Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nuvango

I'm so excited to tell you that my artwork is now available in this new site called NUVANGO (formerly GelaSkins) and you can make pretty much anything your heart desires with it! WOOHOO!

Check it out... you can make tough cases and ultra-thin skins for your iPhone (any model... even the super old 3Gs!). Protect and personalize your precious cargo with wrap-around design. Add a free matching wallpaper, too!  (Plus many other cell phone brands: Samsung, LG, Blackberry, Google, Sony, HTC, Motorola, etc.)


You can also outfit your tablet or reader with a wrap-around skin (many models available, not just the ones shown here!)



Is your laptop or gaming console looking a little dated or beat up? No problem.. check this out... so cute!!



If you're looking for other things besides electronic devices, they also do GREETING CARDS, STRETCHED CANVASES and FRAMED ARTWORK!

Do you have a favorite Patty Young design that is not shown in our Nuvango store? Just ask! We can upload any artwork to the site and have it ready for you in minutes!!

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Schedule and Prizes

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Only 5 days and counting until the sew-along begins!! I hope you’ve narrowed down your fabric options and gathered the rest of your materials. If not, you still have time!!

Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store for the week ahead….

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along Schedule

  • Day 1 – Cut the fabric pieces, stabilize the fabric pieces, and Cut the V shape.
  • Day 2 – Sew and attach the inner and outer pockets.
  • Day 3 – Sew outer and lining pieces together, square the bottoms, and sew the button loop
  • Day 4 – Attach the lining, insert the plastic canvas, and topstitch the bag
  • Day 5 – Install the grommets, sew the strap, and attach the button.

We’ll tackle each step and have a bag ready for the weekend!

Not only will you have an amazing bag when we’re done, but you also have a chance to win an awesome prize pack just for participating. This is an awesome bundle with a retail value of $219.39!! One sew-along participant will be selected at random to win.

Let me give you the details of the prize pack….

  • Cotona 50 Premium Quilting Thread Box with 18 variegated threads of assorted colors by Madeira (courtesy of Tacony Corporation)
  • 6" All Purpose Sewing Scissors by Creative Notions (courtesy of Tacony Corporation)
  • 3 1/2" Collectible Embroidery Snips with hand-painted ladybug clip and limited edition ladybug thread cutter by Creative Notions (courtesy of Tacony Corporation)
  • Pink chevron Hobby Basket by Suzy's (courtesy of Tacony Corporation)
  • 15-piece fat quarter bundle of Textured Basics fabrics by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics
  • Splendid Spears Designer Pin Tin with 100 pins by Patty Young
  • One Grand Bazaar Ribbon Sample including 2-yard cuts of 3 jacquard ribbons
  • One copy of Generation Q Magazine

Here is exactly how to participate:

  • Sew along with us or at your own pace.
  • Ask questions here or in our Modkid Facebook Group.
  • Post progress photos in our Flickr Group, Facebook Group or Instagram with hashtag #sunandsurfsewalong
  • Photograph your finished tote and add it to the Flickr Group or Facebook Group. Post photos of the totes to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #sunandsurfsewalong so we can all find you.

To be eligible for the grand prize, be sure to add your photos by Monday, August 4th. 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!! Create a buzz about the project and start posting your fabric choices, and Patty just might be tempted to add a second prize in the mix!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Supplies

We hope you’ve marked your calendar to join in with our Sun & Surf Tote sew-along!! We’re getting things started with all the supplies you need to make your tote. You’ll have a week and a half to collect your materials, then the fun begins.

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First and foremost, you’ll need to purchase the pattern unless you are Terri A. or Michelle D., who won the pattern giveaway. You can choose from the PDF pattern or the paper pattern. Remember, it’s on sale from now until the end of the sew-along on August 1st.

SUN SURF TOTE-cover

Materials List:

Our sample tote uses 3 fabric designs: Main fabric #1 (front & back of tote), Coordinating fabric #2 (all pockets), and Coordinating fabric #3 (tote lining, button loop & strap).

