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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!


  1. Ziet er super leuk uit en wat stoer dat ze alles aan had met dit weer!

    1. Inderdaad een keer vroeg in de ochtend foto's maken :)

  2. Wow! Your screen printing is so fun and creative! I love the whole outfit :)

    1. Thanks! I am very happy with the screen printing, it turned out well as a first time

  3. 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!

  4. I'm in love with all your coordinating prints, she is so ready for fall!

    1. Yes, she is, now we are just waiting for the fall to start (well it can still wait a bit longer ;))

  5. I'm really loving this outfit! Ideale herfstkleuren.

    1. Ja, roest en oker zijn echt mijn favoriete herfstkleuren.

  6. I love the color combination with the screen printing!


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