Modkid Color-Blocked Dress

Friday, September 7, 2018

The next dress in the Modkid A-line Dress series is the Modkid Color-Blocked Dress. Sometimes, for various reasons, a pattern design sits by the sideline before it can be released. The photos are actually from last May. Tandy was is a playful and sassy mood. I love reliving the memory as I write this post.

This Color Blocked A-line Dress features a racer-style gathered back, inseam side pockets, and buttoned or snapped shoulder straps for easy dressing.

Fabrics are all from the Riley Blake Flit and Bloom line designed by Patty Young. 

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Modkid Pleated Front A-Line Dress

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Modkid last released a dress for teens, today they released a series of A-line dresses for girls. First, I am sharing the Pleated Front A-Line Dress. The sweet pintuck and placket detail make for a great twist on this classic a-line shape.

Trying to add some new skills to your sewing? Learn how to create pintucks, pleats, buttonholes and plackets. This A-line dress features a pleated-front bodice, buttoned back and is fully-lined for comfort and professional finish.

The fun peacock and rose fabrics are from the Riley Blake Flit and Bloom line.

Coupon code ALINE40 gets 40% off your entire order on the Modkid Website. Code expires tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 7th, 2018 at midnight EST.
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Modkid Kyra with Ruffle

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

One of my favorite things about sewing is finding inspiration and using patterns I already have to recreate the look. When I spotted this dress from Joyfolie, I knew the Modkid Kyra pattern would provide the perfect base. 

Walking home from this photo shoot, Avery started talking about how fancy the dress felt. We started planning for Father/Daughter Dance and Homecoming. I love how jazzed she is about this dress!


I walked into JOANN Fabrics with powermesh fabric for the ruffle from my stash. The instant I carried this burgundy tie dyed power mesh over to the knit aisle and found this beautiful rayon spandex, I knew the combination had to happen. Now, I have to figure out something else to do with the power mesh I already had. Happy dilemma. 

Since the Kyra pattern comes in Girl's and Teen sizing, I can make this look for years to come!

This is the second time I have made Avery the Kyra Dress. Both versions really seem to make Avery feel pretty. I've heard people say that complementing your children's beauty is superficial. I believe God created women to be beautiful and desire to be seen as beautiful. If my children are not made to feel beautiful from their parents, they will seek that approval from the first source willing to give it. I pray my children leave their home with the assurance that God and their Father and Mother believe they are beautiful. I'm not talking about tying their worth to the way they look, but if I can empower confidence with a simple compliment and pretty dress, I won't hesitate.  

For the full details on adding the high/low hem ruffle to the Kyra pattern, visit the Modkid Blog.

GIVEAWAY - Summer Day Top by Made Everyday

Monday, August 20, 2018

I already told you everyone needed a Summer Day Top by Made Everyday here and here. Now you have a chance to win a copy of the pattern!!

The Summer Day Top pattern already has a slew of variations, but I'm adding one more with a gathered sleeve.

Before we get to the sleeve, I wanted to also give a bit of inspiration for fall or at least transitional styling if it happens to actually get cool in the fall where you live. This olive rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics does the trick! Really it is all about fabric choice and pairing with jeans and booties. I just didn't want you to leave you thinking the Summer Day Top was only for summer.

A dropped shoulder is the perfect spot for a gathered sleeve, and the method is quite simple. 

I moved the sleeve pattern piece 4" from the edge of the fold and cut. The result is an additional 8" that is gathered into the sleeve. I concentrated the gathering toward the top (shoulder) of the sleeve, so there wouldn't be extra bunching toward the underarm.

About that giveaway, head over the Instagram and enter to win!

Modkid Sage

Friday, August 17, 2018

Back to school photos shoots are just plain fun! When Patty sent me the Modkid Sage pattern, I knew it would be interesting to play with stripes and denim would be classic. Thankfully I had just the fabric for the job already in my stash.

The Modkid Sage is one of those patterns I wish came in my size! Lucky for all those tweens and teens, it comes in sizes 10 to 18.

The pattern includes 4 variations. This is the dress with a flounce. You can also make a dress sans flounce or a cropped top with or without a flounce. The cropped top can even be reversible!

