Modkid Mara and Perfect Tee Set 2

Friday, November 17, 2017


I did not stop with just one Modkid Mara and Perfect Tee (Coupon code at the bottom of the post.) set during testing! I knew I would like this style for my youngest too. I also wanted to highlight that the whole look could be sophisticated as in Avery's ensemble or more classic in today's style for Tandy.


Quilting cotton works great for the Mara Skirt if bottom weight fabrics aren't your thing. This fabric is the Bloom Scalloped Dot in Teal, part of the Flit and Bloom collection by Riley Blake. I can't help using colorful snaps with this pattern. When I first bought my Kam Snap tool and snap set, I opted for the neon snaps. I never imagined I would use so many of the neon colors. They are just so fun!! I accidentally broke one of the snaps while inserting it, but check out the fun solution I posted on Instagram.  


Once again, I opted to use the elastic in the back waistband to ensure a good fit. I may end up needing to let this elastic out just a tad though. I left off the back belt loops here, because I know this one won't be using a belt anytime soon. They do offer a professional finish though.


The gray triblend knit used for the Perfect Tee is from at Walmart. The fabric has actually been really nice for tees. So far the Union St. Tee I made has washed and worn well. I'll hold out on a final verdict.


I have at least half a dozen other versions of the skirt swirling around in my head. I think the Mara Skirt would work well for a school uniform as well. 

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Modkid Mara Skirt and Perfect Tee

Thursday, November 16, 2017

** This post contains affiliate links.  By purchasing through my links, I receive a small compensation 
which I will in turn use for fabric to share more inspiration with you.**

I have some excited things to share with you today!! First, the release of two new patterns, the Modkid Mara Skirt and the Perfect Tee. I have already made 2 skirts and 4 tees, so you can see I am clearly a fan girl!! 


The Mara Skirt works great with bottom weight fabrics and quilting cotton alike. The corduroy I used here gave the skirt just the right structure. Some of the finer details are lost in the busy print. The skirt features two panels on each side of the front snap placket. The deep pockets extend in front to create two belt buckles at the waistband. Colorful Kamsnaps were perfect for my application, but metal snaps are another fun option. Of course, you could also opt for buttons along the placket. 


To achieve a perfect fit, the pattern includes instructions for inserting elastic in the back. This worked out perfectly for my tall, but thin daughter. The back is comprised of 3 panels and falls a bit longer than the front for just the right shape. The two belt loops in the back give a professional finish.



The perfect tee compliments this skirt so well! From being a part of the testing process, I can attest to the effort Patty went to in order to get just the right fit on this tee. The slim style is perfect for layering in the cooler months. My kids need these in every color!! The striped fabric for this tee is brushed poly spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I don't see this exact one in the shop, but that doesn't mean it won't be back.


The other exciting news is the launch of a new Modkid website. It's a beauty, and now you can find all of the Modkid products in one location!! To celebrate, use coupon code NEWSITE for 40% off your entire purchase. Happy shopping and sewing!!


Sprinkles Birthday Dress

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


I knew I wanted a dress with a retro vibe for Tandy's Bake Shop Birthday dress, and the Modkid London with a slight change served me well. Only sprinkles fabric would do! The Boardwalk Delight Sprinkles fabric by Dana Willard may have been themed for ice cream, but the sky is the limit when it comes to sprinkles, according to Tandy anyway.


The only change I made to the pattern was to swap out the pleated skirt with pockets for a gathered skirt. After determining the length needed plus hem and seam allowances, I cut 2 rectangles the full width of the fabric. The next steps include sewing the side seams, hemming the bottom, gathering the top, and attaching it to the bodice. I love how the dress takes on a whole different look!


We took photos in the bakery where Tandy's party took place. You can read all of the party details here.



Tandy's headband was inspired by a tutorial from Kojo Designs. We had to have more sprinkles! I love how the blue pulls out the blue in the vintage buttons I picked up at the Warrenton antique show.



Check out those coordinating sprinkles! Speaking of coordinate, the bodice lining fabric is Art Gallery Fabric Quartz Pink


This little six year old is full of a little sass and a lot of sweet. I sure hope she stays that way!

Tandy's Bake Shop Birthday

Monday, November 6, 2017


Tandy's birthday party was a couple of weeks ago, but this time I have a really good excuse as to why it has taken me so long to post. My computer crashed the day after the party, and it has been quite a process to get things up and running again on a new computer. 

