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.

Ready-to-Wear Cassidy Inspiration

Friday, August 21, 2015

We know Patty stirred some excitement over the new Cassidy dungaree dress. Now, I'm hoping to stir your imagination with some ready-to-wear inspiration! 

This all over petite floral is all about sweet style. (Pinterest Source)

Faux leather certainly gives an edgy spin on a traditional dungaree dress. (Pinterest Source)

How about a mix of casual and girly with this lined tulle skirt?!? (Pinterest Source)

This last piece gives a great layering idea with the jumbo gingham blouse. (Pinterest Source)

We can't wait to see your Cassidy style!!

Modkid Cassidy Dungaree Dress

Monday, August 17, 2015

We hope you haven't finished your back to school sewing just yet, because Patty has something new you'll want to add to your list. Releasing today is the Modkid Cassidy Dungaree Dress. It is perfect for your everyday wear from holidays to school uniforms! Cassidy can be layered over long-sleeve tees and leggings in the cooler months, but also worn by itself or with a tank top for the warmer months. The notions really make this dress stand out!

Would you like a deal?!? For the next 24 hours you can purchase the Cassidy Dress on Etsy or Craftsy for $5.00!! After 10:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, August 18th, the regular price will be $9.99. So don't delay!

Now, for a bit of inspiration from our amazing group of pattern testers.

(Bridgett Wright, Anna Ross Larson, Heather Turner, Marnie Durbridge, Leah Broadstreet, Jenny Fish)

(Debbie Clifton) 

(Courtney Davis) 

(Simone Kleefsman)

Back to School Uniforms with Modkid

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Last week we gave you a little back to school inspiration. If you, like me, are in the camp of folks were uniforms are the requirement, we have more inspiration just for you today.

For the most basic necessity, we have the Pleated Skirt that is completely customizable to meet any length requirements!!

Don't forget the Piper for the perfect school jumper! 

There's even a classic button up for the boys with the Keagan shirt. 

I can relate if your dress code is even too strict for the fine pieces mentioned above! For you, I suggest bringing in the personal style with outer wear and accessories. The Jack and Jill zip-up jacket works for anyone in the family.

And the Paige jacket is all about style. 

Finally, let your kiddos pick their favorite fabrics for a one-of-a-kind Lunch Bag.

Back To School Flash Sale

Friday, August 07, 2015

It's that time of year when we load up on school supplies, pull out the swim suits less often, and try to get our body clocks adjusted to the early mornings ahead. To get the school wardrobe stocked, Modkid is having a Back to School Flash sale. The following coupon code is good for 25% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy shop: BTS2015. It expires on Sunday, August 9th at midnight EST.

Ready for a little inspiration to fill all those back to school needs?!? We'll start with the accessories. The Lunch Bag is a necessity for kids of all ages. The Travel Art Folio might be just the thing for a pre-schooler. And, the Jewelry Roll is a perfect gift for sending an older student off to college.

Finally, the only thing better than back to school shopping is back to school sewing!! A batch of new garments makes every student look forward to a new school year!!

You certainly aren't limited to our suggestions! Browse the Etsy Shop and find your favorites. Just be sure to use the code BTS2015 for 25% off!

Modkid Styled - Holly

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

It's time to plan for back to school, but it is still blazing hot around here!! I thought I'd give you one more summer style to get you through the dwindling weeks of summer. A Holly Dress in Patty's new Pura Vida line for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is just the thing!

  1. Tropical Flowers Teal
  2. Fancy Chevron Teal
  3. Hair Clip
  4. Shoes

Modkid Modified // Open Back Harper

Friday, July 24, 2015

Now that we have finished the Harper Sew-Along, it's time to mix it up a bit! The Harper Dress is perfect as is for summer and layers well for fall, and for an even more fun summer look, I have a tutorial for making an open back. The side panels still allow for plenty of coverage, and the top casing holds everything in place!

The only change to the pattern pieces will be for the back bodice. From the inner strap placement mark corresponding to your pattern size, mark a line 1/2" toward the center fold. This will be the cut line for cutting two back bodice pieces. Be sure to cut the back bodice pieces opposite directions. Also, baste the front two waistbands per the original instructions, but keep the back two waistband pieces separate for now.

