Back To School Blog Tour

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Be sure to read to the end for the prize details!

The back to school sewing is in full effect!! My daughters' closets are pretty full of summery clothes, so I have been taking the opportunity to sew up some fall wardrobe options.

Can you tell Avery was excited about getting back to school?!? 

The colors and style of this tunic are perfect for fall. The pattern is the Sydney Dress by Modkid. It is a paper pattern that includes a dress or top length with three sleeve lengths. I opted for short sleeves since I thought it would be equally cute layered as the temps drop. Add some leggings, and you are good to go!

Can you believe the skirt fabric is flannel?!? I am hoping to convert a few of you to thinking flannel isn't just for button-ups or pajama pants. This dress is perfectly cozy in Patty Young's Acorn Valley flannel. The bodice and hood exterior are denim from the stash I inherited from my great aunt. I almost forgot to mention that Avery sewed her own coordinating headband!

 The pattern includes two hood variations. This pixie hood is warm and playful with the flannel lining.

Tandy needed a jump on fall attire too. As much as these girls love their flip flops, they have been begging to wear boots again too.

For this outfit, I modified the Modkid Cassidy pattern. The good news is I have a full tutorial for the changes on the Modkid blog today. 

Once again, I paired the denim with flannel from the Acorn Valley line. I highly recommend incorporating a little flannel into your garment sewing for fall!

The secret is out!! There is something good for you too!! Use coupon code BTS2016 for 25% off your entire purchase in the Modkid Etsy store. There are tons of other discounts provide by the tour sponsors too! Check those out here.

Today's Prize: 1 PDF pattern from Modkid and 1 PDF pattern from Audrey & Tiffany
*excludes bundles. The giveaway runs from August 25 12:00 am EDT until August 26th at 11:59pm EDT.

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Be sure to visit the host blog post for details on the sew-along and grand prize for more chances to win!!

Check out the rest of today's stops on the tour:

Modkid Aubrey

Monday, August 22, 2016

The dress that first appeared in my Signature Style post for Project Run and Play has inspired the latest pattern from Modkid.

Today, we are introducing the Modkid Aubrey!!


The Aubrey is a simple knit dress with special details including the curved seams and a hidden kangaroo pocket. 

Pattern features include two neck binding styles and three dropped shoulder sleeve lengths; short, elbow length, and long.

Here is the extra special pocket design. Kids love the surprise when they didn't even know it was there! Both fabrics shown here are by Art Gallery Fabrics.

These fabrics happened to be scraps from my good friend Jenny! Thanks Jenny! It just goes to show that this fun design only requires minimal yardage!

You can get the Aubrey an any other pattern your heart desires for an amazing price! Coupon code AUBREY2016 gets you 40% off your entire order on our Etsy store.... this makes this and any other full-price pattern only $5.99!!! But, hurry, the coupon code expires exactly 24 hrs from now. Go ahead and stock up for the Fall! Pattern link in the comments.

Just in case you thought their modeling went unrewarded, I'll leave you with this!!

Apple Modkid Dakota Dress

Friday, August 12, 2016

Last week I posted a tutorial on the Modkid blog for drafting a flounce sleeve from the straight sleeve pattern of the Modkid Dakota. I am finally getting around to revealing the complete dress. 

Yes, I said dress. Even though the Dakota pattern is designed as a top, it is simple to modify to dress length. 

I simply measured how much longer I would need the pattern to be for a dress length and took into account the hem allowance. For me, it was 8.75". Since the top already has plenty of swing and an A-line shape, I could just extend the side seam angle to my lengthened line. The final step I took was to curve up the bottom hem just slightly at the side seam end. Done!

I played around with a little knit fringe too. I started with 3/4" wide strips of knit. The knit needs to have some spandex in it to curl up nicely. Once stretched, the strip develops that curl, do just give it a tug or two. Before I sewed the skirt piece to the yoke, I tucked a few short knotted pieces into the seam. (Well, that's actually what you should do. I forgot I was adding this detail and needed to unpick my seam, and my serged seam, to secure it in place.) For the trim piece, I just spread the curled piece open and sewed it down the middle right along the seam. 

Be sure to check out that flounce sleeve tutorial on the Modkid blog. You could apply the same technique to a myriad of patterns. 

I love a good base pattern with tons of possibilities! 

