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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!




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This gorgeous dress pattern was featured in the One Thimble e-zine, issue 15, and it was on the cover!

I want to quickly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the One Thimble issues I have purchased, and am impressed at the quality, and substantialness of the articles, and tutorials included, on top of receiving around 10 full pdf patterns. The price is $25 AUD, which currently makes it quite a bit cheaper if you’re in the US, and even if you only want a handful of patterns in the issue, it’s still a great deal when you break it down to price per pattern!

Ok, so the reason I’m posting about this dress now, is the Issue 16 is almost here, and so the Josephine pattern has gone home to Bella Sunshine Designs! Melissa from BSD designed this dress for One Thimble, and it is now available for purchase individually, on her site!

This is a drop waist top or dress, with cap sleeves, and princess seaming on the bodice. The back is finished with a zipper. Three lengths are included, top length, vintage dress, and knee length dress. The inside is as beautiful as the outside with all seams enclosed, INCLUDING the cap sleeve seams, and the zipper! I made this in one afternoon in spite of the fact that it’s not a quick and dirty sew, and that included making decisions about fabric and trim. 🙂

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It comes in sizes 6mo-12. I think this is a gorgeous style for so many ages. My daughters do not love wearing the woven things I make them all that much, so while I was smitten with this design, I was afraid I was doing a lot of work for nothing, but since I made this a few months ago, I can safely say it has been in frequent rotation, and when she first saw it, she gasped, and told me she loved it!

The best part is that it’s on sale right now for only $5.50!! I think that’s a great deal for a pattern of this quality!

If you love it, go pick it up, and sew a gorgeous dress this week!

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Fabric sources:

All mystery woven and trims from a hand-me-down stash

Tess Tulip Shorts

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I’m happy to be able to show off the new Tulip shorts from Bella Sunshine Designs! Their patterns are top notch, and I am not just saying that. Whenever I have a woven pattern from them, and I grade it between sizes to match my girls measurements, the pieces always, amazingly match up exactly when I’m sewing. Even with the possibility of my grading error, cutting the pattern out error, or fabric cutting error, it always matches up exactly, which is a beautiful thing, especially for wovens.

I know this will be a hit, because this style of short is so trendy right now! This pattern comes in sizes 6mo-12, and has short, or a longer inseam. This is the shorter version. There are optional inseam pockets as well. She also just released the Tess Tulip shorts for women, so you can twin with your mini me!!

These are on sale for release. And they sew up quickly. You can get crazy with your trims and piping, for some super fun shorts. But you will not want to miss the sale price, so you can get to sewing!!

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Tess Tulip Shorts (girls)

Tess Tulip Shorts (women)

Fabric sources:

Orange floral quilter’s cotton: Hancock



This is the gorgeous new dress pattern, Juliet, from Bella Sunshine Designs. I am always in awe of her testing process, as she sees all the little tiny tweaks she wants to make to the fit, when I would have called it “good enough” The results are this dress, which I made to fit my daughters sizes, which are different in chest, waist, and height, and the dress fits perfectly, without gaping anywhere, and without needing the optional sash to cinch in the waist. I am so thankful for Melissa’s patterns, as she’s thorough, meticulous, and I always learn something.

Now, you can also pick up this pattern for $5.50, which in my opinion is an excellent price! If you join the Bella Sunshine Designs facebook group, you can get a coupon code to make this price even lower. What!!?! That is good today only.

The ruffles are enclosed in the bodice, the bodice is fully lined, and the skirt is attached with no seams exposed. There is a placket in the back skirt, and the back bodice is closed with buttons. There is an optional sash, which I did not make on this version, but I did on earlier versions in testing, hopefully I will finish that one up soon and share it too. The bottom of the skirt has a wide band that gives it a nice weight.


The fabrics I used for this were a mix mash I’ve had for a while. The cat print was a fat quarter my daughter picked out from Wal-Mart, the pin dots were also a clearance fabric I picked up from Wal-Mart a while ago. I’ve loved that fabric, and used it on several projects. I’m about out after this project though 🙂 The skirt is a 90/10 poly/cotton blend broadcloth I picked up for $1/yard at Hancock a couple years ago. I grabbed a bunch of it, and have used it for several projects too. I think I came close to finishing that one off, too, with this project! So it feels good to finish up fabrics, and I’m so happy with the result.

