Bella Sunshine Designs – Hazel with a Hack

Remember when the Hazel first went live and I made 2 of them? I love them both and wear them frequently. If you don’t remember them, just click the link above. I sewed up my most recent version for vacation last month, and am finally getting it blogged.

So here is my THIRD Hazel! I made it in tunic length again and added a color blocked section for the back shoulder area. I would love to say that I did this because I planned it, but the reality is, I didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut the front and back bodices in my desired length. I actually really love how the solid panel breaks up all the plaid.  I used my solid fabric scraps to make my sleeve drawstrings and to make the neckband.

Hazel Tunic (1)

This awesome plaid is called Tara and it is more of a watermelon color than a true red and I absolutely love it!! Tara is a double brushed poly which is a lovely weight and perfect for this pattern! I knew when I was picking patterns, I wanted a Dolman sleeve so that the plaid wouldn’t get too messy looking with added seams of a set in sleeve.

You can order this print by using this link. Don’t forget the sale! Buy 2 yards of any regular priced fabric and Laura will send a bonus yard of fabric your way!

Hazel Tunic (3)

As always Bella Sunshine Designs is size inclusive. This means her sizes go up to a Women’s size 30 which is an upper bust and hip of 59.75 inches. This pattern comes in top, tunic, and knee length dress options to fit all of your needs. There are also multiple sleeve lengths available. Mine is a tunic, not height adjusted. As I have worn this several times now, I think I will take a few inches off the length. It will still be leggings friendly, but not as long. 🙂

Hazel Tunic (2)

You can pick up a copy of Hazel here Bella Sunshine Designs.

Me Made May Days 8, 9, 10 – Vivace Dress for Momma Mia, transplanting succulents, and wonky quilt blocks

Weekend Catch up Party!

Me Made Made Day 8

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared my version of Vivace? I also shared that Momma Mia wanted one. I even shared pictures of her dress on a mannequin due to Covid Isolating. Good News! I have seen Momma Mia and few times and snapped pics of  her wearing Vivace! So here we go with some modeled pics! Much better than a mannequin!


  • XS-5X
  • Knit and woven versions
  • Full Bust pattern pieces if needed
  • Dolman style sleeve
  • Three lengths- shirt, tunic & dress
  • Trimless pattern format
  • Layers
  • Print at home
  • In addition to the print-at-home
  • file is a large format file for copy shop printing is included for both standard and full busts. These files will print on six A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.
  • A projector file is also included for those using projector technology


I used my left over fabric from my hacked Calypso. It was still laying on my cutting table and it matched the white and gold stripes I used for my Vivace. Win-Win! Two scraps off my table! You can pick up the Hailey DBP I used from Stitchin’ Pretties with this link!

Me Made May 9

A non sewing project… I upcycled some spice tins into succulent holders. Just use a drill and bit to punch holes in the bottom for drainage and add succulent/ cacti potting soil and plant way.

PS: Don’t judge me because I go through a lot of pepper 🙂


Me Made May Day 10

More wonky blocks just starting out!



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Eleanor Cardigans, Jessie Dress, and Amazing Fabrics

The last few days I have been sewing up a storm! Actually the last 2 weeks, but I spent a 3 day weekend at a family sewing get together and had such a great time! I worked on everything from clothing to quilts and even had a request to sew a pair of bandless ear muffs. Think shower caps for your ears! Nope, not this girl! For the weekend count I finished a dress, a hoodie, 2 cardigans, 2 skirts and 14 quilt blocks. We were super productive and even cut out pieces for 42 quilt blocks each for 4 people while laughing, talking, and eating. This is our second get together this year! This is your warning, you are about to be buried in blog posts from me! Let’s gets started!


Happy Monday Funday, Friends! Today, I am sharing an awesome cardigan with you. I have made a few Eleanor Cardigans over the past year, but I think this one is my favorite! Wanna know the reason?? This fabric is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Hacci sweater knit is everything I love in fabric. Soft, cozy, and easy to sew. I ordered 3 yards of it from Stitchin’ Pretties and it is called Kathleen. As I was finishing up my cardigan, Momma Mia *may* have shown some interest in having something made as well. She lucked out this time, I was able to cut hers with only a quarter inch of fabric left at the last sleeve. Talk about a close call! So once again, #whatmommawantsmommagets !