  • Main fabric #1: 1/2 yard
  • Coordinating fabric #2: 3/4 yard
  • Coordinating fabric #3: 2/3 yard
  • Heavy-weight fusible stabilizer: 1/2 yard at 44” wide
  • Light-weight fusible interfacing: 1 yard
  • Fleece: 1/6 yard (or a small scrap 8” w x 6” h)
  • Plastic Canvas: 13” x 6” piece
  • 1 large (1 1/2” to 2” round) decorative button
  • 2 large (1 9/16” or 40 mm) snap-on grommets
  • Coordinating thread

Let’s talk fabric options.There are so many!! You’ll want a woven cotton like quilting cotton, denim, corduroy, linen or twill. Patty has one made up in laminates in our Flickr group.

To make shopping even easier, Patty has listed a few tote kits on Etsy to get you started. Quantities are limited, so grab them while you can. Check out these options:

Kit #1: 2 large grommets (6 color options) and 1 large button (4 color options)

 

Kit #1 for the Sun & Surf Tote with Large Grommets and Button (pattern sold separately)

Kit #2: 2 large grommets (6 color options), 1 large button (4 color options), and plastic canvas

Kit #2 for the Sun & Surf Tote with Large Grommets, Button and Plastic Canvas (pattern sold separately)

Kit #3: 2 large grommets, 1 large button, plastic canvas, and Just My Type fabric

Kit #3 for the Sun & Surf Tote with Fabric, Large Grommets, Button and Plastic Canvas (pattern sold separately)

Kit #4: Complete material set as shown.

Kit #4 for the Sun & Surf Tote with Fabric, Large Grommets, Button, Plastic Canvas, pattern and notions

With so many stabilizers and interfacings out there, I thought I’d let you know what I’m using for this sew-along. For the Heavy-weight fusible stabilizer, I’m using Pellon Fusible Fleece 987F. For the light-weight fusible interfacing, I’m using Pellon 911FF fusible featherweight interfacing. Stabilizer widths sometimes vary, so make sure have plenty. The fabrics I’m using are from Patty Young’s High Society line available at Joann Fabric Stores.

We’d love to see what fabrics you’ve picked out! Be sure to share with us in our Facebook Group and tag your photos with #sunandsurfsewalong on Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along

Are you ready ladies and gentlemen? It’s time for our first sew-along!!
You may have heard on our Modkid Facebook Fan page or within our Facebook group that Patty is working toward having all her existing paper patterns in PDF form. To celebrate the first paper to PDF pattern release, we’re hosting a sew-along!

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The Sun & Surf Tote is perfect for a trip to the beach, swim lessons, or a day at the park. It’s big enough to hold a couple of towels and has plenty of inside and outside pockets. Best of all, it is the perfect size to use as a diaper bag or a market tote, while being stylish and unique!

The sew-along with be July 28 – August 1. So put it on your calendar now! Between now and then we’ll be posting what you’ll need, where you can buy supply kits, the schedule, and prizes. During the sew-along we’ll tackle a few steps a day to take you through the pattern, so by the weekend you’ll be set to hit the pool, beach, or market with your new tote!!

I’ll be back to tell you more, but you’ll want to post your tote in our Sun & Surf Flickr Group by Monday, August 4th to be entered to win the final prize pack. Don’t have a Flickr account, no problem. Post totes to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #sunandsurfsewalong so we can all find you. We’d love to see progress photos and totes in our Facebook Fan Group as well!

More good news! For the duration of the sew-along, Patty is offering the Sun & Surf Tote pattern at $5.95 (that's $2 off the regular price). So, pick up your PDF pattern or paper pattern, and get ready to sew! Two lucky winners will receive a free Sun and Surf Tote PDF pattern to get the party started. Enter below, but be quick, we'll announce the winners Thursday, so you'll know if you need to purchase the pattern.
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Shorts on the Line 2014

Have you heard about the Shorts on the Line series hosted by Imagine Gnats and Small+Friendly? It’s a fun event hosted on a creative site called Kollabora. You can find the details here and the rules here. Modkid patterns will be part of the prize pack!! So, sew up your favorite shorts and post them over on Kollabora to join in the fun. I’ve rounded up our favorite Modkid shorts patterns to get you started. If you don’t have time to sew something new, you can post any shorts you’ve made in 2014!!
 
sotl 2014 button
 
The Zoey pattern has two shorts options to choose from for great customization. Since the Zoey is a PDF pattern you can get to it today!
 
