Hello! I’m taking part in another pattern tour today! There’s a sale involved so read on to get the coupon code!
Disclaimer: I received the pattern for free for the purpose of this tour/review. This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click the link and buy through it, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. All opinions are 100% my own though.. obviously. 😉
Say hello to the Holiday Cutout Dress & Top from Bella Sunshines Design. It’s such a sweet little top/dress and takes a cute spin on the peek-a-boo back dresses that have been popping up a lot lately.
Here’s something new for my reviews I’ve been meaning to do for ages. A review chart! They’ve been popping up on other blogs lately (and we’ll be using one for the new pattern reviewing blog that I’m going to be a part of soon) so I thought I might as well start using mine! I’ll have a downloadable PDF available in a few days.
So here’s an overview of what you can find in the pattern:
There are 6 different cutouts/appliques that are included in the pattern: star, bunny, shamrock, heart, tree and pumpkin. Originally I wanted to make a bunny one but I didn’t have any coordinating fabric to go with the bunny fabric I wanted to use for the skirt (and didn’t want to do a cutout of a bunny on the bunny fabric), so I went with the heart. I think it turned out super cute!
Instructions are given to just include one heart applique on the front (where the largest heart is on Baby V’s top), but I thought it would be so cute to make a bunch of hearts looking like they were floating to the top of the dress. So I drew a few more hearts getting successively smaller with each one (since the largest heart applique I used is the smallest one included in the pattern) and appliqued them on.
The only other change I made to the pattern was to add the eyelet on. Since the fabric was fairly simple with little dots all over I thought it added an extra sweet touch.
Also, the only bias tape I had on hand that more or less matched was the mini width and I didn’t have quite a full package so my ties ended up being a little short. I could have made my own bias tape but I wasn’t in the mood.
I’m really trying to use up my stash as much as possible.. Also I didn’t have time to get to the fabric store 😛
Doing the cut out wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be! I can’t wait to try another one. Maybe I’ll have time to whip out a bunny dress in time for Easter….
The top/dress is easy to get on and off, it’s wide enough to pull up over the hips and I’ve even managed to get on it on Baby V by sliding it over her head. It would look cute layered over a tee.
The instructions are clear and easy to read. This is a good pattern for a beginner who wants a little challenge and try something new.
The pattern is on sale for 20% off for the duration of the tour with the code BLOGTOUR. Today is the last day of the tour so hurry up and pick up your copy now while it’s still on sale! Click here to get to the pattern!
Melissa, the designer behind Bella Sunshine Designs, designed a cute banded skirt that is a free pattern on her site so don’t forget to pick that up too!
After you go buy your copy, come back and click on the picture below to get the links to the other stops on the tour:
Till next time!