Common Threads 2016 -- Join the fun!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Have I ever told you guys how much I adore my Baby Lock machines? Let me count the ways...
1. Symphony... an absolute dream to sew on!
2. Imagine... this serger extraordinaire was the first Baby Lock I ever owned and I never looked back!
3. Coverstitch... for those perfectly finished hems.
4. Unity... sewing, embroidery, quilting... this machine does it all!!

Now that you know what a huge fan of Bay Lock machines I am, then it will make more sense when I tell you how honored and thrilled I am to be invited to this annual event, called Common Threads, put together by Baby Lock's parent company, Tacony Corporation. This was my third year attending and let me tell ya, it gets better and better each year.

Check out this panoramic shot I captured the first day of the event. Look at all those machines!!! The attendees were just beginning to gather around. They are a mixture of the top industry professionals and the best bloggers out there, so, again, I am always so honored to be included.

We got to participate in workshops by amazing teachers, like Evy Hawkins, Lindsay Wilkes and Sarah Gallegos, listen to helpful advice from influencers and bloggers, and do lots and lots of networking.

Here is a fun embroidery project I worked on, taught by the amazing Evy Hawkins.

Heather Valentine, from The Sewing Loft, and I worked on this one together.

My sewing friends and I had so much fun sewing Little Dresses For Africa, a workshop guided by Lindsay Wilkes.

I also got to catch up with old friends, like Cindy from Riley Blake (left), and meet new ones, like Vanessa from Crafy Gemini (right).

Here is a little group pic of most of us on the last night we were there. So much fun!!

A huge thanks to Tacony Corporation for having me again... I had a blast and learned SO MUCH!!

But... the fun doesn't end here! Baby Lock is hosting an After Party and you're invited. Starting June 24th, you can enter to win one of the amazing “Swag Bags” filled with goodies from all of us. Trust me... you won't want to miss this! To enter, go to this link on June 24th

Quilts for Orlando

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Patty has some very strong ties to the Orlando community. She not only lived there for many, many years, but she went to college there (at the University of Central Florida), worked there, got married and had both of her children down there. So, as you can imagine, the Orlando tragedy is very near and dear to her heart. 

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is collecting rainbow heart quilts and/or heart blocks to donate to the surviving victims (many of which are still in the hospital fighting for their lives) and the families of the deceased. Patty and her daughter, Sydney,  will be sewing up some quilt blocks and they are inviting you to participate as well. 

You can find all of the details for the Pulse Donations here

Sydney even created a great video tutorial for creating the quilt block!! Sew with them for a great cause!!

12 Garments in 12 Days

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Patty has organized a fun little challenge that started yesterday, but there is still time to join! Her family is going to Punta Cana at the end of this month, so she challenged herself to sew 12 garments in 12 days. She would love for you to join in. She posted this challenge on Instagram and Facebook. Two winners will be selected (one on IG and one on FB). Here's what you need to do to participate:

1. Sew 12 garments before July 6th which is when she returns from her trip and will choose the winner. They can be super easy garments like yoga skirts, swim cover ups or PJ shorts!

2. Post photos of your completed garments daily or every other day, whatever your speed might be, and tag the photos with ‪#‎12garments‬‪ #‎pattyyoung‬

3. Share this challenge with friends and family so they too can participate! Follow @pattyyoung on Instagram for extra entries.

On July 6th, she will scour the internet for your 12 garments and choose 2 winners... one on IG and one on FB. Each winner will receive a box full of Acorn Valley Fabric... her newest line for Riley Blake! Happy Sewing!!!
To sweeten the deal, there is a coupon code on our Etsy store (a lot of the patterns there are simple enough to sew in a couple hours). Coupon code 12GARMENTS gets you 25% off your entire purchase.

Here are a few FAQ's. Let us know in the Fan Group if you have any other questions.
  1. Does everything sewn need to be a garment? No!!
  2. Do they all have to be MODKID patterns? NO. It can be anything. We just want to get people excited about sewing! But we would absolutely LOVE to see at least one or two MODKID patterns thrown in the mix or anything sewn with Patty Young fabric.
  3. Can we post them once we are done, or one at a time? We would prefer that you post them one at a time, so we see all of the garments that were made on that day. The more times we see those hashtags, the better!!!
  4. Does it matter when we start? Start whenever, as long as you sew and post 12 different projects!
  5. Do the post need to occur on 12 consecutive days? No. Skip days and work at your own schedule, but post and tag 12 different posts.
  6. Can we post on Instagram and Facebook? Yes!