ZOEY Summer Ensemble PDF Downloadable Pattern by MODKID... sizes 2T to 10 Girls included - Instant Download
 
There’s plenty of paper pattern options too. The Bailey pattern is well known as a great romper, but don’t overlook the cute bubble shorts version.
 
 
The Hannah cuffed shorts are a great option.
 
Hannah

The rules state that anything shorter than pants qualifies, so the Hannah Capris above or the Grace cropped pants work too!

Grace
We can’t wait to sew what you sew!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Modkid Styled - Harper

Patty’s designs, from fabric prints to patterns, have always inspired us. I’d like to take it one step further with some styling ideas. With this Modkid Styled series, we’ll bring together fabrics, patterns, and accessories to complete the look. Without further ado, I bring you the Harper…, styled.

Harper Styled

  1. Just My Type – Clover – Navy
  2. Just My Type – Crossgrain – Navy
  3. Sandals
  4. Head band
  5. Sunglasses

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Hello From Courtney!

Hello my fellow Modkid fans! Patty gave me such a great welcome at the beginning of the week, and now I’m here tell you how excited I am to be part of the Modkid team! Way before I was pattern testing for Patty, I was sewing Modkid patterns. And I just can’t stop! Thankfully, my photo skills have improved a tad since the time of some of these outfits. These Ava tops are near and dear to my heart since I made them for my now 6 year old and they've been passed down to my 2 year old.

Flower Ava

Modkid Intro

I couldn’t wait for the release of the Modkid Style book, and this is one of many items I’ve sewn from it.

Modkid Intro


Fast forward a bit closer to the present, and I have to let you know that I rarely only sew a Modkid pattern for testing. They are just too good and demand to be lived in, played with, and worn for fun! You saw several of my tester photos in Patty’s post, but here are a few that came after the fact. This is the Bailey Romper.

Modkid Intro

When I pattern tested the Zoey Summer Ensemble, I sewed it for my two year old. Well, big sis certainly needed one too.

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I always try to mix things up a bit, a tendency I hope to bring to some of my Modkid posts to show different ways to take a Modkid pattern even further. Here I added a pintuck detail to the Hailey Girls Top.

 Modkid Intro


Finally, I couldn’t leave you without something new, so I used the super speedy Malibu Cross-back dress pattern for a little 4th of July fun.

Modkid Intro

I just love this back!! And, with the aid of Fold Over Elastic for the binding, it all came together in no time.

Modkid Intro

Now, for a few random things about me just so we’re all comfortable here:
  • I’m a Texan at heart transplanted to the South. (No, Texas isn’t considered part of The South)
  • Cop shows have always been my favorite, and now I’m married to one.
  • My favorite color is purple.
  • As you may have guessed, I love dessert especially cupcakes.
  • I can’t spell. Thankful for spell check!
Hopefully, we’ll all have a chance to get to know each other better through this awesome sewing community. We’re chatting away on the new Facebook Group, so come join us!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Welcome to MODKID, Courtney!

Our little company has grown in so many different ways during the past 7 years we've been in business. It's hard for me to even fathom that it's already been that long. I still remember with fondness the "baby years", when I was doodling designs for Andalucia and concepting our first 4 sewing patterns. Well, we're certainly all grown up now! We currently have 64 paper patterns, 25 PDF patterns, 2 books and 14 fabric lines... and counting! When I spell it all out it seems like a lot but I certainly didn't do it all alone... I've been lucky to have a lot of help along the way, from assistants to interns to pattern testers and even my dear hubby, who has spent his fair share of overnighters here at MODKID.

