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Bella Sunshine: Back to School Blog Tour

Blog tours are a great way to push me to start sewing. For the back to school blog tour by Bella Sunshine Designs* I used three different patterns to start my fall sewing. Although it is still searing hot here I sewed an outfit that she can wear once she goes back to school and most likely the weather will be back to its usual self (which means rain). I used two free patterns, the Eden Leggings and the Reagan Raglan t-shirt (free with the code in the BSD Facebook group), and combined these with the Apple Cardigan by Bella Sunshine Designs.

This is a first time for me to create one whole outfit that fits together and it took me a while to find the right combination of fabrics that fit together. I am really happy with the result, but I can imagine that some might find it quite bold (I guess most of my outfits are quite bold to others). Although I think this outfit is one of my least bold combinations.
The Apple Cardigan is a great cardigan that can be sewn on two different lengths. I chose the shortest of the two. What I like about the cardigan is that the has a wider bottom and of course our girl loves the fact that it twirls. I slightly adapted the band of the cardigan by making it 3 cm wider. I wanted the wider band so that I could use the band for my first screen printing project. I traced the lions on the t-shirt and shrank them and screen printed them on the band. I love the result and it really fits with the t-shirt.

The Eden Leggings are a great pattern for leggings. They sew up so quickly, which is a win for me. The top of the leggings are made with a yoga waistband which I really like. I don’t like to add elastic to waistbands and these yoga waistbands stay up great.


The Reagan Raglan has a great fit. You can sew a v-neck or a round neck. I chose the v-neck and used long sleeves. I did omit the sleeve bands because I found the sleeves already long enough. Apparently our girl has shorter arms than average, because I have noticed before that regular sleeves are pretty long on her. I only had a small piece of the lion fabric left, just enough for the front side and therefore used a uni coloured fabric for the back piece.


During the back to school blog tour there is also a sale: all girls patterns are $6, all ladies patterns are $7, and all bundles are $12. No coupon code needed. So this is your chance to buy those patterns you have been waiting to buy. Go to the BSD store to have a look at the great patterns.

Fabrics Leggings: the fabric for the leggings again comes from the exchange pile during our sewing weekend.
Fabrics Raglan: the lion fabric which comes from Lillestoff was a left over from this dress. The uni fabrics again come from my stash.
Fabrics Cardigan: the green fabric is a sweat fabric that is a coupon from Caresstoffen, it is the same as this sweater, but in a different color.
Patterns: Eden Leggings, Reagan Raglan and Apple Cardigan by Bella Sunshine Designs


Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in – 5 out (2018: bought 36 – used 49 fabric – used 2 gifted fabric – used 11 scrap pieces of fabric) – in total 36 in 62 out

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same. Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

13 thoughts on “Bella Sunshine: Back to School Blog Tour

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  1. Ik vind het een geweldige outfit. Ik zag de foto en dacht \”WAW, waar heb je in godsnaam zo'n goed bijpassende band gevonden,\” en toen las ik het geheim. Screenprinting! Ge-ni-aal!


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