, but let me take a step back first.

IMG_4799This lovely lady is my grandmother.  When I was just 9 years old, she taught me how to sew.  Now I was your typical 9 year old in the sense that I was a little impatient (my husband would say that hasn’t changed much.)  I used to hate how she would make me take all these extra steps while sewing.  Baste this.  Staystitch that.  And I felt like she made me do so much hand sewing.  I hated the extra stuff, but sewing was still fun to me.  So I did as she asked, and we spent the summer together sewing my entire school wardrobe.  I had handmade lined pleated skirts and shift dresses with matching hats.  It was a lot of fun. And now that I look back, I’m so thankful she made me take all the extra steps.  She taught me how to sew properly, not just quickly.  And my clothes always turned out great.

Ever since that summer when I turned 9, I have kept sewing.  My grandmother not only taught me how to sew, but how to draft.  Her sister was a professional dressmaker and passed the knowledge on to her.  When I turned 13, we had career day at school.  They asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I immediately said that I wanted to be a fashion designer.  I still remember the look on the counselor’s face.  I might as well have said I wanted to be Beyonce.  She flat out said that the only way I could ever become a fashion designer was to move to New York City.  The thought of leaving my family broke my heart.

Fast forward… ahem… several years later to the present day.  As the mom of two kiddos, the draw to be a designer still tugged at my heart.  I would make something for my girls, and people on the street would ask me where I got it.  I would swell with pride.  It was my design.  Something completely unique.  And I wanted to share the love.

Ever get that feeling when your child is wearing something that you hand crafted with so much love, and a stranger, someone that is in no way shape or form aware of how fabulous you are, tells you how adorable their outfit is??  I love that feeling.  I live for that feeling.  I think the best part of being a pattern designer is getting to see other people experience that with my own pattern line.  I have absolutely loved watching my testers sew up my designs and put their own spin on things.  For real, you guys are so creative!  I love how I can create a pattern, and you can run with it and make it even more amazing.  I get some of the best ideas ever from the sweet people that graciously agree to test my patterns.  We have a lot of fun, and we are creating something incredible.

Which brings me on to my first ever pattern release!  Eek!  That little 13 year old kid in me that always wanted to be a fashion designer is so excited!!  I’m like double cookie dough in your ice cream excited.  Our Bow Tie Leggings & Shorts pattern is scheduled to be released this week on Thursday.  This has been such a dream fulfilled for me, and I can’t wait for you guys to see what all I have coming out this season.  Keep an eye on the blog for more information (and more of my wonderful ramblings.)  If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for being a part of this new journey with me!