Merry Modkid Blog Tour

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

We just wanted to give you a little teaser of something headed your way after Thanksgiving!! Get ready to be inspired for all of your holiday sewing!

World Peace and Love

Sunday, November 15, 2015

In light of recent events, I have created a few graphics that are free to use to show solidarity with the entire world. Feel free to use these as your profile picture on your social media accounts, or just share them with others to let the world know that we all stand united.

Modkid Styled - Charlotte

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It has been a while since we've posted a Modkid Styled, so I thought the new Modkid Charlotte would be the perfect pattern to feature. Marsala, the color of the year according to Pantone, pairs so well with Patty's Fancy Chevron in gray. I would love to see this outfit come to life!!

  1. Fancy Chevron Gray
  2. Fringed Scarf
  3. Lace Trimmed Socks
  4. Boots
  5. Buttons

There’s no place like home!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween, everyone! Less than a week ago (last Sunday, to be exact) my oldest daughter, Sophie (13) told me she wanted to go to this Downtown Trick-or-Treat event on Friday because some of her friends from school were going to be there. And, she would need a costume for it. Prior to that, she had expressed no interest whatsoever in dressing up for Halloween. I asked her what she wanted to be, and she said “Dorothy” without hesitation (I’m guessing they must've discussed this at school). She then added, “But you don’t have to make me a costume. I can just get one at the Halloween store.” On Monday night, after her Ballet class, we headed to the Halloween store up the street. The Junior sizes were way too small for her (she is 5’ 6”) and the women’s sizes were way to “sexy” for her. Seriously, they had plunging necklines, bustier-style tops and micro-mini skirts. That is NOT what she had in mind and I would never allow her to go out of the house wearing something like that... Halloween or not! So, she turned to me and said, “Can you just make me one?”

I had literally 3 days to make something, including finding all the right fabrics and accessories. Luckily, JoAnns had the perfect blue check for the dress and solid white for the shirt. I found some inexpensive shoe covers ($6.99) at Party City that slipped right over her ballet flats, and the blue ribbons for her hair I found in my own stash. But, I still had to figure out how to make the costume.

I used my own Avery pattern (available in both PDF and paper formats) View B for the shirt. Yes, this pattern comes only up to size 10, so I had to grade it up to a 14. Since the dress style is drop-waist, the length of the bodice was actually perfect length for a shirt. I wanted it to close at the back, to make it more authentic, so luckily Courtney had recently shared a tutorial for how to do a back closure on the Avery... perfect! The only other modifications I made to it was to add sleeve cuffs instead of elastic to the bubble sleeves and add a straight neck band instead of the Peter Pan collar to the bodice. Both of those were super easy mods!

The dress was another story. I was running out of time and didn’t have time to research patterns for it. So, I just made a circle skirt based on Sophie’s measurements. I took her hip measurement and found out the radius to cut the inner circle opening. From there, I measured her desired skirt length (19”) and cut. I didn’t have to add hem allowance because I knew I would end up adding a ruffled ribbon trim at the hem. Then I cut a rectangular piece for the bib (with its corresponding lining), a waistband piece and two suspender pieces. I sewed everything together and made two casings in the back waistband where I inserted two pieces of 3/4” elastics cut to half her waist measurement. Done!

For the hair & make up, Sophie and I did a ton of reseacrh on how Dorothy (Judy Garland) did hers.

  1. Part hair down the middle and brush both sides until it is smooth.
  2. Divide each side into 3 equal sections, as if you were doing braids. Except the section closest to the face needs to twist, twist, twist tightly until it reaches behind the ear. At that point, begin braiding the twisted section with the other 2 sections of hair until you reach her shoulders.
  3. At the shoulders, wrap a hair tie around the hair to keep the braids from coming undone.
  4. Use a curling iron to curl the remainder of her hair below the shoulders. 
  5. Cover the hair ties with a light blue ribbon tied into a pretty bow.
Make up:
  1. Begin by covering the face with a light colored foundation and powder to achieve that smooth porcelain skin look.
  2. Apply pink blush to the cheek bones.
  3. Apply dark pink or red lipstick.
  4. Apply a bit of eye shadow (Not too much)
  5. Apply mascara to open up her eyes more.
Now, all we needed was the prefect TOTO. Luckily, we had our Miniature Schnauzer, Duke, who fit the part and was more than eager to help out with the photoshoot.

Introducing Charlotte

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

When you combine a look that is both vintage and modern, you get something timeless. Which is exactly what I think Patty has done with her latest pattern, the Charlotte

Here is the pattern description:

"Charlotte is the perfect Holiday dress for all seasons and climates! Make it with flutter sleeves or short, cuffed sleeves for warmer climates, or make a long, bubble sleeved version for the colder climates. This pattern even comes with a double-breasted jacket version to wear over jeans, a pretty skirt or a simpler dress."

The pattern comes in sizes 2T to 12. From the wonderful tester photos, you can see the dress style is all about what you make of it! For the first 24hrs of the the release, you can purchase the Charlotte pattern from the Etsy shop for $5.99!

