Bundle Up - Modkid Rachel

Friday, January 23, 2015

Today is the day you can finally purchase the Modkid Rachel dress as part of the Bundle Up pattern collection!! 

This was my second Rachel dress during testing after some fitting changes were made to the pattern. I opted for the long sleeves with a regular neckline instead of the mock turtleneck.

The other day Tandy was insisting she wear her long dress. (I'm pretty sure you can visualize what I mean when a 3 year old insists!) It took a while, but I finally figured out that she was referring to this dress. (Not sure where the long part comes from.) It turned out that she wore it several times over the weekend with her grandparents. That's love I tell you!

The gray dot knit is from Joann's, and I just love the quality. The navy ruffle is actually from an old pair of leggings that happened to have a hole in them.

The Rachel Dress pattern will be available on it's own after the bundle sale at regular price. I highly recommend taking advantage of the sale, as there are so many great patterns.

Rachel Dress for BundleUP

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sometimes it's so hard to leave my blog quiet while there is busy sewing going on behind the scenes! I've sewn up three of these dresses during testing, so I'm excited to finally get to share them.

This is the Rachel Dress by Modkid that is available in the Bundle Up sale that starts Friday, January 23rd. The Bundle Up Sale is a collaboration of 11 pattern designs release 11 new patterns in a bundle for a discounted price. You can build your own bundle for maximum personalization and price point. The patterns in the bundle are amazing!! So, go check them out!

Now let's talk more about the Rachel dress. As I said, I've already made three, and both of my girls are asking for more! The bodice features a tuxedo style center ruffle. There are two sleeve options, short and long, and two neck options, mock turtleneck and neck binding.

The tulip style ruffle skirt makes a unique feminine feature. Avery declares it to be her favorite part!

Be sure to check out all of the great patterns available with the BundleUP, and set your reminder to shop on Friday!!

Can 2015 Top 2014?

Friday, January 9, 2015

When I look back on 2014, I can't believe where I've come!! My bible study leader was talking yesterday about how God is always preparing us for the next thing he has in mind for us. It's amazing to me how a career in engineering, becoming a stay-at-home mom, and learning to sew has lead me to where I am today. The pieces all fit, and I will never claim that to be an accident!!

2014 started with the high of winning a sew along round of Project Run and Play.

Followed by a win for Flip This Pattern.
 There were quite a few fun blog tours to join.

Craft South

And, I also had the amazing experience of attending Craft South with Anna Maria Horner and Liesl Gibson.

But, by far the greatest adventure has been working with Patty Young of Modkid!  I've had the privilege of updating the Modkid blog, pattern testing, and hosting sew-alongs, in addition to other social media responsibilities.

I don't take any of these opportunities lightly, and I'm not here to toot my own horn. Hopefully, this serves as an encouragement that the same type of adventures are attainable for those who allow God to lead them along the way. 

So, while I just can't imagine 2015 topping 2014, I'm excited to see what all is in store.

Texas Christmas 2014

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

 I know I'm super delayed in my Christmas posts, but we had a wonderful extended time in Texas this year. It just means I'm already starting 2015 behind schedule. Not a good sign!

At 3 and 6, these girls are such a fun age for Christmas! Tandy's Christmas dress was a hand-me-down Feliz dress I made Avery. (Boy, that link takes me back!) Avery's dress was a Japanese pattern just like this one, but made in red fleece. I loosely basted the stretch green lace on to possibly switch it out with pink for Valentine's day. I went casual but cozy for her this year. I haven't taken up sewing with sequins yet! 

My parents were wonderful hosts as always. We had tons of quality family time! We packed in more game nights than I have the whole rest of the year. Avery and I were able to go see the movie Annie together, and my mom also took us to the theatre for Lion King. So fun!

These cousins played non-stop! Avery sure enjoyed looking after little Annie. Cousins are bit easier than sisters it seems!

Wishing You...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Simple reminders from one of our favorite Christmas books, Song of the Stars

"The One who made us has come to live with us!"

"Heaven's Son sleeping under the stars that he made"

It's a grand reason to celebrate!!

Hosh Pants and Aster Cardi

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Let me start by saying how blessed I feel to be able to work with Patty Young and participate in blog tours and other testing here. This is all such a privilege that I do not take lightly. Having said that, it has been a while since I sewed something without a deadline and picked patterns just because. I've seen so many others sew up both of these patterns, and I'm glad I finally got the chance!

