Modkid Annika with a Gathered Shirttail

Friday, November 9, 2018

The fall and winter sewing ideas are rolling in, and I'm hoping to inspire you to customize the Modkid Annika Sweater sewing pattern with a gathered shirttail hem. The Modkid Annika can take on a sweater look or more of a sweatshirt style depending on your choice of fabric. This quilted knit  from Hobby Lobby gives a sophisticated sweatshirt style. Combining a woven fabric for the ruffle adds texture and an opportunity to mix prints, solids, or stripes.

The Modkid Annika pattern comes with one design for a shirttail hem. Swapping the button-up style shirttails for a gathered ruffle creates a whole new look. 

The step-by-step tutorial for creating the gathered shirttail is on the Modkid Blog today.

Besides adding a bit of femininity, the ruffle lengthens the sweatshirt to pair well with jeggings and leggings. My kids jump at the chance to wear garments this cozy!

Not only does the lap shoulder detail add uniqueness to this sweathshirt pattern, but it is also a bit easier to sew if neckbands in the round give you fits. One more reason you need the Annika pattern in your knit sewing arsenal!

What is your kid's go-to fall style? Since the Modkid Annika also comes in tween/teen sizing I'm sure I will be making my oldest her own version sometime this winter.

First, grab your copy of the Modkid Annika Girls or Modkid Annika Tween/Teen. Then, head over to the tutorial post for adding this gathered shirttail twist. Be sure to show me what you create!
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Root Beer Float Cupcakes Recipe

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Cherry on Top Ice Cream Float Party was full of great details as well as great recipes! Pulling together themed sweets is one of my favorite parts of party planning. I didn't find just the right root beer float cupcake recipe, so I adapted a recipe from Life Love Liz for the cake. Then, I modified my absolute favorite buttercream recipe for a Root Beer Buttercream that is both great for piping and delicious.

Adorning the root beer cupcakes with cherry sours and paper straws makes them extra festive. Besides root beer, the other special ingredients for adding flavor is root beer concentrate.

Root beer floats have a nostalgic feel to me. They aren't a treat we enjoy as a family regularly. Of course, that may change after the having this party. A cupcake version of a root beer float is new way to enjoy the flavor combination associated with root beer and vanilla ice cream.

Find the easy to print recipe here.

makes 32 cupcakes

1 ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
6 eggs
5 cups all-purpose flour
5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 cups sugar
2 tsp root beer concentrate
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups root beer


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, stir flour, salt, and baking powder together. Cream together butter and sugar in a mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time beating until combined. Add root beer concentrate and vanilla. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the root beer. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 full.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.  
Root Beer Buttercream

2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 cup shortening
3 lbs. powdered sugar
½ cup root beer
2 tsp root beer concentrate
½ tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt


Cream butter and shortening with an electric mixer. Add vanilla, root beer concentrate, and salt. With the mixer on a low speed, gradually add sugar, one cup at a time. The mixture will appear dry. Add root beer and beat on low until combined. Then, turn up the mixer to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Pipe on cooled cupcakes.

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Cherry on Top Ice Cream Float Party

Friday, November 2, 2018

Cherry on Top Ice Cream Float Birthday Party is quite a mouthful! What fun it was to plan, execute, and enjoy a party centered around coke floats and cherries! Let's dig in to oodles of photos and party details for Tandy's 7th birthday party.

Since making floats was Tandy's key component, the ice cream float station was the main event. Our chalkboard advertised the soda flavors.

The retro New York Seltzer soda bottles in varied flavors perfectly fit the style we aimed to acheive. This clear soda was a uniquely new experience for most of us. Have you tried it?

Our giant ice-filled galvanized tub housed the chilled soda and mason jars filled with pre-scooped ice cream.

At the dessert table, guests piled on float toppings and grabbed a colorful straw and spoon.


Speaking of dessert table, let's get right to it! A gingham backdrop and cherry oilcloth tablecloth really identified the space. Vintage decor helped add layers for display.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes where dressed up with paper straws and cherry sours.

Cherry on top cookies made their mark in keeping with my tradition to include themed sugar cookies at every party.

Everything looks better on a stick! I created jello push pops featuring root beer, ice cream, and cherry layers of jello. The push pop stand contained cherry sours for additional treats.

Filling in with decor added to the party details. The tall glass jar mimicked a float with shredding paper "soda", tissue paper "ice cream", and yarn pom pom "cherry". Honeycomb tissue balls and faux cherries continued the theme.

We held the party at a community park with a playground, but we had to include some festive activities as well. We were thankful for the covered pavilion with plenty of tables to spread out the crafts.

We provided stationary cards to decorate using wine cork stamps, paint, markers and sequins.

While the kids took another spin at the playground, we reset the craft station for soda jerk hats. Letter and cherry stickers along with crayons were available for creative fun. 

Covering a sports themed cornhole set my husband created with brown paper, allowed me to create an ice cream float bean bag game. The contestants could win cherry tootsie roll pops for a hole in one.

 Just in case there still wasn't enough sugar involved, we sent guests home with a little bag filled with soda and cherry gummies decked with tags that read, "Soda-lighted you came to my party!"

Be sure to learn all about Tandy's cherry dress here.

