Harper Dress Sew-Along // Supplies

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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


First and foremost, you will need the Harper dress pattern. Remember, coupon code HARPERSAL2015 gets you 30% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. The coupon code expires on Friday, July 3rd at midnight EST.


The suggested fabrics include: Woven fabrics such as quilting cottons, shirting, voiles, gauzes, linens, lawns, and muslins.


If you are making your own bias tape, you will need an additional 1/2 yard of fabric #2. If you are using purchased bias tape, you will need 2 yards for sizes 2T-5 or 2.5 yards for sizes 6-10.

In addition, you will need (2) 3/4" diameter buttons for the shoulder straps and elastic as indicated in the chart above. But don't limit yourself to buttons, especially if you hesitate with button holes. Snaps or Velcro would make great options too!

We love seeing your fabric selections, so come share your inspiration in our Facebook group!

Harper Dress Sew-Along

Monday, June 29, 2015

Here it is! We hope it's the invitation you've been waiting for! We'd love for you to join us for our Harper Sew-Along! Let me tell you, the Harper dress is one of the easiest patterns you will ever make!! Easy, adorable style, what more could you want!?! How about minimal yardage required? We'll go over materials in another post, but those precious 1 yard cuts you've been wondering what to do with will work for even the largest size!!


The sew-along will be July 6-10. So 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 Modkid Harper is the perfect easy-to-sew, easy-to-wear dress for summer style!


There will be two overall participation prizes awarded at random. Stay tuned for prize details!


You’ll want to post your finished ensemble by Monday, July 13th to be entered to win the final prize. Post photos to the Modkid Fan Group page. Also, post dress photos to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #harpersewalong so we can all find you. 


Want more good news!?! Coupon code HARPERSAL2015 gets you 30% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. That’s ANYTHING you buy in the shop not just the Harper pattern!! The coupon code expires on Friday, July 3rd at midnight EST. So hurry over to grab your copy!

Modkid on Kollabora

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Have you experienced Kollabora yet? Kollabora is a community of makers. Here's a little of what it's all about: "Every day makers come to Kollabora to share, learn, collaborate, and shop, with a focus on fashion and home decoration. Members can find and share original DIY projects and source the supplies they need to make their own projects. Just as LinkedIn and Facebook are using social technology to change how people find jobs and connect with friends, Kollabora is a new way for people to start making."

One reason I'm telling you about Kollabora is that Modkid is now a part of the community! Here's what you'll find when you visit our brand page.

From there you can browse Modkid supplies and purchase patterns.

What's in it for you, other than another venue to purchase Modkid? Let's get back to that community of makers. Here's a shot of one of my personal projects. Other makers can heart or collect your projects for inspiration, but best of all there are plenty of ways to get pattern review information, from difficulty levels to write ups from the creators. If the patterns are for sale on Kollabora, they are usually linked in the supplies.

We think Kollabora goes beyond just another social media platform, and we hope to see it grow. Take a look around, and see what you think. Join the community and be sure to share your Modkid makes!!

Modkid Modified // Rachel Skirt

Thursday, June 11, 2015

We know you love your Modkid patterns! How about stretching your Modkid patterns a little further! We think it will only deepen your Modkid love. Here's the first of what we hope will be many Modkid Modified posts. At the end, we want to know a few things from you!

We are starting with the lovely Modkid Rachel knit dress, and this simple tutorial will yield a completely adorable knit skirt. We know sometimes separates help complete a wardrobe.

You will need to cut all of the skirt pieces from the Modkid Rachel pattern including the left front, right front, back, waistbands, and skirt ruffle. You will need all four waistband pieces. Sew the skirt pieces together per the pattern instructions in step 5.

Place each pair of waistband pieces right sides together and stitch the short ends with a 1/2" seam allowance. Press the seams open.

Turn one band right side out and slide it inside the other waistband, so the right sides are facing. Sew around the top (narrower side) with a 1/2" seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" to reduce bulk.

Turn the waistband right sides out and press well.

Edgestitch along the top folded edge. Sew another row of stitching 1" from the folded edge to create a casing. Leave a 1-2" gap in this row of stitching, backstitching at each end.

Measure and cut 1/2" knit elastic to 1" less than the child's waist measurement. Thread the elastic through the casing with a safety pin or bodkin. Overlap the elastic and secure the ends together with a zig-zag stitch. Fully insert the elastic in the casing and close the gap in the stitching.

Turn the waistband right sides out and slide it over the completed skirt pieces. Align the side seams and pin in place. Going slowly to keep the waistband fabric flat, stitch the waistband to the skirt with a 1/2" seam allowance. Finish the seam.

Press the seam down. And...

Pass it on to your little twirler!

So, here's what we'd like to know. What are ways you've modified your Modkid? What patterns would you be interested in seeing modified?

Sew Along Vote

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

We've put together some summer Modkid favorites for our next sew-along. Now it's up to you which one we sew!!!

Modkid Styled - Hailey Cover Up

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Now that we have a couple Tips & Tricks under our belt with the Modkid Hailey, how about a style idea?!? This easy style is perfect for a cover-up! You just have to decide if dress length or tunic length is more your style! I've used a lightweight French Terry for a little absorbency. Just make sure your fabric is lightweight to get the maximum gathering effect of the shirring. The Hailey as a cover up doesn't need to be limited to little girls. Make one for yourself or your tween too!

