Modkid Leilani

Friday, May 12, 2017

This may be Avery's favorite pattern to date!! The pattern is the Modkid Leilani. It comes with 3 versions to make, harem romper, swing dress, or swing top. Not only that, but it comes in two size ranges: girls (2T-8/9) and tween/teen (10-18). You can even buy them as a bundle! Sale details at the end of the post!


The swing dress and romper include side seam pockets.

The bindings at the neck and arm come together to form a unique double strap at the shoulder. 

I wasn't kidding that Avery loves this look!! With the fun style and comfort, it is easy to see why!

I just love this picture. Not for any great photography magic, but because it shows those early tan lines from hours at swim team practice and the band-aid on her elbow from her recent bike crash. Basically, it shows a few details of Avery's life as an 8 year old.

Since she loved the first one so much, I made another. However, I didn't pay attention to the stretch in my fabric. This one doesn't slide up over her arms. She can maneuver her way into it, but that won't work for everyday wear. The great thing is I should be able to cut off the romper seam to turn it into the swing dress. All good!

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). 

Juliette Pattern Tour

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When, Jill of Knee Socks and Goldilocks contacted me about a tour for a pattern collaboration she did with Suz of Sew Pony, I had to jump on board. If you've followed Jill at all, you'll understand why I think we'd have the most fun getting our two little Goldilocks side by side. Since she lives in Canada and I in Texas, I guess we'll have to settle for this virtual arrangement. 

Let me introduce you to the Juliette Pattern these lovely ladies conspired to create! The first thing that struck me about it, was the vintage style.

There are so many options to choose from!! The dress can be made sleeveless, short sleeved, 3/4 length sleeves, or long sleeves. It features a classic A-line shape with optional ruffle collar and/or button placket. 

The back closes with a simple button and loop.

Tandy loves anything and everything hot pink, so I reached for Patty Young's Primavera line of fabrics. I actually had intended to make an all plaid top, but if you caught my Instagram post, I 
botched my plaid matching. I knew I wouldn't be thrilled with that result, so I switched directions to mixed prints and a dress. We were both pretty pleased with the result.

We wandered around our favorite waterfall park for pictures. Throwing in a little exploring tends to make for better photo participation. 

This little hidden path lead to a tiny beach like spot next to the water. I was so excited to capture this image with its composition and framing, but I managed to miss the focus. Still working on those momographer skills! 

Here are all the details on the Juliette Pattern Sale and Blog Tour: Use DRESSEDINSEWPONY to receive 10 % off any sewpony pattern (until June 2). Be sure to check out the Sew Pony Sewing Contest as well. The prize package is out of this world!! Also, check out all of the other lovely makes along the tour for inspiration. 


Modkid Claudia

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


I am excited to have one more make headed for Quilt Market. This is a Modkid paper pattern, Claudia, I had yet to sew. 

The fabric is a digital printing of Patty Young's Flit and Bloom fabric line with Riley Blake due out soon. Unfortunately this printing left out some soft gray accents and hummingbirds, but you certainly get a feel for the pretty line.

We had a bit of fun angling to capture the ducks in our photos!

Now that I have made the Claudia in pretty prints, I would love to try it in a solid. Maybe even a nice chambray or seersucker. The details like the paperbag ruffle would really shine I think. 

Of course, the belt, collar and sleeve ruffles are fantastic. The pattern also includes sleeve options for changing seasons.

Tandy's mini Melissa shoes are the perfect match!! They've become too small after just a handful of wears, but she still loves them in small doses. If you aren't familiar with the brand, they are a jelly style shoe with a fruit scent. You can imagine the strange looks Tandy gets when she suggests that people should smell her shoes!!


I almost forgot to draw attention to those cute side pockets!!

No need to worry. All models involved, whether human or waterfowl, received treats for being so photogenic. 

Modkid Kyoko in Flit & Bloom

Friday, April 21, 2017

In my last post I mentioned this waterfall was across the street from that photo setting. It turned out to be the perfect spot for a photo shoot for an updated Kyoko pattern cover in Patty Young's soon to be released Flit and Bloom fabrics with Riley Blake. I've since learned a little history about the area, and there is literally a round rock over here that I'll have to show you another time. This round rock marked a convenient low-water crossing for wagons, horses, and cattle. There are also grooves in the surrounding rocks that some attribute to the wagons that would drive across the river during the many cattle drives. The history just adds to the beauty of the area.