The Hosh Pants won me over!! I love the skinny leg, flat front, and elastic back. I used a stretch twill from Joann's for these. I'm dying to buy a little of this and a little of this to make more! The only thing that threw me off about the pattern was the lack of length or height sizing. After measuring and comparing, I went with a 3T and added about 1/2". You can tell it is perfect in the photo above. I think, in her attempts to pose, Tandy pulled the pants down a bit in the photo below. 

The Aster Cardigan was another great sew. I went with a navy and white striped spandex knit and vintage buttons. I'd love to make a few of these for both my daughters! A solid grey and a bright yellow would be on the top of my list. Cheetah print would be fun here too!

I wanted to post outtakes of this photo shoot with Tandy's strange attempts with posing, but I had too many cute ones to include. Maybe I'll have to post the silly stuff on Facebook. I don't know where she gets this stuff!?!

Modkid Metro Clutch

Friday, December 5, 2014

The final Modkid "lite" pattern of the new releases is the Metro Clutch. This clutch is a great size and shape. The fun fabric twist make for a classy detail. With different fabric options, the Metro Clutch can be dressed up or down. I used a vintage barkcloth for the main fabric. Tweed, twill or even silk would make interesting options. 

These "lite" patterns are so easy to use with clear cutting instructions, but no pattern pieces. They are a great value!

The Metro Clutch would make a great accessory gift for any lady in you life. The great thing is you can personalize the fabric options for each recipient.

Modkid Art Folio

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Today, I'm sharing my favorite of the three new "lite" patterns by Modkid, the Art Folio. This is one of the best handmade items you could wrap up under the tree this year!! I wish I had time to sew one for each of my nieces and nephews!! Avery has art supplies spilling out just about everywhere. I love how this folio keeps it all together, and makes it so portable. Our art folio has already made its first road trip with us.

One side holds crayons and a miscellaneous pocket. Avery's pocket is stuffed with erasers, a mini stapler, and scissors plus who really knows what else!

The center holds an 8 1/2" x 11" top bound tablet or sheets of paper in a large pocket. The last side holds pencils or skinny markers. The three elastic slots would be good for highlighters, pens, or pencils.

I don't know a child or parent of a child who wouldn't love being a recipient of one of these art folios!

Modkid Pleated Skirt

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Modkid just released three new "lite" patterns just in time for holiday sewing. I think you'll love these for sewing up a few of the gifts on your list. Each pattern will be featured in a post this week. First up is the Pleated Skirt.

With three box pleats, a flat front waistband, and removable bow, you get lots of style with simple sewing. Seriously, from cutting to finishing will take you about an hour or less. Because this pattern is sewn using your own body measurements, it can be made for children, teens, and women. The fabric used here is a twill from Joann's. Stay tuned for two more lite pattern features this week....

All Spice Dress Blog Tour

Monday, November 24, 2014

Welcome to my little stop on the Paisley Roots - All Spice Dress blog tour! Want a dress with lots of sleeve options plus two types of bodice closures? Karly has you covered with her All Spice Dress pattern!! With 4 sleeve options and two front closures, the All Spice dress can take you through every season. 

The pattern itself has a table of contents to guide you to each step. The detailed printing guide lets you know which pattern pages to print for each dress option. With 54 pages, you can be sure there are detailed instructions and photographs for each step along the way. 

The details of the dress that I love the most are the front pintucks and square neckline. Of course, you can choose to omit the pintucks for another look, and Karly guides you right through that option.

As for Avery's dress, it's fabulous yet flawed. I was eager to create the zippered bodice, but I forgot a few things along the way. In an attempt to prevent you from having the same trouble, I'd like to remind you to mark your zipper at any critical location for matching your prints, including the bodice and skirt seam. It also helps to sew your zipper on in the same direction on each side, i.e. top to bottom. I honestly ran out of steam to rip mine out and sew the zipper in again. Forgive me!! Of course, it cancelled out the care I took in cutting the pattern pieces to match!

The only change I made to the original pattern was in the sleeves. I widened the bottom slightly and added a cuff for a bit of a puffed sleeve. I love this finish with this dress style!! 

I'm still pinching myself that I bought this Field Study fabric right inside Anna Maria Horner's home during Craft South! Those of you who receive our family Christmas card will be seeing more of this dress. 

There are more goodies to let you know about!! First, you have a chance to win some awesome prizes during the blog tour through the Rafflecopter. Next, make sure you follow along the blog tour to see the other amazing creations. Finally, link up any Paisley Roots or Blend Fabric creation for more chances to win!

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