Aubrey Sew-Along // Supplies

Thursday, September 22, 2016

We hope you've marked your calendar to join in with our Aubrey sew-along!! Today, we’re talking supplies, so you can gather what you need before we get started on September 26th.

PATTERN

Fist, you will need the pattern. Coupon code AUBREYSAL2016 gets you 25% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. That’s ANYTHING you buy in the shop not just the Aubrey Pattern!! The coupon code expires on September 30th at midnight EST. 


FABRIC

Keep in mind, we will feature the 3/4 length sleeves, but feel free to sew any version you would like.

Suggested Fabrics: Knit fabrics (jerseys, interlocks, cotton lycra) with at lease 50% stretch, 58-60" wide. 

Optional sewing supplies include 1/2" fusible hem tape and twin stretch needle. Be sure to check out our Tips for Sewing with Knits and Hemming Knits posts!


Aubrey Sew-Along

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


DATES

The sew-along will be September 26th to 30th. 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. The Aubrey Pattern comes with 3 sleeve lengths. We will feature the 3/4 length sleeves, but feel free sew up any version you would like!

PRIZES


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

How to participate:
  • Sew along with us or at your own pace.
  • Post progress photos in our Facebook Group or Instagram with hashtag #aubreysewalong
  • Photograph your finished dress and add it to the Facebook Group. Post photos of your dress to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #aubreysewalong, so we can all find you. 
To be eligible for the grand prize, be sure to add your finished photos by Monday, October 3rd. Please only add photos you don’t mind us sharing on the blog!

WHERE TO BUY and COUPON

Want more good news!?! Coupon code AUBREYSAL2016 gets you 25% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. That’s ANYTHING you buy in the shop not just the Aubrey Pattern!! The coupon code expires on September 30th at midnight EST. 

Introducing Modkid Tessa

Monday, September 12, 2016


The Modkid Tessa was released over the weekend, and I'm hear to tell you a bit more about it. This stylish jogger set is perfect for fall and back to school sewing! It includes a sweatshirt with a high-low hem style and a set of pleats right at the hem for a bit of added flair. It also includes a pair of cropped jogging pants with inseam pockets, pleated hems and a comfy waistband with both elastic and drawstring. The Tessa is the perfect style for play time, exercise, or cuddling on the couch.

The pattern comes in sizes 2T to 12. Recommended fabrics include medium- to heavy-weight knit fabrics with at least 50% stretch and good recovery -- 58"/60" wide. Try Stretch Fleece, French Terry, Stretch Velvet, Velour, Ponte de Roma or Sweater Knits. You may use Cotton Lycra or Jersey for a lightweight set. Use Rib Knits or a fabric with high lycra content for the cuffs and bands. So many possibilities!!

You can see how each tester made it unique!!

Jenny Fish

Heather Jones

Heather Turner

Courtney Davis

Kristy Atkinson

Michelle Floyd

Cindy Df

Rachel Reese

Rachel Ring

Stacey Morales

Teresa Martin

Modkid Modified: Adding a Flounce to Aubrey

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


During testing for the Modkid Aubrey Dress, Nicole of K & A Couture added a sweet flounce to the bottom of one of her dresses. We've invited her to share her tutorial with us today!

Step 1 - Print, cut, and tape the pattern pieces together! Don’t add the 4th page (the bottom piece) of the center front and back pattern pieces.



Step 2 - Measure the grey shaded area to get the width across the bottom, this is where you will be adding the flounce. Example: The size I’m working on measures 8.125 inches. This will be the “waist” of the circle skirt.


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Step 3 - The waist circumference will end up being 32.5 before seam allowances. (8.12 *4 = 32.5)  with a seam allowance of ½ inch which means I will end up with 30.5 circumference without seam allowances


Step 4 - Divide your circumference by 6.28 (pie * 2) Why do keyboards not have the pie symbol? In my example I will have 4.85”.


Step 5 - Determine the length needed to reach your desired length on the dress. My daughter’s are tall so I just measure on her where I want it to fall. In my example I need the overall length to be 27” from shoulder to hem. Subtracting the length of the center panel piece, I want my flounce to be 6” (including my ½ inch seam allowance). Make sure to include your hem allowance as well.


