Club Havana Blog Tour - Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Just when you thought the Club Havana Blog Tour was finished we're bringing you a bonus post!! Head over to Sweeter Than Cupcakes for a FREE sunglasses case sewing tutorial

Club Havana Blog Tour - Coral + Co.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Coral & Co. is sharing a free baby quilt tutorial as part of the Club Havana blog tour. Simple and sweet, just the way we like it. Grab the free pattern to sew one for your little one or make the perfect gift.

Club Havana Blog Tour - Sweet Red Poppy

Monday, July 02, 2018

Sweet Red Poppy is sharing an adorable reversible skirt tutorial today as part of the Club Havana Fabric Tour. The pom-pom trim sends it over the top!!

Modkid Modified // Hailey with Elastic Casing

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The shirred empire waist of the Modkid Hailey top and dress pattern creates a fitted silhouette that is comfortable and stretchy. Shirring with elastic thread is a fun technique to learn, but we often see requests for an alternative. An elastic casing is the solution. After sewing up an eyelet coverup style Hailey for myself, I decided one for my daughter was in order. I have applied an elastic casing tutorial for your use.

In addition to the free shirring tutorial for the Modkid Hailey, we have a knit neck binding tutorial, so be sure to check that out before diving in. After completing the first three steps of the Hailey pattern instructions for the bodice, sew the side seams below the arm opening and finish the seam allowances. Also, sew the side seams of the skirt pieces and finish the seam allowances. You will now have a separate bodice and skirt piece.

Turn the bodice right sides out and place it inside the skirt so that the right sides are together.

Align the raw edges and sew the seam with a 1/2" seam allowance. Finish the seam, but make sure NOT to trim off any of the seam allowance. Press seam allowance toward the skirt.

Sew a casing by stitching the seam allowance to the skirt 1/8" from the finished edge. Leave a 2" gap close to the side seam for inserting the elastic.

Cut a 1/4" wide piece of elastic the same length as the under bust measurement. Using a safety pin or bodkin, thread the elastic through the casing. Overlap the elastic 1/2" and sew the ends together making sure the elastic is not twisted inside the casing. Now is a good time to check the fit and adjust the elastic as needed. Very tight elastic here may not result in a comfortable fit. Sew the casing closed at the 2" opening.

Hem the dress or top and you are done!! You can find more photos of this Hailey on Sweeter Than Cupcakes.

Don't forget that we have 3 different size ranges for the Hailey pattern, GirlsTween, and Misses. This elastic casing method will work well for all three!

Club Havana Blog Tour

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

We official introduced Club Havana back in May with the backstory behind the fabric design. Well, the fabric is finally starting to arrive in shops, and we have a few bloggers lined up to share some inspiration.

Becca of Sunflower Seams is up first on the tour. Becca used these vibrant Club Havana prints to update her daughter's bedroom. The pillows lend such a breezy, coastal feel perfect for a girl's room.

Be sure to head over to Sunflower Seams for the free pattern links to create your own.

Look for more Club Havana inspiration ahead!

July 2  Sweet Red Poppy
July 8  Coral + Co

Introducing Modkid Kyra Tank and Dress

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Kyra is a stylish tank or slim-fit tank dress with a contrast yoke, which can be sewn out of a sheer material for added flair. Want even more flair? The optional Macramé Fringe adds a boho-chic detail that can be casual or dressy depending on the fabrics you use. The Girls Pattern fits sizes 2T to 8/9 and the Tween/Teen Pattern fits Sizes 10 -18. The tank uses such minimal yardage, so this just may become your favorite scrap buster!

We're have a SALE to celebrate. Use coupon code is KYRA40 for 40% off your entire purchase until midnight tomorrow, June 14th, 2018.

Here is our amazing tester inspiration:

Jenny Fish

Carrie Burnett

Carrie Burnett

Didie noor fadillah

Erin Kaiser

Fleur van Haaster - Sebregts

Fleur van Haaster - Sebregts

Genevieve Ouellet

Becky Vandenberg

Heaterh Tinkey Jones

Courtney Davis

Courtney Davis

Courtney Davis

Jana Harcus

Janice Harris

Jessica Reynolds

Jessica Vert

Jessica Vert

Kelle Lujan

Kelly Gifford

Kelly Gifford

Leah Broadstreet

Leanne Lyons

Sasha Kamaruzzaman

Maria Luisa Santos

Maria Luisa Santos

Sasha Weaver

Shalini Verma

Sugi Prakash

Tandy Smedberg

Vanessa Lynch

Modkid Modified // Sleeveless Vivian

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sleeveless button-downs and shirtdresses are a classic summer style. Altering the Vivian Shirtdress to a sleeveless style only requires a few basic steps.

Let me walk you through the pattern alterations first. A dress with sleeves will have a larger armscye to accommodate the sleeve and the shoulder will extend to point where the shoulder/arm bend. To avoid gaping without the sleeve, we need to bring the underarm of the armscye up and the shoulder in. Tape a piece of paper behind your pattern piece to construct the changes. The shoulder width I've used is 2.5" for the size 7 shirtdress. I also brought the armscye up by 3/4". These measurements will vary by size, so I recommend checking with an existing shirt or muslin. Keep in mind you will lose an additional 1/4" when the binding is attached. Mark the shoulder point and underarm point then draw a new curve between them.

The same alterations need to be made for the back of the pattern. Overlap the top panel with the bottom panel 1/2" for the seam allowance and align at the armscye. Again, mark the new shoulder and underarm points and draw the curve between.

Trim the pattern to the new armscye.

After completing the dress per the pattern instructions, it is time to apply binding to the armscye. I am using pre-made 1/2" single fold bias tape. Starting pinning the bias tape to the armscye right sides together with the beginning end extending past the underarm seam 1/2". Pin all the way around.

You can see how my bias tape overlaps the underarm seam.

Trim the end of the bias tape 1/2" past the underarm seam so both ends overlap and mark where the seam location is on each end of the bias tape.

Pull your last pins out, so you can bring the bias tape right sides together. Stitch the bias tape at the marked seam.

Press the seam allowance open.

Stitch the bias tape to the armscye in the first fold of the bias tape.

Press the seam allowance toward the bias tape and the bias tape away from the shirt.

Now, press the bias tape to the inside of the armscye making sure the inner fold is tucked inside.

Stitch along the inner folded edge of the bias tape enclosing all raw edges.

Press the seam from the right side for a nice crisp finish.

Don't forget we also have a tutorial for shortening the Shirtdress to a top length. This sleeveless alteration will certainly work well for both styles. 
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