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


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Sansahash Patterns has released their third pattern, and it is the Imari woven shorts! These are a great faux fly, elastic back shorts pattern for woven, or stretch woven. There are separate pattern pieces included to make a bubble version as well! I LOVE the bubble style, but my girls aren’t as crazy about it, so I made these perfect flat shorts, which I love too, for them πŸ™‚ They have two small pleats on either side of the front, which is a fun detail, and adds a little ease for wearing.

They are pretty quick to sew.Β The faux fly is SO simple. No need to be worried about that part, and I love having Β fun with the prints on these shorts, perfectΒ to go with all the basic tops I have for my girls (they’re so cheap to pick up at War-Mart or Target, and I can’t resist all the fun colors, plus I don’t love graphics on my kids shirts).

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They are a great deal, and come in a size range from 6mo-12, so they will last you a long time!

I made 2 versions in testing, the black pair is the first version, and the yellow ones are the final version of the pattern. I used some 100% cotton from Joann for the black ones, and a sheet set I picked up at Goodwill for the yellow pair.

Get them quick, before the sale is over!

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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!! πŸ™‚

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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Summer Caye Pants, Capris, & Shorts


Who’s tired of wearing skinny jeans all day err day? This girl! 😁 Who thinks flowy, comfy, soft pants should be the next big thing…? YEP, I DO! Haha! I love these Summer Caye Pants from Love Notions Patterns. And I made a couple versions in testing, and my next ones will be some slimmer shorts that I’m super excited about too!

The floral print pants are 100% rayon, and I kept them on the rest of the day after taking pictures, because they were incredibly comfortable. The pattern has a flat front/elastic back waist. Use your full hip measurement to determine your pant size, and your waist measurement to determine elastic length. There are lots of fitting tips included in the tutorial, so you can make a pair that’s just right for your body.

The flat front packets are unique, and add no bulk. πŸ™Œ πŸ™Œ πŸ™Œ There are optional back patch pockets, and several unique hem detail options. The tulip hem I did on my daughter’s capri version, and is so cute! There’s also split hem, and cuff options.

Another option is the palazzo width, or a wide leg option which is several inches slimmer than the palazzo width.

These are on sale until Friday, May 6th for $7 (women’s) or $6 (girls) or $12 (both patterns, bundled). Grab them and start making your summer or vacation or office appropriate pants, capris or shorts!

Also, let’s take a moment to admire my J Lo hair. Otherwise known as working with the grease 😜


Fabric sources:

Floral rayon: Hancock

Pink woven: Hancock flat fold apparel table (It’s a fluid woven with a little tiny bit of stretch)

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Me Hearties Top


Look at these cute girls!! This is the Me Hearties top from Patterns for Pirates. And it’s SO CUTE! I love the sweetheart option for the top. So many fun possibilities with that. Plus you can do the top length with a twirly peplum, or dress length. (Matching women’s pattern is also available πŸ™‚ Sweetheart Dress)

There are three arm lengths, short, 3/4 and long, and you can finish the sleeves and neck with fold over elastic (my first time using this technique) or bindings. Made for Mermaids has a helpful blog post for using FOE here.

ALSO. I always, always, ALWAYS prewash my fabric, except apparently this time… after the girls had worn their tops, and they went through the wash, the skirt portions shrank funny, the sides were now shorter than the front. I should have snapped a picture. It’s still wearable, it just doesn’t look the same. I’ve had this fabric for a while, and had almost used it for a different project a while before this one, but didn’t. I usually wash my fabric as soon as I get it, but I guess I missed this one. Just a reminder from my mistake to make sure you prewash πŸ™‚ This knit, as many, didn’t shrink evenly both ways, making my skirt hem significantly uneven after washing.

The shorts are from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop, they’re the Cutie Pie Ruffle Pants, Capris and Shorts. Which, just as the name suggests are a pant/capri/short pattern with ruffles at the bottom! I love this style to use under skirts or tops for the girls since I always make them wear shorts (usually short boy shorts) under dresses, and these are more fun since you can see the ruffle peeking out beneath πŸ™‚ You can use knit or wovens for this pattern. I made these from cotton jersey knit.


Fabric Sources:

Floral: cotton jersey from Girl Charlee

Navy/white stripe: cotton jersey from Girl Charlee

White on bodice and sleeves: Ponte from Joann

Stretch lace on sleeves: Joann

Coral FOE: Wal-Mart

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Bailey Baggie Shorts

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It’s just a matter of fact that the boys don’t get as much home made clothing as the girls do around here. Or maybe it just seems like it because I’ve been sewing for the girls longer. Either way, this boy is the most appreciative when I make him something, and he is the only child of mine that will reply, “thanks, my Mom made it!” Whenever someone comments on his clothes. I don’t think the girls have ever done that πŸ™‚ And I never told him to πŸ™‚ I made him these shorts from Funktional Threads out of cozy french terry with a little camo showing at the pockets. He loves them, I love them. I’ll be making plenty more for Summer, I’m sure. There are 3 length options with this pattern (this is the middle length) and colorblocking options. I’m happy to recommend this pattern! Use code LEBAILEY30 for 30% off all purchases from her shop through 4/1!


Fabric sources:

Grey french terry: Hancock flat fold apparel table

Camo cotton jersey print: Girl Charlee