Dakota Sew-Along // Day 1

Monday, February 08, 2016

REMEMBER, today is the last day to use coupon code DAKOTASAL2016 for 30% off any pattern in the Etsy Shop!!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Dakota Sew-Along. We hope you have gathered your supplies. Today we are preparing our pattern and cutting out the pattern pieces. Let's get started! 

First, head to your computer and print out your pattern. Here are a few tips I like to use for printing:
  • Print the instruction pages on two sides (front and back). For the Dakota pattern, these are pages 2-13. You may be able to print fewer pages based on the view you decide to make. I like to save ink by not printing the pretty cover and inspiration pages, but that’s up to you. You may even choose to not print the instructions at all and have your digital copy handy while you sew.
  • Print the pattern pages 16-25 on a single side only. For versions B, C, E and F you will also need pages 26-30. For versions D, E, and F, you will also need pages 31-34.  Make sure your scaling is set to “none”. 
  • Above all, utilize the test squares to make sure your pattern has printed at the full scale.

Cut the pattern pieces to your desired size. Be sure to include the gray/shaded areas in your cuts. Overlap the shaded areas, as indicated on the pattern pieces, and tape each piece together to form the full pattern pieces.

Use the pattern layout guide based on the view you are sewing to cut out your fabric pattern pieces. Be sure to transfer the notches to your fabric. If making view A, be sure to cut the bias binding per page 3. That's it for today!

See the rest of the Dakota 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 #dakotasewalong.

Dakota Sew-Along // Schedule and Prizes

Friday, February 05, 2016

We will begin the Dakota sew-along first thing Monday morning!! Monday, until midnight EST, is also the last day to use coupon code DAKOTASAL2016 for 30% off the Dakota pattern or any others in the Etsy shop


Here is a breakdown of what we have in store for each day of the sew-along:
  • Day 1:  Prepare the pattern and cut and prepare the pattern pieces.
  • Day 2:  Create the Bodice.
  • Day 3:  Attach the skirt.
  • Day 4:  Attach the sleeves.
  • Day 5:  Finish and hem.

One sew-along participant will be selected at random to win Modkid PDF patterns of their choice!!


Here is exactly how to participate:
  • Sew along with us or at your own pace.
  • Post progress photos in our Facebook Group or Instagram with hashtag #dakotasewalong
  • Photograph your finished dress and add it to the Facebook Group. Post photos of your dress to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #dakotasewalong, so we can all find you. 
To be eligible for the grand prize, be sure to add your photos by Monday, February 15th. Please only add photos you don’t mind us sharing on the blog!

Grab your materials, wash and dry your fabrics, and get ready to sew!!

Dakota Sew-Along // Supplies

Thursday, February 04, 2016

We hope you've marked your calendar to join in with our Dakota sew-along!! Today, we’re talking supplies, so you can gather what you need before we get started on February 8th.


Foremost, you will need the Dakota Top Pattern. Remember, coupon code DAKOTASAL2016 gets you 30% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. The coupon code expires on Monday, February 8th at midnight EST.


First, you will need to determine which view you will be making.

The Dakota can be made in woven fabrics (e.g. quilting cotton, shirting, voile, gauze, lawn, linen, or muslin) or with knits (e.g. jersey, interlock, or stretch velvet). There really is a wide range of options!!

We would love to see your fabric selections!! Come share with us in the Modkid Facebook Group!

Dakota Sew Along

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Are you ready for a sew along?


The sew-along will be February 8th-12th. Put it on your calendar now! Between now and then we’ll be posting 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. Dakota is a swing top pattern with a myriad of options. Make it sleeveless for the Summer months or with sleeves for the cooler months. Add a hood, lace overlays or designer trims for a bit of extra flair. Use your favorite designer cottons or knits for a casual look, or dress it up with fancier fabrics. 


Stay tuned for prize details! 


You’ll want to post your finished dress by Monday, February 15th to be entered to win one of the prizes. Post your photos to the Modkid Fan Group page. Also, post photos to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #dakotasewalong and #modkid so we can all find you. 


Want more good news!?! Coupon code DAKOTASAL2016 gets you 30% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. That’s ANYTHING you buy in the shop not just the Dakota pattern!! The coupon code expires on Monday, February 8th at midnight EST. 

Modkid Valentines Sale

Thursday, January 28, 2016

We searched and gathered all of our favorite Valentine's Day looks to bring out all of the heart eye emoji.  And to kick start your Valentine sewing, we've got a sale to go with it!! Coupon code VDAY2016 gets 35% off your entire purchase in the Etsy store. The code will also work in the paper pattern shop!! The paper pattern sales are rare folks, so take advantage! Sale ends Monday at midnight EST. Be sure to read to the end of the post for additional deals for participation.