Laguna Sew Along // Results and Winners

Monday, June 13, 2016

The only thing better than watching sew-along participants complete a top with us is when one of those members sews with knits for her very first time!! She helps prove knits don't have to be scary, and Modkid patterns are a fantastic place to start! Grab the Laguna pattern and sew yours today!

Congratulations to Mariana Moraca for winning the participation prize of 3 PDF patterns!!

I have collected all of the sew-along posts in our Laguna Sew-Along Page, so you can access them at any time in the side bar of the blog. As always, our Modkid Fan Group loves to see what you make!

Laguna Sew-Along // Day 3

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Woohoo! Time to finish up those Laguna Tops! Note: It is also the last day to use coupon code LAGUNASAL2016 for 25% off your entire Etsy purchase. The coupon code expired tonight at midnight EST.

I'll be applying the neck binding in the round, consult the pattern instructions for method A if you prefer attaching the binding flat. Place the short ends of the neck binding right sides together and stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Press the seam open.

Mark the neck binding by placing a pin at the seam and directly opposite the seam. Now, quarter mark the neck binding by bringing those to pins together and pinning at the folds.

Pin the neck binding over the neck opening, right sides together, aligning the binding seam over one of the back sleeve seams. Align the 3 remaining pins on the binding with the other 3 sleeve seams. Stretch the binding between theses seams and add more pins. Stitch exactly 3/8" from the edge of the binding, all the way around the neck, overlapping and back-stitching at the end.

Press the binding up and over the raw edge folding the binding raw edge to the center. In this manner, all raw edges should be concealed. Lots of pins really helps here!!

Stitch the binding in place close to the seam. I used a twin needle, but a zigzag or stretch stitch would work well also.

With the shirt wrong side out, align both side edges of the bodice right sides together. Pin from the armscye to the bottom and stitch both sides with 1/2" seam allowance. Finish with a serger or zigzag stitch. Here you can see the fusible hem tape I like to use for hemming.

Turn the shirt right sides out. Fold and press the armscye 1/2" to the wrong side from sleeve hem to sleeve hem. The clear elastic or seam tape will be folded inside. Starting at the top of the sleeve next to the neck binding, topstitch 3/8" from the seam, hemming the armscye in the process. End the stitch line at the back side below the binding.

Hem the bottom edge of the shirt by pressing the edge to the wrong side 1" and stitching from the right side to secure. I've used a twin needle to hem. Page 16 of the pattern gives additional hemming options. Also, be sure to remove any visible basting stitches and the neck and sleeves.

Your Laguna Summer Top is complete!! Keep sewing for all 4 versions if desired!

Be sure to add photos of your completed Laguna Top to our Facebook Group before Friday, June 10th to be entered to win a prize. You can share photos on Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #lagunasewalong. We will post the winner next week!

See the rest of the Laguna Sew-Along here:

Laguna Sew-Along // Day 2

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Today will be a relatively light sewing day, but you will be able to really see your Laguna Top take shape. Let's get started!

With the front bodice right side up on a flat surface, pin the sleeve over the bodice right sides together. Align the raw edges and the top of the sleeve at the top of the bodice armscye. Stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance backstitching at the sleeve hem.

Baste a strip of clear elastic or seam tape along the wrong side of the remaining armscye from the sleeve hem to the side seam. The added stability will make it easier to hem later.

Finish your seam with a serger or zigzag stitch from the neckline down to the bottom of the armscye. You do not want your serger blade to cut any of the seam allowance off at this seam.

Repeat with the remaining sleeve on the other side of the front bodice. Then, with right sides together, stitch the back bodice to the remaining side edge of one or both of the sleeves. Attach the elastic and finish the seam as indicated above. I will be attaching the binding in the round, so I have sewn all 4 sleeve seams. If you prefer to attach the binding flat, leave one back sleeve seam unsewn.

See the rest of the Laguna Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #lagunasewalong.

Laguna Sew-Along // Day 1

Monday, June 06, 2016

Welcome to Day 1 of the Laguna Sew-Along. We hope you have gathered your supplies. Today we are preparing our pattern and cutting out the pattern pieces. Let's get started! 

First, head to your computer and print out your pattern. Here are a few tips I like to use for printing:
  • Print the instruction pages on two sides (front and back). For the Laguna pattern, these are pages 2-16. For View A you only need pages 2-7. I like to save ink by not printing the pretty cover and inspiration pages, but that’s up to you. You may even choose to not print the instructions at all and have your digital copy handy while you sew.
  • Print the pattern pages 20-28 on a single side only. Check the pattern for page numbers if you are sewing a different view.  Make sure your scaling is set to “none”. 
  • Above all, utilize the test squares to make sure your pattern has printed at the full scale.

