Sew-Along Vote

Thursday, April 16, 2015

You've asked, and we've answered!! Our next sew-along vote is live, and it's all about knits. So many of you have wanted to dive into sewing with knits, so now's the time! For those of you who would rather stick with wovens, there are two options that work for either knit or woven fabrics. Now it's up to you!! Tell us what you'd like to sew.

Modkid Styled - Melanie

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Modkid Melanie is one of those dresses that works great for play, school, or church. We love how easy it is to sew and wear!! For those who love a Mommy and Me look stay tuned for the next Styled post!

  1. Marigold Vivid Fireworks
  2. Spearmint Vivid Fireworks
  3. Headband
  4. Shoes
  5. Anklet

Sewing Tips & Tricks: Color Blocking

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Color blocking is a fun way to create a new look with some of your favorite patterns. Here are some interesting ways I found color blocking used on Pinterest. 

(Pinterest Pins 1, 2, 3, 4)

With the Modkid Penny pattern, Patty has already worked in some color blocking ideas for you! But, don't let those be the limit! Here are some tips to get you started on your own color blocking adventure.

Draw a new seam line where you would like to add color blocking. For the Penny pattern above, a bodice line has already been marked for us. You will need to label any pattern pieces that will be seperated, so they don't get mixed up later.

Cut the pattern along the marked line. I marked the places I would need to add a seam allowance with a star.

Add seam allowances on each side of the cut. Tissue paper, freezer paper, or cardstock works well here.

Now you are ready to cut and piece your fabric. Once the color blocked pieces are assembled and the seams pressed, you have recreated the original pattern piece. Follow the pattern directions as you normally would.

The Modkid Avery and Melanie would be other great patterns to play around with color blocking.

Modkid Styled - Paige

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

It's the first day of April, and for many, that means lots of April showers. There is no need to be drab even if it's gray outside!! The Modkid Paige reversible spring jacket in bright spring colors will cheer up any day! Patty Young's Vivid Canvas prints for Riley Blake should be hitting shops soon.

  1. Vivid Lattice Canvas in Marigold
  2. Solid Lining in Hot Pink
  3. Umbrella
  4. Rain Boots

Zoey Sew-Along // Results and Winners

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We've had quite a fun group of sew-along participants for the Zoey Summer Ensemble!! From pattern hacks to sister sets, these ladies outdid themselves! 

The first participation prize of 5 Modkid PDF patterns goes to Carrie Simpson. The second participation prize of 3 Modkid PDF patterns goes to Jacqueline Johnson. Congratulations!!

I've collected all of the sew-along posts in the Modkid Zoey Sew-Along Page, so you can access these posts at any time through the links in the sidebar of the blog. We love what you make, so keep sharing and creating!

Tandy Tunic and Dress

Monday, March 23, 2015

Are you ready for a new Modkid pattern?!? The Tandy knit dress and tunic is only a click away! If you hurry over now there is an introductory 24-hour flash sale for HALF OFF. That's $5!! Until tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. 

The Tandy is a sweet and comfy knit dress or tunic featuring a cross-over yoke. There are no closures to install and it sews up quickly. It's perfect for everyday wear, and layers nicely for cooler weather.


THAT'S 50% OFF!!

Here's a little side story to attest to the comfort of this dress. Tandy, (yes, the little blonde on the cover is my Tandy) loves to dress up each and EVERY day. The funny thing is, that it is always the same dress. It is one of the Target princess nightgowns, so it's super soft and comfy. She has 3 of the same type, but she goes for Rapunzel EVERY time. The day she wore her Tandy dress, she never took it off to dress up. That may not mean much to you, but it makes a statement in our house!

Here is a little inspiration from our lovely testers:

Zoey Sew-Along // Day 5

Friday, March 20, 2015

Can you believe you will have a whole outfit complete after you finish today's sewing?!?  Note: All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

If you used yesterday's pressing tip, you just need to touch up those hem folds at the new seams. If you didn't already press the hems, press them now 1/4" to the wrong side then again 1/2" to the wrong side. Stitch the hem close to the inner fold.

View C: Bring the tab to the right side of the shorts and pin in place directly over the previous stitches. Secure in place along the topstitching.

View C and D: Place the front waistband and back waistband right sides together and stitch along the two short ends. Press the seam open.

