Modkid Sister Set in Club Havana Fabrics

Friday, May 18, 2018

Club Havana Sister Set by Sweeter Than Cupcakes

When Patty Young starting showing off her new line of fabric for Riley Blake, Club Havana, I was immediately drawn to the pineapple prints on knit fabric. With only 2 yards of fabric from Riley Blake, I knew I could dream up a sweet sister set perfect for summer. 

Modkid Malibu in Pineapple Fabric

Avery immediately asked for more Modkid Malibu dresses after I made her the last one. She has declared this her favorite pattern for the summer, and I tend to agree. 

Modkid Malibu in Pineapple Fabric

That back gets me every time!! It will be nice in the full heat of the summer which has already arrived here in Texas. 

Modkid Malibu in Pineapple Fabric

I used the invisible stitch knit binding technique I shared over on the Modkid blog. The clean look works so well for the Malibu dress. 

Modkid Laguna Top in Pineapple Fabric

Tandy needed a look of here own, so I went with a top and shorts combo. The top is the Modkid Laguna Summer Shirt

Modkid Laguna Top in Pineapple Fabric

Even some of Tandy's goofy faces are too cute not to share.


View A of the Laguna pattern features a double sleeve flutter. I've hemmed and top stitched with a twin needle here. I just unpacked my new coverstitch machine, so I'm eager to give it a go with both of these knit patterns. 


The shorts are the most basic style of the Modkid Spring Break Shorts. By leaving off the side pockets, these are about the fastest shorts to sew ever. I had just enough of this olive modal denim from Joann Fabrics left over from my Joy Jacket. With fabric this soft, these shorts would be comfy enough to sleep in.

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Jeune Twin Set by Sew Pony

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Sometimes I sign up for a blog tour because I'm intrigued by the pattern, I have the perfect fabrics in my stash, or it's from a favorite designer. Sewing the Jeune Twin Set by Sew Pony combined these reasons plus I thought this might be a perfect pattern to suggest to beginning sewists. 


The verdict: I will highly recommend the Jeune Twin Set pattern to someone learning to sew for a few key reasons. The top has no exposed seams or set in sleeves. When first learning to sew, finishing seams is one more step to learn. A new sewist can skip that step with this top, but then learn it when sewing the skirt. 


The blouse has several options including a rounded back neckline, straight hem, and collar. The simple button back closure is so classic rounding out another skill for the beginner to practice. From a distance the top fabric, Bloom Geo Blossom by Riley Blake, looks like simple dots, but the white on gray geometric print is much more interesting. Be sure to grab the Riley Blake Solid in Peacock for a perfect coordinate. 


The skirt portion of the twin set is a few simple rectangles, but the side pockets provide a fun detail. Avery already had a tiny shell or two stored away by the end of this photo shoot. Sewing the skirt gives a beginner experience with sewing a hem, finishing side seams, and inserting elastic in a casing. I'd venture to say that the Jeune Twin Set pattern would make a great instructional pattern if you are planning to teach someone to sew. 


Suz has organized a full blog tour this week, so be sure to check out all of the other inspiration. A 10% discount will apply throughout the tour with the code JEUNETOUR (May 2 - May 12). Also, the pattern is available in English as well as Dutch. Visit WenSJe and My Petite Sophie for their stops on the tour today.

Isa Sweater

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


My latest round of sewing for my daughters has all been with woven fabrics, so I was excited for a chance to switch over to knits for this Isa Sweater and yoga skirt. If you don't follow Isabel, @_beletoile_, you need to NOW! She is always blowing me away with her fantastic fabric combinations and unique photography. 


Isabel's latest pattern, the Isa Sweater, combines a comfortable style with a modern color block feature. Tandy has reached for skirts more often lately, so the short sleeved sweater style was perfect for us. I highly recommend checking out the pattern listing for the many variations you can create with this pattern. From dresses to tops with various color blocking opportunities, the Isa pattern can take you through multiple seasons with completely different styles. I must mention the raglan sleeve style as well. As I've said many times, I'm a huge fan.

Everyone who purchases the Isa girl's pattern receives the companion women's pattern for FREE!! Perfect for Mother's Day for those who love to coordinate!


The V bodice detail becomes a bit subtle with a simple turn of the stripes direction. Isabel includes some great tips on getting a nice, sharp point when stitching the V shaped seams.


The skirt is essentially the Modkid Maya. I was running a bit short on fabric, so the result is a tad shorter than the pattern. The aqua fabric is a Laguna knit, but I've lost track of the origin of the stripe fabric. 



This combination works equally well for play or church on Sunday. 


Modkid Brynn with Double Piping

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


I was completely inspired when I spotted this post in my Instagram feed from Coffee & Thread. Daisy of the Molemieke Blog used double piping for the collar of the Nina Blouse. Mind blown!!! I went on a hunt for a tutorial and couldn't wait for my first application. The Modkid Brynn was released at the perfect time!

This is what I love about the evolution of sewing blogs. Once inspired, we can pass along the inspiration through our own application. The goal I have always longed to achieve with my blog is inspiring creativity in others. Thank you to the many who post and write that inspire me!



The double piping really makes the lines of this Brynn Top pop. I used the double piping tutorial from the Martha Pullen site and shared a few application pointers on the Modkid Blog. Do keep in mind that the double piping creates very thick seams. I broke two serger needles if you need proof!


Swapping the ruffle for piping streamlines the look. A little variation can go a long way!


