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I’ve loved Bella Sunshine Designs for a long time now, and they’ve been making and selling knit patterns mostly lately, which I think is what’s most in demand. I know my girls aren’t very excited to wear woven much. So, even though I enjoy sewing with woven, and love the styles that are available, if it’s not an incredibly comfortable design, the woven pieces will sit in the closet forever! My oldest has been needing more dresses lately, and I knew this Sunday Sunshine sale was the push I needed to make her a new one!


This is the Clementine pattern. It includes:

-Sizes 6 months to girls 12.

-Top, dress, and maxi lengths.

-Sleeveless, short, 3/4, and long sleeves.

-Banded/color blocked skirt in dress and maxi lengths.

-Lined bodice.


I’ve made the tank version before, but since we’re heading into fall, I knew she would need at least 3/4 sleeves. Maybe this way, she can get away with wearing it a couple of times while it’s still warm!

You can make a tank top for summer, or a long sleeve dress or maxi for winter. This is a great all seasons pattern!


And it’s a quick sew! Of course, if you make the banded skirt, it will be a few more steps, but still a simple sew. I love the thorough way Melissa designs these patterns. There are separate pieces for the bodice main, and the bodice lining, so the lining will pull to the inside, and never show. Plus, the tutorial has detailed grading and fitting advice, and the instructions are clear! I never regret sewing one of these patterns.

Sunday only you can grab this pattern for $5!! It’s a Sunday Sunshine Sale! Use code SUNSHINESALE or grab the bundle with the women’s pattern included for $10 with code SUNSHINESALEBUNDLE


Fabric is double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints!



Sk8 Skinnies


I am excited to be part of this blog tour, sharing all about the BRAND NEW Project Run & Play pdf pattern store! This is exciting, because it’s going to be designs from several different designers, but the patterns are all unique, because they were designed/developed by the designers while they were competing on PRP for one of their looks! There are 17 patterns in the store to start, but more will be added as quickly as they can be rounded up!

Since this is the grand opening, there is a month long blog tour to hi-light all the patterns, and each week focuses on a different category, and those patterns will also be on sale. I’m rounding out the Separates week, so check out the shop, and grab any of the separates patterns on sale! Sales won’t come around often.

I signed up to sew the Sk8 Skinnes for my 5 year old. I’m still trying to put out some boy clothes, since my boys were new clothing starved for a month while I was only sewing for the girls. Ha! And, I’ve never sewn jeans. I’ve made a few things similar, like a denim jacket, but this was my first time sewing actual jeans. However, I used the easier version, and made them pull on, with an elastic waist. My kids all prefer easy to wear, and comfortable, and I knew pull on would be a much better option for my son. I went and bought a denim needle, and top stitching thread for the first time!


This pattern comes in sizes 1-14, and is designed for stretch denim. They didn’t take that long to cut or sew, and since my son has kept them on since taking pictures, declaring them super comfy, I don’t think I’ll balk at making him more pairs! It was relaxing to do the topstitching. The most difficult part was deciding what to stitch on the back pocket. I shamelessly copied from a photo I found on Pinterest. It’s simple, but not standard.


I knew it wouldn’t really show too well once all stitched together, but I used some Spider-Man fabric for the lining of the pockets. My son knows it’s there, and it’s just a tiny bit cooler than regular jeans đŸ™‚


These were designed by Suzanne Winter from Winter Wear Designs when she was on Season 6, and I’m so excited that I get to share my version of them!


The shop is linked in the photo below, and best of all, there’s a giveaway that’s simple to enter at the end of this post! Thank you for reading, and don’t miss the sale on separates in the PRP shop!

Shop Tour Graphic


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After a month of sewing for my girls for Project Run and Play, it was time to sew for my boys who had been patiently waiting. I’ve made a couple of tshirts for them, and my husband, but I immediately signed up for the Driftwood test when it came up! This is a new boys pattern from Love Notions, and it includes crew, henley, and polo options. I made two henley versions in testing, but only have one photographed. The pattern is a pretty simple sew. I made the second one in an evening while my husband was out with one of my girls.


The pattern includes an optional chest pocket, and short or long sleeves. Sizing is from 2T-14.

This shirt was an upcycle from a polo my husband had just cleaned out of his closet, I harvested the buttons from it too! I love the color, and I loved getting good quality “boy fabric” for free đŸ™‚


My three year old is about ready to give lessons to his big siblings in taking photos. He loves the camera. And will give the cutest faces and poses!


The pattern is on sale for 20% off for release, you’ll have to use code HAPPYFOURTH2018 while their site-wide sale is going on, but it will automatically be marked down after that!