Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bella Sunshine Designs Birthday Blog Tour

Birthday Blog Tour 2016-03

Happy Birthday to Bella Sunshine Designs!
I decided to sew up the Gabriella's Winter Coat but as more of a spring coat.

The fabric recommendations for the coat is wool or wool blends.
I used a linen fabric I found at the second hand shop in the form of a curtain for the main fabric, and a flannel for the lining so there is some warmth and coziness to the coat for those cool spring days. 

I love how the inside is put together--there is a back pleat that provides ease of movement and a bit of give in the lining. And, there is not a raw edge to be seen inside--which I love!

 I decided to unpick a different seam so that I wouldn't have to slip stitch the lining shut. I just had to top-stitch around the outside of the coat to close the small opening I made on one of the front panels.
I also didn't open the three inner button holes--I just sewed the buttons on top of those, so that it looks like they're buttoned up, so that my daughter won't have to button up 6 buttons--only 3. 

Since it's not spring here yet, just somewhat spring-like weather as the temperature hovers around 0 degrees, it looks like a rather wintry back drop for a spring coat, but that's all I had to work with, and no kids were frozen in the picture-taking process. 

Make sure to hop over and buy your copy of the Gabriella's Winter Coat
Also, see what else people have sewn up today.

Bella Sunshine Designs Birthday Blog Tour

Featured Bloggers:


Birthday Blog Tour 2016-04

Prize Number 1:

Bella Sunshine Designs - 2 Patterns of Choice 
Once Upon A Yard / Sew It Seams Facebook Group - Grab Bag of 7 yards of fabric

Prize Number 2 (Just for the USA):

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Bella Sunshine Designs - 2 Pattern of Choice
  Bethany Lane - 3 Sets of "Cute as a Button" wooden buttons (30 buttons total)

Prize Number 3:

Bella Sunshine Designs - 2 Patterns of Choice 
Sofilantjes Patterns - 2 Patterns of Choice 
Knot Sew Normal - 1 Pattern of Choice 
Muffin Head Patterns - Any 1 pattern up to $12.00 
Itch To Stitch - 1 Pattern of Choice 
Rachel Rossi - Squared Fashion Wrap Sewing Pattern 
FABulous Home Sewn - 1 Pattern of choice 
Seaside Notions - 1 pattern of choice 
Laela Jeyne Patterns - Pattern of choice (excludes bundles)
  Pickle Toes Patterns - 1 Pattern of choice.

Enter the giveaway:

Hurry, the giveaway ends on Sunday, February 28th at midnight!

Celebration Sales:

Mabel Madison - 10% off their website with coupon code BELLABIRTHDAY until February 29th. Sew It Seams - 15% off their website with coupon code BELLASUN until February 29th. And of course, you can get 40% off all Bella Sunshine Designs patterns on our website until February 29th. No coupon code needed! Ready for one more surprise? Check the Bella Sunshine Designs's website on Friday for a new release or two!


  1. Adorable coat on a little adorable girl!

  2. Your coat turned out amazing! I love how you hacked the buttons. So smart!


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