As social media grew and evolved within the past few years, we have tried to stay current and on top of all the latest trends. We have a Facebook Fan Page, a Facebook MODKID Group, a Twitter account, a Pinterest account and an Instagram account and would love for you all to follow us there. However, this growth in social media networks brought with it a need for someone who could manage these accounts for us and help promote the company while I concentrate on more fabric and pattern designs. We looked long and hard for the right person... someone who not only was well versed in most social media platforms but also knew our products inside and out. After all, whoever filled this position would also help answer questions and concerns from fans. Our pattern tester, Courtney Davis, seemed like the perfect person for this role. She was already familiar enough with our patterns, since she had sewn and/or tester a majority of them for her daughters. Plus she had this beautiful blog where she showcased her sewing and photography skills. There was no question in my mind that Courtney was the right person, but would she take on the challenge? Well, folks... she said YES!... and we couldn't be more thrilled!

A little bit about Courtney:

When Courtney Davis left the corporate world to stay home with two daughters, she found her strengths as a structural engineer lent themselves to an even greater joy found in the technical, mathematical, and artistic demands of sewing. A six month old daughter, an encouraging Mom, and a very old hand-me-down sewing machine came together at the perfect time providing inspiration for what is now a passionate hobby. Over 5 years later, with updated machines, a supply of tools, and endless inspiration from favorite designers, she is sewing daily and always looking for new challenges. Take a look at her sewing adventures shared on Courtney’s website at www.sweeterthancupcakes.com where she also tackles over the top birthday parties and dabbles in baking and crafting. She hopes to bring her personal style with a bit of technical background to the fans of Modkid.


Courtney will be managing our newly formed MODKID Group on Facebook, so we hope you will all join and start sharing your creations, asking questions and having fun! She will also be conducting some sew-alongs here on the blog in the near future and will also be sharing all of her MODKID creations on our many social media platforms. In addition, now that we have some extra help, we plan to host a few giveaways and contests here on the blog, so stay tuned!

I leave you with a collage of Courtney's creations made with MODKID patterns:


Friday, June 20, 2014

Hailey Misses and BundleUp!

"Ask and you shall receive" has always been our motto here at MODKID! So many times we have designed specific patterns based on customer feedback and popular demand, and this is no exception. When we released our Hailey Girls pattern a few months back, a little girls' version of our already popular Hailey pattern for tweens/teens, it immediately became one of our top sellers and its popularity was followed by countless requests for a women's version.

Well, your wait is finally over! And as if this release wasn't exciting enough, we have added it to the current BUNDLE UP collection, so you can get not only this awesome pattern, but 11 other patterns for women, designed by the industry's top PDF pattern designers!! (NOTE: If you are interested in Hailey Misses alone, the pattern will be listed on our Etsy and Craftsy stores on July 10th.)

Let's talk about Hailey Misses first and then I'll tell you all about the BundleUp collection.
Hailey is a flirty dress and shirt with several length options designed for women. It is a versatile pattern sewn with either wovens or knits, and with no zippers, buttons, or snaps, it sews up in a flash. A comfy and stretchy shirred section below the bust creates a feminine silhouette while making this garment versatile for women of all shapes and sizes.

Never sewn with knits before? No worries! Sewing with knits is easy and fun with this step-by-step guide which includes lots of tips, photos and diagrams to guide you along.


Our tester, Kara Orr of www.leighleecollection.blogspot.com sewed up View B (Tunic) in a woven cotton fabric.



Our pattern tester, Courtney Davis (www.sweeterthancupcakes.blogspot.com) sewed up View A (Top) in a soft jersey fabric.


Our pattern tester, Crystal Dekker (www.thatswhatshecrafted.blogspot.com), made View A (Top) in chiffon with the idea of wearing it with a little cami underneath.


And last, but certainly not least, our tester, Jenny Fish, at www.sewprettydresses.blogspot.com, sewed up View C (Dress with no ruffle) of Hailey Misses and she used Zig Zag Dot (jersey) from Heaven & Helsinki by Patty Young. Read Jenny's review here.



