ModKid Sew-a-thon

There’s nothing like having your child go to her grandparents’ house to inspire you to sew. And, boy, did I take advantage of the free time. I’m still having a blast cranking out pieces from Patty’s new book, Sewing ModKid Style:

A bouquet of Bloom dressesA bouquet of Bloom dresses, some with coordinating leggings

Yoga shorts/pantsStretchy and fab Yoga Pants and Shorts

A few years ago I went on a knit-buying binge — and then never did anything with the fabric. Man, is it fun to “shop” in my own stash! I wish I could share info about all these fabrics. I believe the bird print and matching orange solid came from Joann. And I think the pink/white/green stripe is Chez Ami. The rest? Not a clue.
Bloom dresses

I’ve made the Bloom dress several different ways now: With self-binding neck and sleeves, stitched hem, lettuce hem and sleeves, fold-over elastic binding. Miss L is a big fan of the “ruffles” aka lettuce hem and will request it if I ask her opinion. I’m really digging the FOE and am thisclose to trying some stretch lace trims now that they are in stock at my LQS.

For reference, L is 44.4 pounds and 3’11.75″ tall and I’m making her the size 4 in width and size 6 length for both the dress and the leggings.

The yoga pants look like the perfect item to throw on over gymnastics leotards, so I had to make some of them, too. The aqua is a cotton/Lycra blend from SpandexWorld.com and I had plenty of fabric to make both the pants and shorts from it. For my first attempt, I cut the size 4 with the size 6 length. They are supposed to be snug but I think it’s a little too snug for my taste. I used my coverstitch (Janome CoverPro 900CP) for the hems.

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The third pair I made with a lighter weight knit that obviously has some spandex in it, although I’m not sure of the blend (I picked it up at a local fabric warehouse for $2/yd). These are a size 6 in width and a 10 in length and I think the sizing is spot on.

This one got some embroidery, a sweet lotus and butterfly design from Emblibrary.com, part of my commitment to using all the things in my arsenal. I also used the coverstitch on the hem of these but stitched it so the chain would be on the outside. Oh my! Love!

Suffice it to say, I’m loving the book and can’t wait to make more from it. I’ve already picked up some swimwear fabric and keep eyeing the rest of my knit stash, trying to decide what to use next.

ModKid Style

I love me some Patty Young. Not only is she talented, but she’s super sweet. And doesn’t hate me even after I wake her up at some ridiculously early hour by sending her text messages. (Still not too good with the time zone thing.)

I have been on pins and needles awaiting the release of her book, Sewing ModKid Style, and could not wait to crack it open and get sewing. It’s chock full of great information about sewing with knits and I devoured every word, then got to sewing.

Sewing ModKid Style

I’ve amassed quite a stash of knits so I pulled out some I knew Miss L would love and traced off the Leggings and Not-so-Plain Tee patterns. My little tiny is such a pea;I opted for a 5 in the tee, even though the size chart dictated a smaller size. The length was perfect but the width a bit roomy (should have stuck with the sizing guide!). I made the leggings in a 4 with the length of a 6, which yielded a perfect fit. This is pretty typical of my experience sewing for L (I use a 4 with the length of a 6 in my own patterns) so why I deviated on the shirt is beyond me.

I used my serger to add a lettuce hem to the sleeves, leggings and shirt bottom. The Wooly Nylon is a nice touch. On the neckline, I opted to use fold-over elastic (commonly referred to as FOE) because I’ve been itching to try it and have a bit in my stash. My friend Myrinda passed along some helpful tips and I only had to rip out the elastic once.

I’m eager to sew even more from the book and hope to knock out the Bloom Dress and another pair of leggings after dinner tonight. And I’m seriously thinking a cute ModKid swimsuit is in our future. Patty just makes it look so easy!