Happy 2 Years to Us!! Plus, gifts for you!

Holy smokes, guys!  When I started on this journey, I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that BSD would grow to what it is today. Bella Sunshine Designs started off as a hope and a dream, and it has grown to something so much more. I want to take a quick moment to say thank you to all of you that have believed in me along the way. Whether you were a frequent customer, a pattern tester, or just someone that cheered me on along the way, I could not have done all this without your continued support.  I really mean that.

So I promised presents!  And boy, have I got presents for you?!  I have been keeping a couple HUGE secrets from you. As a huge thank you to all past customers, we have updated your BSD account with print shop files!!!  That’s right. Go check your downloads section of the My Account page, and you will find A0 sized files that you can use to print out your pattern pieces at your favorite local print shop. Think of all that time you will save on taping those pattern pieces together?  And even better news, all future BSD designs will now have these files included at no extra charge.

Next, we have TWO new releases today: The Reagan Raglan for Ladies & the Reagan Raglan for Kids And even more exciting, join our Facebook group and you can get these patterns for FREE!!!  Yep!  Just check the pinned post for the coupon code (please don’t share them outside of the group!). Check out the tester photos of the free Reagan Raglan for girls, boys and ladies!

Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this!

Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this! Free PDF sewing pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs - I love raglans, and I love BSD! I can't wait to sew this!

 

On top of ALL that, we are giving away lots of patterns and fabrics from some of the best of the best! Check out our generous Sponsors below:

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Be sure to check out their sites. You might find something amazing to put on your wish list. You can use the form below to enter to win some cool prized from them (as well as some free patterns from BSD!)

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So closing the celebration, we are also having a pattern sale!  For a limited time only, you can get 40% off all sewing patterns from Bella Sunshine Designs. Offer ends Sunday, March 5th at midnight (EST).

New Release: Maggie Top, Tunic & Dress for Ladies

Hello sunshine! Melissa here.  And have I got a treat for you today! I know here at BSD we mainly focus on children’s designs, but this year we’ve been slowly adding to our women’s patterns. I love to sew for myself but I barely ever get any time to do so. What I really need is a nice basic that I can sew up during my little one’s nap time. Enter the Maggie Top, Tunic & Dress for Ladies.

The Maggie goes together fast, y’all! Which is always a plus when you sew as slowly as I do! The Maggie is super flattery and oh so comfy. It’s perfect for that knit fabric you’ve been hoarding. Take a look at the holiday version I made.

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Cute, right? My husband loved it on me, too.  That always makes me feel good.  In fact, I loved it so much that I actually wore it for our family Christmas cards.  Take a look:

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OK, so maybe this photo doesn’t show off the pattern too well, but how cute are my girls? I’d love to say I made their outfits, but I totally cheated and got them at Old Navy. There never seems to be enough time to go around this time of year.

My testers did an amazing job with the Maggie. Check out some of my favorite photos below.  I love how flattering it looks on all shapes and sizes.  It really shows off your curves!

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Nice, right?  I think my favorite part of this pattern is that there is an optional bust adjustment included. I always have to make a bust adjustment for every single thing that I sew, so it’s nice to not have to do that for once!

Hurry up and get a copy of Maggie for Ladies before the sale ends on December 23rd! And if you’d like to match your little girl, you have a bundle where you can get both the Maggie for Girls and the Maggie for Ladies for a discount!  Be sure and check it out.  Also, if you haven’t noticed, we lowered the prices on ALL of our patterns across the board, so if you’ve been secretly wanting a pattern (or two), now is the perfect time to pick up a copy.

Happy Sewing!
Melissa Prendergast

 

 

New Release: The Vintage Grace Flutter Dress

For those of you that are regular followers of my blog, you may remember a dress of did for the Love of Legends Tour back in March.  So many of your gushed over how beautiful it was and begged me for a pattern!  I’m so happy to say that the pattern is now here!  I’m happy to introduce you to…

The Vintage Grace Flutter Dress

I am so in love with this design. The full bodice is perfect for heat transfer vinyl, lace and button embellishments, or big prints or panels.  The scoop back offsets the conservative front.  And those flutters!!!  I have included in the tutorial how to do the optional trim on the sleeves.  I have to admit the sleeves are probably my favorite part of this design.  The dress also includes a skirt placket which makes getting it on and off a breeze!  Measurements (and pattern pieces!) are also included for both a dress and a top version giving you more versatility.

Now its time for a mommy confession.  I rarely make anything for my youngest.  Most of the sewing I do anymore is just for the business and my youngest is not known as being the easiest model simply because of her age.  But we had an issue come up with the 6 month size during testing and I needed to take a closer look.  So it was the perfect excuse to make one for my Lilly who is 1 year old.  I had her do a quick fit photo to see if any adjustments were needed, and when I made her take off the dress she cried.  Since then, she has brought the dress to me every day to wear (She is wearing is now actually!).