  1. Pink French Terry
  2. Pom Pom Swimsuit
  3. Straw Hat
  4. Shoes

Tips & Tricks: Shirring with Elastic Thread

Friday, May 29, 2015

Since I was in the middle of a Hailey top for our knit binding tips and tricks, I thought I would continue with some shirring tips.

Shirring with elastic thread results in a stretchy, comfortable style with added texture. It is a simple technique that only requires elastic thread. I'll start with some basic tips for shirring then give you some troubleshooting ideas at the bottom.

First, you will need to wind the elastic thread onto a bobbin by hand using a steady rhythm, not too tight and not too loose. I try to hold is just past the point of stretching, but not tight at all.

I also like to place the spool of elastic thread on the extra thread holder of my machine to hold it in place while I wind the bobbin by hand.

Wind the thread back and forth on the width of the bobbin keeping it neat and tidy. You can see my threads aren't spread all over the place.

Place the bobbin in your machine, and you are ready to go. Here are the general guidelines:

  • Shirring works well with light weight fabrics only, knit or woven.
  • Use a regular thread for the top in a color that matches your fabric.
  • Use your longest machine stitch and regular tension. 
  • With the garment right side up, line the edge of your presser foot up so that the needle will enter about 1/4" away from your seam or edge. Use the seam as a guide to make your first row of shirred stitches across the entire width of the garment. Backstitch at the beginning.

For the Hailey pattern, the back and front of the top/dress are sewn together on one side with the opposite side open. This allows you to sew the shirring in place while the top is flat. I will give another tip at the end if you are sewing in the round.

Once you've sewn the first row of shirring, trail off the fabric slightly, rotate your garment (with the right side still up) and use the previous row of stitching as your new guide to line up the edge of your presser foot.

As you can see, the first row the elastic will not pull very tight.

As you continue to add rows of shirring the elastic will start to gather more. As you sew, keep the fabric flat under your needle. The more rows of shirring you sew, then more gathered the fabric will be.

Once you've sewn the desired number of rows of shirring backstitch at the end of the row. Now, if you've never shirred before and you are anxious that the fabric has not gathered enough, run your hot iron with steam over the rows of stitching. You will see the fabric shrink up more like magic!

Personally, I like to complete the garment before I give the final steam. I just find it a bit easier to sew before it is fully gathered. So, the photo above is the completed garment before steaming.

This photo is after running over the stitches with a steamy iron. Magic, right?!?

If you are sewing a garment in the round instead of flat, stitch one row all the way around. As you come to the end of the row, angle the fabric down to continue to the next row. Essentially you are sewing a spiral, but the rows should remain parallel except at the side seam where you angle the fabric down.

Here are a few additional tips for troubleshooting if you are having trouble:
  • Switch to a new needle.
  • Re-thread your entire machine,
  • Make sure your bobbin is not overly full.
  • Make sure your tension is at the normal setting.
  • Make sure your fabric is lightweight.
  • Check your sewing machine manual for any special instructions.
  • Use your longest stitch length.

In addition to the Hailey Girls, Tween, and Misses patterns, these shirring tips would be helpful for the FREE Modkid Sunny Days tank and the Modkid Bailey Romper.

Tips & Tricks: Knit Binding

Friday, May 22, 2015

I learned a new tricks that I'm excited to share with you today. It's the perfect finish for a Hailey top or dress when you are sewing with woven fabrics. Knit binding!!

I love this technique for the smooth finish, but also for the soft feel. T-shirt scraps are cheaper than pre-made bias tape too!

I'm using the Modkid Hailey to illustrate the knit binding technique, so I started with the bodice with the front seam still un-sewn. You will also need a 1" strip of knit fabric.

Pin the wrong side of the knit to the right side of the bodice aligning the raw edges.

Stitch the binding to the neckline with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and clip the curve.

Press the seam to the wrong side and the binding away from the neckline.

Press the knit binding to the wrong side of the bodice rolling the seam to the inside slightly, so the binding will not be visible from the right side.

Stitch the binding down from the right side with a 3/8" seam allowance.

Trim the knit binding if needed. The knit edge will not fray, so you are done!

Close up the neck per the pattern instructions.

Of course, this technique isn't limited to Hailey Girls! We would suggest it for Hailey Misses, Hailey Tween, and Josie. It would work great for binding an arm hole as well!

Free Casserole Carrier Pattern

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Patty is back from quilt market, and she's sharing a little quilt market treat with us just in time for your Memorial Day festivities! Of course the new Vivid Canvas is a perfect match, but any bottom weight woven will make a great casserole carrier. Casserole carriers would make perfect teacher gifts as well! Grab the free Casserole Carrier Pattern.

Modkid Styled - Sun & Surf Tote

Friday, May 15, 2015

I hope you got excited about the new Vivid Canvas by Patty Young for Riley Blake when we announced it! Canvas is absolutely perfect for sewing up totes, so we thought we'd bring you a little beachy, nautical style with the Modkid Sun & Surf tote. The pattern is available in both PDF form and paper. Plus, we have a handy sew-along to reference on the blog. 

  1. Navy Canvas
  2. Red Canvas
  3. Towel
  4. Hat
  5. Flip Flops
  6. Water Bottle
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