Floral Top Knot Romper

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I just have to start this post by stating that Gabriela of Chalk and Notch is one of those really kind people that you sort of know online, but you're really sure she's the very same way in real life. A while back, I won a prize as part of Sew Japan with Mie series. Part of the prize included the Chalk and Notch Fishtail Kimono Pattern which I already own and used for Project Run & Play. No big deal; I was trilled with the rest of the prize. Gabriela went above and beyond!! She sent me a copy of the Kimono pattern to share with a friend and offered to send her next pattern when it was ready. Are you kidding me!?!

It makes a pretty perfect romper I must say. I made a size 4 width with a size 5 length. Gabriela clearly explains how to adjust the sizing in the pattern. So helpful!

This isn't one of those super quick sews, but after sewing one, I know the next one would be much faster. Special details like the offset shoulder and front pleats take a little extra time, but make the final look is so unique. 

This busy floral print is fabulous, but hides some of those details. The pattern calls for light weight woven fabric. This vintage floral from my great aunt seemed like the perfect thing for a romper. I think it must be a voile. I can't tell you how soft it is! It isn't Liberty, but it certainly has that look and feel to it. 

The cuffs are separate pattern pieces that offer a great finish. I swapped out buttons for snaps to make the dressing a bit easier. I must say, she still needs a little help getting this one down over her shoulders. I guess it is going to take her a little longer to get some of those maneuvers down. 

I can still hear her saying, "This is my favorite pose, Mom." It's pretty fun when they get into the photo side of it all. 

I think all of the girls in the family officially want rompers now!

Make sure you check out the Top Knot Blog Tour too! So many great ideas! 

I also have to add a huge thank you to Rachel of Stitched Together. On our last visit, which we forgot to document with a photo, she passed on a few photography tips. I shot these in RAW for the first time and incorporated some of those tips. I'm so thankful to all those bloggers and friends that pass on nuggets of inspiration and pointers that help me grow in my creative endeavors!!

Linville Romper and Dress

Monday, July 25, 2016

Adrianna of Hey June just released a new juniors pattern that is as multifaceted as it is cute!! The Linville Romper and Dress options include cap sleeves or sleeveless tops, a short skirt, maxi skirt, shorts, or pants.

Avery is at the bottom of the size range, so I love collecting these juniors Hey June patterns for sewing into the teen years. I ended up sewing Avery the size 6 in width, but lengthened both the bodice and the skirt. I love that Adrianna includes lengthen and shorten locations on the pattern pieces. 

I have a bunch of this mysterious green trim from my grandmother's stash. I don't think I could have found anything more perfect in a store. I love how the green picks up the green flecks in the bodice fabric. 

The bodice fabric is part of the Wee Wander collection from Sarah Jane Studio. The skirt fabric is Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Malibu.

The simple back button and loop closure is the perfect location for a special vintage button. The exaggerated opening is particularly helpful when slipping on the romper version.

I am still extremely challenged when it comes to photographing white. Any tips are welcome!!

The fit of this dress is what makes it special. It really is perfect! Avery has already requested a pants romper version. She'll be getting plenty of wear out of this in the meantime!

Acorn Valley Blog Tour - Modkid Maya

Friday, July 22, 2016

Surprise!! I'm hopping on the Acorn Valley Blog Tour again!! This time with an outfit I sewed up for Quilt Market. I actually had the privilege of sewing up two versions of the Modkid Maya to photograph for an updated pattern cover. Then these dresses made their way to quilt market. Now that I have them back, I can share a bit more.

The Maya pattern is one of Modkid's paper patterns available in stores or online. The pattern features two sleeve lengths plus the option to make a separate top and skirt or a one piece dress. Since the weather around here is super hot these days, I only photographed Avery's short sleeve outfit in more detail. 

The knit fabrics are Patty's Acorn Valley line for Riley Blake. The prints include Flutter and Leafy Chevron in teal.

The top features a ruffle chest detail and wide cuffs and waistband.

The skirt also has the same wide waistband and just the right amount of gathering.

These pieces work perfect together, but would work equally as well on their own. I actually think my girls would live in this skirt style!

Today is the final day to take advantage of the pattern sale. Coupon code AcornValley2016 gets 25% off your entire purchase in the Modkid Etsy Store. Valid July 11th through July 22nd at midnight EST. Note, the Maya pattern is not available as a PDF pattern for the sale, but so many of my favorites are!! Be sure to enter the giveaway too!!

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Today is the final day of the Acorn Valley Blog Tour, so be sure to stop by each of the previous posts!!

Monday 7/11: Riley Blake & Modkid
Friday 7/22: Ameroonie Designs

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