Featuring: YOU

I get so giddy when I see you guys out there in blogland sharing projects from Sewing MODKID Style! Sometimes Google Alerts notifies me. Sometimes I come across your projects on my Flickr group. And sometimes it's just by chance. I usually end up pinning them to my Sewing MODKID Style Board on Pinterest, so check it out from time to time and see if your project ends up there.

I wanted to share some of my recent finds, and if any of you out there have some that you would like me to share here or on Pinterest, please leave a comment and I will surely do a follow-up post featuring YOU.

Sweeter Than Cupcakes just shared a most fantastic Union Jack version of my Bloom Dress. I think this is just so awesome! And look at this sweet little girl... how happy she is! Makes my heart go pitter-patter.

Another adorable version of the Bloom Dress is this rainbow stripe dress with a mini pocket by Sweet Cheeks Designs. How sweet is this?!?

I love this sweet Bloom Dress just about as much as her super organized (and beautiful) closet behind the model. Photo by dwndestiny on Flickr.


One of my favorite Flickr finds was this pair of Banded Tanks and Yoga Pants by Sew Happy Ever After. They turned out so awesome, didn't they?

Modkid outfits!

Then, Melanie O-Brien reviewed the Yoga Shorts on her blog as part of the Shorts On The Line sewalong. I LOVE this photo!

sewing modkid style yoga shorts

Noni and Looli has sewn just about half of the book already! I first saw her adorable Swim Suit on Flickr...


Then I saw that she has also made several Bubble Dresses, Bubble Skirts and Leggings. You go girl!

another Modkid bubble dress

Check out this adorable Swim Cover Up by Siestas and Sewing (great blog name, by the way!)

Swim Cover-Up

And how about this one by Sewing By Shirley ? It looks almost identical to the one in the book! :)

Last, but certainly NOT least, is this amazing Harlequin Quilt by Sew Happy Ever After. In her Flickr description, she says,  
"This is the first successful quilt I've made! It was super duper easy and the instructions in the Sewing MODKID style book were fabulous! I actually made it in just a few hours, so I finished it the same day that I started cutting the fabrics." 
You have no idea how happy that makes me! YAY!!

MODKID quilt

Hope you guys enjoyed these as much as I did! If you have a project you'd like to share or get featured, leave a comment below with a link to your blog. You can also share your project on our Flickr group or on our Facebook Page. Also, check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration.

If you don't have the book yet, you can get a signed copy of Sewing MODKID Style here

Happy Friday!!

Yes, it seems I've fallen into a Friday blogging routine. This worked out for you guys because you got an extra couple days to enter the QuiltHome Heaven & Helsinki contest. I'm sure you're all dying to know who won, so without much further ado, the randomly selected winner is...

I LOVE the Fair Isle Stripe in Orange! I love it all!!! Looking at this fabric line inspires me to dream up all sorts of girly, ruffly dresses and skirts!!! It is soooo much fun to sew with many different coordinating fabrics! Especially bright fabrics!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, Melissa! Please send your mailing address to info@modkidboutique.com and the wonderful folks at QuiltHome will send you this little bundle of goodness!

So... who's excited about the Olympics? We are! In our househod we have one little gymnast...



And one little swimmer...


So, you'd better believe we'll be keeping our eyes glued to the TV set the next few days.

On work front news, we are putting the finishing touches on the FAll 2012 Sewing Patterns... I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store this time! And... strike offs for my Fall Fabric Line (no, that is not what it's called, but I'm keeping it hush-hush for now) arrived this morning, and I am IN LOVE! I've also recently signed a couple of other licensing deals so you'll be seeing a lot more Patty Young on other [non-sewing-related] products in the next few months! More on all of that soon, I promise!

Have a great weekend, everyone! xoxo
Free Fabric Friday, Part Deux

Well, it wasn't planned out to be a weekly event, but it's just so happened that way, so let's just roll with it, k? If you missed out on winning some awesome bundles of Heaven & Helsinki last Friday, here you have another chance, courtesy of the awesome folks at Quilt Home.


Quilt Home and MODKID go way back! Jon and I met Heidi and Roland Porth years ago when we launched my debut line with Michael Miller Fabrics, Andalucia, and we had an instant connection. A husband and wife team, whose kids are actively involved in the business... a business that they are deeply passionate about... what's not to love? Needless to say, we saw a lot of parallels with our own business. Over the years, the support we've gotten from Quilt Home has been amazing. I once saw someone on Twitter say that they love Quilt Home because "they stock deep". That phrase resonated with me because it is so true. While most other online retailers will retire fabric lines after the first run, Quilt Home will keep reordering (and reordering BIG) until they can no longer get it from the manufacturers, so you are bound to find older lines that most other places don't stock anymore. Just the other day, someone asked me on Flickr if I knew where she could find the doll panels from Playdate (a line that has been out of print for about 2 years now). I knew where to send her immediately!

