She's creepy and she's kooky...

Monday, September 22, 2014

When I was helping Courtney do some fun research for her Avery Costume Inspiration post, I had a few Wednesday Addams images up on my screen. My youngest, Sydney, looked over my shoulder and said, "Who's that?". I took it as an invitation to travel down memory lane, explaining everything about the original Addams Family show, which I watched as re-runs growing up, and then how the "new" movies came out in the early-90's and made the characters "trendy". I thought about watching the movies with the kids, but sadly I only had them in VHS. But, it didn't matter... a few pictures in and she had already exclaimed, "I wanna be Wednesday Addams for Halloween!" YIPPEE!

So, voila!



















I used the MODKID AVERY sewing pattern, View C (long sleeves) with a few modifications, which I will detail below. Pattern can be found on Etsy, Craftsy and YCMT.

COLLAR

Since most of the pictures I saw of Wednesday Addams' dress had a pointed collar, I decided it was an easy enough modification to make. I printed off the collar pattern piece and re-drew the rounded edge as shown below:


 Then I sewed and finished it just as instructed in the pattern.

LENGTH 

Since Avery is a drop-waist dress,  I decided to change the proportions a tad so that the dress would look a bit more authentic. I cut off 2" at the bottom of the Front and Back Bodices (as shown below), and added those 2" to the skirt length.



I cut one single width of fabric, instead of two, to make the skirt less poofy. The skirt was finished just as instructed, except the single seam is now at the center back, instead of two seams at the sides.

SNAPS

This was purely for Sydney's sake (and it's not really a modification because the pattern actually states "Buttons or Snaps"), but for this particular dress I opted to use Pearl Snaps (found at JoAnn Fabrics in the Notions aisle) because Sydney prefers them to buttons. They were super easy to install and only took a couple of minutes.

OTHER COSTUME DETAILS

Fabric: I used Riley Blake's True Black and Clean White, which sewed up like butter and have such a soft, silky hand.

Doll: I used my Potty Girl Panel from my old fabric line, Playdate, which is now out of stock and very hard to find, but I have listed just a handful of panels here, so get them while they're hot because once they're gone, they're GONE! I added black buttons to the eyes and sewed some black hairbows over the existing printed ones, to give her more of a Gothic look.

Doll's dress: I used this FREE printable pattern. Even though the pattern calls for knit fabrics only, I sewed this dress with the same True Black (woven) fabric as the Avery. I cut it on the bias and left the neck and arm holes raw so they would get that awesome fraying... I wanted it to have that vintage ragdoll look.

Shoes: Sydney is wearing my old Doc Martens from my college days. Yes, my almost-10-year-old has the same size feet as I do!

COMING UP...

  • Don't forget to join in on the Avery Sew-Along! It starts on September 29th. We have lots of great prizes for costume and non-costume dresses. We can't wait to see what you sew up!!
  • Also, have you sewn a MODKID pattern as a Halloween costume? Share your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag them with #modkidhalloween for a chance to be featured on our blog this coming month. We have a super fun series planned and would love your participation!

Modkid Styled - Avery

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just in case you hadn't seen enough inspiration for the Avery dress as we are planning the sew-along, I thought I'd work in a Modkid Styled Avery. Here's a romantic floral with a little whimsy thrown in with the unicorn bracelet. We can't wait to see what you have planned for your version!


1. Rose Garden Navy

2. Shoes

3. Tights

4. Bracelet

Avery Dress Sew-Along // Supplies

Monday, September 15, 2014

We hope you’ve marked your calendar to join in with our Avery Dress sew-along!! Today, we’re talking supplies, so you can gather what you need before we get started on September 29th.

PATTERN

First and foremost, you will need the Avery Dress pattern. You have 3 options on where to buy it: Craftsy, Etsy, and You Can Make This. Remember, coupon code AVERYSAL2014 gets you 20% off your entire order on the Modkid Etsy store. It expires on 9/24/14 at midnight EST. Kate B. and Nita R. were the lucky winners of the pattern giveaway!



FABRIC

Next, you will need to decide which version of the Avery you would like to make. As you can see above there are three sleeve options: sleeveless, short sleeves, and long sleeves. You also have optional details with a front pocket and belt loops.

The suggested fabrics include: quilting cottons, shirting, voiles, gauzes, lawns, linens, and muslins. Lightweight corduroys and denims would be great as well. Don’t forget our inspiration post! Here’s you fabric requirements list:

NOTIONS

In addition to fabric, you will need 1/4” wide elastic per the chart and 7 buttons (1/2” buttons for sizes 2T-5 or 3/4” buttons for sizes 6-10). For view A only, you will need 1 yard of 1/2” wide double fold bias tape or enough fabric to make your own as detailed on page 7 of the pattern.

Modkid Avery Sew Along

As a little bonus for the sew-along, I’ll be showing you how to add piping to the collar. If you’d like to include this detail, be sure to have 1 yard of pre-made piping.

For the sew-along, I will be sewing the Avery dress View C with the pocket addition in a single print. We’ll have plenty of tips along the way should you choose a different version!!

Avery Dress Sew-Along // Costume Inspiration

Friday, September 12, 2014

I hope you have a few ideas for putting your own spin on the Avery Dress from yesterday’s inspiration post. Since there will be a special prize for a costume version of the Avery Dress to go along with sew-along, we thought we would show you a few ideas we came up with after a bit of brainstorming.
Alice in wonderland

snow white
Leave us a comment with your ideas or come share it in the Facebook Fan Group. I’ll be back on Monday to discuss the supplies you will need for the basic Avery Dress.

Avery Dress Sew-Along // Inspiration

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I hope your wheels are turning with ideas for your Avery Dress. We welcome you to sew it as is along with us or try a new variation. I've compiled a few ideas from other Modkid patterns that could make a new twist for the Avery.

