Reagan Raglan – Pattern Test for Bella Sunshine Designs

Bella Sunshine Designs* is turning two and they’re celebrating their 2 year anniversary with a big sale – 40% off of all patterns and 2 great free patterns – Reagan raglan for ladies* and Reagan raglan* for kids. Today I’m sharing a few pictures of my Raegan raglan that I tested a couple weeks back.

While there are many amazing raglan patterns out there, a few design elements that stand out in this pattern for me are the slim fit, v-neck, and the dress length options. This pattern also comes with bust adjustment pieces for those needing an FBA.

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Both the cotton jersey knit and the lace knit fabrics are from hobby lobby from last year.

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The Reagan raglan* comes in sizes 0-20, with top, tunic and dress length options in both long and short sleeve options. Bust adjustment is included and its a layered pattern meaning you can print only the sizes you need. The pattern is only $5 but as part of the 2 year anniversary celebrations, Bella sunshine Designs is giving away both the womens and the kids Reagan raglan patterns for free.

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If you have never tried a BSD pattern before, now is a great time to try out their patterns. Make sure you join their Facebook group here to get your coupon code for the free patterns.

Here are some other Bella Sunshine Designs* patterns that I have tried in the past, you can click on the links for a detailed review and more pictures for each pattern.

Violet dress for girls pattern* (My review here)

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Violet Dress & Top* for Women (Reviewed here)

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Rose Bubble Shorts* and Felicity Dress and Top* (Reviewed here)

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The code for your free copy of the Raglan patterns is in the pinned post in the BSD facebook group. All of the patterns in the shop* are 40% off till March 5th so hurry on and get shopping!

*If you buy the pattern through one of my affiliate links, I get a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you and you will help support my blogging adventure. Thank you.

Women’s Constance Dress – Pattern Test for Sew a Little Seam

Ohhh I have been waiting for the Women’s Constance for so long. Ever since I made the girl’s version for my daughter (reviewed here) I have been hoarding the remnants in the hope that some day they’d end up as Constance Tops and dresses for me. My prayers have been answered! Well! its either that, or the fact that Kelly has been badgered with way too many requests for the Women’s version lol. So here we are!

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The Women’s Constance Top, Tunic and dress PDF pattern comes in sizes 0/2 (32″ bust) to 28 (50″ bust) and like the children’s version, comes in three hem lengths – top, tunic or dress, and four sleeve lengths – short, 3/4 and long. You can choose to do a regular neckline with a neckband or a lined or unlined hood. It also includes options like the kangaroo pocket, oval and heart elbow patches, and cuffs and hem bands. It has layered sizing and a very clear photo tutorial.

This pattern also happens to be part of the Meaningfully Made collection that Kelly is designing.  I think it’s pretty amazing that she’s directing 100% of the proceeds towards the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, a cause that is very important and close to her.

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I made the dress length with my standard alteration of shortening the length by a good 1.5″. The cuffs finish off the neck, sleeves and hem! So with no folding, pressing and hemming, it goes by pretty quickly. I don’t dislike pressing or hemming, quite frankly I sometimes enjoy the mundane tasks that sewing involves like trimming and cutting pattern pages, pressing seams, hand hemming, even hand gathering. Is that weird?

Anyway, this gorgeous coral french terry is from LA Finch fabrics, and the floral liverpool knit that I used for the cuffs and binding is from Sincerely Rylee fabrics (I used it here for my Chloe skirt). This is the exact combination of fabrics I used for my daughter’s tunic, I loved it so much that I decided to copy her dress 😀

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The fit of this dress is pretty awesome. It curves in nicely at the waist and out at the hips giving it a nice shape. I am not much of a dress person,  I belong to the throw on leggings or skinnies and a comfy top camp. Most of my dresses are reserved for special occasions, but wearing this dress has made me rethink my wardrobe options. I feel like I need a few more dresses to spruce up my everyday mommy uniform.

