Modkid Dakota with Tassels

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Modkid Dakota pattern is one of those that I never tire of sewing. It comes together just right and has such a great shape. On this Pinterest board, I have collected various ideas for different versions of the Dakota I'd love to make. The idea for tassels came from one of those pins.

I posted the tutorial for adding ties and tassels to the Dakota pattern on the Modkid Blog yesterday. 

Avery's friends were playing on a playground nearby when we were taking these photos. Needless to say, she was ready to go!

The chambray was something I had in my stash from my great aunt. The colorful fabric is from the new Primavera line Patty Young released with Riley Blake. The fabric will be available later this month I am told. I highly recommend this tile print. The plaids are pretty fun as well!

I think the ties with or without tassels can be worn in a variety of ways like this simple tie here. I wanted to try a bow as well, but Avery nixed that idea. We'll just have to use our imagination.

Still yearning to get to that playground! Don't worry we headed right over. This girl has some serious monkey bar skills!

Christmas Dresses and Skirt 2016

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

I don't often make my daughter's matching outfits, and I never thought I would make all three of us coordination outfits. I'm so glad I did!!

Christmas Eve was, and likely is, the only occasion we wore these all together. I know in a few short years my daughters wouldn't be caught dead matching their mother, and I tend to agree. But, at this age, it was a highlight. 

It all started with Tami's Thea dress in this very fabric from Hobby Lobby. I knew we needed it for our Christmas dresses! 

First, I made Tandy's dress using the Modkid Aubrey pattern. I knew I wanted to use some of the fabric on the bias, and the Aubrey pattern provided the perfect backdrop. I omitted the hidden kangaroo pocket for simplicity.

I grabbed the Blaverry Thea dress during the going-out-of-business sale for Avery's dress. Not only was the fabric inspired by Tami of Sew Sophie Lynn, but I duplicated her whole dress. I must say the sizing on the Thea dress was a bit odd for us, and I had to blend between several sizes. It all worked out in the end.

When I realized I had enough fabric left, I figure a skirt for me was in order. Almost exactly one year ago, I bought the red gathered elastic at M&J Trimming during a trip to NYC. I basically used this method for an exposed elastic waist skirt except I stitched the elastic on top of the fabric, so the entire width of the elastic would be exposed. I can count my successful sews for myself on one hand without even using all of my fingers, so maybe simplicity is the key. I don't know, but I'm counting this as a success.

My sister took the amazing photos of the three of us at my parent's ranch. I was doubtful the fog would give us enough light, but it turned out to be such a beautiful backdrop. Too bad I can't perfectly plan photos for foggy days!

Our Christmas break was filled with family, fun, and a little stressful house hunting in Austin. We hope you had a very merry Christmas, and your New Year has started with great hope and anticipation.

Modkid Vivian Nightgown

Friday, December 9, 2016

I didn't think I would like sewing pajamas for my daughters, but it turns out they are the most loved and worn items I make. I won't promise to churn out every sleep item they wear, but I'm much more open to sewing up some nighttime clothing now.

I must say, the Modkid Vivian will be a go to pattern for nightgowns. It is perfect in this Acorn Valley flannel for winter. A short sleeve version in a soft seersucker would be sweet for summer. 

For the nightgown version, the shirtdress collar is switched out for binding.

By omitting the pockets, belt loops, and sleeve tabs, the nightgown sews up extremely fast. 

Snaps make it even quicker. I love the fun contrast of these bright orange Kam snaps. Plus, the snaps make it easier for Tandy to dress and undress herself.

The back pleat gives just the right about of a tailored look.

Tandy has one of those sweet imaginations that shows when she talks and sings to her stuffed animals and dolls. I love to watch her in this season.

If you sew up a Vivian Nightgown, be sure to add it to this Pajama Link Up!!

Modkid Vivian Shirtdress

Thursday, December 8, 2016

I love a nice shirtdress for me, but I didn't realize how much I would like it for my daughters. 

The new Modkid Vivian Shirtdress and Nightgown (look for my nightgown post tomorrow) features a shirttail hem with a side slit detail. This look would be perfect with leggings or skinny jeans too. 

The back has a nice box pleat detail. I think it would be fun to play with a little lace for the top back panel.

The collar looks so nice, and it is only one piece to sew. 

The thing I love about these details is they are surprisingly quick to sew. Swap out the buttons for snaps and it gets even faster. Gotta love those side pockets as well!

Sometimes I look at Avery and she already looks like a teenager. Yikes!!

The fabric is a Lisette print I found at Joann's on clearance. I ran a tad short, so I opted for denim for the belt. 

The Vivian Shirtdress also comes with a short sleeve option. Wait until you see the nightgown version tomorrow!!