So... needless to say, when Heidi called me earlier this week to ask if I wouldn't mind hosting this giveaway on my blog, I didn't hesitate to accept.

In their words, "The giveaway is a package of five half yard cuts. It includes three fabrics from the Heaven & Helsinki Retro Palette and two coordinating Cotton Couture Solids."


For a chance to win this package, leave us a comment below and tell us what your favorite print from Heaven & Helsinki is, and why. It doesn't have to be from this bundle, you can take a look at the entire collection here and let us know.

We will randomly choose a winner on Wednesday, July 25th and Quilt Home will send the package directly to the lucky one!

Good luck!
It's me... on print, web and TV!

Happy Friday the 13th, friends! This could be your lucky day. If you've entered the free fabric contests, today is the day they announce the winners, so best of luck to you all.

Well, I have been lucky enough to be featured in a few awesome places the past few weeks, so I wanted to share the news with you.

First off, the newest issue of WebCents has a 3-page spread on yours truly. The lovely Teresa Coates and I had an hour-long phone chat right before Quilt Market, in which we covered everything from my newest collections to how I got started in the business. It's really an interesting read. It's a printed publication, but you can also subscribe to their website and read the articles online. Check it out!


Then, I had a dynamic chat over Skype with my buddy, Monica Lee, from Smart Creative Women. Every little nitty gritty detail of my career was covered, from my old days working as a Creative Director back in FL to my boutique selling days on eBay to receiving the fabric contract from MMF to hiring Emalee, leasing our studio space and beyond. Since I am so chatty, dear Monica had to break up the interview into 2 parts (haha) but make sure to catch Part 2 because I take you guys on a virtual tour of Modkid HQ! You will see everything, from the warehouse to the sewing and designing areas... you'll even get to meet my assistants, Emalee and Jessica! These fun little videos are not to be missed!!

And last but not least, my fabrics, ribbons and catalogs were featured in Episode 7 of the latest season of HGTV's Design Star!!! Yes, we all squealed when we saw these screen grabs a few weeks back and then seeing it on TV this week was just surreal. In the gray tub on the top right hand side of this picture there are several bolts of Grand Bazaar and Lush. Then they have the ribbons and catalogs on the table (click each photo to see a larger image on Flickr).




And yes, silly little me paused the TV and took a picture of the credit screen (I know I'm a dork!)


Here's a little video clip of David Bromstad discussing one of their previous episodes and my Lush fabric bolts sit behind him the whole time! Squeal!!

Have a great weekend, all!
Free Fabric Friday

I don't know about you guys, but my Friday came rather fast for me this week, not sure why. ;) I say we petition to have every Wednesday off from now on. :) I hope you guys had a great Independence Day celebration. We had two parties to attend, so I made a patriotic fruit salad, which was a TON of fun to prepare, and my kids' personal favorite party food: deviled eggs.

But I'm sure you're all wondering what my title up there ^^^ was all about, right? Well, if you all enjoy free fabric (don't we all?) then you're in for a treat! I am over that the Michael Miller Fabric's blog, Making It Fun, today chatting it up about my new collection, Heaven & Helsinki and I even give you a peek at my mood boards, my color palettes and my design process. I know you guys always enjoy behind the scenes stuff like that. Well, the best part is that they are giving away 1 yard cuts of EVERY fabric design in Heaven & Helsinki... that's 31 yards of fabric! Run, run, run...

And as if that wasn't cool enough, Fat Quarter Shop's blog, The Jolly Jabber, also has a fabric giveaway today, but this one's a bit tricky... you have to guess what the fabric is, and I'm not giving any hints! ;) Go, go, gooooo!

Stay tuned for a giveaway of our own... we are putting it together as we speak, er, type.
Light and color

First of all I would like to thank all of you who voted to support MODKID for Mission: Small Business. Your comments here on the blog and on FaceBook were so sweet all I could think was how lucky I am to have friends like you. The voting period ended at midnight on Saturday night and we received more than enough votes to qualify us for the grant, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! So, now we sit & wait until they decide if we will be one of the 12 companies deserving enough to receive it. Fingers & toes crossed!

Well, I promised I'd share some pictures of the Lantern Festival taken with my big camera, so here they are. I am still in shock at the beauty I saw there. I relived it all over again as I was editing these pictures today.







This ship was completely made with recycled plastic water bottles. Stunning!





And Sydney's favorite installation:


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