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.

Introducing Modkid Elizabeth

Friday, October 26, 2018

Elizabeth is a beautiful special occasions dress featuring a feminine sweetheart neckline, a full circle skirt, optional cascading peplum and an invisible zipper closure in the back for a professional finish. This sleeveless dress is fully lined for comfort and extra body, and can be sewn with lace overlays for added flair!

This pattern comes in Girls Sizes (2T to 10) and in Tween/Teen Sizes (12, 14, 16 and 18). The latest two sizes in the teen range can easily fit a women's XS and S!

For a limited time get 40% off your entire purchase on our MODKID SITE with coupon code MODKIDTURNS10. Sale expired on October 31st, 2018 at midnight EST.

Enjoy these beautiful pictures from our testers:

Anita Bristow

Anja Wouters

Anja Wouters

Ashley Hunter

Ashley Hunter

Bianca Rothwell

Jenny Fish

Fieza Zainon

Genevieve Ouellet

Hannah Roberts

Courtney Davis

Jess Mullens

Jessica Cochran

Kelle Lujan

Kelly Gifford

Kristen Wilson

Leanne Lyons

Leslie Gully

Kristina Rodriguez

Sandra Schommer

Marie Villa

Violetta Ivanova

Nancy Zieman – The Rest of The Story, A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends

Friday, October 19, 2018

It is no secret that I was a huge fan of Nancy Zieman. When she asked me to come on her show, Sewing With Nancy, over five years ago, I felt I had finally reached the summit of my professional career. I mean, as a designer and owner of a sewing and crafting business, what is better than appearing next to THE Nancy Zieman on national television? Then, the following year, I was asked if I would review her autobiography, Seams Unlikely, and I really thought I was dreaming. If you'd like to catch that review, it is here. Over the following few years, Nancy and I would run into each other a handful of times at industry events and it always amazed me how down to Earth and humble she was. She always greeted me by name, which I thought was incredible, given the amount of people she must've met in her life, professionally and personally. But best of all, she always seemed to have some sage advice to give, a funny anecdote to share or simply just a warm smile and a hug for everyone she met.

So, as you can imagine, last Fall, when Nancy passed away, it affected me deeply. It was the end of an era... an incredible loss not just for our industry, but for friends, family and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her.

Today, I have the utmost pleasure of being a part of the book tour for Nancy Zieman – The Rest of The Story, A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends, written by Richard Zieman, Nancy's loving husband of 40 years. 

Richard begins his book with a few pages of carefully chosen excerpts from Nancy's autobiography, Seams Unlikely, which I thought was a great way to begin, not only as a refresher of the struggles and challenges she had endured, but also as the perfect backdrop from which to launch his own part of the story. His story picks up where Nancy's book leaves us.

Along the way, Richard shares some behind the scenes tidbits, funny anecdotes and heartfelt personal stories, ranging from the happiest moments, like the wedding of her beloved son, Tom, to the most painful and sad ones, like her continued physical struggles, her numerous hospitalizations and her last few days. It really gives you an eye opening glimpse into the last 5 years of her life and how her unwavering faith got her through it all.

Nancy Zieman – The Rest of The Story, A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends officially releases on November 14th, 2018.

Would you like your own copy? Leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of Nancy Zieman – The Rest of The Story, A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends. (NOTE: Comments are moderated and will appear after admin approval.)

Edited to add: The contest is now closed. The winner is comment # 5, Cheryl. Congratulations!!

If you'd like to follow along with the rest of the blog tour and try your luck at snagging a copy of her book, below is the schedule.

10th Anniversary Giveaway

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Modkid 10th Anniversary Celebration is here, and it is huge!!!

In October of 2008 I released my very first fabric collection at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX. The collection was Andalucia for Michael Miller Fabrics. I had a small booth and had brought with me a few dresses sewn in the fabric to display alongside sample quilts that other people had graciously made for me (since I'm not a quilter). Those dresses were my own designs, self drafted in my kids' sizes so they could wear them after I returned. Well, little did I know that not only were attendees going to love my fabric designs, but they were going to literally beg for sewing patterns based on those self-drafted garments they saw. MODKID was born that weekend, ten years ago! I came home after the show with a true purpose. I began drafting my first four sewing patterns: Lil Chef, Frida, Emma and Kyoko. They were truly a labor of love. The following Spring, I debuted those 4 patterns at the Spring Quilt Market and the company as it is today, grew from that point on.

