Megan and Mini-Naomi

I'm glad to report that all sewing pattern pre-orders are officially out, so be expecting the new MODKID line-up to pop-up here and there in the next few days! So, without much further ado, may I present the last two patterns...

Megan Everyday Bag
Megan is the perfect everyday purse. It’s large enough to carry all your essential things but it’s not bulky, like a tote. Lots of details make Megan special, including an interior zippered pocket that divides the inside into two separate areas and keeps your most important belongings safe. It also has a separate interior pocket which is perfect for holding your keys and cell phone for quick reach.


The pattern was designed by my mom, Maria Prann, and she is the bag-making expert, so you know it must be awesome!


It's just the perfect size!


Check out this gorgeous version by my tester, Valerie Haberer...


Have fun embellishing the front flap with designer ribbons and trims. Add cute rings or grommets and even turn it into a funky messenger bag with an adjustable strap following our easy instructions.




(Dolly-sized version of our popular Naomi pattern for girls)
Mini-Naomi is the quintessential “beach dress”for your 18" and 15" dolly... casual, lightweight, comfortable and oh, so adorable! It features “shabby chic” raw-edge braided straps, a sweet ruffled hem, a cute little patch pocket with ruffled edges and a soft and comfy shirred back. This pattern also includes the Mini Sun & Surf Tote to complete the sea-side ensemble!


This pattern, just like all of our other dolly-sized patterns, was designed by Valerie Haberer of Sew Much More.



It comes with a miniature version of our Sun & Surf Tote... how adorable is this?!?


All new patterns will be up on our website next week, but in the meantime, check your favorite retailer to see if they will have them in.
Something for the ladies

Our new sewing patterns were delivered at MODKID HQ yesterday, so all wholesale pre-orders will be shipping out this week! WOOHOO! As I was looking at the piles of boxes strewn all across the floor, I realized I've only blogged about one so far, so I'm going to double up on my reveals this week because we have so much going on. Today, we'll be talking about the women's wear portion of our line-up.

Gabrielle is a flirty summer dress, perfect for a family party, a girls’ night out or a casual outdoor wedding. It includes four different options -- Views A (dress) and B (shirt) feature four skinny shoulder straps that tie at the shoulders for a sweet and casual look. Views C (dress) and D (shirt) feature a backless bodice and two wider straps that loop in the back and tie into a long, beautiful bow. Have fun combining fabric designs for a casual, eclectic look or make it all out of one fabric for a dressier look. You’ll soon find that the sizing on Gabrielle is quite generous because it cinches at the waist with a drawstring and above the bust with elastic.

Check out all the different options included within this pattern:

Gabrielle Potty Girls

The dress version, View A:



The shirt version, View D:



My sweet tester, Kristen McVane, did two View C dresses, one in woven fabrics (using my Grand Bazaar shirtings) and one in knits (using my cotton interlocks). I love them both!


And my other tester, Marie Villa, did an adorable version of the View A dress in Grand Bazaar's, Sari Wrap Melon:


Annnd... the pattern cover (showing View A and View D):



(the women's version of our girl's Julia skirt)
Here by popular demand, Juliana is a sweet skirt that is as easy to sew as it is to wear. There are no zippers, buttons or snaps to apply; just a couple of casings to sew. The double-layer super full skirt can be made with or without the drawstring detail. A template and detailed instructions for creating a fabric broach or hair flower are included within this pattern, for those who wish to add extra embellishment to a pre-purchased top.



A million thanks to my tester, Anna Garner, for this awesome version in Turkish Garden and Spade:


And to my other tester, Marie Villa, for this super sweet version in Mehndi Stripe and Spade:


The pattern cover...


Again, retailers, the patterns are no longer on pre-order status, so if you haven't placed your order yet, you can do so on the site now.

Stay tuned for a couple more reveals this week...
New Additions!

My sister had a beautiful and healthy baby girl two days ago, Natalie Quinn. I just adore that name and we are all overfilled with joy. She is in Florida and I'm up here in the Midwest, so I cannot wait till the day I get to meet my new little niece. My baby girl is no longer the baby of the family but we are OK with that. Change is good and babies are even better!

We have some new additions of our own too. Nooo, not babies! It's five brand new sewing patterns and we are thrilled about them. But before I start the reveal, I need to announce the winner of the STUDIOS Magazine contest: picked comment #27 and that is...
~Lollipop Doodles~
said... CONGRATULATIONS!! Your excitement and enthusiam is ABSOLUTELY contagious!! Couldn't be happier for you and the company. It's just BEAUTIFUL...Felicidades!!

Please email us your mailing address to and we'll send you a copy of the STUDIOS Magazine that features MODKID HQ. CONGRATS and ENJOY!!