The pattern recommends medium weight fabrics. This denim was probably medium to heavy weight which worked great until I reached the Kam snaps. The seams at the top of the bodice and waistline were just too thick for the standard Kam snap prongs. Thankfully I discovered long prong Kam Snaps! Where there is a will there is a way! 

Coupon code BTS2018 gets you 40% off your entire order on the MODKID website. Code expires at midnight EST on Sunday, August 19th.

Six Ways to Listen to Audiobooks

Friday, August 10, 2018

With back to school comes our daily commute of 30 minutes each way. Since turning to audiobooks, the ride has become much more peaceful. Not only that, but my girls are absorbing great literature and stories. Check out this Read Aloud Revival Podcast for the many benefits of sharing audiobooks with your children. 

After finding less and less time to sit down with a good book, I have turned to audiobooks myself. I listen in the car (remember half of my commute is sans kids), while sewing (yes, this has lead to a few distracted errors), and while putting on my makeup. You would be surprise at the number of occasions you can find to listen to a snippet or two.

This brings us to the variety of ways to obtain and listen to audiobooks.

Library CDs 

This is probably my least favorite method since the discs prove to be less mobile. I usually reserve this method to something we/I will only listen to in the car.

Library Playaways

Playaways are available at most libraries. They are portable media players loaded with one audiobook ready to play. Users can plug in headphones to listen on their own or use an auxiliary cable to play over a car or stand alone speaker. The Playaway device is about the size of a deck of cards. I love these for kids, because I can rest assured that they are not using the device for gaming as well as listening.

Audible App

You do not need an Audible subscription (aff link) to take advantage of the books available through the Audible App. The books available without a subscription are not free; however, Read Aloud Revival keeps a running list of deeply discounted children's and family titles. 


Overdrive happens to be my most frequently used app for audiobooks. I link up each library I have access to and search for available titles. In addition to my local library, Houston Public Library offers a free digital card, so check for other libraries that may have a similar opportunity. The more libraries you are able to search, the wider the variety of options. 


Libby seems to be the latest app by Overdrive. Everyday Reading just posted a review on Libby vs. Overdrive, and I suggest checking that out. I keep returning to Overdrive, so I don't have much first hand experience with Libby. 

Christian Audio

Christian Audio is another great source for audiobooks. They are currently running a $5 fiction book sale, so be sure to look through their listings. We've found J.R.R. Tolkien audiobooks as well as the Wingfeather Saga Series by Andrew Peterson which is a family must read!

Bonus: RB Digital

As I was typing this post, my mom happened to mention RB Digital, so I'm passing it along as one more avenue to explore.

Modkid Frida With Club Havana

Friday, August 3, 2018

Creating this Modkid Frida was a bit of serendipity. Being an avid PDF pattern sewist means sewing with paper patterns is a change of pace. If you ever find yourself in a sewing rut, perusing your paper pattern stash might just be the spark that gets you going again. The serendipity came about because I had no idea at the time that Modkid was about to clear out the paper pattern inventory. So, if you are in need of growing a paper pattern stash to turn to now and then, grab a few at ridiculously low prices. 

This is my first Frida dress. The pattern comes with a top or dress option and two sleeve styles. I'm loving this side vent with tie detail.

The dress length with optional ruffle should fall just below the knee. An error on my part led to a longer length that Tandy insisted remain as is. She was a little picky about the fabrics too. I had originally picked the gold Club Havana Cross to go with the Navy Main print, but Tandy preferred the navy.  I'm convinced she made the right choice!

She also wanted me to be sure and capture this photo of her tucking her hair back. Sure thing cutie!

A minute later she was off to attempt a sneak attack on the ducks. 

What is your secret to branching out when you sew? Maybe you find yourself sticking to paper patterns only. It never hurts to alter your sewing style every once in a while. Have fun and be inspired!
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Summer Day Top in Linen

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Two posts in two days!?! I think this just shows how enthusiastic I am about the Summer Day Top by Made Everyday. My first version in gingham is summer perfection, but this linen blend stripe with embroidery is my favorite thing to wear. 

The only trick with the border embroidery was making sure I cut the back first to leave adequate room for the lower hem. Then, I aligned the front pattern piece and marked the location of the border to make sure it would match when I stitched up the sides. 