Amy Settle

Axa Francis

Bethany Cooler
Photo courtesy of Ashley Marie Photography

Bethany Cooler
Photo courtesy of Ashley Marie Photography

Debbie Clifton

Erin Kaiser

Heather Turner

Courtney Davis

Kate Morgan

Marnie Durbidge

Mary Matsui

Serena GarciaDiaz

Cheryl Santos

Broken Little Red Riding Hood Doll

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

As my kids get older (Sydney just turned 11 and Sophie is turning 14 soon), I worry about them losing their childhood and not being into some of the fun things we used to enjoy.... Halloween being one of them. Luckily enough, they still seem to be very much into it. It's just a little different now. They still love the process of dressing up, but now they have more say in what they want and it's often really involved. Last year, Sydney and I had a blast dreaming up, creating, and photographing her Wednesday Addams costume. She was very involved in the hair, make-up, and staging of the photos. Sophie was also very involved in her zombie costume last year.

This year, Sydney and I sat down and looked at tons of inspiration photos online before she decided on two ideas... "Broken Doll" and "Little Red Riding Hood". Since she couldn't pick a favorite, I pitched the idea of a costume mash-up, and she loved it. Here was the result...

For the dress, I used the newest MODKID PDF pattern, the Charlotte Dress & Jacket. This is View C, which features long bubble sleeves, a two-tiered skirt, inset pockets and a double-breasted bodice with 6-button placket. I chose dark cotton fabrics, purchased a Jo-Ann Fabrics, to resemble a Vintage Doll dress.

For the Hooded Cape, I used instructions from my upcoming book, Patternless Sewing, out in Spring 2016. This is one of the 24 projects included in the book, and it was perfect for this costume idea! I know this doesn't help you any right now if you are looking to create your own Hooded Cape. But luckily there are plenty of tutorials online that you can use to get a similar effect. I used Fleece for the outer cape and satin for the lining. The cape is fully reversible!

The make up was quite the process! We started out by covering her face with the palest foundation and pressed powder I could find at Ulta. Sydney has an olive skin tone, so we applied this make-up with a heavy hand. We used Revlon Colorstay Base in 110 Ivory and NYX Blotting Powder in BLP01 Light. Make up was applied over lips, eyelids and eyebrows too for full coverage.

Next, I applied blush on her cheeks, again with a heavy hand. I used Ulta Sweet Cheeks Blush, which has a warm tone, but when we do this again this weekend, I will use a pinker shade, as I thought this was a bit too 'warm" for my taste.

Next we whited out her bottom eyelids to try to create the illusion of big doll eyes. Sydney already has really big eyes, but we wanted them to look exaggerated. I used NYX Eye and Eyebrow Pencil in SPE906 White.

Next, I applied eyeshadow in a pinkish/purplish hue to her upper lids. I used Elf Flawless Eyeshadow Party Purple, which I had already, but any pinkish/purplish eye shadow would work for this.

Next, it was time to start drawing! I used Elf Liquid Eyeliner in Black to outline her eye, above the eyelids and below the white eyeliner to create the illusion of a large doll eye. I drew in the bottom lashes using the same liquid eyeliner and I began to draw in some of the "cracks" on her forehead.

I used the liquid eyeliner to draw in more "cracks" on her cheek, then came back in to add highlights with the white eyeliner. This gives the cracks a bit of a 3D effect. We applied mascara to her upper  eyelashes and this made her eyes look even bigger. You could also use fake eyelashes, but since her natural lashes are pretty long and full already, I felt the mascara was enough. We used ULTA Voluptuous Volume Mascara in Black.

Lastly, we used Revlon ColorStay Ultimate in 095 Royal Raisin to draw in the doll lips. I love this lipstick because it does not smear, so even if she drinks something or accidentally rubs her lips, it stays put and does not fade at all! These lips need to be much narrower than the actual human lips and "button shaped" as you see below.

Here is Sydney applying some finishing touches herself. She gets a bit freaked out when I get near her eye with my eyeliner, so she prefers to apply it herself.

We put her hair into low pigtails, put on her costume, grabbed her bread basket, and off we went to the forest...


Melanie Sew-Along // Results and Winners

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Modkid Melanie has been a fan favorite, and you can see why by the sew-along participants photos!! We love every variation, and the creative minds that made costumes out of the Melanie pattern!

The first participation prize of 3 Modkid PDF patterns goes to Nicole Scott. The second Halloween costume prize of 2 Modkid PDF patterns goes to Jodie McNames. Congratulations!!

I have collected all of the sew-along posts in our Melanie Sew-Along Page, so you can access them at any time in the side bar of the blog. As always, our Modkid Fan Group loves to see what you make!

Melanie Sew-Along // Day 5

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's the final day of the Melanie Sew-Along, and we are so eager to see your creations!! There are two methods given in the pattern for finishing the neckline. I am actually giving you a third option!

First, measure the distance around the neckline of the dress. The length of the neckband piece needs to be 90% of this length.

The width should be 2". Cut the neckband piece to those dimensions.

Fold the neckband in half lengthwise wrong sides together and press. Open up the fold and stitch the short ends right sides together. Refold and press the neckband.

With right sides together, pin the neckband to the neck opening. The neckband will be slightly shorter than the neck opening, so divide each into quarters and line up those points. Then pin in between.

Stitch the neckband to the dress stretching it slightly as you go. Be sure to use a stretch stitch or a serger. Topstitch the seam allowance on the dress side of the seam with a stretch stitch or twin needle if desired.

Hem the bottom of the dress 3/4". Here, I pressed the edge under 3/4" and stitched it in place with a twin needle. Refer to page 7 of the pattern for additional hem options.

Do a happy dance, because you are finished!!

Be sure to add photos of your completed Melanie Dress to our Facebook Group before the end of the day Monday, October 26th to be entered to win one of the prizes. You can share photos on Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #melaniesewalong. We will post the winners next week!

See the rest of the Melanie Sew-Along here:

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