As Avery and I headed out to walk to another spot for photos, she stopped in the corner of our front yard to taste a bit of honeysuckle nectar. I started snapping photos and voila our photo shoot was done. My husband and I both have fond memories of sampling the nectar when we were kids. Watching our children do the same instantly takes me back. Do you have a particular scene that seems to transport you?


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Modkid Brynn Top and Spring Break Shorts

Thursday, April 12, 2018


The weather can't seem to make up its mind around here, but that hasn't stopped me from starting a summer wardrobe for my daughters. The latest releases from Modkid, the Brynn Top and Spring Break Shorts, have me pretty excited. A summer set that is both precious and allows for easy play ranks pretty high around here. 


The Modkid Brynn Top could not be sweeter! The interesting construction of this top will have you patting yourself on the back as it easily comes together. Here is a great opportunity to use up the fun trim in your stash! Pre-gathered trim saves you a few steps if you like ruffles, but don't leave out piping, ric-rac or lace as options. My narrow hem foot and ruffler foot came in handy here.


We have all the heart eyes for this back design!! The ruffle is continuous from the lower back, around the front curve, and back down. The elastic casing brings the back in a little closer to the body for good coverage. 


The Spring Break Shorts come with three views, a basic boxer, this wide angled ruffle, and a simple hem ruffle with petal shaping. Two disclaimers here. These shorts where part of the pre-test, and they are a bit wider than the final version. Also, while quilting cotton works great for the other two views, a fabric with more drape gives that ruffle a softer look. Be sure to scroll down for my second pair with the final fit.


I can't leave you with out a few more photos of this amazing back!


Both patterns come in girls and teen sizing, so even your older girls can take advantage.


As testing wrapped up, I was able to squeeze in one more pair of View B shorts with the final fit. These shorts out of rayon challis fabric show off the unique style with the comfort of pajama shorts.


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Blank Slate Sora

Thursday, April 5, 2018


Typically, when the Texas Bluebonnets start blooming, I am all about sewing up something for my kids and getting them in among the flowers. As soon as I finished this Blank Slate Sora Sweater, I decided I'd be the one in the Bluebonnet photos this year. 


This is my second Sora Pullover, but the first one I have sewn. You can see the one Melissa made for me here. I can certainly count my blessings that Melissa also gifted the pattern pieces she adjusted based on my height making this a pretty quick sew. 


I highly recommend watching the How to Sew a Shawl Collar video. The video shows more than just the collar, it is practically a full sew-along.


I said it before, but I'll say it again; the silhouette of the Sora Pullover is ideal for my rectangular figure. The gussets at the side hems give great shaping. How many of the same tops can I own without being weird? I am obsessed! If anyone has similar style recommendations for me, send them my way! I'm also looking for inspiration for hacking the pattern for different looks. 


The fabric I used is a very lightweight french terry from Joann Fabrics. The smooth texture and drape give the top a sweater knit feel.

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Toaster Sweater

Monday, March 26, 2018


I may have made this Toaster Sweater a bit too late in the season, but I'm going to be so glad I have it in my closet for next year!! This top is just my style, and I wanted to show it off worn casually and a bit more dressed up. For a casual day, I wore it with my favorite jeans and some low booties. (Many thanks to Melissa Mora for the casual photos and my hubby for the dressed up option.) 


The fabric for this Toaster Sweater is Ponte Knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This is a nice thick knit with great stretch and recovery. I like the structure it gave this top, but I think the pattern would work wonderfully in less structured knits as well. 


For a dressier look, I switched out the jeans for black pants, put on bright lipstick (Revlon Matte in Passion), more dramatic earrings, and high heeled black booties. 


The Toaster Sweater has two different options. This is Toaster Sweater #1 with a long waistband and arm cuff. Love that cuff detail! The pattern is intended to be a bit cropped, but I added 4" in length to suite my preference. Since the bodice is straight, the result is a fitted band at my hips. If you plan to lengthen the pattern, make sure you will still have enough width in the hips before you begin.


The turtleneck is neither high nor tight fitting. 


I do still have Toaster #2 to make, so we'll see if I get to it when it's more seasonably appropriate or not.

3 Free Baby Patterns

Monday, March 19, 2018


It has been a while since I've sewn anything for babies, so when I had the opportunity to shower an expectant mother recently, I was eager to sew. I rounded up two existing free patterns, and worked with Patty Young on a third. Since the Mother-to-Be has been using birds and butterflies in the baby's nursery, Patty's Flit and Bloom fabric line for Riley Blake worked in beautifully. My mind started spinning with ideas for a hummingbird themed nursery. How cute would that be?!?!



Let's start with the newest free pattern for baby. This FREE diaper and wipes clutch includes a velcro closure and front pocket to stash keys or a phone. I love having these diaper clutches to keep stashed in the car or when you no longer need to lug around the full contents of a diaper bag. Find the Free Diaper Pouch Pattern on the Modkid Website. 


To round out the baby gift, I sought out a couple more free baby patterns. The Purl Soho Baby Sunbonnet is both sweet and functional especially for a baby born just in time for a hot Texas summer. Again, the mother has been seeking out some girly blues to incorporate in the baby's things, so this turquoise print from the Flit and Bloom line felt just right. The lining is a soft pink solid from Art Gallery Fabrics. 


This next piece incorporates a free tutorial along with a free pattern. The pattern is the Free Baby Bib Pattern from Nana Company. I've used the quilt-as-you go technique from Simple Simon and Co. several times now for baby bibs. The process is so satisfying without feeling overwhelming for a whole quilt. 


I'm glad to have this little round up of free baby patterns for future baby gifts. Be sure to Pin an image if you don't have an immediate need for baby patterns. They will likely come in handy at some point! 
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