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It was such a cold windy cloudy snowy afternoon when we took pictures, I thought the pictures would be a disaster for sure, but I love how they turned out. It helps when you have a husband who not just makes you smile (or giggle) but drives home during lunch time just to take pictures 🙂

I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of my top version made in hacci sweater knit fabric that I got from my Girl Charlee Knitfix last year. Its a great sturdy knit with good stretch.

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The Women’s Constance top and dress PDF pattern is only $4. With so many style options, and an amazing fit and shape, I’d say it’s a steal! Check out the listing for more inspiration from some fabulous tester versions.

Make it Mine Waterfall Raglan Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to the ‘Make it Mine’ Waterfall blog tour! With different theme inspired looks each day showcased by so many seamstresses and bloggers from around the world, fabulous prizes to be won from the giveaway and even a bonus prize for linking up, there’s every reason to participate and follow along right?!?

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For my day look today, I chose to take the already comfortable Women’s Waterfall raglan top a little in the vintage direction with some lace and pearls. And to that, deemed this soft ivory and grey heather jersey from Cali fabrics the perfect fabric to work with.

I really love the laid back and relaxed style of this pattern, so other than modifying for fit such as shortening the length and sizing up on the sleeves, I sewed up the raglan as is, and embellished it after.

For the look I was going after, I wanted to overlay the lace ruffle over the main fabric rather than let the lace hang by itself.  So I basted it over the jersey ruffle and then gathered them together. The wide 6″ lace trim is from hobby lobby, that was trimmed to match the ruffle pattern piece and placed about a quarter inch lower for that slight overhang, I hemmed  the jersey ruffle following the pattern’s hem allowance.

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After the neckband construction, I hand-sewed a couple rows of beads (pearls?) and a row of clear sequins and beads in the middle only to the front of the bodice.

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A bit hard to see the sequins in the middle but they are there lol!

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Before I start harping on about my love for Gabriela’s patterns (all of which I have tested and made multiple times) here are recent reviews of my waterfall raglan and my daughter’s in her waterfall that I made during testing. Don’t you love the clean design lines and that gently curved ruffle hem? This pattern, the fit and the level of detail in the instructions is just pure perfection!!!

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I paired it with skinny jeans and flats because that is my idea of comfortable day wear but yesterday was particularly murky, rainy and muddy for flats lol. Nevertheless, I love my new waterfall raglan and I am going to be wearing it a lot this spring and summer!!

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After hemming the sleeves, I realized I wanted them shorter so I rolled them up here, next time I might just add a cuff.

Now while I was adding beads to my top, my daughter was chatting with me and I felt a bit selfish adding all the lace to mine while she got plain waterfalls, so I literally whipped her top in the next hour. I hand sewed the crochet lace appliqué and topstitched the lace while hemming the ruffle.

Sadly, we don’t have a lot of pictures of her in her new waterfall!

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Enter the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY for a chance to win some fabulous patterns!

And, here’s a chance to win a $50 gift card to Stylish Fabric and a sewing kit: Post your Waterfall Raglan (women’s or girls) by Sunday February, 12th and link to this post HERE.

Wednesday Feb. 8th – Day Looks

Heidi- Handmade Frenzy | Zoe – ZowieZo Handmade | Indu- Kaleidothought |

Maria – Creative Needle and Threads | Verinne – boeven bende |

Mie – Sewing Like Mad  | Victoria – As it Seams

Thursday Feb. 9th – Date Night

Tami – Sew Sophie Lynn | Victoria – Very Blissful | Leslie – Threadbear Garments |

Marie-Fleurine – Sew Mariefleur | Emi – Just Add Fabric

 

Friday Feb. 10th – Hacks

Thao – Little Cumquat | Tiahna – Ammon Lane | Nicole – Merritts Makes |

Diana – miss castelinhos | Michelle – Little Heart Threads | Chelise Patterson |

Emily – Enjoyful Makes | Jodi – Sew Fearless | Celina – Petit a Petit + Family