Modkid Dakota Inspiration

Friday, October 09, 2015

You may have already noticed these pop up in our Modkid Inspiration Pinterest Board. In case you didn't I'm sharing them here too. The Modkid Dakota is such a versatile pattern, and there are so many more ways to mix up the look. 

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  1. Add a bottom ruffle.
  2. Change up the trim. Love those pom poms!
  3. Add some color blocking.
  4. More color blocking and lace.
  5. Lengthen for a dress. 
We hope you are already having fun with the pattern! Be sure to share your creations in our Facebook Group

Modkid Modified // Breeann with Lined Hood

Thursday, October 01, 2015

This may be one of the simplest ways to modify a hooded top pattern, yet it gives you such great versatility. Some fabrics need lining due to being ugly or uncomfortable on the wrong side. A lined hood also gives additional warm or a fun place to add a pop of color. I've used this technique to line the hood of a Modkid Breeann, but this would work just the same for the new Modkid Dakota pattern.

There really are only a few basic steps for lining a hood. Cut out your main hood pattern pieces, then cut two additional hood pattern pieces in your lining fabric. Sew the main hood pieces right sides together around the curved center seam. Repeat for the hood lining pieces.

Place the main hood piece right sides together with the lining hood piece aligning the center seam at the top of the hood. Stitch the lining to the hood around the front of the hood with a 1/2" seam allowance since that was the hem allowance for an unlined hood.

Turn the hood right sides out. Press and topstitch along the front seam you just created. Baste the layers together at the neck edge. Now you are ready to attach the hood following the pattern instructions. Just treat the double layered hood as one piece.

Modkid Modified // Breeann Shirttail Hem

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Modkid Breeann is one of a few patterns designed specifically for tween sizing ranging from 8/9 to 16. It is such a great piece on its own or layered. This is the first of two posts I've put together for a little modified version. Today, I'll show you how I swapped the banded hem for a shirttail hem.

Cut all of your pattern pieces as indicated in the pattern except the waistband and pocket. Sew up the Breeann top per the pattern instructions omitting the pocket. Stop when you get to the waistband instructions. Measure the front and back of the bottom of your top from side seam to side seam. This was 15" for mine.

Add 1" to the width you measured for the length of your shirttail bands. Determine the finished height you would like for the bands and double it. For an asymmetrical look, I've used a height of 4" for the front and 6" for the back. So, the bands I cut were 4" x 16" and 6" x 16".

Fold the bands in half lengthwise with right sides together. Stitch along each short end with a 1/2" seam allowance. Trim the corners at the fold.

Turn the bands right side out and press well.

Pin the bands right sides together, raw edges aligned to the shirt front and back. Align the shirttail ends with the side seams. Stitch to the bottom of the shirt with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Fold the shirttail down and press the seam allowance toward the shirt front and back. Topstitch close to the seam on the shirt side. That's it for a simple switch to add variety to your Modkid Breeann!

Introducing Dakota

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

We are so excited to introduce to you Patty's latest pattern, the Dakota swing top. You will soon see why I say it is the perfect top for all seasons!! Patty has included loads of options and some unique detail. Add the ribbon trim for extra pizzazz. 

Ready for more good news!?! The Dakota pattern is available for $5.99 for the next 24 hours!! You can purchase the pattern in the Etsy Shop or on Craftsy. After 9:30 a.m. CST 9/23/2015, the price will return to the regular price of $9.99. 

From sleeveless to long sleeves and hood or no hood, we love options!!

Let's take a look at all of the tester creations.

(Amy Settle)

(Courtney Davis)

(Axa Lima)

(Carin Deon)

(Carrie Simpson)

(Erin Kaiser)

(Jody Kappas)

(Leah Broadstreet)

(Liz Mouse)

(Lucinda Poel)

(Serena Garcia-Diaz)

Here are those links to purchase again:  Etsy Shop or Craftsy.