Fold the entire waistband in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press. Along the back waistband only, stitch exactly 1" below the folded edge to create a casing. Optional: Topstitch very close to the top folded edge. Make sure you leave enough room for your elastic!

Pin waistband to shorts right sides together with raw edges and side seams aligned. Stitch from side seam to side seam along the back waistband only. Starting 1" from the side seam, stitch along the front waistband stopping 1" from the opposite side seam.

Using a safety pin or bodkin, maneuver the waistband elastic through the opening at the side seam, into the casing, and out the other side. Be sure the end of the elastic doesn't get pulled into the casing. Pin the elastic at each side seam.

Secure the elastic ends in place from the right side by stitching along the side seam. Stitch the gaps in the waistband closed.

Finish the entire waistband with a serger or zig-zag stitch.

Press the seam down and topstitch.

View C: Place each button tab right sides together and stitch all the way around leaving a small gap for turning.

Trim the seam allowances and clip the curves.

Turn the tab right sides out and press well. Topstitch close to the edge closing the gap.

Pin the tab in place centered on the front waistband of the shorts. Secure in place by attaching two decorative buttons.

These are such great pieces for a summer wardrobe! We can't wait to see your finished product!!

Be sure to add your photos of the completed ensemble to our Facebook Group before Monday, March 23rd to be entered to win the prizes. You can share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged with #zoeysewalong. We will announce the winner next week!

See the rest of the Zoey Sew-Along here:

Zoey Sew-Along // Day 4

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's time to move on to the shorts!! Note: All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

View C and D:  I always like to mark the back pattern pieces to keep everything straight. Also, mark the tab/pocket location. For View C, mark the tab location on the wrong side of the fabric. For View D, mark the pocket location on the right side of the fabric.

Place one shorts front right sides together with one shorts back. Sew the straight side seam and finish with a serger or zig-zag. Repeat with the other front and back shorts pieces.

View C:  Place two tab pieces right sides together. Sew along two long edges and one short edge. Clip the corners and turn right side out.

Press well and topstitch along the 3 sewn edges. Finish the raw edge with a serger or zig-zag stitch.

Place one tab wrong sides together with with a shorts side piece. Center the tab on the seam and place the sergered/zig-zagged edge at the mark. Stitch in place. Repeat for the other tab.

View D: Place two pocket pieces right sides together and sew around all four sides leaving a gap open at the bottom for turning. Clip corners and turn right side out through the opening. Press well. Topstitch along the top edge only. On the right side of the shorts align the bottom edge of the pocket with the mark centered at the side seam. Topstitch the pocket in place along the sides and bottom reinforcing the top corners. Repeat for the second pocket.

View C and D: Here is where I apply my tutorial on How to Avoid Pressing in the Round. Go ahead and press your hem, 1/4" to the wrong side then again 1/2" to the wrong side. Do NOT stitch yet! If you like to save the pressing until the end, that is fine too!

Place the two shorts sides right sides together. Stitch along the front and back curved edges. Finish the seams with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Press the seams to the right.

Turn the shorts right sides out. Topstitch both center seams.

Turn the shorts inside out again and unfold the pressed hem. Pin the front to the back right sides together at the crotch lining up the center seams. Sew the crotch seam and finish the edge with a serger or zig-zag stitch. 

We will have just a few more steps to finish these up tomorrow!

 See the rest of the Zoey 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 #zoeysewalong.

Zoey Sew-Along // Day 3

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

If you are sewing View B of the Zoey Ensemble, you will have a few more steps today, but is should be a fairly quick sewing day.

View B only:  For each of your casing strips, fold the long edges to the wrong side 1/4" and press. Press the short ends to the wrong side 1/4".

Pin the wrong side of the casing to the wrong side of the bodice where marked. Topstitch close to the edge along the long sides.

Using safety pins feed the 1/2" elastic through the openings at each end. 

Secure the elastic by stitching through the casing at elastic at each end. Trim any exposed elastic.

View A and B:  Hem the bottom by folding the bottom raw edge to the wrong side 1/4" and then again 1/2". Stitch close to the folded edge.

Install snaps or create (6) 1/2" buttonholes along the wearer's right side where marked. Attach 6 buttons along the wearer's left side.

You are halfway to a complete Zoey Ensemble!!

See the rest of the Zoey 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 #zoeysewalong.

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