Welcome to my website! I’d love to connect with you so please consider signing up for my monthly newsletter, chock full of my sparkling wit and maybe a free pattern every now and then.

Modern Style for Girls: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe, October 2015, Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing

Modern Style for Girls: Sew a Boutique Wardrobe, October 2015, Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing

Modern Style for Girls is finally here! It’s such a crazy thing to see it “out there,” where anyone can buy it and sew from it.

The book includes three basic garments — bodice, skirt, pants — that you can modify to create a variety of wardrobe pieces in sizes 7-12. Add collars, shift necklines, change armholes — all kinds of tips and tricks for making each piece have a fresh look.

I’ve broken things down again by garment: Basic Bodice, Pants and Skirts. Each garment has four projects for a total of 12 pieces. But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to 12 looks! Mix and match parts of patterns to create something completely different, whether it’s adding the collar from the A-line Dress to the Sleeveless Empire-Waist Top or adding the cuff from the Cuffed Dig ‘Ems to the Shorts (instead of lace). I really love playing with patterns to make them into something new and encourage you to do the same thing.

The techniques in Modern Style for Girls are the next step after my first book, Little Girls, Big Style. I’ll show you how to add invisible zippers, sew a set-on waistband, insert a trouser zipper and even on-seam pockets.

All the looks in Modern Style for Girls are reflective of today’s kids, my daughter included. She had a lot to say about the projects, from the ruffles to the fabrics. I hope you love it just as much as we do!


11123_165style1__52655.1427838873.1104.1280

Here’s your chance to win an autographed copy of Modern Style for Girls! I’m using Rafflecopter, so just click and comment.Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

13 thoughts on “Your Guide to “Modern Style for Girls”

  1. Pingback: How to Read + Prepare Sewing Patterns with Mary Abreu | Sew Mama Sew | Outstanding sewing, quilting, and needlework tutorials since 2005.

  2. Barbara J

    It’s hard to find appropriate clothes for the tween set. This book looks as if it’ll have lots of great ideas for dressing my girl stylishly as well as decently!

  3. Esther G

    Anything. I’ve tried just a couple of easy things…enough to realize that I don’t have a clue what I’m doing! My 6-yr old daughter would love for me to make her a bunch of dresses. This book looks great!

  4. Phoebe

    I guess right now I’d really love to learn draping. Or really any form/fitting techniques for that matter!

  5. Laura J.

    I have tried making a few things for my 7 year old and never complete them. I always get stuck somewhere not understanding the pattern instructions. this book looks perfect!

  6. Cindy S.

    I would like to learn how to do in-seam pockets. Also, I want to practice mixing pattern parts to make different outfits, like swapping sleeves between patterns.

  7. Julie L

    I’d like to integrate some more hip embroidery without it looking like the dorky snowman sweaters you see at the holidays! Maybe a few swirls and not have them look so stiff!

  8. Sivje Parish

    Oooooh!! I am so excited this is out! You know how much I loved your first book! I can’t wait to play with this one too!
    Thank you for the chance!

Comments are closed.