Hello there! I get to help kick off a blog tour for a new to me designer Bella Sunshine Designs. This is for the Holiday Cutout Dress and Top. It is a simple tank style that features back cutouts and appliques you can use all year long. It features layers so you can print only the size/s you need, sizes 12m- 10y, and 6 cutouts. It features no closures and has tie shoulders, though my second version features enclosed shoulder straps. It is the perfect shirt for warm weather or to layer over clothing for cooler weather or modesty. I love how easy this pattern goes together.
TIP 1: If you are a beginner, I would try out one of the simpler cutouts like the heart or pumpkin, and then once you are comfortable move on the the shapes that have more corners.
TIP 2: This pattern does not feature closures because of the design so it does have a more relaxed fit. If you would like the back to lay tighter against the back, you could try elastic, but that will change the shape of the cutout. My suggestion is to insert side ties and tie around the front. This makes the cutout lay against the back and no gaping.
|Medium star cutout in the shirt option. Purple and white polka dot cotton with watercolor floral georgette|
For my first version, I made the top and loved the tunic length. I used a coordinating georgette for the bottom and it made a soft flowing top that was perfect for my tween aged daughter.
For my version 2, I decided to make a couple of changes. This pattern is a great canvas to turn into whatever you need so I used the bodice with the tree cutout, and added a circle skirt in this gray and purple floral print. The bodice used a gray and white birch print, and I used a light pink bias. I decided to enclose the straps. You can make the same change by fitting the bodice to your model and measure how much you need to reach the shoulder. The tree was definitely trickier. I used very small stitches, and it didn’t turn out as clean as I would have liked, but it is still a beautiful tree.
|All quilting cottons: gray and white birch print, gray and purple floral, and pink cotton|
Melissa also recently released a FREE pattern for a banded skirt. This is a great beginner project, scrapbuster, and teaching tool because it has both measurements and pattern pieces. I love when designers take the time to do that.
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