OK, so let's get rolling with the pattern reveals... I will start with the one that seems to have everyone's hearts aflutter on Facebook...


Addison is a sweet, classic, vintage-inspired dress with lots of heirloom details... perfect for a family portrait, a wedding or a school event. It features a three-button closure on the bodice, sweet bubble-style sleeves and a long sash that ties into a pretty bow in the back. A set of tabs at the front gives the overskirt a scalloped look and lets the underskirt peek out ever so slightly.




A huge thanks to my little models Anna and Sydney for the beautiful pictures and to my lovely assistant, Emalee, for the gorgeous design!

Addison comes in sizes 2T to 10 and will be available for purchase the first week of September. Ask your local fabric shop if they will be carrying the new MODKID patterns... we are accepting pre-orders NOW!

I would also like to extend a HUGE thank you to my testers, Debbie Peasley and Melissa Baker for helping me work though all the initial kinks so that we could present to you a flawless product. I am forever indebted to them! And... as always, their modeled photos were TDF cute! Just check these out...




Above 3 photos courtesy of Emily Butler at LandoJake Photography.




Above three photos courtesy of Meli Baker at JamClothingCo.

Again, we are taking wholesale pre-orders now but the patterns will be available on our website the first of September. Can't wait to hear what you all think!

OH, and I almost forgot, here's the pattern cover shot in my new marigold studio. :)


Stay tuned for more reveals... but in the meantime, a couple of announcements and questions:
Scrap Lab Super Friends


Today is the day that the Fall 2011 issue of Quilts and More (a Better Homes & Gardens publication) goes on news stands and, although I am a huge fan of all of their publications, I am especially excited about this one because it features a very special section titled, SCRAP LAB.

A few months back, I received an exciting email from Jill Mead, the Editor of Quilts and More, explaining the whole Scrap Lab concept to me. In essence, their design team, which is comprised of none other than the fabulous duo of Joanna Figueroa and Camille Roskelley, choose a fabric collection and design small projects, from a prescribed quantity of fabric, that would be great for gifts or to keep for yourself. Well, my heart skipped a beat when I read that they had chosen Sanctuary for the next Scrap Bag challenge and wanted little ol' me to play along! What? Two of my most favorite ladies in the industry? Sewing? With *my* fabric? and it's all going to be published? In a national magazine? I'm IN!!

Fast forward 8 months and here it is now... in pages 12-21 of the Fall 2011 issue of Quilts and More:
Joanna designed an adorable pillow. Camille made a set of modern placemats. And I designed a pair of lightweight stripwork scarves... one for you and one for your bff! Yes, if you click on that link, you'll be able to download the scarf directions, which is a web exclusive. The other two projects are printed in the magazine, so you'll have to run out and get a copy. Trust me, you won't be disappointed... it is chock full of good reads and awesome projects!

And the best part... the exact Scrap Lab Kit that all three of us used for the projects in this magazine is available NOW in limited quantities from our web store. It is only $15.00 and that price includes shipping!! (domestic orders only, please).


The Scrap Lab Kit includes: •1/2 yard of Dahlia Lama Seafoam •Fat Quarter Glass Tiles Seafoam •Fat Quarter Zen Garden Gray •Fat Quarter Solid White. All packaged up nicely in a cute MODKID bag. By the way, I must mention that I had to pull some major strings to get a nearly full bolt of the Zen Garden Gray fabric (lowest fat quarter on that picture), since it is now completely out-of-print and even MMF is out of it! Again... limited quantities of this kit available, so get yours TODAY!
Hot off the press!

You guys have no idea how long I've had to bite my tongue before I could spill the beans about this amazing feature in STUDIOS Magazine. This is the first time MODKID HQ has been featured in a national magazine and we couldn't be more thrilled! The issue just came out so run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore, and snatch yourself a copy. My local Barnes & Noble said theirs flew off the shelves almost as soon as they came in... eeee!

This issue just happens to feature one of my all time favorite interior designers... Genevieve Gorder of HGTV. I've been a fan of hers since the old Trading Spaces days. And now I am so honored to be sharing the pages of this awesome publication with someone of her caliber. In addition to Genevieve, there are also articles on Anna Maria Horner, Lotta Jansdotter and so many others!

And... of course... there are six glorious pages featuring over a dozen large detailed photos and even a floorplan of MODKID HQ. Just look at this... (I'm so giddy)


**I do have an extra copy here -- complimentary from the publisher -- that I'd love to give away, so leave me a comment below and I'll draw a lucky winner a week from today.**

Let's see, what other fun things are happening? QuiltHome featured yours truly in this week's e-newsletter (there's even a fun little video they shot at Quilt Market!!!) and is currently running an AWESOME sale on all things Patty Young. They have GRAND BAZAAR fabric & ribbons in so go check them out!! The coupon code QHAPY25 is good for 25% off all my fabrics, ribbons, and patterns. The coupon expires on Monday, August 15, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

Also, The Creative Connection blog has a feature on me as well this week and we are giving away a 6-pattern bundle to a lucky winner for leaving a comment over there...

