Daaaad! Mom's playing with my dolls again!

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I admit it: I've been getting in touch with my inner child lately. These mini-MODKID outfits have been so much fun to play with, but I can't take credit for them. You guys may remember Valerie Haberer, who threw that awesome Open House & sewing contest at her store, Sew Much More, back in September. Well, Val ended up sewing some samples for my Quilt Market booth and surprised me with a miniature version of my Ava pattern, which we immediately dubbed mini-me. We took her to Market (to sorta feel out the crowd) and the squeals of delight could be heard all through the convention floor!

So here is the deal: MODKID IS GROWING! No, I am NOT pregnant. But I have birthed 10 sewing patterns and 2 fabric collections in the past 9 months without as much as a day of maternity leave. Soooo, in order to grow the company while still keeping my sanity, Jon and I decided to hire our first ever licensed designer. Val brings many years of experience to the table, plus she is probably the only person I've met that rivals my creative OCD. She is creative, focused, meticulous and a perfectionist in every sense of the word.

Let's learn a little bit about Valerie:

"I've been sewing for as long as I can remember. I began making doll clothes out of Kleenex when I was a kid for that leggy fashion doll so popular! I started making dolly clothes for my youngest daughter over 12 years ago. And, even now, every time she comes home from college, I try to make dolly a new dress. Because dollies look sweet in just about everything, making clothes for them is creative and always puts a smile on my face! And, making matching dolly clothes from the Modkid patterns is way too much fun! Hopefully, you'll agree!"

We are so excited to add Val to our creative team. Just you wait, in addition to the mini-MODKID patterns she is also working on a few other super cool surprises to add to the MODKID line-up. I can't wait for you to see our January 2010 sewing pattern release!

And now that I'm talking about changes to the company, I should also mention another big change. You guys all know how much Jon (here he is modeling the bee tie I made for him) has helped me out pretty much since I started this crazy endeavor of mine. Not only is he an amazing source of moral support but he has also been there to help out with whatever I need, whether it's website updates, booth building, studio remodeling, heavy lifting, you name it!

But now that our company is growing exponentially, Jon has completely taken over our fulfillment department. He makes sure all orders go out in a timely manner and keeps our website up to date. This allows me more time to create and manage creative partners, which lately has become a full-time job. So, if any of you retail customers ever have a question regarding your order, need a list of distributors or would like your website link to be added to our textiles or patterns page, you can contact Jon directly at jjyoung@modkidboutique.com.

So, that's it for MODKID news right now. Stay tuned for the full pattern reveal coming soon! I'm also preparing a super fun giveaway before the Holidays, so please keep checking the blog.

Happy Turkey Day!!

29 comments:

  1. So flip'n cute I can hardly stand myself. Seriously adorable!

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  2. Congrats on your growing business and opportunities. How exciting!
    The doll clothes...totally adorable!

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  3. Annie5:12 PM

    OMG! You're kidding me!!! I am squealing with delight right now. I already own all of your patterns and i KNOW I'll have to add these to my collection. My kids will freak! Truly adorable!!!

    Annie

    PS: I knew your business would go far! You are so dedicated and creative! Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!

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  4. Congratulations!!!!!!!

    I am so in love with those teeny tiny doll clothes! How fabulous!

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  5. After spending hours on the website of those "girls" dolls, and cringing at the doll clothes prices, I can't wait to buy your new patterns - they're just what I need. It's actually a good thing I can't buy them now because I'd close myself in the sewing room and not even make Thanksgiving dinner! SO excited.

    Can I buy them now??

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  6. Congratulations, Patty! I'm so happy to see how your business is growing. Funny story...my neighbor Jennifer (who comes to Quilt Market with me) and I were at a local craft show yesterday, and one of the vendors had a dress made from your Kyoko pattern. The vendor said, "Oh, that's a pattern from Patty Young." Jennifer said, "Oh, Becky knows her." She said, "WHAT!? YOU know Patty Young??" She was so impressed. :)

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  7. Jenny Fish7:02 PM

    I am SO super excited! I cannot wait for the patterns. I am setting aside my scraps from the Kyoko's I have made RIGHT NOW! Darling, darling darling dresses!

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  8. Dang you guys have been busy ... love the doll clothes. I might even be inspired to make some!

