MODKID Modified: Vivian Shirtdress Cut to Shirt Length

Tuesday, January 17, 2017



On Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I've been sharing my progress on this sweet little Spring shirt I made for my 12-year-old, Sydney, based on MODKID's newest PDF pattern, The Vivian Shirtdress. Syd is a typical tween and lately she hasn't been wearing a lot of dresses. Even though the Vivian can technically be worn as a tunic, with skinny jeans or leggings underneath, Syd requested a shorter version to be worn with jeans and boots. She even picked the fabrics, so how could I say no?

Sydney chose two coordinating prints, the Plaid and the Paisley, from my newest fabric collection for Riley Blake, titled Primavera. Primavera means "Spring" in Spanish, and with the frigid temperatures and ice storms we've been experiencing in the Midwest lately, Spring couldn't come fast enough for us!



So, let's get started! The first thing you need to do is get the finished length measurement of the FRONT of your shirt. You can either measure your child from top of shoulder to where you want the shirt to fall, or grab one of her favorite shirts that fits her well, and measure it. To this measurement add 1" to account for the 1/2" shoulder seam and the 1/2" narrow hem. If you want to add a thicker hem to your shirt, add more length accordingly.



On the paper pattern, transfer this new length measurement to your FRONT PANEL ONLY and cut on the line. I wanted my shirt to have a slight curve at the front, but you can cut it straight, if desired.



Since the back panel of Vivian is made up of a TOP BACK and a BOTTOM BACK, we will leave the TOP "as is" and cut length only on the BOTTOM BACK PANEL. Place your new, shorter FRONT over the BOTTOM BACK panel, aligning underarm seams, as shown below. It is very important that your side seam is cut the same length front and back. However, you may decide you want a bit of a shirt tail hem (longer in the back than in the front) or the same length. Again, all this is up to you. I wanted my shirt to be slightly longer in the back, so this is how I drew my curve:



Cut the BOTTOM Back panel on the line and sew the shirt as indicated in the pattern. The beauty of this modification is that since you are omitting the side seam pockets, belt loops, and belt, this version will sew up much faster than your ShirtDress version.

I decided to add two chest pockets to my shirt (instead of just one) and since I was working with this Pretty Plaid, I went ahead and cut my fabric at a 45-degree angle for the pockets only. I love the way these turned out!



I also decided to use KAM snaps instead of buttons, and the project went together in a snap! (pun intended)


The end result is just as Sydney and I envisioned! No outside modeled pictures at the moment because it is still below freezing, but she is looking forward to wearing this adorable shirt all Spring long with a pair of jeans and her new white Chuck Taylors.


Want to grab this and any other MODKID PDF pattern at a discounted price? Here is your chance! For the next 4 days, take 25% off your entire order at the MODKID Etsy Store with code PRIMAVERA2016. Coupon Code expires at midnight EST on Saturday, January 21st. Happy shopping!!!

Modkid Modified: Adding Ties to the Dakota

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Tassels and ties have been making an appearance on apparel for a while now, so it is high time we bring this trend to a Modkid style we love. The Modkid Dakota is the perfect backdrop for a tassel ornamentation. Don't limit yourself to the Dakota; however, the Olivia and Liesl patterns would work well also. If you don't want to opt for a tassel, the ties are still a nice detail with a knotted end.


I turned to Martha Stewart's tutorial on how to tie a tassel. I used some old thread to create this tassel, but yarn, cording, or trim would work as well. For the last step, I threaded a 12" section of pre-made spaghetti strap through the tassel loop. If I had some forethought, I would have used the strap to tie around the middle in the second step. So, this is more do as I say, not as I did.


After forming the tassel, double fold the end of the spaghetti strap above the tassel top and secure with a few stitches back and forth.


Baste your ties right sides together with the outer front yoke.


The top edge of the tie should be exactly 1/2" from the neckline in order to end up at the top of the finished neckline. Be sure you measure the 1/2" down from the neckline at 1/2" away from the slanted edge.


The tassels will be sandwiched between the yoke and the lining pieces as you sew around the neckline and down the slant. Continue to sew the top per the pattern instructions. Be cautious not to catch the ties or tassels in any of your seams!


Are you on board with the tassel trend? Be sure to share your Modkid tassel creations in our Facebook Group. By the way, this top features one of Patty's newest prints from the Primavera collection for Riley Blake.