Fast forward 10 years, and I now have 20+ fabric collections, 150+ sewing patterns (in paper and PDF formats), 5 books, and several designer notions. I am also incredibly lucky to have aligned myself with some pretty amazing companies to work with. I truly could not be happier! I am currently a Licensed Fabric Designer for Riley Blake Designs, an author for C&T Publishing, a Contributing Artist for Silhouette of America, a Creator with OLFA and a Brand Ambassador for Baby Lock Sewing Machines.  I couldn't have done it all without the love and support from my family, my sponsoring companies, and most importantly ALL OF YOU! 

So I would like to show my appreciation to you and celebrate this momentous occasion by holding a HUGE GIVEAWAY with amazing prizes from yours truly and our sponsors. Check out the three grand prize packages below and find out how to enter this giveaway at the end of this post. The first prize even includes a Baby Lock Zeal Sewing Machine!!

In addition to the giveaway, we are having a celebration SALE. Coupon code MODKIDTURNS10 gets you 40% off your entire purchase through the month of October. Code expires October 31st, 2018 at Midnight EST.

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You must be a legal resident of one of the United States and at least 18 years of age.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. The giveaway will run from October 15th until October 21st. The three winners with be selected at random.

Introducing the A-Line Dress Series

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Since our last release was for tweens/teens only, here's something for the younger crowd!! We are introducing two classic A-line dress styles with distinct Modkid twists. We love to celebrate with a sale, so coupon code ALINE40 gets 40% off your entire order on the Modkid Website. Code expires tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 7th, 2018 at midnight EST.

First up is the Color-Blocked A-line Dress. This A-line dress features a racer-style gathered back, inseam side pockets, and buttoned or snapped shoulder straps for easy dressing.

Next, the Pleated Front A-Line Dress features a pleated-front bodice, buttoned back and is fully-lined for comfort and professional finish. Learn how to create pintucks, pleats, buttonholes and plackets. 

Modkid Modified // Kyra Dress with Hem Ruffle

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

When I spotted this look from Joyfolie, I was instantly inspire and knew the Kyra pattern would provide the perfect base. The fabrics used here dress up the Kyra. We love this look for Homecoming or Father/Daughter dances! Don't forget; the Kyra comes in Girl's and Teen sizing.

I'm including a few tips for creating this look. In addition to the fabric required for the Kyra dress, you will need 1/2 yard of fabric for the ruffle. The fabrics used to create our dress are rayon spandex (main) and power mesh (ruffle) both found at Joann Fabrics and Crafts. The powermesh is sheer and adds a fun texture, but the unfinished ruffle could be any knit fabric that will not fray.

Use the dress extension pattern piece to create the Kyra Dress. Then add a high/low hem line.

Tips to keep in mind.

  1. Align the curve at the side seam.
  2. Keep in mind your seam allowance. (See the horizontal bit at the seam allowance.)
  3. If you use sheer fabric for the ruffle, don't cut the front too short.

Create the Kyra Dress per the pattern instructions. 

The bottom ruffle adds weight to the fabric, so reinforce the wrong side of the front and back hemline with a 1" strip of knit interfacing. I used Pellon Knit N Stable. Cut the 1" strip using the pattern pieces you created as a guide.

To create the ruffle, cut the 1/2 yard of ruffle fabric into two rectangles 9" long X the wide of the fabric. Trim off the selvage edges. Sew the short ends right sides together creating a circle. Gather one edge of the circle to match the width of the high/low hem. Use our gathering tips here. (I suggest using a contrasting thread for your gathering stitches, so they will be easy to remove later.) Pin the ruffle on top of the hemline with both right sides facing up. Make sure your stitch lines will fall within the interfaced section. Stitch the ruffle to the dress with a stretch stitch, twin needle or coverstitch machine. Remove the gathering stitches, and that's it!

More photos on Sweeter Than Cupcakes.
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