The red and pink combination of this Holly Dress is perfect for V-day, but easily outlasts the holiday as well. The Holly pattern is available in paper form and PDF form.

Ivey's pretty hearts and bold stripes make this Frida dress really stand out. 

And, what's not to love about And So I Sew's version of the Maya dress all covered in hearts!

Don't forget the flowers!! Jenny's View A and Andrea's View B of the Avery Dress are way better than a bouquet of roses. The Avery also comes as a paper pattern

Heart buttons and applique add a sweet pop to Patty's Rachel Dress.

Stacey of From a Box created a wonderful color blocked version of the Rachel dress in every shade of pink and red. 

Valentine's dresses don't have to stick to the traditional color palette. Choose your own combination, and the Reese dress might be just the thing!

I guarantee the boys don't want to be left out of the Valentines's Day fun! The Keagan shirt has 4 options to customize the looks. Andrea's version (top) and Patty's version (bottom) show perfect examples that boys can wear pink and hearts too!

Let's not leave out date night! The Metro Clutch is a cute way to stash your essentials for the evening. It also comes as a paper or PDF version.

Now, we'd love to see what you create for Valentine's Day with Modkid patterns! Take advantage of the sale, and post pictures of your creation in our Facebook Fan group, on Twitter, or on Instagram. Tag your photos with #modkid and #modkidvalentine by February 15th. We will search for the tags and send out an additional coupon code to use in the future.

Top 10 in 2015 Plus 5

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We may be well into January, but it is worth taking a moment to reflect on what a year 2015 was with Modkid. I've started with the top 10 posts for the Modkid blog in 2015 and wrapped up with the favorite sew-alongs of 2015. We can't wait to see what is in store for 2016. We know there will be new patterns, a new book, new substrates, and more.

10. Modkid Modified: Button Back Avery

9. Tips & Tricks: How to Avoid Pressing in the Round

8. #The Dress Explained

7. Tips & Tricks: Gathering

6. Broken Little Red Riding Hood Doll Costume

5. Tips & Tricks: Knit Binding

4. Tips & Tricks: Hemming Knits

3. Tips & Tricks: Machine Emroidery

2. Tips & Tricks: Shirring with Elastic Thread

1. Free Casserole Carrier Pattern

To round out our look back, I took a look at our top 5 sew-alongs. These are based on page views not necessarily sew-along participation.

5. Reese Dress Sew-Along

 4. Zoey Summer Ensemble Sew-Along

3. Harper Dress Sew-Along

2. Melanie Dress Sew-Along

1. Malibu Dress Sew-Along

Now you tell us what you would like to see more of!!

Modkid Modified // Hailey Pullover

Thursday, January 07, 2016

The Modkid Hailey pattern is usually reserved for warmer temperatures. Today, I am transforming the Hailey to a pullover for layering in cooler temps. It is quite a transformation, but the steps are pretty simple.

You will only need the Back Bodice pattern piece. Trace the Back Bodice pattern piece onto a piece of freezer paper or tissue paper to create a new pattern piece. Lengthen the top as desired using a well fitting shirt as a guide. Keep in mind you will have a 1/2" hem, and you may want the top to hit shorter than the top you will layer it with. I added 5.75" to this size 4 pattern piece.

Now, create the front pattern piece. The front pattern piece is a duplicate of the back, but the neck scoops down further. Again, use another pattern or a well fitting shirt as a guide.

Cut the front and back pattern pieces from your fabric. I recommend fleece or sweatshirt fabric for this look. Just be sure you have at least 25% stretch with good recovery.

Sew the front piece to the back piece along the shoulders right sides together. Finish the seams.

Open out the top and finish all of the outer edges. If your fabric does not fray, you may skip this step.

Turn the underarm seams 1/2" to the wrong side and hem. Go slow along the curves. Repeat at all four underarm seams.

Next, fold the front bottom hem to the wrong side 1/2" and sew in place. Repeat for the back.

Fold the sleeves to the wrong side 1/2" and sew in place. Repeat for the opposite side.

For the mock turtleneck, you will need to cut a rectangle to fit the neckline. Measure the distance around your neck opening for the length. Mine measured 14.25". Add 1" for seam allowances. I used 5.5" for the total height. So, my rectangle was 15.25" x 5.5". Fold the neck right sides together and sew the short ends with a 1/2" seam allowance. Press the seam open.

Fold the neck in half along the long side with the right side facing out.

Place the neck band around the neck opening of the top right side together and sew in place. Be sure to use a stretch stitch here since the neck area with need to stretch overhead.

Fold the front over the back and stitch the front to the back under the arm opening. Stitch over your previous hem stitches.

Secure the sides together with 3 buttons spaced evenly on each side.

Done! Layer up your modified Hailey for those cooler temps! Don't forget this method would work for the Hailey Misses and Hailey Tween/Teen as well!

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