Handmade Christmas

Thursday, December 15, 2016

With only 10 days until Christmas, it's crunch time!! That doesn't mean you can't find a few moments for some handmade gifts. We have more than a few Modkid ideas for your gift giving.


Why not add a simple yet sweet applique to a tshirt or make one into a stuffie? The Acorn Valley applique set have several options to choose from.

Speaking of stuffie, the Mod Owl is perfect for little ones. The front pouch pocket is a nice spot to tuck a special treat. 

The Jewelry Roll makes a great gift for any traveler. 



Who doesn't love accessories?!? The Metro Clutch is super chic, and the Scarf Trio pattern is completely free!!


The Travel Art folio allows any artist to create on the go. 


Include Patty's coloring book for extra delight. 


If you are looking for a gift for a fellow maker, Patty's latest book, Patternless Sewing, might be just the thing. No sewing required!!

Pajama Inspiration from Modkid

Monday, December 12, 2016

For those of you with Christmas pajamas still on your list to sew, I thought I would give you some pattern inspiration from Modkid. 


The Vivian Shirtdress and Nightgown is the only pattern in the list designed with a nightgown in mind, but don't let that limit you!!


This comfy knit nightgown was created using the Melanie pattern. The only alteration was to omit the side pockets and add a bottom ruffle.


The Tandy top paired with shorts makes a great set. You can experiment with a woven body for the top as long as the yoke is made in knit. The dress version would also make a great nightgown.

For another PDF pattern option, the Modkid Dakota makes a great pajama top or lengthen it for a nightgown. 


Finally, don't forget the Modkid paper patterns!! The Quinn dress in flannel makes a great nightgown. The pajamas on the left in the photo above combine a shortened Quinn dress and Sophie pants.

Check out the Grace, Penny, or Morgan for other possible pajama / nightgown patterns. Just don't limit yourself!!

Patty has a fun special running right now that can take care of two gifts in one!! Her coloring books make wonderful gifts for that awesome kid (or kid-at-heart) who loves to color! And her sewing books make great gifts for all those crafty friends of any age. BONUS! From now until Dec. 22nd, buy any book (coloring book or sewing book) on the Modkid website and receive a FREE paper sewing pattern of your choice. No coupon code necessary. Just tell us which sewing pattern you would like, in the NOTES section at check out, and we will include it in the package free of charge! (If you buy 2 books, you can choose 2 patterns... and so on!) Happy Shopping!!

Introducing Modkid Vivian Shirtdress and Nightgown

Wednesday, December 07, 2016


Vivian is a stylish, versatile and cool shirtdress accented with classic details -- buttoned chest pocket, roll-tab sleeves, side seam pockets, shirttail hem and back pleat for an easy fit. It features a removable fabric belt at the waist so she can wear it cinched or loose. As another option, make it without the pockets, belt and collar for an easy-to-sew and comfy-to-wear nightgown.

This pattern comes in sizes 2T (toddler) to 12 (girls/tweens).

Get the Vivian and any other PDF pattern on the MODKID Etsy store for 40% off with coupon code VIVIAN40. This code expires 24 hours from now, so stock up on all your favorite patterns.

We hope you are as inspired as we were by these amazing tester versions!!

 Amy Settle

Amy Settle

Kelly Gifford

Angela Kypreos

Leah Broadstreet

Mai Anh TR

Jenny Fish

Cynthia Heng

Marah Hulse

Shalini Cuddlebug Creations

Elsa Pomar

Heather Turner

Sharon Archer

Shirley Soon

Courtney Davis

Courtney Davis

Simone Kleefsman

Tania Peredez

Thao Luxa

Kara Mooney

Kara Mooney

Introducing Acorn Valley Applique Templates

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Our Acorn Valley Appliqué Set is the perfect companion piece to Patty Young's fabric collection with Riley Blake, also called Acorn Valley. These adorable critters can be free-motion appliquéd onto a garment or traditionally stitched onto a pillow. But don't limit yourself... these would be perfect made out of wool-blend felt for a baby's mobile or stuffed with fiberfill to make adorable plush toys! They can also be cut out of paper or card stock for all your card-making and scrapbooking needs!

This pattern comes with detailed instructions, how-to diagrams, full-color photos and full-size templates for all 7 items pictured on the cover!

Includes: Mr. Fox (5.5" tall), Mushroom Trio (4.25" tall),
Squirrel (3.25" tall), Acorn (1.25" tall) and Birdie (2" tall)
(Feel free to enlarge the pages to make larger critters!)








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