Dakota Sew-Along // Day 5

Friday, February 12, 2016

This is it!! I'm guessing many of you finished up yesterday, because you just didn't want to wait for a post to show you a hemming step. That's all we have for today! There are a couple options for your hems. 

Hem the sleeves and bottom edge of the garment with a 3/4" hem allowance. You can do this either by serging the bottom edge, then pressing up 3/4" toward the wrong side and topstitching, or by folding 1/4" toward the wrong side, then another 1/2" and topstitching.

If you are sewing your Dakota out of knit fabric, be sure to check out our Hemming Tips for Knits post. 

Be sure to add photos of your completed Dakota Top to our Facebook Group before the end of the day Monday, February 15th to be entered to win a prize. You can share photos on Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #dakotasewalong. We will post the winner next week!

See the rest of the Dakota Sew-Along here:

Dakota Sew-Along // Day 4

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Today is all about the sleeves.Views A and D have bias bound sleeve openings, so check the pattern for further instructions. These instructions will apply for both the long sleeve and short sleeve versions. All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise. 

I like to press my sleeve hem prior to attaching the sleeve to avoid pressing in the round later. Check out our tips and tricks post for How to Avoid Pressing in the Round. Place one sleeve right sides together with the yoke arm opening. Align the center notch with the shoulder seam, the single notch with the front yoke seam, and the double notch with the back yoke seam.

Stitch the sleeve in place and finish with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Repeat for the other sleeve.

To close up the sides, turn the yoke inside out. Pin the front to the back right sides together aligning the underarm seam. Again, you can see I have already pressed my bottom hem.

Stitch in place and finish with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Repeat for the other side. We are so close to finished!!

See the rest of the Dakota Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #dakotasewalong.

Dakota Sew-Along // Day 3

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Today's sewing will be super quick, so let's get started. All seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

I like to notch the front and back skirt at the top center point. Now, sew a long gathering stitch at 1/4" from the edge between the marks at the front and back skirt. Pull the bobin threads to gather up the skirt pieces to the same width as the yoke.

Place the front skirt right sides together with the front yoke aligning raw edges. Use the notches to align the centerpoints and adjust the gathers as needed. Sew the skirt to the yoke and finish the seam allowance. Repeat for the back skirt and yoke.

Press the skirt down and the seam allowance toward the yoke. Topstitch along the yoke edge. If you are adding trim at the yoke check the pattern instructions prior to topstiching. 

See the rest of the Dakota Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #dakotasewalong.

Dakota Sew-Along // Day 2

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Welcome to Day 2 of the sew-along! Today we begin to sew! I will be sewing View B, but most of the steps will be common to each view. All seam allowances will be 1/2" unless noted otherwise.

If you are adding ribbon or trim, note the directions in the pattern for placement. Then, place one front yoke right sides together to the back yoke. Stitch along the shoulder seam. Repeat for the other front yoke piece.

Press the seam open. Repeat sewing the shoulder seams for the lining pieces. (Check the pattern instructions if you are attaching a hood. You will not be including the lining pieces.)

Pin the main yoke to the lining right sides together. Sew up the straight angled front, around the neckline, and down the opposite straight angled side.

Trim the corners and around the neck. Clip into the curve of the neck taking care not to clip your stitches.

Turn the yoke right sides out, poke out the corner, and press well. Topstitch along the front and around the neckline.

Overlap the front yokes so that each topstiched edge aligns with the notch on the opposite side. Baste in place.

Continue basting the lining to the main fabric at the front, back and arm opening of the yokes. I like to baste at 1/4" to 3/8", so the stitching is within the seam allowance.

See the rest of the Dakota Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #dakotasewalong.

Dakota Sew-Along // Day 1

Monday, February 08, 2016

REMEMBER, today is the last day to use coupon code DAKOTASAL2016 for 30% off any pattern in the Etsy Shop!!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Dakota Sew-Along. We hope you have gathered your supplies. Today we are preparing our pattern and cutting out the pattern pieces. Let's get started! 

First, head to your computer and print out your pattern. Here are a few tips I like to use for printing:
  • Print the instruction pages on two sides (front and back). For the Dakota pattern, these are pages 2-13. You may be able to print fewer pages based on the view you decide to make. I like to save ink by not printing the pretty cover and inspiration pages, but that’s up to you. You may even choose to not print the instructions at all and have your digital copy handy while you sew.
  • Print the pattern pages 16-25 on a single side only. For versions B, C, E and F you will also need pages 26-30. For versions D, E, and F, you will also need pages 31-34.  Make sure your scaling is set to “none”. 
  • Above all, utilize the test squares to make sure your pattern has printed at the full scale.

Cut the pattern pieces to your desired size. Be sure to include the gray/shaded areas in your cuts. Overlap the shaded areas, as indicated on the pattern pieces, and tape each piece together to form the full pattern pieces.

Use the pattern layout guide based on the view you are sewing to cut out your fabric pattern pieces. Be sure to transfer the notches to your fabric. If making view A, be sure to cut the bias binding per page 3. That's it for today!

See the rest of the Dakota Sew-Along here:

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #dakotasewalong.

Dakota Sew-Along // Schedule and Prizes

Friday, February 05, 2016

We will begin the Dakota sew-along first thing Monday morning!! Monday, until midnight EST, is also the last day to use coupon code DAKOTASAL2016 for 30% off the Dakota pattern or any others in the Etsy shop


Here is a breakdown of what we have in store for each day of the sew-along:
  • Day 1:  Prepare the pattern and cut and prepare the pattern pieces.
  • Day 2:  Create the Bodice.
  • Day 3:  Attach the skirt.
  • Day 4:  Attach the sleeves.
  • Day 5:  Finish and hem.

