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.

Inspiration for Modkid Sage

Friday, August 17, 2018

At Modkid, we love searching for inspiration. In fact, we have an entire Pinterest board filled with ideas for variations on Modkid patterns. I was overwhelmed with creative ideas for the new Modkid Sage, and I'm sure there will be more to come.

Adding the flouce to the upper bodice might be a bit complicated, but the tie waist detail would be a simple waistband adjustment.

No pattern adjustments needed here! Just add embroidery or ribbon to the shoulder straps.

The tapered ruffle is a flirty addition to this top version.

Not only do the tie straps make the length more adjustable, but they offer a cute detail too.

How about creating a two piece look? Or simply use the inspiration for a colorblocked flounce. 

We can't wait to see what you create!! Be sure to show us in the Modkid Facebook Group.

Introducing Modkid Sage

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Modkid Sage is a slim-fitting dress, jumper, crop top or peplum top with a straight-across neckline style, straight or crossed shoulder straps, side seam pockets, and button or snap closure. Wear it alone in the warmer months or layer it over a slim tee and a pair of leggings during the cooler months for a year-long wardrobe staple. It also makes a perfect school jumper!

Coupon code BTS2018 gets you 40% off your entire order on the MODKID website. Code expires at midnight EST on Sunday, August 19th.

There are so many ways to style the Modkid Sage! Take a look at the wonder makes by our testers.

Becky Vandenberg

Becky Vandenberg

Bianca Rothwell

Jenny Fish @sewprettydresses

Elsa Pomar

Genevieve Lynne Grossman @gegiegrossmann

Courtney Davis @sweeterthancupcakesblog

with the Perfect Tee pattern (sold separately)
Kara Mooney @stitchindancemom

Patricia Metten @wondermirakel

Tami Peterson @sewsophielynn

Tiffany Turner @tipstitched

Violetta Ivanova @villie_pooh

Violetta Ivanova @villie_pooh

Our Favorite Back to School Paper Sewing Patterns for 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Have you heard the news?!? Modkid doing a HUGE inventory reduction sale on our paper patterns right now. ALL PAPER PATTERNS are 60% off while supplies last... prices ranging from $1.98 to $5.98. This is the lowest price these have EVER been sold for. Some titles are already sold out. We will NOT be re-printing these patterns, so once they're gone, they're GONE.

Since I shared our top picks for Back to School PDF patterns Friday, I thought I would share a few of the Modkid paper patterns that should be at the top of your list for back to school sewing.

While you are adding these to your cart, be sure to grab the Lunch Bag Sewing Pattern for $1.98!!

Our Favorite Back to School Patterns for 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

It's that time of year when the buzz of excitement for back to school is almost palpable. Whether you are looking to sew something for the first day of school or build a wardrobe for the coming fall, Modkid has you covered. We've rounded up a few of our favorite patterns for back to school sewing. With a range of sizes, you can find something for your pre-school kiddo up to your high school teen. Keep your eyes peeled for one more to add to this list releasing next week!

Modkid Modified // Tessa Shorts

Monday, July 16, 2018

My thoughts of the cute knit leisure shorts I see at Target and using typically fall/winter patterns for summer collided into the creation of these Tessa shorts. The Modkid Tessa pattern features a jogger style pant and sweatshirt pattern.  

It hardly took much to transition the jogger pattern to summer shorts. In lightweight French terry fabric, these are perfect for lounging or playing.

Creating shorts from the Tessa joggers is as simple as shortening the pattern pieces. From the crotch down, I cut the pattern front and back off at 4.5". This allows plenty of room for a 1" cuff. Determine the finished length of the shorts you would like and add 2" for the double folded cuff.

The only other modification I made was to color block the waistband. We have some Tips & Tricks for Color Blocking for you to achieve the same look. Take advantage of both sides of the fabric when working with French terry for a unique look.

Once the shorts are sewn up according to the jogger pattern minus the leg pleats and cuffs, double fold the fabric to the right side to create the shorts cuff. Stitch in the ditch at both leg seams to secure. In my case the French terry draped too much to hold the cuff in place, so you may find that additionally slip stitching the cuff by hand is necessary.
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