Step 6 -  Here you can either make a paper pattern piece or fold your fabric and cut if you are the adventurous type!!


Below is a pic of how your pattern piece will look on your fabric!
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Below is a step by step how to make the a pattern piece.

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Freezer Paper is a cheap way make a pattern piece

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Make a straight line on the paper creating a 90 degree angle from the edge of the paper. Use your measurement from Step 4, measure down from the corner, do this all the way from your straight line to the other edge of the paper.

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Once you’ve measured all the way from the corner, you should end up with a curve like this.

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Connect the dots to create a semi circle.

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Now use your measurement from Step 5. From your top line measure down in my example this will be 6”, create another semi circle with dots.

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You will end up with two lines that create a semi circle.


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Here’s what you will end up with. This is your circle skirt pattern piece!! Now cut out the pattern piece!

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Cut your pattern pieces according to the Pattern Tutorial. (Above pic my circle skirt pattern piece I had made before I started the tutorial, also my fabric is directional so I am cutting two pieces and will sew them together to create my circle) Below pictures show how to fold the fabric if you are using a non-directional fabric.

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Fold fabric one way.

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Then fold over on to itself. Creating folds on both sides.


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Place your pattern piece on the folds and cut.

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After you’ve cut your circle skirt out, I like to add a nice pretty rolled hem to finish it off.


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Finish your dress according to the pattern tutorial except when it comes to the hemming of the bottom of the dress. You should end up with a circle and an almost finished dress like the above.


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Line up your two raw edges.


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Flip the flounce up on top of the dress. Line up the raw edges with right sides together.


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Pin the edges of the flounce to the dress, make sure to not catch the pocket in this seam. If your math was spot on you should not have to stretch any part of this seam. Stretching it to fit, will make this  seam wavy once sewn.

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Once sewn I like to topstitch this seam to give it a finishing touch.


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See how pretty it looks!

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National Sewing Month with Baby Lock

Friday, September 02, 2016


What could be more fun than an entire month dedicated to sewing?!?! How about winning a sewing maching?


Have you ever wanted to learn to sew? Or teach a friend or family member? National Sewing Month in September is the perfect time to do it! Baby Lock is hosting a sweepstakes for a Rachel sewing machine, which includes the features you need to get started plus convenient extras to help you explore your creativity. Check out www.babylock.com/NationalSewingMonth between September 1- September 30, 2016 to enter for a chance to win. Plus, they're offering free online sewing resources like How to Use a Sewing Machine, Fabric 101, and more!

Modkid Modified: Cassidy with a Gathered Skirt

Thursday, August 25, 2016



We have already brought you one modification for the Cassidy pattern, and now we are back with more. Nothing says fall like a little denim and flannel!!


I made this variation on the Cassidy dress using Patty Young's Acorn Valley flannels, and I'm going to show you how easy it is!


First, I wanted the bodice to extend a little lower for the gathers. When cutting the front and back bodice, simply add 1" at the bottom using a clear ruler. Complete the bodice as instructed in the pattern.


The other change when cutting, is to lay the skirt pattern piece on the fold of the fabric. Then, cut the fabric the same height of the skirt pattern, but use the full wide of the fabric. Do not cut along the side seam line. You should now have a long rectangular skirt piece. You will need to cut the same piece for the back skirt.

You may notice with the bodice extension that this will result in your dress being 1" longer than the original pattern. I found this length perfect with the gathered skirt. The length is also fully adjustable with the dress straps.


Now, create a tube with the skirt pieces. Sew the short sides right sides together with a 1/2" seam allowance and finish the seams. Hem the skirt at this point by folding the bottom edge to the wrong side 1/4". Then fold again 3/4". Stitch along the inner fold.


Next comes gathering. We have a full gathering tutorial here.


Turn the skirt wrong side out and insert the bodice inside aligning the raw edges. Attach the gathered skirt to the completed bodice right sides together aligning the side seams with the middle of the button placket. Stitch with 1/2" seam allowance and finish the seam. Press the seam allowance toward the bodice and topstitch in place.


Now you have a twirly Cassidy!


This dress is featured today on Sweeter Than Cupcakes along with the Modkid Sydney pattern for the Back to School blog tour. Come check it out and grab the coupon code!
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