Felicity Dress and Top by Bella Sunshine Designs

Bella Sunshine Designs recently released their Felicity Dress and Top.DSCN8302-2
This dress is perfect for the warm weather. The thin shoulder straps are dainty and allow your little one to soak up the sun’s rays. The pattern has a real twirl factor which my granddaughter LOVES!  DSCN8348-10There are so many options with this DSCN8337-11dress.  Dress with a hemline to hit right above the knee or thigh length top, elastic or shirred back bodice, tucked or gathered skirt, and with or without the optional botton ruffle.  Of course, my granddaughter wanted the extra ruffle with the gathered skirt.  Grandma didn’t want to fiddle with the elastic thread for shirring so I made it with the elastic.  Either way makes for easy fitting.  The whole dress is lined so there are no seams exposed to rub during the hot and sticky weather.  I just made this one from a quilting cotton that I had in my stash.

As with all the Bella Sunshine Designs Patterns, the instructions are very detailed and pictures help guide you through all the steps.  There are even links to posts on the blog to further help you understand and added tips and tricks if trying a new technique.  Also now there is a free PDF add-on to make a maxi dress!

This pattern comes in Sizes 6 months to Girls Size 12 and is for the Confident Beginner seamstress. Make sure you check out Bella Sunshine Designs for their Memorial Day Sale.DSCN8355-12




Vintage Grace Flutter Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

Bella Sunshine Designs recently launched their newest pattern the Vintage Grace Flutter Dress.  This little dress and top have a classic bodice with a skirt gathered at the natural waist.DSCN7911


The bodice back has a low cut neckline fastened together with buttons and a placket.  This allows the dress or top to open fully for easy dressing.  Add some flutter sleeves and you have a dress or top for any occasion in the spring or summer.





The front bodice leads of ideas of embroidery, fussy cutting and all kinds of other embellishments.  Look at all the tester photos on the pattern page for other ideas!  The
entire bodice is lined to cover all those annoying seams that rub against the skin.DSCN7985

The flutters can be lined or use a rolled hem,  add a little lace for DSCN7987something a little fluttery!

This pattern is available in sizes 6 mo. to girls 12 and is appropriate for a confident beginner seamstress.  The instructions are very concise and detailed so you can follow along step by step and use some techniques that you might have never tried!


Stop over to Bella Sunshine Designs and get this sure to be wardrobe staple!

Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic by Bella Sunshine Patterns

DSCN0714Melissa Prendergast has done it again!  Another beautiful dress & tunic pattern.  Bella Sunshine Patterns has released their Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic.  This pattern is a vintage style dress or tunic.

DSCN0704What makes is special are all the details!  Pintucks on the semi-fitted bodice, fabric ruffling on the center panel of the bodice and sleeves, buttons down the bodice front, ruffles on the bottom.  It all makes the dress girly without going over the top!  The neckline is understitched so there isn’t any extra stitching visable to take away from all the details. The bodice is lined so no itchy edges against the body!  The bodice back is button up (more details) but the dress is easy to get off and on because of the continous skirt placket.  DSCN0757

It looks hard, but the instructions are very detailed and easy to follow.  Take your time and go step by step and the results are amazing!  Make sure to measure your child carefully. The trickiest part is once the pintucks are in you need to make sure the front bodice is the same size as the lining.  Mark your pintucks carefully and make sure each one is folded on the line and stitched on the line.  These are all included in the instructions!

This dress is truly versatile. There are two skirt lengths in this pattern-make a dress or tunic for pants or leggings or even use as a short dress.  Just a simple change in the fabrics turns it into a totally different look!  Dressy enough for a wedding or church, but just as at home in school or for play. We already have fabrics picked for our next one!DSCN0720

And Melissa is so generous that  not only is the pattern being released for $5.97, the entire Bella Sunshine Designs website is on sale for 40% off.  Sale ends 9/10/15DSCN0770

Coffee Shop Lace Dress from Bella Sunshine Patterns


The Coffee Shop Lace Dress from Bella Sunshine Patterns is an adorable little dress with many options.  This is an intermediate pattern that comes in sizes 12 months to Girls size 12. The lace trimmed bodice and lace trimmed hem give the perfect amount of sweetness for any girl.  The bodice has a lace trimmed modesty panel which leads to showcasing some special fabric that you have been hoarding. The button backed bodice continues down with a placket in the shirt to make getting it on and off a breeze.

 DSCN0428 It is also available in short or long sleeves which make it perfect for year round wear.  The directions are very clear and they have lots of pictures to help you with each step. This dress can be made with one fabric or you can get creative and use different fabrics.  As you can tell ours is a Rapunzel inspired dress.  My granddaughter loves it and doesn’t want to take it off.  And as only a 3 year old can do, she can feel her hair growing every time she wears this dress!

I can see many more of these dresses in the future!

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