Eleanor Cardi, Jessie Dress, Easy Tee Hack SP fabrics (2)
She told me not to use this picture, but I think it is kinda great! #Whatbabygirlwantsbabygirlgets

So let’s talk about the Eleanor Cardigan. It is from 5 out of 4 patterns and has tons of options. Momma Mia is wearing the mid-thigh length and I am as well, only mine was shortened two inches. Both of us have the slimmer sleeve option and I hemmed all edges instead of banding. I really did not have fabric for that! Remember I only had 1/4 of an inch to spare. 🙂 After cutting and without adding the front bands, I can sew this basic version up in about 30 minutes! I love speed sewing. I love instant gratification projects! I sewed my cardigan on Friday of Sewing weekend and Momma Mia’s was made Sunday morning!

Eleanor Cardi, Jessie Dress, Easy Tee Hack SP fabrics (5)
I love dressing in layers! I am so happy Fall is here again!
  • 3 lengths- Tunic, Knee, and Duster
  • Regular long sleeves and “extra” long sleeve cut lines. Whether you’re like me and have long arms or you just like your sleeves to cover your hands, Eleanor literally has you covered.
  • Pockets big enough for your phone!
  • Optional belt loops and tie belt
  • 2 sleeve widths – relaxed or slim fitting
  • Optional hood
  • Elbow button or snap cuff for rolling up your sleeves to 3/4 length
  • We also have Women’s and Girls Bundle if you need both and it’s DISCOUNTED!

 Here is the link if you haven’t added this one to your pattern stash yet!

Apparently, you can’t have an awesome new Hacci Cardigan without an awesome new DBP shirt or dress to wear with it! I was lucky enough to get a perfect matched combo in my promo fabric this month and I fell in love with the colors! I will talk about my shirt more a little later this week so for now…

Eleanor Cardi, Jessie Dress, Easy Tee Hack SP fabrics (9)

Momma Mia loves the Jessie Dress, so I sewed her one to match her new Eleanor Cardigan. She has been asking for solid items for months so she can mix and match things. I have been dragging my feet, but I really am a busy sewist! We both need solids in our closets, but I don’t love sewing with solids. I am usually drawn to bright bold prints, but when you get a great color, it makes a difference! Speaking of great color, isn’t this Royal Blue awesome? Again, this one is from Stitchin’ Pretties! At first touch, I loved the weight of them DBP. It wasn’t a thin wimpy fabric that clings in all the places if you know what I mean! With my 3 yards of Kathleen, I received one yard of this Royal Blue and I knew I was going to need a lot more!! I can make myself a tank top from yard, but I need a little more for a proper shirt! I ordered 2 more yards and thanks to Laura’s super fast shipping, I received my fabric 2 days later! Don’t forget, I will talk about my shirt later this week!

Eleanor Cardi, Jessie Dress, Easy Tee Hack SP fabrics (4)

Back to the Jessie Dress…It recently got an update and now includes a full bust adjustment. I wanted to sew her a dress during the update, but ran out of time. I love that 5oo4 has been updating some of their pattern with this. It really it helpful and it really does save me the work! Momma Mia’s new dress has long sleeves and a scooped front neckline. I free hand cut this neckline as she didn’t want it at the normal “scoop” level. I just had to remeasure the opening and band that size of band for it. She never wants a scoop neck in the front. We planned to add the criss cross detailing that is normally at the back of Jessie to the front, but she liked this one as is. Her dress length was determined by the length on 1 yard of fabric I had. I cut her sleeves from the leftovers of my top.

Eleanor Cardi, Jessie Dress, Easy Tee Hack SP fabrics (11)

Here are all the options included with Jessie

  • 3 bodices: Regular, FBA and Maternity
  • 4 hem lengths: Top, Tunic, Short Dress, and Knee Length Dress Lengths
  • 5 Sleeve Lengths: Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4, and Long
  • Multiple Back Options: High, Low Ballerina, Racerback Insert, and Strappy Back where your imagination is your only limitation!

 If you love the Jessie Pattern please shop my link. 

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Stitchin’ Pretties – for all your fabric needs at great prices and FAST shipping!

Eleanor Cardigan

Jessie Top / Dress


This is my first blog post with photos from my NEW camera! Dang what a difference in quality and color! It will take me some time to figure it all out, but I am looking forward to learning! I am planning on taking a photography class in about 2 weeks and I really looking forward to it. I am super excited about the possibilities! What do you guys think? Better photos? Things are looking up!

Eleanor Cardi, Jessie Dress, Easy Tee Hack SP fabrics (3)

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