I must admit she has good tastes.  This has got to be one of my favorite things I have ever made for her.  Check out the little mini photoshoot I did of her:

I love this flutter dress! I want to get this pattern and make one for my daughter! The Vintage Grace Flutter Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

I love this flutter dress! I want to get this pattern and make one for my daughter! The Vintage Grace Flutter Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

I love this flutter dress! I want to get this pattern and make one for my daughter! The Vintage Grace Flutter Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

I love this flutter dress! I want to get this pattern and make one for my daughter! The Vintage Grace Flutter Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

I love this flutter dress! I want to get this pattern and make one for my daughter! The Vintage Grace Flutter Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

 

Cute, right?  Melts this momma’s heart.  And makes me feel a little guilty that I don’t sew for her more often.  I’m going to have to do something about that.

My testers did an amazing job with this dress.  They made so many great things and I think most of them made SEVERAL dresses/tops during testing and some even paired them with our Bow Tie leggings & shorts.  It’s always nice to see someone enjoying a design so much that they want to make multiples.  Be sure and check out the listing for more great photos of this garment!  The pattern is on sale for only $5.95 through Thursday, May 12th, so be sure an pick up your copy while it is still on sale!

The Holiday Cutout Dress: Perfect for Valentine’s Day Sewing

Holy cow you guys! It is almost February! Where did this month go? If you are like most seamstresses I know, you are now thinking about Valentine’s Day sewing. Maybe its because I’m married, but I love Valentine’s Day. There’s something about all the red and pink, the little hearts, the candy (ok maybe that’s the real reason I like Valentine’s Day.) If you are looking for the perfect dress that’s a quick sew for your little girl for Valentine’s Day, let me introduce you to the Holiday Cutout Dress & Top.

6 Cutouts in One Pattern

Holiday Cutout Dress & Top PDF Sewing Pattern - I love all those cutout options!

I think one of my favorite things about the Holiday Cutout Dress & Top is that it’s not only perfect for Valentine’s but it works for several different holidays during the year. Not only are their two length options, but there are 6 cutouts included in the pattern in various sizes. So you aren’t stuck thinking you can only use it one time a year. I love it when a patterns versatile!

The fabulous Nicola of Seaside Notions made Valentine’s Day versions for her girls last year and they turned out so adorable, that I wanted to share them with you. I mean seriously, can you handle the cuteness?

Valentine's Day Sewing - Holiday Cutout Dress & Top PDF Sewing Pattern with Heart Cutout

Valentine's Day Sewing - Holiday Cutout Dress & Top PDF Sewing Pattern with Heart Cutout

Valentine's Day Sewing - Holiday Cutout Dress & Top PDF Sewing Pattern with Heart Cutout

Valentine's Day Sewing - Holiday Cutout Dress & Top PDF Sewing Pattern with Heart Cutout

Valentine's Day Sewing - Holiday Cutout Dress & Top PDF Sewing Pattern with Heart Cutout

Valentine's Day Sewing - Holiday Cutout Dress & Top PDF Sewing Pattern with Heart Cutout

 

Precious, right? And I love that she chose fabric that would work for after Valentine’s Day too that way though could wear them outside the holiday.

Just for this weekend, The Holiday Cutout Dress & Top is on sale for on $5.00 through Monday! If you haven’t picked it up yet, you should grab it. And be sure and join our Facebook Group so you can show it off when you get it sewn up.  I can’t wait to see!

Also just because, I’m going to give away a free copy to someone.  Just enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to enter. Contest ends Monday at midnight. And if you happened to buy the pattern this weekend and win, you will get a full refund or another BSD pattern of your choice.

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Coffee Shop Lace Dress - PDF Sewing Pattern by Bella Sunshine Designs for sizes 12m through girls 12 - I'm in love with the lace trim on this dress!! What little girl doesn't need a handmade dress with lace? Putting this on my must buy list! Repin for later!

NEW RELEASE: The Coffee Shop Lace Dress

Do you ever go fabric shopping and find the most beautiful fabric and have a dress design just pop into your head?  Just me?  Because that’s totally how this dress was born.  I have a confession to all my sewing friends on the internet.  As a general rule, I hate florals.  I’ll give you a second to pick up your jaw off the floor and compose yourself.  I’m not really sure why I tend to over look them.  I am a girly girl at heart after all.  I guess it’s because a majority of the ones I find are muted colors or colors I absolutely can’t pull off. But when I saw this fabric in the fabric store my heart stopped.  I had that moment when the angels sing and you get this total euphoric pleasure of the greatness that is exploding in your head.  Come on.  Don’t act like I’m the only one this happens to.

Here is the product of that moment: The Coffee Shop Lace Dress.

