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Bella Sunshine Designs Birthday Blog Tour I'm so happy to be a stop on the First Birthday Blog Tour for Bella Sunshine Designs! ...
Bella Sunshine Designs Birthday Blog TourFirst Birthday Blog Tour for Bella Sunshine Designs! Its so fun to take a pattern and give it new life. Its actually a favorite past time of mine. Why keep printing new patterns, not knowing if it is going to fit? Just grab something you know works and then transform it into something new and beautiful.
When I first signed up for the Bella Sunshine Designs Blog Tour I initially thought I'd grab one of the pretty dresses, pop on a zipper in the front, pleat the skirt, add an applique and bam, new look, versatile pattern, blah blah blah. Then I had my coming to Jesus moment. My youngest needs a new dress like she needs candy for breakfast. So back to the drawing board.
Gabriella's Winter Coat, and had a really good idea of what I could expect. So the skirts look simple, which makes for an easy hack because you can basically do anything to it. But I wanted a challenge. Something that would push me to a place I'd never been before, because over the top isn't usually my thing.
And then I realized, leggings. No one ever picks the leggings. What can you even do with leggings? And then I was thinking, is 1 version of leggings enough? And of course 1 pair isn't enough. Because leggings are fun, leggings are versatile and leggings are COMFY! I am SO glad I picked the leggings. This pattern is a bit like the ultimate legging pattern, the One Legging To Rule Them All. (Shameless LOTR/Hobbit Reference).
Let me start by saying BSD is a designer after my own heart. The BSD Bow Tie Leggings pattern includes 2 different leggings choices in regular and slim fit pants for sizes 12 months through size 10. The pattern includes 4 lengths, mini, knee, capri and pant, AND finished inseam measurements! No more trying to guess which length to use with which width (my kids don't fit straight into 1 size). Since we are still well in the depths of winter here, I'm sticking with the legging length. Please note that this leggings pattern includes a fabulous way of doing the elastic waistband so that there is no elastic touching the skin. My daughter was super excited to put these on and realize that there was nothing my smooth fabric on her skin. And no making a casing either. Fast, easy and as comfy as a yoga waistband.
1- Ruffle Hem
2- Cuffed Hem
3- Ruffle Waist
Yup, you can do all these things with just a tiny bit of adjusting. And don't forget that super cute bow. So if we did each of the options above 4, with and without bows 2, with 4 separate lengths, and 2 different styles, this pattern makes for 64 different variations. Feeling excited about leggings now? I know I am!
Boom, instant fancy leggings. Add in a super cute dress or tunic and you're done. (My dress here is the Patterns for Pirates Ruffled Dubloon).
So it wouldn't be one of my pattern reviews if I didn't say anything negative, and I try to never disappoint my readers. Ready? I hate the 5/8 seam allowance that is used on this pattern. Leggings don't need 5/8" seam allowances. My serger doesn't have a mark for 5/8 seam allowances. AND, my sewing machine does stretch stitch from the far left of my foot, so it isn't easy to figure out the 5/8" seam allowance mark on my faceplate. AND AND, 5/8" seam allowance wastes fabric. :(
Enough about me and my pattern review, this is a blog tour. I know, its hard to believe I'm not the only blogger out there. ;) A HUGE blog tour with prize giveaways and lots of blog posts. Included below you have the list of all the bloggers that are participating in the blog tour. There's the amazing list of giveaways. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to register to win, but these prizes are too good to pass up! And then way down at the bottom, there is of course a fabulous coupon code for Bella Sunshine Designs. But if that isn't enough, there's also coupon codes for fabric. I don't know about you, but I've never had enough fabric! I can't wait to see what everyone is going to sew up for the tour. And be sure to check back regularly at the Bella Sunshine Designs Blog, for updates and sneek peaks for the 2 new releases!