This was my first time hosting a party at a location other than our home. We really had the perfect space when we were in Mississippi, and I was struggling with a vision here. When Tandy said she wanted a bake shop party where she was able to decorate cookies, I went on a hunt for alternate locations. There were actually so many to choose from! When I walked into Baked by Amy's, I loved the slightly vintage charm and great light in the place. Other than a fiasco with them double booking our time slot and forcing us to switch our party time, the location was great.  


The bakery provided two cookies and two cupcakes for each party goer to decorate. We had a pastry artist assigned to our party that instructed the kids on filling icing pouches and decorating techniques. 


How cute is their chalk wall?!?


The bakery was cute in and of itself, so my decorating was minimal. We decided to go with a sprinkle theme since Tandy is apt to put sprinkles on anything she can. Pancakes taste so much better with sprinkles!!


The cake topper and the letter "T" above I found in the clearance section at Michael's. They were each less than a dollar. The best method I found to adhere the sprinkles was to paint the surface with modpodge and pour on the sprinkles. 


I wasn't able to bring in any sweet treats to the bakery, but I could bring in some finger snacks. Pintrest lead me to an Australian treat known as fairy bread. All it entails is white bread spread with butter and doused with sprinkles. I must admit that there is something magical that happens with this combination that earns it the name. It's delicious!!


We threw in some fruit for a healthy option.


Then, applied our last bit of sprinkles to popcorn coated with almond bark.


Mini jars of sprinkles went home with each attendee tagged with "You are the sprinkles on my cupcake". I found the printable tags here.


These sprinkles slap bracelets from Hobby Lobby were too perfect not to include. 


Tandy was so excited for her special day. With the number of photos in this post, I'll save her dress details for the next post.


Opposite the pretty chalk wall was another chalk wall for the kids to decorate. Avery took this job very seriously!


Prior to cupcake decorating, the kids personalized chefs hats. 


Tandy was with me at Joann's when I was hunting down stickers everyone could use. She spotted the sprinkles ones right away when I completely glanced over them. She is as good at coordinating a party theme as I am! 


 Such a fun group of cousins!


With Tandy, more was more whether that was icing or sprinkles.


The birthday girl was also given the opportunity to ice and decorate her own birthday cake.


It was so fun to watch her work!



Remember what I said earlier about the sprinkles?! This girl knew exactly what she wanted!!



We indulged in the cake and packaged up the other goodies to go home with the new pastry artists. Sugary fun was had by all!

Blankslate Shoreline Boatneck with Ruffle Sleeves

Friday, October 6, 2017


If you caught my post last week over on Melly Sews, you know I have a new favorite women's pattern. The Blankslate Shoreline Boatneck (affiliate link) isn't a new pattern, but it was new to me. After making the rayon challis version for the Melly Sews post, I knew it was time to play around with the pattern. Besides, ruffle sleeves are all the rage this fall!


 This time I switched to knit. The Shoreline Boatneck pattern is versatile enough to use either! The fabric is a cheap lycra blend from Walmart. It may not last, but I liked the idea of testing out a new look with another substrate that was affordable in case it was a bust. Now that my confidence is reassured, I'm ready to bring out the good stuff!


To create this ruffle sleeve, I lengthened the sleeve hem by 1/2". After measuring around the new sleeve opening, I cut a rectangle that was 1.75 times the measured length by 6" wide. Playing with the direction of the stripes adds some extra contrast. After sewing the short ends together, I hemmed one side of the ruffle, then gathered the other edge and attached it to the sleeve. 


I also switched the curved hem to a straight hem for this look. Stripes go will with straight hems in my book. Finally, I took a cue from Dandelion Drift and used this neckline finish

When I received a compliment on the fit from my husband, (Who also takes great photos!!) I knew this was a winning make! The other day, I spotted this reverse Juliet sleeve top, and it may just have to be my next take on the Shoreline Boatneck (aff) pattern. What do you think?

Modkid Annika

Friday, September 22, 2017


The Modkid Annika just released!! Best of all, it comes in 2 size ranges: Girls (2T to 8/9) and Tween/Teen (10 - 18). Get it in the next 24 hours for 40% off with coupon code ANNIKA2017. 


I've made mine in a Euro French Terry, but sweater knit, stretch fleece, ponte de roma, and stretch velour would offer great looks as well. Try cotton lycra for a lighter weight top.



The basic pattern includes a split hem and lap neck.

 

With all of the add on options, you can go wild with possibilities. The kangaroo pocket completed this look, but patterns for a hood, thumbholes, and woven shirttails are included. 



It may be a tad warm for this still in Texas, but Avery will be nice and cozy when the winter temps finally strike.
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