Even changing a small detail could give a new look. How about switching the short peasant style sleeve to a cuffed sleeve like the Addison dress?

Skirt pockets like the Bridget pattern would be a fun detail for holding treasures.

With a little more effort, you could completely change up the straight skirt. The pleated skirt like the Olivia pattern or a layered skirt like the Julia pattern would be interesting options.


Be sure to check out our Modkid Inspiration board on Pinterest as well. We've collected ideas such as upcycling a men's dress shirt, adding pintucks, and fabric variations.

Follow modkid's board MODKID Inspiration for Existing Patterns on Pinterest.

We're hoping these idea's get your creative juices flowing! We can't wait to see what you create! I'll be back tomorrow with a few costume ideas.

Avery Dress Sew-Along

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Everyone who joined in with our Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along has been chomping at the bit to get started on another sew-along. Well, the time has arrived!!

AVERY-SAL

We narrowed down some options and put it to popular vote in our Facebook Fan Group, and we couldn’t be happier that the Modkid Avery Dress won out! Avery is a drop-waist dress with a fitted bodice, a super full, twirly skirt and three sleeve length options. The pattern also includes fun variations, like a mini pocket and belt loops.

DATES

The sew-along with be September 29th – October 3rd. So put it on your calendar now! Between now and then we’ll be posting inspiration, what you’ll need, the schedule, and prizes. During the sew-along we’ll tackle a few steps each day to take you through the pattern.

PRIZES

Patty has a new twist in store for this sew-along!! In addition to an Overall Participation prize to be awarded at random, there will be a prize for the Best Costume (think Halloween) and Most Creative Use of Materials. We want to see both ends of the spectrum: pretty dresses and over-the-top costumes! We’ll be showing a little inspiration over the next couple of days and give you the full contest details when we show you the prizes.

HOW TO ENTER

You’ll want to post your finished dress in our Avery Dress Sew-Along Flickr group by Monday, October 6th to be entered to win the final prize packs. Don’t have a Flickr account, no problem. Post dress photos to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #averysewalong so we can all find you. We’d love to see progress photos and finished dresses in our Facebook Fan Group as well!

WHERE TO BUY and COUPON

Want more good news!?! Coupon code AVERYSAL2014 gets you 20% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. That’s ANYTHING you buy in the shop folks, not just the Avery pattern!! Modkid doesn’t run many sales, so now is the time to stock up!! The coupon code expires on 9/24/14 at midnight EST.

GIVEAWAY

Finally, to get things started, we’re giving away two copies of the Modkid Avery pattern! Enter below for a chance to win, and mark those calendars!
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Modkid Styled - Keagan Rocker

Monday, September 01, 2014

Finally, something for the boys!! Did you know that the Modkid Keagan shirt pattern has 4 different styles to choose from? I’m reserving the other versions for more Modkid Styled posts at a later date. Today, I bring you the Keagan Rocker.

Keagan Rocker Styled

1. Just My Type Cascade

2. Just My Type Color Keys

3. Pants

4. Shoes

5. Dogtags

Modkid Styled - Lily Skirt

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Has your sewing machine been buzzing with back to school items? Here’s the perfect look to send your girl back in style using the Modkid Lily Skirt. I’ve packed in a little education with alphabets, numbers, and honest Able, then added some sparkle and shine we know they all love. 

 

Lily Styled

1. Just My Type fabric – Letterpress

2. Just My Type fabric – Color Keys

3. Just My Type fabric – Crossgrain

4. Abe shirt

5. hair clip

6. shoes

7. backpack

Chic Accessories Now in PDF

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We are happy to announce the release of not one, but two of the most popular micro mini patterns in PDF pattern form. What was previously a quick sew, perfectly chic accessory is made even quicker by instant download! As you will soon see, both are perfect for back to school.

First up, we have the Jewelry Roll pattern. Transporting your jewelry just got a whole lot easier and cuter. With two necklace and ring holders, six separate pockets of varying sizes and a zipper pouch, you can store quite a few of your special accessories. It all rolls up into a compact little package that will easily fit into your purse or carry-on luggage.


What makes it even better? Our MODKID Jewelry Roll is not just for jewelry...

FOR THE STUDENT
The inside pockets are the perfect length and width for coloring pencils, markers and crayons, while the zippered pouch will easily hold erasers, glue sticks, post-it notes or other small school supplies. Then it rolls up to fit perfectly inside their backpack or binder.

FOR THE TEACHER
Teachers will find plenty of storage room for pens, Expo markers, rulers, staplers, calculators, etc. Feel free to modify the length of the inner pockets to suit your needs.

FOR THE CRAFTER
Whether you sew, knit, scrapbook or like to dabble in all crafty hobbies, keep your tools of the trade safely tucked away in this handy travel case.

You can find the Jewelry Roll pattern for sale in the Modkid Etsy Shop or on Craftsy.




Next up is the Modkid Lunch Bag. Lunchtime doesn't have to be boring with a brown paper bag! Be fashionable with this super chic insulated lunch bag. It has plenty of room for your food and drink, plus an extra little interior pocket to hold an ice pack. A padded handle and velcro closure make it easy to transport. 


You can find the Lunch Bag pattern for sale in the Modkid Etsy Shop and on Craftsy.

One last note about these micro-mini patterns. They don't include pattern pieces, just simple rectangles, so they sew up very quickly. If you are looking for a great teacher gift or wanting to install a zipper for the first time, these patterns are a great place to start!

Vote for the Next Sew-Along

Friday, August 15, 2014

We had so much fun with the last sew-along that we’re already planning the next one. We narrowed down some options for a fall-ish project starting the beginning of October, and we’re asking the Modkid fans to vote. Click over to the Fan Group to share your opinion.

SAL vote

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