We've also found two additional non-tester pattern reviews here and here.

Now, for information about BundleUp:

Bundle UP is a collective of your favorite established PDF sewing pattern designers coming together to offer you a sweet deal on both hot new patterns and your favorite closet staples from past releases. We’ve selected the perfect patterns with YOU in mind- mix and match styles, and patterns with multiple views and lots of options. No matter the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
Soooo... Who is part of the new BundleUp, you ask?



Anddddd... What sort of patterns will I find in the new BundleUp? Well, I'm glad you asked, because we happen to think you can create an entire Summer wardrobe with just the patterns in this bundle. Check it out: (And, yes! The coloring book is a FREE download included with the purchase of your bundle!! Yippee!)


Ok!!! Anything else I should know?

As a matter of fact, yes!  There is a HUGE giveaway associated with the new BundleUp. If you sew up a pattern from the bundle and share it here, you can be entered to win this amazing prize package!


So, what are you waiting for?? Get the Bundle, start sewing and enter the giveaway!!! It's what all the cool kids are doing these days! :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Malibu Cross-Back Dress
(Quick links: Etsy / Craftsy)

It all started out with Sophie asking me to make her a simple dress for her end-of-year orchestra concert. This girl never asks me for this sort of stuff, so I had to jump on it. She had some pretty specific requests: it had to be a knit dress (because they are more comfy), sleeveless (because Summer is coming) and not too dressy (because she's just not the frilly type).  Our Hailey pattern was perfect for this, but she quickly reminded me that she wore that dress at last year's concert (ooops!). So, I set forth to design something new and exciting for her. I'd had this idea in my head for a cross-back dress for a while. The problem is that I had less than a day to complete this... oh, yes, did I forget to mention that? So, there was little to no time for error.

I made a quick & dirty prototype and that was what she ended up wearing to the concert. It wasn't perfect by any means... the back opening was too low for her comfort level, so she ended up wearing it with a sweater, and the high-low skirt curve wasn't very noticeable (it looked more like a straight mini skirt), so I knew I needed to go back to the drawing board and re-draft a couple of things. Oh, and did I mention that I had to make one for little sister Sydney too? Yup.


After I shared these pictures on social media, the comments started pouring in... Will this be a pattern? Please make a pattern for this dress! I want one in my size! and so on and so forth.

I went back to the drawing board... re-drafted the back bodice completely, made the high-low skirt curve more dramatic, added 2 more skirt lengths/styles, sewed up a couple more prototypes and, after I felt the shape and fit were perfect, I graded the final pattern from sizes 2T to 12.

Here is the final outcome:


The Malibu Cross-Back Dress pattern comes with three different skirt lengths/styles (click photo to enlarge):

















It can be sewn with knits (which was my original intent) or with wovens! I was determined to make this pattern work for all types of fabrics. Check it out below, sewn in my Just My Type quilting cotton fabrics:


After pattern instructions and diagrams were complete, it was off to the testers, and boy did they have fun with this pattern! Here are a few of their pictures... I am in love!




Two of my testers loved it so much that they made multiple dresses! WOW! Every tester reported that they sewed this pattern in just about an hour and everyone was surprised at how easy and quickly it went together and how little fabric it uses for such a WOW effect. It's always a good day at MODKID when we get such positive feedback from our testers! :)

Of course, rigorous pattern testing always brings new challenges. We quickly found out that the maxi skirts sewn in wovens needed to be cut wider so that the girls didn't have to shorten their strides when walking. Done. We also discovered that the dress could be bound with fold-over elastic, double-fold bias tape or home-made binding, and that each method yielded a different look. We seriously could not be more thankful to our awesome pattern testers, who are always so helpful!

Check out tester Courtney Davis' pattern review here.

The MALIBU Cross-Back Dress can be purchased on Etsy or Craftsy.

To see the full inspiration gallery, click here.