One sew-along participant will be selected at random to win Modkid PDF patterns of their choice!!


Here is exactly how to participate:
  • Sew along with us or at your own pace.
  • Post progress photos in our Facebook Group or Instagram with hashtag #dakotasewalong
  • Photograph your finished dress and add it to the Facebook Group. Post photos of your dress to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #dakotasewalong, so we can all find you. 
To be eligible for the grand prize, be sure to add your photos by Monday, February 15th. Please only add photos you don’t mind us sharing on the blog!

Grab your materials, wash and dry your fabrics, and get ready to sew!!

Dakota Sew-Along // Supplies

Thursday, February 04, 2016

We hope you've marked your calendar to join in with our Dakota sew-along!! Today, we’re talking supplies, so you can gather what you need before we get started on February 8th.


Foremost, you will need the Dakota Top Pattern. Remember, coupon code DAKOTASAL2016 gets you 30% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. The coupon code expires on Monday, February 8th at midnight EST.


First, you will need to determine which view you will be making.

The Dakota can be made in woven fabrics (e.g. quilting cotton, shirting, voile, gauze, lawn, linen, or muslin) or with knits (e.g. jersey, interlock, or stretch velvet). There really is a wide range of options!!

We would love to see your fabric selections!! Come share with us in the Modkid Facebook Group!

Dakota Sew Along

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Are you ready for a sew along?


The sew-along will be February 8th-12th. Put it on your calendar now! Between now and then we’ll be posting what you’ll need, the schedule, and prizes. During the sew-along we’ll tackle a few steps each day to take you through the pattern. Dakota is a swing top pattern with a myriad of options. Make it sleeveless for the Summer months or with sleeves for the cooler months. Add a hood, lace overlays or designer trims for a bit of extra flair. Use your favorite designer cottons or knits for a casual look, or dress it up with fancier fabrics. 


Stay tuned for prize details! 


You’ll want to post your finished dress by Monday, February 15th to be entered to win one of the prizes. Post your photos to the Modkid Fan Group page. Also, post photos to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #dakotasewalong and #modkid so we can all find you. 


Want more good news!?! Coupon code DAKOTASAL2016 gets you 30% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. That’s ANYTHING you buy in the shop not just the Dakota pattern!! The coupon code expires on Monday, February 8th at midnight EST. 

Modkid Valentines Sale

Thursday, January 28, 2016

We searched and gathered all of our favorite Valentine's Day looks to bring out all of the heart eye emoji.  And to kick start your Valentine sewing, we've got a sale to go with it!! Coupon code VDAY2016 gets 35% off your entire purchase in the Etsy store. The code will also work in the paper pattern shop!! The paper pattern sales are rare folks, so take advantage! Sale ends Monday at midnight EST. Be sure to read to the end of the post for additional deals for participation.

The red and pink combination of this Holly Dress is perfect for V-day, but easily outlasts the holiday as well. The Holly pattern is available in paper form and PDF form.

Ivey's pretty hearts and bold stripes make this Frida dress really stand out. 

And, what's not to love about And So I Sew's version of the Maya dress all covered in hearts!

Don't forget the flowers!! Jenny's View A and Andrea's View B of the Avery Dress are way better than a bouquet of roses. The Avery also comes as a paper pattern

Heart buttons and applique add a sweet pop to Patty's Rachel Dress.

Stacey of From a Box created a wonderful color blocked version of the Rachel dress in every shade of pink and red. 

Valentine's dresses don't have to stick to the traditional color palette. Choose your own combination, and the Reese dress might be just the thing!

I guarantee the boys don't want to be left out of the Valentines's Day fun! The Keagan shirt has 4 options to customize the looks. Andrea's version (top) and Patty's version (bottom) show perfect examples that boys can wear pink and hearts too!

Let's not leave out date night! The Metro Clutch is a cute way to stash your essentials for the evening. It also comes as a paper or PDF version.

Now, we'd love to see what you create for Valentine's Day with Modkid patterns! Take advantage of the sale, and post pictures of your creation in our Facebook Fan group, on Twitter, or on Instagram. Tag your photos with #modkid and #modkidvalentine by February 15th. We will search for the tags and send out an additional coupon code to use in the future.

Top 10 in 2015 Plus 5

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We may be well into January, but it is worth taking a moment to reflect on what a year 2015 was with Modkid. I've started with the top 10 posts for the Modkid blog in 2015 and wrapped up with the favorite sew-alongs of 2015. We can't wait to see what is in store for 2016. We know there will be new patterns, a new book, new substrates, and more.

10. Modkid Modified: Button Back Avery

9. Tips & Tricks: How to Avoid Pressing in the Round

8. #The Dress Explained

7. Tips & Tricks: Gathering

6. Broken Little Red Riding Hood Doll Costume

5. Tips & Tricks: Knit Binding

4. Tips & Tricks: Hemming Knits

3. Tips & Tricks: Machine Emroidery

2. Tips & Tricks: Shirring with Elastic Thread

1. Free Casserole Carrier Pattern

To round out our look back, I took a look at our top 5 sew-alongs. These are based on page views not necessarily sew-along participation.

5. Reese Dress Sew-Along

 4. Zoey Summer Ensemble Sew-Along

3. Harper Dress Sew-Along

2. Melanie Dress Sew-Along

1. Malibu Dress Sew-Along

Now you tell us what you would like to see more of!!

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