Modkid Modified // Button Back Avery

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

I've been wanting to try this little hack for a while now, because A)  I love a hack B) I love this dropwaist dress! The great thing is that the sewing instructions for changing the Avery Dress from a button front dress to a button back dress are essentially the same! The advantage to a button back, other than a different look, is that you can different details to the front without the obstruction of buttons. Don't forget that the Avery pattern comes in both a paper version and a PDF version!

Like I said, the sewing process is really the same, so I'm just going to show you the alterations you would need to make to the pattern pieces. Don't forget we have the Avery sew-along posts for reference!

First overlay the back bodice piece over the front bodice piece aligning the side seam. Draw a vertical line on the front bodice piece at the edge of the back bodice piece. 

This will be your new fold line. Fold back the front bodice piece along the line, and cut two front bodice pieces on the fold.

Measure the distance on the front bodice piece from the fold line you just created to the edge of the bodice pattern piece.

Now, add that distance you measured to the back bodice with another piece of paper, tissue paper, or freezer paper. Transfer the bottom notch mark. You will need to adjust the buttonhole locations slightly since the back bodice is longer than the front. You will now cut 4 back bodice pieces, not on the fold.

Finally, add a curved back to the collar. You may want to extend the collar instead of just curving it if you want the back of the collar to come closer to the center than mine did. (I forgot to take into account the seam allowance. Opps!) You will cut 4 collar pieces instead of two, and make sure they meet at the center of the front bodice when you baste them in place.

The sewing instructions will now just flip in reference to the bodice button closure.

I'm sharing more about the applique over at Sweeter Than Cupcakes.

Back to School with Riley Blake

Monday, August 31, 2015

Freshly sharpened pencils, new school supplies, and the adjusting of alarm clocks are all reminders that it is back to school time. Patty and I are thrilled to bring you a little back to school sewing we did for Riley Blake's blog tour!

Patty started off with her Breeann Hooded Knit Top that is specifically geared toward the tween / teen crowd. This pattern ranges in sizes from 8 to 16!! The Riley Blake knits are a dream to sew and wear! The main body of this top is Vivid Fireworks in Fuschia and the pocket is Vivid Leilani in Fuschia.

We couldn't leave out the newest Modkid pattern, Cassidy!! It pairs up so well with the Breeann top!! Patty's Vivid Canvas for Riley Blake is the perfect weight for this dungaree style dress. 

For all of the paper pattern fans, I've sewn up the Modkid Abigail in Fuschia, Marigold, and Granite Vivid Fireworks. With it's gored design, the Abigail seems to have endless possibilities for playing with prints and patterns. Yet, it manages to remain such a simple sew!

The only thing better than back to school shopping is back to school sewing, so be sure to check out the rest of the Riley Blake blog tour for inspiration!

8/20 - Quiltscapes
9/1 - Izzy & Ivy

Modkid Modified // Cassidy

Monday, August 24, 2015

We can't get enough of the new Cassidy pattern, and we hope you can't either! First, Patty launched the pattern with the special flash sale, then we got your creative wheels turning with some ready-to-wear inspiration. Now, Patty is bringing you a Modkid Modified tutorial to address those inquiries about using regular buttons instead of buckles. Not only does this modification give you a new look, but it also allows you to get sewing if you don't have dungaree buckles on hand!

In lieu of the buckles and dungaree buttons called for in the pattern, you will use 5/8"-wide regular buttons. You will need 8 of them-- 2 for each strap, to make them adjustable, and 2 for each side of the bodice.

The only pattern adjustment needed is to shorten the straps by 1" (so, cut the fabric 1" shorter than the pattern piece indicates).

Create a vertical 5/8" buttonhole at the top of the front bodice as indicated in the photo. I started mine 1/4" below the topstitching and centered left-to-right. Repeat for the other side.

Try the dress on the child and sew the top button on the strap where the dress fits well right now and another button 1" lower, for growth.

Sew regular 5/8" buttons on the side of the bodice, where indicated in the pattern piece.

And, that's it!! Another fun way to wear your Modkid Cassidy!

P.S. If buttonholes are not your forté, don't worry You can also use snaps in lieu of buttons. Use the instructions above for shortening of the straps and placement of your snaps.
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