The pattern comes in sizes 6mo-12, the pdf includes layers, and trim pages.



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Charlotte Dress & Top


Here I am again, on the last day of a pattern’s release sale, finally blogging about it! 🙂 I just love this pattern though! This is the Charlotte Dress & Top from Bella Sunshine Designs. Once again, this is an impeccably put together pattern. The final product is fun and stunning!

This is for woven fabric, and comes in sizes 6m-12y. You can make a top or dress, or add length even, to make a maxi dress! I used snaps on the back of mine, but you can also use buttons.

This light purple fabric came from a scrap from that box that was passed on to me. It was a little flimsy, but I love the color. And the skirt is cut from one of my favorite vintage sheets.

I paired this with the Rose Bubble shorts, also from Bella Sunshine Designs. I think it’s the perfect pairing for this! The Charlotte Pattern is a whopping half off for release, so make sure you don’t miss the sale pricing!! It’s only $5. But that sale ends today, July 25th!

Here’s some more pictures:


Charlotte Dress & Top

Rose Bubble Shorts

Fabric sources:

Light purple: stash

Floral vintage sheet: stash

Black micro dot 10o% cotton: Wal-Mart

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Violet Flounce Top & Dress

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This is a new pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs. I made this quite a while ago now, but for 4738958076345 different reasons, I’m finally able to blog about it! Bonus, it’s still on sale!! 🙂

This is for knit fabrics. It has top and dress options, beautiful double straps, and the flounce is optional! I made the green floral from ITY, the white one is cotton lycra in front, and stretch crochet lace in back, and the navy blue one I’m wearing is also ITY.

Mama and me matching patterns are my FAVORITE. The women’s version has two bodice options, one for A-C cup sizes, and one for D+ cup sizes. This is a huge help because I don’t like the extra step of having to do my own FBA.

I’ve found Bella Sunshine Designs patterns to be well drafted, meticulously edited, straightforward, clean construction, and I highly recommend them!

Girls Violet Flounce Top & Dress is on sale for $7, Ladies is on sale for $9, or Bundle both of them for $12!

Also, the red shorts are the new Rose Bubble Shorts from Bella Sunshine Designs, and the pink ones are some knit shorts I made last summer from Made for Mermaids Olivia Bloomers pattern.

Now you can enjoy a photo overload!

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Violet Flounce Top & Dress Girls

Violet Flounce Top & Dress Ladies

Violet Flounce Top & Dress Girls and Ladies Bundle

Rose Bubble Shorts

Olivia Bloomers

Fabric sources:

Green floral ITY: Needle Nook (local shop)

Navy blue ITY: Needle Nook

White cotton lycra: Girl Charlee

White stretch lace: Needle Nook

Both shorts fabrics are old from my stash.

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The moment I saw this pattern, I was crazy excited for it! I love the slight v-neck shape of the neckline, the dainty straps, the double ruffle at the bottom…it is just the perfect sundress! I was a tester for the Felicity dress and top, and am very happy to promote it. Bella Sunshine Designs is an excellent, quality pattern company. The patterns are well tested to fit in all sizes!


You can shirr or use elastic in the back, I chose elastic. And the pattern has markings for you to do pintucks instead of gathering the front of the skirt. There are top and dress length options, and different length options if you want to leave off the ruffles.

I am going to finish my pre-test bodice with a circle skirt, and will post when I’m done! GO grab this pattern while it’s on sale! $5.95 through Memorial day, no code needed.

And check out all the other patterns which are 30% off right now, no code needed! Here’s a few more photos:


Fabric sources:

White “swiss dot” (not a true swiss dot, but I’m not sure what else to call it, because it has these tiny raised bumps all over it!) Picked up from a garage sale a few years ago 🙂

Lining: white flat sheet from Wal-Mart

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