Introducing Modkid Sierra Jumper for Tweens and Teens

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Modkid Sierra Jumper for tweens and teens just released, and we think this on trend style is just what you teen has been looking for! Customizing the fit and fabric choice makes sewing a Sierra better than a trip to the mall.

Sierra is a fully-lined mini-skirt jumper with a plunging V neckline, long straps that adjust at the back, and a fitted waistline with double-breasted button or snap front closure. Darts in the back skirt accentuate curves and provide a better fit. Lastly, a pair of adorable herringbone patch pockets add the perfect finishing touch to this stylish look.

Coupon code SIERRA40 gets 40% off your entire purchase on the Modkid website and expires in 24 hours, so you must hurry.

We hope you are as amazed as we are by these cool tester photos!

Alicia Strayer

Anja Wouters

Jenny Fish

Courtney Davis

Alyssa Cotter

Kelle Lujan

Leanne Lyons

Lindsay Brandon-Smith 

Marie Villa

McKell Mortimer

Modkid Modified: Brooklyn as a Zippered Top

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

After Patty posted a Brooklyn modification make into a top on Instagram, I knew I need to make a top with one more mod. I envisioned adding a quarter zip, but when I laid these fabrics on my table, I knew I had the perfect separating zipper to coordinate. Which brings me to this tutorial for adding a zipper to a top to make it a layering piece. Remember, the Brooklyn pattern comes in girls, tween/teen, and misses' sizing. The same method will work for all three!

The pattern hack to change a top to a zippered jacket is not as difficult as you might think. Instead of cutting the front bodice on the fold, cut two pieces adding 1/2" seam allowance to the side where the fold would be. You will now have two mirrored front bodice pieces. The length of the top is mostly based on the length of your separating zipper. The top of the zipper will be 2" above the neck seam, so for my 20" zipper, I needed the front bodice to end 18" below the neck seam. Taking seam and hem allowances into count, my bodice needed to be 18" + 1/2" seam allowance at the neck + 1/2" seam allowance at the hem = 19". I also sized up 1 size since this zipper top would be worn over another layer. Sizing up 2 sizes would allow for an less slim fit.

After sewing the should seams, attach the neckband right sides together starting and stopping at the bodice opening. Do not fold the neckband. You are only stitching one raw edge at this point.

Open up the zipper and baste the zipper right sides together with the front bodice. The top of the zipper should be 2" above the neck seam and the zipper stop should be 1/2" from the bottom edge. Pin the top zipper tails so they angle toward the seam allowance.

Fold the neckband down right sides together, so the zipper is sandwiched in between. Using a zipper foot, stitch from the top of the zipper to the bottom. Repeat on the other side of the bodice.

Turn the neckband right side out and topstitch down each side of the zipper securing the seam allowance. 

Fold the neckband in half and pin so the edge of the neckband covers the seam. Topstitch around the neckline with a coverstitch or stretch stitch securing the neckband edges on the wrong side.

Fold the bottom edge to the wrong side 1/2" and hem using a coverstitch, twin needle, or other stretch stitch.

Enjoy adding a new layering piece to your wardrobe!

Introducing Modkid Brooklyn for Girls, Tween/Teen, and Misses'

Thursday, November 29, 2018

During the whirlwind that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Modkid released a new pdf sewing pattern, actually three patterns! Brooklyn is a stylish sheath or A-Line knit dress with options for mock turtleneck vs. neck band and three different sleeve lengths including long, short and elbow length. The pattern comes in Girls Sizes 2T-8/9.

(It has been a while since Modkid released a Women's pattern!)

These amazing testers did a great job making the pattern the best it can be!

Darlita Jelinek

Heather Turner

Karman Schulz

Sivje Parish

Amy Wickham

Andrea Hardman

Annie Ledford-Lomeli

Candice Ayala

Didie noor fadillah

Feur van Hasster-Sebregts

Heather Turner

Courtney Davis

Courtney Davis

Jessica Sechrest Reynolds

Alyssa Cotter

Alyssa Cotter

Kelle Lujan

Kelle Lujan

Kelly Gifford

Leanne Lyons

Linda Souer

Manda Hoogstr-Rademaker

Nicole Cantwell

Sasha Kamaruzzaman

Modkid Modified // Annika with Gathered Shirttail

Friday, November 09, 2018

Are you ready for some fall sewing inspiration?!? Depending on the weight of fabric used for the Annika Sweater Pattern, this garment can work well for fall or winter. By adding a ruffle shirttail hem, we've created a slightly more feminine look that styles well with jeggings and leggings. In fact, you could easily pair this sweathshirt with a pair of Modkid Perfect Leggings

Let's get to the step-by-step tutorial on creating the gathered shirttail hem. First, prepare the sweatshirt according to the pattern instructions up until the hem bands. For this look, cut two front hem bands and omit the back hem band. Prepare the hem bands, but do not attach them just yet.

Also cut 2 rectangular pieces to create the hem ruffle. The length of the rectangle is 1.5 times the full width of the Annika front bodice piece (not on the fold). In my case, 1.5 x 16 = 24" for a size 6. The height of the rectangle is 5.75" for all sizes. This is based on 2.75" + folded hem band height (2.5" for all sizes) + hem allowance so, 2.75 + 2.5 + 0.5 = 5.75". If you would like the ruffle to extend below the hem further, increase the 2.75" number. In my case, I cut 2 rectangles 24" long x 5.75" high. We've used a woven cotton here, but knit fabric would also work.

Sew the short ends of the rectangles right sides together on one side with a 1/2" seam allowance. Finish the seam.

If you like our method of avoiding pressing in the round (tips and tricks link), press a 1/4" hem to the wrong side of the fabric enclosing the raw edge.

Unfold the hem and sew the other short ends of the rectangle right sides together with a 1/2" seam allowance creating a circle of fabric. Finish the seam. Repress the hem at the new seam.

Stitch your hem close to the inner fold. Then, use your preferred gathering method to gather the hem ruffle. Check out our gathering tips and tricks here. Gather the fabric circle to match the width of the Annika bodice.

Pin the hem band pieces to the Annika bodice per the pattern instructions. Baste in place if desired. Next, pin the ruffle right sides together to the Annika bodice with raw edges aligned. The hem band will be sandwiched in between. Stitch the seam with 1/2" seam allowance and finish the raw edges. 

Press the seam allowance toward the bodice and the hem and ruffle down.

Check out Sweeter Than Cupcakes for more photos and fabric details.

Also note, this gathered shirttail hem technique can be used for the Annika Girls, Annika Tween/Teen and the Modkid Breeann with the shirttail hem tutorial.
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