Waterfall Raglan and Hopscotch Skirt

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hey blog peps! It's been a while!!! In addition to the usual whirl and swirl of holiday activities, we have been preparing for a move. Sometime in January, hopefully, we will make the move from Mississippi to Texas, Austin more specifically. Yikes!! House hunting has presented its challenges so far, so keep us in your prayers. 

I'm alternating between sewing and packing in my spare time. When Gabriela of Chalk and Notch released the Waterfall Raglan, I knew I had to make time to sew. I almost never purchase and sew a pattern hot off the presses, because I always have a long list of items I'm wanting to sew. This time was an exception. I had to make one up!! This outfit was complete that week, but get photos and blogging about it took a tad bit longer. 

I love raglan sleeves, and the curved ruffle detail adds the perfect touch. The pattern comes in a top and dress version. I would normally lengthen the top to fit my daughter's measurements, but since I was pairing it with a skirt, the shorter length worked well. Had I intended this Waterfall Raglan for leggings, the additional length would have been necessary. I used Laguna knits from the Imagine Gnats shop in navy and citrus. 

I paired the top with a corduroy skirt made with the Oliver+S Hopskotch skirt. This is one of those patterns that I've had for ages, but had yet to sew. Hmmm, something old, something new, and something blue. ;)

Now, if it is quiet around here you know why!!

Christmas Bubble Skirts

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Does two years in a row make for a Christmas tradition? I loved Avery's festive Brewster Bubble Skirt last year, so I made two for this year. I'm not fully committing to making these a tradition, but I'm not opposed to it either. They are pretty fun to make!

I know it is a bit early for Christmas outfits, but we may have an even crazier December than normal. I'll share more on that soon. 

I was grateful to receive a one yard set of the Cool Yule fabrics by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics. I was able to sew up these skirts and have plenty fabric left for more. 

Tandy's skirt features the Winter Playground print in blue for the main section of the skirt. The cute snowmen, penguins, and tree laden cars are so sweet for little ones. 

This was the first time I sewed something assembly line style instead of completing one project at a time. It was all going well until I sewed the wrong bottom band to Tandy's skirt. Doh!

The main print for Avery's skirt is Baubles in white. The perfect name for this fun, colorful design!

 If only you could see Daddy's antics that captured the girl's attention so well!! He never disappoints when he joins us for photos.

Cheshire Melanie Nightgown

Friday, November 4, 2016

When I was contacted by Sash Fabrics to review some fabric, I didn't know what would arrive in the mail. I was greeted with this nearly glow in the dark Cheshire print. In walks Avery, who immediately requested a nightgown. Done! 

Avery is not at all familiar with Alice in Wonderland. I actually haven't let my girls watch it yet, because I remember being a little traumatized by it as a child. She is, however, drawn to these bright colors and silly cat images. She also loves asking the household which is their favorite cat. The cotton/spandex is a great quality. I didn't notice the least bit of fading after washing either. Be sure to join the Sash Fabrics Facebook Group to keep up with the latest rounds of fabric releases. Pre-orders are offered through the Facebook Group and retail orders are offered on the main website

For the pattern, I went with the Modkid Melanie dress with a couple alterations. First, I omitted the pockets. Then, I simply added a wide ruffle at the bottom, since we like our nightgowns long. This ensures longer wear too! I'm continuing my streak of never using an actual pajama pattern for pajamas!

The pattern does not call for a banded neckline, and for the first time I stayed true to those instructions. This is just a folded under neckline with a twin needle topstitch. Turns out I like it more than I expected! The original version had long sleeves, but during my fit check, Avery insisted on my shortening them. The elbow length turned out to be just right.

I received a bunch of Patty Young's older knit designs from my super generous friend, Jenny. I couldn't believe what a great pairing it made with the Cheshire fabric!

This project challenged me to work a little out of my comfort zone, and the result is one happy kiddo. Avery has worn her nightgown the past two nights in a row. Now she just needs a slumber party!

Amelia Earhart Costume

Monday, October 31, 2016

There is nothing like waiting until the last day to post a Halloween costume!! 

In a way, this costume may not deserve such a long post. Avery's Amelia Earhart costume is more assembled than handmade, but the assembling was fun and the photo shoot was even more so. 

We found the "Who was...?" series of books at our library, and Avery has been gobbling them up. She started with all of the females, and is now moving on to some of the males. Amelia Earhart was one of her favorites, and I could not have come up with a better costume idea myself. Everyone keeps telling Avery she even looks a bit like Amelia.

The only items I sewed were the leggings and the aviator hat. I used the most wonderful brushed poly from Finch Fabrics for the leggings. Avery wanted to sleep in these they are so soft. The contrast fabric and hat came from a thrifted faux suede skirt. I used the Jennuine Designs Dressage Leggings pattern, but due to limited suede fabric, I only color blocked the front portion of the leggings.  