And last but not least, if you've visited our website this week, you've already noticed that we've been making lots of updates. There is way more to come so please keep checking... we have a new tab called KITS & SAMPLERS that will have fabric scrap bags and ribbon sampler boxes for those of you who just want a little taste test. Also, all of the new FALL 2011 patterns are up there but not available for purchase yet, as they are still at the printer. Watch for a full reveal next week!



So, I guess these are Exciting Thing #8, 9, 10 and 11! :)
Exciting things!

There's so much going on right now at MODKID HQ that I can barely keep up. Let's see...

Exciting Thing #1:

We got new signage at the studio. It was such a thrilling experience to see it finally come to life like this. We got a big, big, BIG logo in the front window...




And a smaller door sign...


If you squint you can see Sydney supervising from the inside... heeheee!


It was a proud moment for all of us.



Exciting Thing #2:

We are having a 2nd Open House and this time it includes a SAMPLE SALE!! We heard it repeatedly last time we opened our doors: are you selling any of your sewn samples? Last time we weren't prepared, but this time we are and boy, do we have some goodies for you! Lots and lots of finished product that we've accumulated over the years... girls clothing, pillows, women's garments, purses... something for everyone!

Friday, August 5 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm
109 W. Monroe St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

If you're in the area and plan to attend, please RSVP on our FaceBook event so we can plan for enough food and drinks for everyone. Yes, folks, we'll have snacks and libations!

MODKID HQ-26-sewn-samples

MODKID HQ-28-window-display

Disclaimer: the above photos were taken a few weeks back and do not represent the exact selection of items available for sale.


Exciting Thing #3

We randomly selected three winners from last week's blog contest. Each one of these lucky ladies will receive a ribbon sampler especially selected by us.
Robin said...

My niece is an American Girl Doll fan so I think I'd like to make her a couple of those ADORABLE doll outfits. Thanks for the chance to win!


Fiona said...

It all looks so beautiful! That wall colour is amazing and works really well with your new line.

Marsi said...

Beautiful! I love making handbags and messenger bags for kids as gifts, so that fabric & ribbon would work perfect. Congratulations on your on going success.

CONGRATULATIONS, ladies!! Please email us at with your mailing info to claim your prize.


Exciting Thing #4:

If you were not selected to win the ribbon samplers, don't get discouraged... there is another chance to win! I was featured on Where Women Create last Friday as part of my involvement in The Creative Connection Event and I am giving away a MODKID Sewing Pattern Bundle to one lucky reader. So, pop on over there and leave a comment for another chance at winning some MODKID goodies.


Exciting Thing #5:

And speaking of The Creative Connection Event, we received yet another bundle of crafty goodness from another one of our dear sponsors. The wonderful folks at Prym-Dritz Consumer USA, just sent over a large box of sewing notions to give away at my classes. Check this out:


This is just the top layer of the large box! There are large snap-on grommets (the same ones we use in the Sun & Surf Tote), rotary cutters, rulers and self-healing mats galore!


I have so many donated items now that EVERY student will be able to walk away with a free goodie or two from our wonderful sponsors! YAY!

So, in case you missed it before click here to read more about the Sun & Surf Tote class and here for the French Window Pillow class. Register soon because these classes fill up fast and there's limited enrollment!


Exciting Thing #6:

We're getting ├╝ber organized. Just because the outside of our studio looks pretty and the design areas are fun and colorful, it doesn't mean that the warehouse can't be all of those too. Jon's been keeping himself super busy the past few weeks organizing our warehouse and I think he's done a fantastic job of it. He says it's not finished, but I think it looks blog-worthy so far, dontcha think?


Check out all those colorful, yummy ribbons sitting pretty on this shelf...


Lots and lots and lotsa boxed patterns on these shelves...


Assembled patterns ready to go out are right here, front and center...


So, that's it for our exciting things this week!

Exciting things coming up? A massive sewing pattern reveal next week. A new licensed product reveal either this week or next. And some awesome magazine features in August and September. Stay tuned!!!


***Edited to add...***

Exciting Thing #7:
The amazing John Adams (a.k.a. Quilt Dad) informed me in the blog comments yesterday that I am also featured in Issue #6 of Fatquarterly!! WOOHOO! I read the article last night and it is fantastic... so much information there on sewing with knits and shirtings, plus everything you ever needed to know about Grand Bazaar fabric and ribbons (broken down per design!). There are also lots of other designer features and some fantastic quilt and pillow patterns included in this issue. It's well worth the money to subscribe... so go, get it NOW! :)
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