Introducing Modkid Leilani

Friday, May 12, 2017

Modkid just released the latest pattern for girls and teens!! The Leilani pattern includes a swing top, swing dress, and harem romper. Three very different looks in one!! The dress and romper versions include inset side pockets. All views feature a double spaghetti strap design for added flair. Pick up both patterns for the perfect sister set!!

Pattern Sale Details: Coupon Code LEILANI2017 gets 40% off your entire order on the MODKID Etsy store. That means you can buy this and any other pattern for 40% off. And it also means this pattern is only $5.99 for 24 hours (the code will expire exactly 24 hrs after the pattern releases). There will also be a bundle price for those who want to get both patterns (think... "sister sets" or "mommy-daughter").





Also note that the upper sizes of the teen pattern will fit XS-M women sizes! Grab both patterns as a bundle!

Enjoy the inspiration from our testers!!


Amanda de Serres


Amanda de Serres


Erin Kaiser


Glenda Morrow


Courtney Davis


Jennifer Mills


Jenny Fish


Kristi Atkinson


Kyla Sorenson


Leah Broadstreet


Lindsey Oakes


Maria Luisa Santos


Nicole Cantwell


Patricia Metten


Rachel Reese


Raedene Averitt


Susan Nixon


Susan Nixon


Teresa Martin


Thao Luxa


Tiffany Turner


Tasha Bullard

Kyoko Sew-Along // Day 5

Friday, May 05, 2017


The last piece to the Kyoko pattern is the Obi. Note: All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.


Cut your one yard length of ribbon in half creating two 18" long pieces. Place the ribbon pieces on top of one obi piece right sides together, lining up the ribbon ends with the short ends of the obi and centering top to bottom. Baste in place 1/4" from the edge. You may want to pin the ribbon tails in the center of the obi, so they do not get caught in the seams.


Lay the other obi piece on top of the one with the ribbon pieces right sides together with the ribbon sandwiched in between. Stitch all the way around the obi leaving a 2" wide opening for turning.


Stitch over the narrow ends again to secure the ribbon ties. Trim your seam allowances and clip the corners.


Turn the obi right sides out. Use a turning tool or chop stick to poke out the corners. Press well and topstitch 1/8" from the edge all around the obi closing the opening in the process. Finish or trim the ends of the ribbon as needed.


The obi ties around the waist of the dress criss-crossing in the back. Secure with a pretty bow! All done!!

Be sure to add photos of your completed Kyoko pattern to our Facebook Group before Monday, May 8th to be entered to win a prize. You can share photos on Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #kyokosewalong. We will post the winner next week!

See the rest of the Kyoko Sew-Along here:

Kyoko Sew-Along // Day 4

Thursday, May 04, 2017


Today, we will construct the skirt of the Kyoko pattern. Note: All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.


With right sides together, sew each skirt strip along the long edge, one to the next, forming one long strip. Finish each seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch.


Press the seams to one side and topstitch 1/8" from each seam.


We are going to apply the bias hem in the same manner we did the sleeves. Open up a piece of your bias tape and pin it right sides together with the bottom of the skirt aligning raw edges. Stitch along the first fold line. Trim any excess bias tape at the ends. Fold the bias tape down toward the seam allowance and press.


 Sew you skirt into a circle by placing one raw edge over the other, right sides together. Stitch from the top of the skirt to the bottom of the bias binding. Finish the seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Press the seam to one side. Topstitch the seam from top to bottom. 


Using the crease lines of your bias tape as guides, fold the bias tape to the wrong side of the skirt encased all of the raw edges. Press well. Topstitch 1/8" from the upper fold of the bias tape, making sure to catch the inner folded edge underneath.



Gather the top of the skirt by stitching two rows of basting stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt. Be sure to leave long loose ends. Grab both bobbin threads and carefully pull to gather the top edge of the skirt until it matches the width of the bodice. Distribute the gathers evenly. For a detailed gathering tutorial check out our Tips and Tricks post.


Flip the skirt wrong sides out and insert the bodice inside the skirt so that the right sides are facing and raw edges are even. Align one of the side seams of the bodice with a skirt panel seam and repeat with the other side. There should be 3 skirt panels in front and 3 skirt panel in back. Pin well.

Stitch the skirt to the bodice. Finish the seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Press the seam toward the bodice and topstitch 1/8" from the seam. 

The dress portion of the Kyoko is complete!! It can be worn as is or complete the obi with us tomorrow.

See the rest of the Kyoko Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #kyokosewalong.

Kyoko Sew-Along // Day 3

Wednesday, May 03, 2017


I hope you are excited about the way your Kyoko is shaping up so far! We'll attach the sleeves and finish up the bodice today! Note: all seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.


Open up a piece of your bias tape and pin it right sides together with the bottom of the sleeve aligning raw edges. Stitch along the first fold line. Trim any excess bias tape at the ends.


Fold the bias tape down toward the seam allowance and press. Leave the rest of the bias tape unfolded until we close up the sleeve. Repeat for the other sleeve.


Pin one sleeve to the bodice right sides together lining up the center, front, and back notches. The center notch should align with the shoulder seam on the bodice. Stitch the sleeve to the bodice. Finish the seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch.


Press the seam towards the bodice and topstitch 1/8" from the seam. Repeat to attach the other sleeve.


Turn the bodice wrong side out. Pin the sleeve and bodice right sides together starting at the open side of the sleeve at the bias tape, matching the under-arm seam, and ending at the bottom of the bodice. Stitch the sleeve and side closed pivoting at the underarm seam. Finish the seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch and press to one side.


Turn the bodice right sides out. Using the crease lines of your bias tape as guides, fold the bias tape to the wrong side of the sleeve encased all of the raw edges. Press well. Topstitch 1/8" from the upper fold of the bias tape, making sure to catch the inner folded edges underneath. Repeat with the other sleeve. Tomorrow we will work on the skirt!

See the rest of the Kyoko Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #kyokosewalong. 

Kyoko Sew-Along // Day 2

Tuesday, May 02, 2017


Welcome to day 2 of the sew-along. If you are using ready made bais tape, you can skip making your own bias tape and get started with your bodice. 

Note: All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.


If you are not using ready made bias tape, refer to the Make Your Own Bias Tape tutorial we posted on Friday. You will need bias tape for the neckline, sleeve hems, and skirt hem.


Now, lets get sewing!! Lay the bodice back on a flat surface with the right side up. Place the bodice front pieces right sides together with the back bodice. Stitch along the shoulder seams. Finish the seams with a serger or zig-zag stitch.
 

Press the seam toward the front of the bodice and topstitch 1/8" from the seam.


Open up the 1/2" bias tape and pin one long edge along the neck opening right sides together. Begin at the one lower point of the criss-cross bodice piece and end at the other lower point. Extend the tape beyond the base of the bodice, so you can trim it even later.


Stitch the bias tape to the bodice along the first fold line of the bias tape, about 1/2". Carefully stretch and shape the bias tape around the curve of the neckline.


Using the creases of the bias tape as a guide, fold the bias tape toward the wrong side of the bodice completely encasing the raw edges. Press well and topstitch 1/8" from the edge of the bias tape catching the inner folded edge on the wrong side. Trim the bias tape ends even with the bodice edge.


Cross the font bodice pieces one side over the other lining up the 2 sets of notches at the bottom of the bodice pieces. Baste across the bottom raw edge 1/4" from the edge to close up the bodice. 

That's it for today! Note: I am not showing lining for this sew-along. For the optional lining, follow the instructions on page 4 of the pattern.

See the rest of the Kyoko Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #kyokosewalong. 
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