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This dress features a lined bodice and lace detailing along the bodice neckline and skirt hem.  Not a lace person? The trim could easily be substituted for something like piping or bias tape.  And you will also notice that this dress can easily be suited for your princess’ favorite princess with the right fabric choice.  Plus since the pattern includes the options for both long and short sleeves, it makes it perfect for whatever season you are sewing for.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from my amazing testers.

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The Coffee Shop Lace Dress is normally $9.95, but you can snag it at a special release price of only $6.50 on our website tonight at midnight EST.  Pick up another one of our great patterns when you buy the Coffee Shop Lace Dress and get an additional $3 off your purchase with coupon code CAFFEINE.

Rebel Girl Party Dress - PDF Sewing Pattern by Bella Sunshine Designs for sizes 12m through girls 12 - I love the cutout in the back of this dress, and the pleated skirt makes it look classic. My daughter would look adorable in this. Repining for later!

NEW RELEASE: The Rebel Girl Party Dress Pattern for Sizes 12 Months to Girls 12

I’ve been living in a hole lately.  I’ve not posted on the blog much.  My friends have barely seen me.  My husband has been wondering if I ever sleep at night.  But there is a very, very good reason for the lack of writing, the lack of playdates, and the great need of under eye concealer.  This is a big one, y’all.  This is probably the most proud I have ever been to release a pattern.  But let me back up a bit and start from the beginning.

Back in March, I signed up to participate in the Design My Pattern contest hosted by the Betties Basket Facebook Group (If you’re not a member yet, join!).  Lots of sewist drew up ideas and submitted them for designers to pick.  We as designers had no clue who had submitted what drawing.  I happened to choose the pattern by the wonderful Melissa Malice of the blog Rebel & Malice. She was a tester for me on the Holiday Cutout Dress & Top, so I was excited to work with her again.  Then, life got crazy.  My youngest decided sleep was for the birds and thought the entire household should comply with that philosophy, and all designing got put on the back burner.  It’s now July, and I am thrilled that the pattern is finally ready for release!

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The Rebel Girl Party Dress pattern features a fully lined pleated skirt and fitted bodice.  But the real surprise is..Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-003The back!  I love fancy backs on patterns!  They are one of my favorite things to design and sew.  Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-004

This pattern features more advance techniques such as understitching, an invisible zippered skirt, button back, and blind hem.  As you may have seen from my recent tutorial on understitching, the stitching is not visible from the outside of the garment.  Here’s some more cute photos of my Isabella being two.  Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-007 Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-008 Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-017 Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-020Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-019

Notice the blind hem.  *sigh* I am so in love with this dress!

This pattern has been tested, tested, and tested some more.  It’s gone through several revisions to make sure the fit was perfection before it was released.  Here’s what some of the testers had to say:

“Love the look and the fit. It is hard to make a fitted dress that actually fits. :-)” -Kara S.

“I was particularly impressed with how blending the sizes for the bodice created such a perfect fit. Love the understitching and blind hem. It really puts this pattern in a league of its own. Very professional and aesthetically pleasing.” -Kelly S.

“I love the clean look of all the understitching, invisible zipper, and blind hem.” – Savana G.

“I love the design, love the pattern, love your work! This is one of my favorites party dress I can’t wait to make another and share using the final version!” -Mgeni J.

“Lovely pattern. Thought the zipper instructions were well done.” -Elizabeth P.

Take a look at some of the photos from my wonderful testers:

Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

Made by Nicola H of Seaside Notions

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Made by Rose M.
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Made by Elizabeth P.
Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Rebecca W.
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Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Zara B.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Savana G.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Candice A.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Amanda E.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Jennifer N.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Heather B.

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So many beautiful dresses!  All of the testers really did a great job.

This pattern is on sale now through Thursday July 23rd for only $6.95.  Be sure to pick up your copy today.  While you are at it, buy another one of my beautiful patterns and get an additional $3 off when you use the code REBELGIRL at checkout.  But hurry, this offer will only be good till July 23rd at midnight EST.

You are almost out of time

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That’s right!  Our sale on our new Bow Tie Leggings & Shorts PDF Sewing Pattern is almost over.  But you’ve still got time!  Use coupon code LAUNCHPARTY for 25% off before midnight (EST) tonight.

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:

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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:

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Slim Fit Mini Shorts – Photo by Ashley Lundin

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Slim Fit Capris – Photo by Danielle Clark

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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

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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 www.Facebook.com/BellaSunshineDesigns. 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

The Bow Tie Leggings & Shorts Pattern is on sale now through Sunday. Enter coupon code LAUNCHPARTY for 25% off.

Join my Facebook Group for our Secret Sale

Shhhh… You’re not going to believe this!

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???

Join my Facebook Group for our Secret Sale

I’m running a secret sale in my Facebook Group.  But you have to be a member to find out what it is, so let your curiosity get to you and join!  If you’re not on Facebook, be sure to check back tomorrow for a special sale for non-group members.