I started with this tutorial for the aviator hat deviating slightly to fully line the hat with flannel. I knew I wanted to use an interesting buckle for the closure. When I went looking for an old belt to cut up, I spotted Avery's school shoes. That sent me on the hunt for Tandy's outgrown pair. The buckle / velcro portion was easier to unpick from the shoe than I thought it would be, and my sewing machine handled it perfectly too!

As soon as Avery landed on the Amelia Earhart idea, I turned to my friends at Wee Rascals for their hip and historical tees. The Amazing Amelia tee just happened to be on sale too!! It has been unseasonably warm here, so I love that she can wear this look with or without the jacket. 

Speaking of jacket, I spotted this one at Target. In the midst of costume sewing and party planning, I was thrilled to grab this instead of making one. If you are inclined to make one though, I think the Jennuine Design Moto Jacket would be great. I am eagerly waiting for Adrianna to release this pattern as well. The aviator style goggles came from Amazon.

Have you seen the recent Chick-fil-A commercial featuring Amelia Earhart? We were inspired to grab and industrial fan to try for a scarf blowing shot. I love it!!

We needed some last minute family costumes, so Todd decided to go as Avery's wing man. Did you know that Amelia Earhart didn't actually pilot her first famous flight across the Atlantic? She was an instant hero non-the-less for attempting the dangerous flight. 

Todd donned a tactile suit and a name tag that read, "Hello my name is Pete Mitchell" for a Top Gun reference. Had we planned this in advance, my dad could have properly outfitted him with fighter pilot gear. 

Avery had so much fun getting into character!! I love how she learned along the way. Here are some interesting facts we found:
  • Amelia fought for women's rights as pilots and citizens.
  • She established a women's pilot group calls the Ninety-Nines.
  • She set 3 speed records for flying in 1930.
  • Later in 1932, she made the first solo female flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Amelia studied sewing as a young girl. 
  • Amelia became a clothing designer with a line of clothes sold at Macy's in New York City. The designs were for "active living." I found this article about her clothing line very interesting. 

Crafty Like a Fox Party

Friday, October 28, 2016

When Tandy requested a fox party, we went a step further and created a Crafty Like a Fox Party. Ideas for the party only trickled in at first, but when I finally started to work on the party details the week before, they flooded in!! 

Inspired by her dress and her favorite dog, Tandy's fox party dreams came true. All of the fabrics featured are Acorn Valley designs by Patty Young for Riley Blake Designs.

Guests were greeted with fox ear headbands in lieu of party hats. 

Snacks included Chex mix, sausage cheese balls, and grapes. 

We served a mix of popcorn and Cheez-Its in paper cups dressed up with fox details. You can find the cup tutorial and template here

I pulled the orange and teal colors from the dress for our main color theme for the party. 

Fall may be the ideal time for a fox party since pumpkins happen to coordinate so well with the colors. I purchased felt from Benzie Design on Etsy for the pom-pom garland, rectangle garland, and applique embroidery hoops. The colors and quality are fantastic!! For the rectangle garland, I stitched across the top of the rectangles with my sewing machine leaving about 5 stitches in between each rectangle. 

I served pumpkin doughnuts which are basically cake mix and pumpkin puree with some spices. Easy!! (Recipe here.)

I can't decide if the cookies or the cake were my favorite. I found the fox cookie cutter here

My hand about went numb with from piping the frosting on the fox cake, but the end result was so worth it!! The instructions by Handmade Charlotte made it all pretty easy with maximum impact. I added a few fondant flowers to the cookies and cake that mimic the little flowers in the dress fabric. 

After trying blueberry pie pops for Tandy's Peter Rabbit party, I thought pumpkin pie pops would be perfect here. Pumpkins themselves made the perfect display. I have to say the pie pops ended up being much more crust than filling, but some indicated they preferred it that way. If there is a next time, I would probably resort to one of these other methods for presenting pumpkin pie

As a companion to the Acorn Valley fabric line, Patty Young released an applique pattern. I enlarged the pattern a bit to fit a large embroidery hoop for the backdrop. The "tail" of the number 5 had to have a fox feature as well. 

Tandy's aunt gifted her a bounce house for the party which was the biggest hit! These sisters had a blast!

We couldn't have a Crafty Like a Fox party without crafts!! We decorated pumpkins with the same fox templates we used for the cups. Avery actually brainstormed the idea for us, then I happened to find templates already available. We also used this popsicle stick fox idea. I prepped all of the crafts to reduce any waiting for drying times between gluing steps. We still needed lots of helpers, but the process went pretty smooth.

This was one happy birthday girl!!

We sent our guests home with fox temporary tattoos, chap stick, and glow putty. Patty graciously provided the fox graphic that I used to make the stickers on the favor bags. Can't wait to see what sort of theme she throws my way next year!! 
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