The Kyoko pattern comes in three size ranges: girls, tweens, and misses. It has been Modkid's best selling paper pattern, and for good reason! I'll be hosting a sew-along for the Kyoko pattern on the Modkid blog at the beginning of May. Be sure to head over there for the details and a discount code that ends today, so hurry. 

The Asian inspiration of the Kyoko pattern is unique while remaining easy to sew. The dress itself is loose fitting and comes with a shortened top option as well as short sleeves. The skirt portion can be pieced or sewn solid. The hems and neckline are all enclosed in bias binding, self-made or pre-made.  

The obi belt cinches the waist in for a more fitted look. 

Tandy enjoyed climbing around all the rocks in the area. She declared it her castle with each rock being a different room. Her castle included a tiara room where she would go back and forth to select a tiara from a favorite princess. She thinks she is modeling Snow Whites crown at this point. If it's about a princess is usually makes her smile.

Hope you enjoyed a little history and pretty scenery along with the dress! Hope you can join us for the sew-along!!

Coffee+Thread Blog Tour 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Have you seen the crazy, awesome tour going on over at Coffee+Thread?!? I can't get over the number of creative participants not to mention the inspiring makes they are sharing! I had only planned on making one look for this tour, but I just couldn't stop there. You shouldn't either! All patterns are still 20% off with 'coffeeandthreadtour' discount code. Shop HERE.

First up is Avery's Mulberry Tunic. I paired the tunic with Modkid Hannah shorts, and it makes for an ideal school day outfit. 

The fabric is Art Gallery Rosewater Tears by Katarina Roccella. The bodice seam just screamed for a little piping. I added an elastic casing offset from the hem of the sleeve to create a little ruffle that adds a feminine touch to the pattern.

Olga includes all of the finish details and top stitching you could want in a pattern.

The Modkid Hannah shorts feature a nice cuff detail for some added flare. They are a great length, and the pattern comes with a capri pant option as well. 

We recently moved to Austin, so I am enjoying spotting new photo shoot locations that are both fun and picturesque. This little spot has this great rocky area next to a stream on one side of the road and a waterfall on the other. I can't wait to go back for the waterfall!! 

The girls were so busy exploring and finding frogs that it was difficult to get them still enough for photos most of the time. 

I've had the Eleena pattern for a while, but never had the chance to make it. I'm so glad I finally did!!

I used the same denim from my great aunt's stash for both Tandy's dress and Avery's shorts. The warp and weft threads vary creating a black side and a dark gray side of the fabric. (At least, I think that is the correct terminology. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong!) For the Eleena dress, I reversed the fabric inside the pleat adding a little drama when it peeks through. 

I switched up the construction of the Eleena a bit. Some due to laziness, the lack of an invisible zipper, laziness, the thickness of the fabric, and, did I mention, laziness. I omitted the lining completely and bound the arm openings and neckline with bias tape. I also swapped out the invisible zipper for a button and loop closure. Of course, Tandy appreciated the pink button.

I wasn't sure how she would feel about the gray and black dress, but she surprised me and loved it! I think the swingy shape is what sold her. 

Now for more fun stuff!! Be sure to enter the giveaway for some amazing prizes. Then, visit all of the other stops on the tour and get inspired!!

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April 3

Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie Burgett

April 4

Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5

Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6

Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7

Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10

Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11

Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12

Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13

Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 

April 14

Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony ||

With Love By Eva 

Schooner Tee

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Are you ready for a treat!?! Jennifer of Jennuine Design just released the sweetest little knit tee and dress pattern!!

The Schooner Tee and Dress features a special sleeve detail without a separate sleeve pattern piece. The tee is slightly a-line with standard or high-low hems, and the dress includes a fuller a-line with a subtle high-low hem. The pattern is only 3 pieces: front, back, and neckband. I told you those sleeves were special!! Pocket pieces are included, but optional.

The tee length in size 5 was perfect for Tandy. I dusted off my rusty lettuce hem skills for the sleeves, but a regular hem is fine too. Side note: I posted my rolled hem notes on Instagram the other day. Do you keep track of your steps and settings to refer back too? These sure came in handy. 

Tandy thought it was super funny to throw leaves at me while I was trying to get photos of her. Playing along with her games results in the best smiles ever even though it takes twice as many photos to get a usable shot. 

Big thanks to Jenny of Sew Pretty Dresses for this fabric by Lillestoff. What had become to babyish for her daughter is perfect for my little elephant lover!

The Schooner Tee and Dress sale price for release week is $5 - no code needed. Take 25% off single PDF patterns with code SCHOONERRELEASE now through 4/9/17 in the Jennuine Design Pattern Shop. (affiliate link)

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