Modkid Styled - Avery

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just in case you hadn't seen enough inspiration for the Avery dress as we are planning the sew-along, I thought I'd work in a Modkid Styled Avery. Here's a romantic floral with a little whimsy thrown in with the unicorn bracelet. We can't wait to see what you have planned for your version!

1. Rose Garden Navy

2. Shoes

3. Tights

4. Bracelet

Avery Dress Sew-Along // Supplies

Monday, September 15, 2014

We hope you’ve marked your calendar to join in with our Avery Dress sew-along!! Today, we’re talking supplies, so you can gather what you need before we get started on September 29th.


First and foremost, you will need the Avery Dress pattern. You have 3 options on where to buy it: Craftsy, Etsy, and You Can Make This. Remember, coupon code AVERYSAL2014 gets you 20% off your entire order on the Modkid Etsy store. It expires on 9/24/14 at midnight EST. Kate B. and Nita R. were the lucky winners of the pattern giveaway!


Next, you will need to decide which version of the Avery you would like to make. As you can see above there are three sleeve options: sleeveless, short sleeves, and long sleeves. You also have optional details with a front pocket and belt loops.

The suggested fabrics include: quilting cottons, shirting, voiles, gauzes, lawns, linens, and muslins. Lightweight corduroys and denims would be great as well. Don’t forget our inspiration post! Here’s you fabric requirements list:


In addition to fabric, you will need 1/4” wide elastic per the chart and 7 buttons (1/2” buttons for sizes 2T-5 or 3/4” buttons for sizes 6-10). For view A only, you will need 1 yard of 1/2” wide double fold bias tape or enough fabric to make your own as detailed on page 7 of the pattern.

Modkid Avery Sew Along

As a little bonus for the sew-along, I’ll be showing you how to add piping to the collar. If you’d like to include this detail, be sure to have 1 yard of pre-made piping.

For the sew-along, I will be sewing the Avery dress View C with the pocket addition in a single print. We’ll have plenty of tips along the way should you choose a different version!!

Avery Dress Sew-Along // Costume Inspiration

Friday, September 12, 2014

I hope you have a few ideas for putting your own spin on the Avery Dress from yesterday’s inspiration post. Since there will be a special prize for a costume version of the Avery Dress to go along with sew-along, we thought we would show you a few ideas we came up with after a bit of brainstorming.
Alice in wonderland

snow white
Leave us a comment with your ideas or come share it in the Facebook Fan Group. I’ll be back on Monday to discuss the supplies you will need for the basic Avery Dress.

Avery Dress Sew-Along // Inspiration

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I hope your wheels are turning with ideas for your Avery Dress. We welcome you to sew it as is along with us or try a new variation. I've compiled a few ideas from other Modkid patterns that could make a new twist for the Avery.

Even changing a small detail could give a new look. How about switching the short peasant style sleeve to a cuffed sleeve like the Addison dress?

Skirt pockets like the Bridget pattern would be a fun detail for holding treasures.

With a little more effort, you could completely change up the straight skirt. The pleated skirt like the Olivia pattern or a layered skirt like the Julia pattern would be interesting options.

Be sure to check out our Modkid Inspiration board on Pinterest as well. We've collected ideas such as upcycling a men's dress shirt, adding pintucks, and fabric variations.

Follow modkid's board MODKID Inspiration for Existing Patterns on Pinterest.

We're hoping these idea's get your creative juices flowing! We can't wait to see what you create! I'll be back tomorrow with a few costume ideas.

Avery Dress Sew-Along

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Everyone who joined in with our Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along has been chomping at the bit to get started on another sew-along. Well, the time has arrived!!


We narrowed down some options and put it to popular vote in our Facebook Fan Group, and we couldn’t be happier that the Modkid Avery Dress won out! Avery is a drop-waist dress with a fitted bodice, a super full, twirly skirt and three sleeve length options. The pattern also includes fun variations, like a mini pocket and belt loops.


The sew-along with be September 29th – October 3rd. So put it on your calendar now! Between now and then we’ll be posting inspiration, what you’ll need, the schedule, and prizes. During the sew-along we’ll tackle a few steps each day to take you through the pattern.


Patty has a new twist in store for this sew-along!! In addition to an Overall Participation prize to be awarded at random, there will be a prize for the Best Costume (think Halloween) and Most Creative Use of Materials. We want to see both ends of the spectrum: pretty dresses and over-the-top costumes! We’ll be showing a little inspiration over the next couple of days and give you the full contest details when we show you the prizes.


You’ll want to post your finished dress in our Avery Dress Sew-Along Flickr group by Monday, October 6th to be entered to win the final prize packs. Don’t have a Flickr account, no problem. Post dress photos to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #averysewalong so we can all find you. We’d love to see progress photos and finished dresses in our Facebook Fan Group as well!


Want more good news!?! Coupon code AVERYSAL2014 gets you 20% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. That’s ANYTHING you buy in the shop folks, not just the Avery pattern!! Modkid doesn’t run many sales, so now is the time to stock up!! The coupon code expires on 9/24/14 at midnight EST.


Finally, to get things started, we’re giving away two copies of the Modkid Avery pattern! Enter below for a chance to win, and mark those calendars!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Modkid Styled - Keagan Rocker

Monday, September 01, 2014

Finally, something for the boys!! Did you know that the Modkid Keagan shirt pattern has 4 different styles to choose from? I’m reserving the other versions for more Modkid Styled posts at a later date. Today, I bring you the Keagan Rocker.