 I scored this fabric when the linen blends were on sale at Joann Fabrics. If you love a good deal like I do, you will appreciate that it was regularily $20 per yard on sale for $7.99. Plus, I had a 20% off coupon. This was my first time sewing with a linen blend, and I am a huge fan. I went back to Joann's to buy another print very soon after. I find so much linen inspiration from Knee Socks and Goldilocks

I lengthened this top just a smidge more than my first and I think I prefer a little extra length with the additional drape.

Today is the last day of the introductory sale for the Summer Day Top. I think everyone's wardrobe could use one or two!

Summer Day Top in Gingham

Monday, July 16, 2018

These photos have been sitting on my desktop since pattern testing in June, so I am beyond excited to finally share them. Dana from Made Everyday just released her new Summer Day Top pattern. (I am happy to add another fellow Austin-ite to my pattern tester list.) This is one of those woven styles I will turn to again and again.  I already have, in fact, since I have two in rotation. Gingham and summer were meant for each other, so a gingham Summer Day Top was first on my list. 

The neckline is finished with bias binding; no guessing the length required as the the binding pieces are included in the pattern. The top version includes a subtle high in front, low in back hemline.

The style is a bit boxy in shape especially sewn in fabrics with less drape like this shirting. The shoulder is dropped with a short, cap, or cuffed sleeve. This is the short sleeve version. I have to give a shout out to Dana and her assistant, Susan, for a beautifully illustrated pattern. Kudos!

 I would be remiss if I didn't send you over to the Summer Day Top post at Made Everyday to check out the other variations including a peplum and tunic option. The pattern is on sale until 7/17, so snatch it up!

Sunglasses Case Sewing Tutorial

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

As the hot summer sun blazes down in Texas, I find myself reaching for my sunglasses more and more. To protect all of my favorite shades, I need sunglasses cases in my car, purse, pool bag, etc. The quilt-as-you-go method for sewing up a sunglasses case results in a padded sleeve perfect for cushioning those precious shades. For those non-quilters such as myself, quilt-as-you-go just means you are quilting and piecing all at once.

Quilt-As-You-Go Sunglasses Case Sewing Tutorial

The measurements provided result in a case that is 3.5" x 6.75". Most sunglasses will fit this case, but you may want to verify if you have oversized glasses. The Club Havana fabrics by Riley Blake have the perfect summer feel for sunglasses cases. 

Here's what to cut: (2) lining pieces 4.25"h x 7.5"w and (2) batting pieces 4.25"h x 7.5"w. For the exterior pieces, cut pieces 4.25"h with various widths. When you piece these widths together the total width needs to be greater than 7.5". For a symmetric look, cut pieces the same size for the front and back of the case. All seam allowances are 3/8" unless noted otherwise. 

Place an exterior piece on top of the batting aligning a raw edge at the 4.25" end. Quilt the fabric to the batting with seams at regular intervals. Here, I have stitched 1/2" lines. Stop your quilting lines with enough space for a 3/8" seam. 

Place the next exterior piece right sides together with the quilted fabric aligning the raw edges. Stitch through the fabric and batting with a 3/8" seam allowance.

Press the fabric toward the seam allowance. Continue quilting the fabric to the batting. I started my rows 1/4" from the seam to secure the seam allowance underneath. Trim any fabric that overhangs the batting so the resulting quilted piece 4.25" x 7.5". 

Place both lining pieces right sides together and stitch around both long sides and one short side. Leave an opening in the short side for turning. Place both exterior quilted pieces right sides together and stitch around three sides leaving one short end open.

Clip the corners in the lining and exterior pieces.

Turn the quilted exterior right side out. Slide the exterior inside the lining so that the right sides are facing. Finger press the seam allowances open. Pin around the opening. 

Stitch around the opening with a 3/8" seam allowance. 

Turn the case right sides out through the opening in the lining. Slip stitch the opening in the lining closed by hand. Then, push the lining inside the case. Optionally, topstitch around the opening.

Now think of all of the fabric scraps you can combine to make many more!! "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!" Be sure to check out my favorite sunglasses at Blue Planet Eyewear where they donate corrective glasses for every purchase. Use coupon code Courtney20 for 20% off. 
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