Thursday, March 19, 2015

Holiday Cutout Dress & Top {Blog Tour}

Hey guys! I am so excited to be a part of Bella Sunshine Design's Holiday Cutout Blog Tour today! 

What does this mean? Well, me and a couple of my bloggy {or is it bloggie?} friends have all made BSD's newest pattern: the Holiday Cutout Dress/Tunic and are letting you know the details about this amazing pattern!

I was chosen to test the pattern early on and I knew almost immediately that this would become a wardrobe staple for my girls.

The dress/tunic is a comfortable, relaxed fit that slides easily over the head and then ties at the shoulders {no zippers or buttons? Huzzah!}.

 Bonus: the gathered skirt seam is enclosed in the bodice, giving the inside a professional finish and providing your little girl with an itch-free dress. But the real WOW factor is the back. The pattern comes with 6 seasonal shapes {heart, clover, bunny, star, heart, pumpkin, and tree} but you can always come up with your own original cutout too!

I started by testing the Christmas tree cutout and made a tunic with some fun, red quatrefoil fabric. The tunic length was perfect and the top even looked cute layered with a white long-sleeve shirt underneath. I can't wait for her to wear it this year for the holidays!

I also added a little green tree applique to the front and love that pop of color against the red.

But I didn't stop there, you guys. I loved this pattern so much, I made another one.

I decided to do the heart cutout and I added some little pom-pom trim at the bottom. I can't express to you how much I adore this top.

It has quickly become my daughter's favorite too and it goes with so much in her closet. I really admire a pattern that holds up, even when made with plain white fabric.

Now that I had made two tops, I decided to make the dress. But I used my own shape for the cutout...the glorious state of Texas.

I made this darling dress for my daughter to wear to Rodeo Day at school {yes, that is an actual day here in Texas} and everyone raved over it.

I added some trim to the front of the bodice, and a band of fabric and a ruffle to the bottom. I am really, really happy with how the dress turned out. My daughter didn't want to take it off after school and said she felt so pretty in it.
 I can't wait to make more of these tops/dresses! Several other girls in the blog tour have made 4th of July tops using the star cutout {swoon!}and a bunch of lucky girls wore their clover leaf cutout dresses this year for St. Patrick's Day. So be sure to check out all the other amazing outfits that are part of this tour! And get tons of inspiration!

I am so excited to have found a pattern that sews up so well, with such nice finishes, and that is so versatile. The pattern starts at 12 months and goes up to size 10. Another amazing feature: the pattern is nested, so you only print the size you need! I love that! Also, you have the option to print out your rectangle shaped pieces to cut out, or you are given the measurements, so you can use your quilting ruler and rotary cutter to cut out your pieces; whatever you prefer! I am a fan of having an actual pattern so I am so pleased to have this option.

I seriously am crushing on this new designer, guys. The PDF patterns are so well-written, the diagrams are so clear, and the end products are always stunning.

Be sure to get a copy of your Holiday Cutout Dress and Top! And to celebrate the blog tour, use the coupon code BLOGTOUR to receive 20% off all her patterns!

This is a pattern that will quickly become a favorite so grab your copy and sew up a bunch for the little girls in your life!

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