Press the inner edge of the back bodice to the right side 1/2".

Place the back straps in line with the pressed edge covering the raw edge.

Top stitch along each edge leaving the top 2" unstitched as in the original instructions.

Pin the back two waistband pieces right sides together with the back bodice pieces sandwiched between them. Align the side and bottom edges of the waistband and bodice pieces. Stitch along the bottom long edge with 1/2" seam allowance.

Press the waistband pieces down wrong sides together. Topstitch along the top edge. Baste the waistband pieces together along the bottom edge.

Attach the skirt per the original pattern instructions.

When you measure the front bodice for the top casing, cut the back bodice casing to the same length.

When you attach the back bodice casing, you will only sew across the partial back pieces.

Once the casing is folded over and pressed, topstitch from arm opening to arm opening enclosing the entire casing.

Insert the elastic in the casing and topstitch the straps as you would for the original instructions.

Enjoy the breezy back!

Modkid Modified // Zoey Top with Shoulder Ties

Friday, July 17, 2015

You know I love the Zoey Summer Ensemble!! Today, I'm bringing you one more option for the Zoey Top!

I sewed this top in knit, but the process is exactly the same for woven fabrics. This is view B without the side elastic casings. To get started, cut all of the pattern pieces for view B except the casings and tabs. (Certainly add the casings if you wish!) You will also need (4) 14" pieces of 1/4" ribbon. I've actually used 1/2" bias tape sewn closed.

After sewing the shoulder seams, baste the ribbons right side down on either side of the seam very close to the seam on the wrong side of the fabric at the neck opening. Attach the facing pieces as you normally would catching the ends of the ribbons.

 When adding the bias binding around the arm opening be careful not to catch your ribbons in the binding.

After the arms are bound, pin the ribbons parallel to the shoulder seam.

Fold the facing down wrong sides together, so the shoulder seams are aligned and the ribbons are sandwiched between.

From the right side of the top, stitch in the ditch of the shoulder seam. Then, sew two casing rows on either side of the shoulder seam about 3/8" from the seam. Go slowly, so you don't catch the ribbons in the seams. If it catches, just grab your seam ripper and try again a little further away from the seam. (Not that that happened to me. :) )
Cinch up those shoulders, tie and bow, and enjoy your new detail!!
Be sure to check out our Zoey Summer Ensemble Sew-Along if you would like more step by step photos for sewing the Zoey. 

Harper Sew-Along // Results and Winners

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We love to celebrate the sew-along participants who share their lovely creations with us!! The Harper dress looks adorable in every combination. And, just look at those happy girls!!
The first participation prize of 5 Modkid PDF patterns goes to Tracey Mazzei. The second participation prize of 3 Modkid PDF patterns goes to Jessica Phillips. Congratulations!!

I have collected all of the sew-along posts in our Harper 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!

Home Dec for Apparel

Monday, July 13, 2015

When you think about home decor fabric, does your mind automatically turn to curtains, pillows, and maybe the occasional tote bag? I'm hoping to help you branch out of that box maybe just a little bit today. Home dec fabric actually has a place in the apparel world. All home dec fabric may not be created equal, but Riley Blake's Home Dec fabric has just the right softness combined with sturdiness to suit the right apparel pattern. 

Pants, shorts, and skirts are ideal pieces in which home decor fabrics might be used. Here, I've used Patty Young's Vivid Lattice in Navy for a pair of Zoey Shorts.

The body of the fabric yields a very clean pair of shorts that will stand up to lots of toddler play. I would also suggest Riley Blake home decor patterns for a Pleated Skirt and Sophie Pants.

I've also paired the shorts with a modified Zoey top made with Patty Young's Vivid Knit for Riley Blake. So, have a little fun with mixing prints and experimenting with unexpected fabric choices for apparel patterns.

Stay tuned for another post about the modification I made to the Zoey Top.

If you are looking for a cooler weather apparel option, the Paige Hooded Blazer might be the perfect thing!!

There is only one stop left on the Home Dec Love Blog Tour, but be sure to check out all of the previous inspiration!!

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