Keagan Rocker Styled

1. Just My Type Cascade

2. Just My Type Color Keys

3. Pants

4. Shoes

5. Dogtags

Modkid Styled - Lily Skirt

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Has your sewing machine been buzzing with back to school items? Here’s the perfect look to send your girl back in style using the Modkid Lily Skirt. I’ve packed in a little education with alphabets, numbers, and honest Able, then added some sparkle and shine we know they all love. 


Lily Styled

1. Just My Type fabric – Letterpress

2. Just My Type fabric – Color Keys

3. Just My Type fabric – Crossgrain

4. Abe shirt

5. hair clip

6. shoes

7. backpack

Chic Accessories Now in PDF

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We are happy to announce the release of not one, but two of the most popular micro mini patterns in PDF pattern form. What was previously a quick sew, perfectly chic accessory is made even quicker by instant download! As you will soon see, both are perfect for back to school.

First up, we have the Jewelry Roll pattern. Transporting your jewelry just got a whole lot easier and cuter. With two necklace and ring holders, six separate pockets of varying sizes and a zipper pouch, you can store quite a few of your special accessories. It all rolls up into a compact little package that will easily fit into your purse or carry-on luggage.

What makes it even better? Our MODKID Jewelry Roll is not just for jewelry...

The inside pockets are the perfect length and width for coloring pencils, markers and crayons, while the zippered pouch will easily hold erasers, glue sticks, post-it notes or other small school supplies. Then it rolls up to fit perfectly inside their backpack or binder.

Teachers will find plenty of storage room for pens, Expo markers, rulers, staplers, calculators, etc. Feel free to modify the length of the inner pockets to suit your needs.

Whether you sew, knit, scrapbook or like to dabble in all crafty hobbies, keep your tools of the trade safely tucked away in this handy travel case.

You can find the Jewelry Roll pattern for sale in the Modkid Etsy Shop or on Craftsy.

Next up is the Modkid Lunch Bag. Lunchtime doesn't have to be boring with a brown paper bag! Be fashionable with this super chic insulated lunch bag. It has plenty of room for your food and drink, plus an extra little interior pocket to hold an ice pack. A padded handle and velcro closure make it easy to transport. 

You can find the Lunch Bag pattern for sale in the Modkid Etsy Shop and on Craftsy.

One last note about these micro-mini patterns. They don't include pattern pieces, just simple rectangles, so they sew up very quickly. If you are looking for a great teacher gift or wanting to install a zipper for the first time, these patterns are a great place to start!

Vote for the Next Sew-Along

Friday, August 15, 2014

We had so much fun with the last sew-along that we’re already planning the next one. We narrowed down some options for a fall-ish project starting the beginning of October, and we’re asking the Modkid fans to vote. Click over to the Fan Group to share your opinion.

SAL vote

Welcome to our New Look!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Courtney has been busy updating the look of our blog and we would love your feedback. Our newly updated blog is more modern, clean and easy to navigate. We have tabs at the top so you can easily find what you're looking for, and our sidebar links have also been updated so you can learn more about our company and keep up with us on social media.

Here are some highlights:

  • Click on the FREE PATTERNS link at the top ^^^ to easily download all of our free tutorials and patterns we currently have available. More will be added as they become available.
  • You can now easily find our PDF and Paper sewing patterns by clicking on the tabs above ^^^
  • Click on the social media links on the sidebar to follow us >>> and learn firsthand what we're cooking up next.
  • If social media is not your cup of tea, no worries, click on the ABOUT link at the top ^^^ to learn more about our company, or scroll down a bit on the sidebar >>> to find several Patty Young and MODKID interviews conducted by industry professionals.
  • The ROAD TRIP PATTERN CLUB logo on our sidebar will take you directly to an affiliate page where you can purchase the club membership and get  all of the current and previous patterns released. If you don't know about the RTPC, click here to learn more.

Past, on-going and future endeavors...

Courtney has been conducting a fun series she calls MODKID Styled, where she takes a MODKID sewing pattern (either PDF or paper) and pairs it up with fabric combos and trendy accessories to create a whole "ensemble". She even gives you easy links on where to find all the goodies so you don't have to do any extra work. If you would like her to "style" a favorite pattern of yours, just let her know in the comments.

Sew-alongs: We just completed our first ever sew-along, the Sun & Surf Tote, in conjunction with our first ever paper-to-pdf release. It was a blast and we really enjoyed seeing all the projects completed by our SAL participants. We plan to do more SALs in the near future, so if you have any special requests, just et us know in the comments!

MODKID FB Group: don't you hate it when everyone else is in the know and you have to find out second-hand? Join our FB Group to always be the first to get MODKID news. We will announce new pattern and fabric releases there first. We will also post FREE tutorials and poll our members for ideas and suggestions. As if that wasn't awesome enough, our MODKID group has become a sewing forum too where members post questions or concerns and get an answer within seconds from either a MODKID team member or another group member. Come join us here.

If you've been missing new fabric designs from us, I am delighted to say that there are TONS of new fabrics, in quilting cottons, knits and home dec, coming up in the near future. Stay tuned... as soon as I am able to reveal, I will give you the details! (pssst.... a little birdie told me that a sneak peek was posted on the FB Group, so head on over there to check it out.)

That's it for now! Hope you like our new look. Please give us your feedback. We would love to know what you think and if there is anything else you'd like to see form us either here or on Facebook. This is a work in progress...

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