Cut the pattern pieces to your desired size. Be sure to include the gray/shaded areas in your cuts. 

Overlap the shaded areas, as indicated on the pattern pieces, and tape each piece together to form the full pattern pieces. 

Use the pattern layout guide based on the view you are sewing to cut out your fabric pattern pieces. For View A, you will need the front bodice, back bodice, upper sleeve, lower sleeve, and neck binding. Note: there is no pattern piece for the neck binding. Use the measurements on page 4. Be sure to transfer the markings to the right side of your fabric. 

Sew a long basting stitch 3/8" from the edge of the fabric between the marks indicated on the pattern piece for the front bodice.

Gently pull the bobbin thread to gather this section to half of its original width. Repeat for the back bodice.

Hem the upper and lower sleeves either with a folded hem or rolled hem. For a folded hem, serge the lower edge of the sleeve with a slight gather by adjusting the differential feed. For me, the setting was 2.0. If using a sewing machine, tighten up the tension slightly so the fabric gathers along the curve. Press the hem 1/2" to the wrong side. The gathers should help the fabric press flat, but not be seen on the right side of the hem.

Stitch the hem in place with a twin needle, coverstitch, or zigzag stitch. Repeat for both upper sleeves and both lower sleeves.

Sew a long basting stitch along the upper edge of the upper sleeve only with a 3/8" seam allowance. Gather the upper sleeve to equal the width of the upper edge on the lower sleeve. Repeat for both upper sleeves.

With all right sides facing up, place the upper sleeve over the lower sleeve and baste along the upper edge and down each side edge with a 3/8" seam allowance. Repeat for the other sleeve.

We'll be back tomorrow to attach those sleeves!

See the rest of the Laguna Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #lagunasewalong.

Laguna Sew-Along // Schedule and Prizes

Friday, June 03, 2016

SCHEDULE: (*subject to small changes)

Here is a breakdown of what we have in store for each day of the sew-along:
  • Day 1:  Prepare the pattern. Cut and prepare the pattern pieces.
  • Day 2:  Prepare and attach the sleeves.
  • Day 3:  Attach the binding, finish construction, and hem the shirt.


One sew-along participant will be selected at random to win three Modkid PDF patterns of their choice!!


Here is exactly how to participate:
  • Sew along with us or at your own pace.
  • Post progress photos in our Facebook Group or Instagram with hashtag #lagunasewalong
  • Photograph your finished dress and add it to the Facebook Group. Post photos of your dress to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #lagunasewalong, so we can all find you. 
To be eligible for the grand prize, be sure to add your photos by Friday, June 10th. Please only add photos you don’t mind us sharing on the blog!

Grab your materials, wash and dry your fabrics, and get ready to sew!!

Laguna Sew-Along // Supplies

Thursday, June 02, 2016

We hope you've marked your calendar to join in with our Laguna sew-along!! Today, we’re talking supplies, so you can gather what you need before we get started on June 6th.


Foremost, you will need the Laguna Summer Shirts Collection Pattern. Remember, coupon code LAGUNA
SAL2016 gets you 25% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. The coupon code expires on Wednesday, June 8th at midnight EST.

Keep in mind we will be featuring View A of the pattern, however; you are welcome to sew along with any of the four options.

Suggested fabrics include: Lightweight knit fabrics with at least 25% stretch and good recover. The fabric chart is based on 58"- 60" wide fabrics. 

For View A only, you will also need 1/2 yard or less of seam tape or clear elastic to stabilize the under arm seams.

Laguna Sew Along

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We knew we wanted to host a Laguna Sew-Along soon after the pattern released, but we could not decide which version to make! We put it to a vote in our Modkid Facebook Fan Group, and you guys determined View A as the one to sew. Now, here are the details for the sew-along!


The sew-along will be June 6th-8th. Put it on your calendar now! Between now and then we’ll be posting 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. The Laguna pattern comes with four different views to fit all of your summertime needs. We will only feature the steps for View A, but feel free to use the opportunity to sew up the view of your choice. Any view entered will have the opportunity to win! 


Stay tuned for the PDF prize pack details! 


You’ll want to post your finished top by Friday, June 10th at noon to be entered to win one of the prizes. Post your photos to the Modkid Fan Group page. Also, post photos to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #lagunasewalong and #modkid so we can all find you. 


Want more good news!?! Coupon code LAGUNASAL2016 gets you 25% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. That’s ANYTHING you buy in the shop not just the Laguna pattern!! The coupon code expires on Wednesday, June 8th at midnight EST. 
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