Tandy's 7th birthday party was a success despite major threats of rain and flooding. She loved the idea of a Cherry on Top party. When I suggested milk shakes, she quickly turned to coke floats. I loved bringing this unique concept to life for her!

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Nutcracker Clara Halloween Costume

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

I could easily trace back the evolution of Tandy's costume idea, but Avery's really took me by surprise. She declared Clara from the Nutcracker was her chosen character. A quick Pinterest search mostly revealed images of the actual ballet costumes, not a Halloween adapted look for Clara. 

With a burst of inspiration, Avery determined the cotton and lace robe found with my great aunt's vintage clothing would be the perfect start to her costume. Since many of the Clara stage costumes included blue and the ties on the robe were blue, we decided on a blue dress under the robe. We debated ballet slippers, but practicality won out and we opted for rose gold ballet flats. My sister came through again with a Silhouette designed, Nutcracker tote bag to really tie the costume to the inspirational ballet.

Even 10 year olds can appreciate a good twirly dress! Rachel from Stitched Together has posted beautiful images of her Janie Dress from Mouse House Creations over and over, so I knew this dress pattern was perfect for our look. Plus, it would be something Avery could wear long after Halloween (a goal I am always looking to attain when creating costumes). The blue fabric is interlock knit from Joann Fabrics.

The other factor that prompted me to purchase the Janie dress pattern was the ballet scoop back option. A ballet scoop back is ideal for a ballet costume!

Avery stood her ground when her friend suggested switching costume ideas to a more pop culture trend. She really knew what she wanted and didn't waiver. It is good to see a stubborn streak turn into a positive strength. I pray it will continue to serve her well!

So, here are our bubble gum girl and Clara together. The weather for Halloween is looking beautiful. 

Happy Halloween!!

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Bubble Gum Girl Halloween Costume

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

 My kids usually start dreaming up Halloween costume ideas as soon as the Chasing Fireflies catalog arrives. When she landed on the Bazooka costume, gum loving Tandy wanted to be a bubble gum girl. I don't think she has ever come across Bazooka gum, so I searched our candy stash for her most chewed gum and landed on Dubble Bubble.

In fact, Tandy was gifted this huge tub of Dubble Bubble bubble gum for her birthday. I instantly knew it had to become her candy bucket. I grabbed a $1 plastic candy bucket from Walmart, and my father-in-law transferred the handle to our bubble gum tub. 

The dress was simple but fun to create! I could not have done it without my sister who has become quite creative with her Silhouette machine. I melted the vinyl she created with my first attempt nearly ruining the look, but my sister came to the rescue again with a solution. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the sage unfold in my stories. The Modkid Melanie dress pattern allowed me to easily color block the side panels to replicate the blue bubble gum wrapper ties. The Marigold Vivid Knit by Riley Blake could not be more perfect with the bubble like circles!

I added a few accessories to round out the costume. For the necklace, I tied ribbon to the ends of the bubble gum wrappers, since Tandy insisted no gum be damaged in the making of the necklace. We added a few pink beads because more is more. A cardstock crown with a balloon bubble added to a headband completed the look. 

Come back tomorrow for Avery's Halloween costume! 

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Modkid Elizabeth

Monday, October 29, 2018

The development of the Modkid Elizabeth pattern was kick-started by Tandy's need for a Homecoming Princess dress. Patty Young was super gracious to indulge me with this one! Tandy's school runs from pre-K to 12th grade, so the homecoming football game is a school wide event. Tandy was selected by her teachers to represent the elementary school as the Homecoming Princess. 

Here she is with her handsome escort. Their primary duties were to appear at the homecoming court introduction at the pep rally and then later to pass the crowns to the elected Homecoming King and Queen at the football game. Sadly, it poured down rain during their prime time moment, but they handled it gracefully and the dress weathered well.

The Modkid Elizabeth pattern is Modkid's first special occasion pattern. Of course, the fabrics and finishes determine just how fancy the dress looks. Our cotton lawn dress is a prime example of a dressed down version. For the homecoming dress, I used matte satin with a lace overlay from Joann Fabric. The pattern includes notes for achieving the lace overlay look.

That sweetheart neckline gets me every time! Tandy was pretty thrilled to keep her sash and tiara. More than a few times, she has put them on to walk around the house.

The Modkid Elizabeth is all about the finishes, from understitching and an invisible zipper, to an optional horsehair braid hem. The horsehair braid hem helps the skirt stand a bit more away from the body for a nice, full look. Again, you can compare the difference with the bias tape hem of the cherry cotton lawn dress

The pleated peplum is also optional.

I will not pass this pattern off as an easy sew, but it is the perfect opportunity to step up your sewing game. After my third invisible zipper, I felt like a pro! The instructions and illustrations walk you through each step. The dress is fully lined, so the finishes are professional and beautiful. 

You can catch a glimpse of the horsehair braid at the hem here.

Since the Modkid Elizabeth pattern comes in tween/teen as well as girls sizing, I see us using this pattern for years to come. There is a Modkid Sale going on now, so grab this patterns and any others for 40% off with coupon code MODKIDTURNS10. This code is good until midnight EST on Halloween! 

For just a bit more inspiration, this Elizabeth dress in gingham silk was our first sample. The skirt was a bit longer, but it is fun to see the dress in a bold print.

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