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  9. Awww... thank you all for the sweet comments. So glad to hear you like the mini-Modkids. I can't seem to get enough of them! :)

    Debbie... I wish I could say you could buy them now, but they won't be available for purchase until mid-January. Testing and production take time. ;)

    Becky... that is hilarious! You actually made me laugh out loud tonight. :D

    patty

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  10. It must be Christmas because I just saw all your amazing patterns in AG sizes!!!!!! I am thrilled and I know my daughter is going to going nuts when she sees these...and of course she will have hers that match! She has asked Santa for an AG "Just like You" doll and "He" maybe sliding down the chimney with one. These clothes would be so much better than anything they sell. I just wish I could sew up a new wardrobe to go with Santa's present! I am going to burst by January...they are so cute.
    Congrats for your new "baby", we are like Grandparents out here...we will get all the benefits (of your talents) and you did all the work!

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  11. Now how am I going to find the time to sew all of those fab doll clothes for my little girlies.

    Congrats on your endeavors. It must be scary and exciting all at the same time.

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  12. Ok, Patty. I haven't purchased your child patterns because my "baby" is a 13 yr old girl in women's clothing. However, I'm not going to be able to resist these doll patterns. You're killing me here. LOL

    I'm so excited for you and the mister. It seems like it's taken off overnight, but I know you've worked so hard on this. Now we'll never get to have that get-together will the girls. <3

    Hugs to you, girl!

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  13. Those outfits are so dang cute!!! Now I have to go buy myself and AG doll :P

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  14. The dollies are gorgeous they kind of remind me of your daugters LOL

    I am amazed with your creativity and wish you and your team all the best, you are such an inspiration.

    Hugs from the Middle East :)

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  15. Holy Cannoli. Can I have one of each of those dresses. I am seriously thinking I need to invest in an American Girl doll just so I can make these cute dresses for her. I was thinking they were a little old for my 4 year old, but now I am rethinking.

    Love them.

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  16. Beth, we definitely need to do that girls' night out. I need some girl time badly. And we have to drag Valerie out with us too! :)

    Mayya, actually 2 of those dolls were purchased because they do look like my girlies. The redheaded one with the brown eyes is Sophie's "Just Like You" doll and the brunette with the dark eyes is Samantha, who looks just like my Sydney. :)

    Melissa, I don't think 4 is too young for them. Both my girls got their first AGD at age 5 but Sydney was certainly playing with them before her 5th b-day. :)

    patty

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  17. Such exciting news all around...it's so wonderful to hear of a company doing well and growing with all of the financial turmoil around.

    And to have it be fabric??? and patterns??? that's like doubly fantastic.

    Congratulations and keep up the amazing, creative work.

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  18. I love these little doll clothes. I wish i had a little girl to make clothes for her dollies but unfortunately i have two little boys, maybe i will have a niece someday! Keep up the good work and fun fabrics/ patterns.

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  19. OH PATTY!!!!! We were all just talking about doll cloths patterns and low and behold I open this up!
    Oh man I wish you had these for Christmas! Patty we LOVE ya!
    Thanks for all your hard work to make us all so happy.

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  20. I cannot let my girls see those clothes. They are adorable. The Kyokos...I'm speechless.

    Congratulations, your designs are fabulous.

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  21. Henita9:26 AM

    They are sooooo cute! Would you be able to sell them as PDF patterns?
    That would be so awesome for us spur-of-the-moment crafters! :)

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  22. Thank you for your inquiry, Henita. All of our patterns are offered only in printed format. Once they are printed they will be readily available for purchase on our website and at numerous retailers worldwide. :)

    patty

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  23. Patty - my girls went gaga when they saw these outfits! You have a hit on your hands! Can't wait for the patterns to come out! I blogged about these over on my site - had to share! Too stinking cute!

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  24. I am loving these. I was trying to figure out how to resize the Frida and Sydney for Kate (shown on your previous post). I hope those are included in the new patterns. Just in time for MY birthday! How exciting!!

    By chance would they be available to fit a My Twinn doll? (23" tall)

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  25. Love these! If you need a tester -- just let me know! I have wanted Chrissa's sewing table, but have resisted...It is only around for another month or so... I may have to get it - Merry Christmas to me!

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  26. oh! oh! oh! I want to make (or just have) those dresses for my daughter and her American Girls!!
    FANTABULOUS!

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  27. OMG, I can't wait for the doll chothes paterns, hurry, hurry, hurry...................

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  28. How exciting!
    The doll clothes...totally adorable!

    How to make a website

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  29. You do a great job making quality doll clothes. Thanks for the ideas. Tana

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