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Modkid Vivian Nightgown

Modkid Vivian

When the Modkid Vivian Shirt Dress and Nightgown pattern went into testing. I asked Little Bit if she was interested in the pattern and if she’d like a dress or a nightgown. She immediately responded she wanted a cheetah print nightgown. Turns out finding cheetah print flannel was more difficult than I thought, so after much negotiations at the fabric store, we walked away with these adorable winter puppy dogs.

Modkid Vivian Jumping on the Bed

I’m not sure who is happier with the results of this sew. Little Bit has declared it her favorite nightgown and I’m super happy with the way it sewed up.

Modkid Vivian Details

Modkid patterns are always a joy to sew. The PDF pattern pieces assemble easily and the pieces fit together so well. These sleeves are probably the best sleeves I’ve put on and I love the way they came together. Even with all the button holes, this is a quick sew with great results.

Modkid Vivian Back

I definitely think there are a few more of these on the todo lit.

You need the Modkid Vivian Pattern

Pattern Details

Vivian Shirtdress and Nightgown by Modkid
None – Made View D (Nightgown with short sleeves
  • Flannel from JoAnn’s
The sleeves, curved hem, and buttonholes all came out wonderful despite my hesitation.

STEM Dresses

STEM Dresses

There seems to be a big push lately for STEM clothes for girls. And why not? Girls can like things other than princesses and butterflies! There have actually been a few kickstarter campaigns on the subject lately. (I’m bummed only one of these got funded.)

Mad Scientist Day Dress

In the past couple of months I’ve had the chance to create a couple of STEM themed dresses for Little Bit. One for Mad Scientist Day at school and the other for Pi Day — after all, this year’s Pi Day was pretty epic.

Pi Day Dress

Both of these dresses ended up being MODKID patterns and my geeky themed fabrics are from Spoonflower.

Pi Fabric From SpoonFlower Details

Mad Scientist Dress

Mad Scientist Pattern Details

ModKid Riley

Pi Dress Pattern Details

ModKid Melanie

Kangaroo Pocket Skirt

Using It’s Always Autumn Sweats to Skirt Refashion tutorial as my inspiration, my first refashion/upcycling project is complete.

Yesterday a long sleeve knit polo. Today the sleeves are a kangaroo pocket skirt. Kangaroo pocket lined with super soft minky-like Frozen fabric. #sewingforkids #kidsclothesweek #kcw #upcycling #imadeit

We started off with a very old long sleeve knit polo that belonged to Mr. Byte that had recently landed in the donate pile. I snagged it thinking the soft knit would be perfect for leggings for Little Bit. I managed to cut all the pattern pieces out of the sleeves so I still have the body of the shirt to use for another project — thinking Monkey bar shorts for when it gets warmer.

Since I wasn’t taking an existing pair of sweatpants to make this skirt out of, I pulled out the skirt pattern from the Go To Leggings Pattern and the Kangaroo pocket from the swim coverup in Sewing MODKID Style. Following the directions for the skirt and pocket, this came together pretty quickly.

The MODKID instructions call for lining the kangaroo pocket, so I had just enough of this super soft mink/minky-like Frozen fabric (left over from another project that is cut but not sewn) for the lining of the pocket. And how fun to be carrying Anna and Elsa around in your pocket.

Pattern Details

  • JCrew longsleeve knit polo
  • Frozen minky-like fleece from JoAnns (left over scrap)
  • 1″ Wide Elastic
Made a size 5 Go To Leggings Skirt with Size 4 elastic. Kangaroo pocket is the 2T-4T size from the swim coverup in Sewing MODKID Style. Patterns sewn as instructed for both.

London Dress — MODKID Sew Along

Modkid London Dress in Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics

I just did another Modkid Sew Along for the newly released London Dress PDF Pattern. I love the way the Modkid PDF patterns are assembled once printed. They really are easy and the gray shaded overlaping area leaving nothing to question as to how exactly to put the pieces together.

This pattern did prove to be more difficult for me. Many of the more experienced participants in the sew along used words like quick and easy to describe this pattern. I did have issues with assembly but overall was pleased with the results.

Em picked out this fabric last time we were at Finch. It was the end of the bolt so I took what was left which I think was about a yard and 12 or 13 inches. There was just enough fabric to attempt to pattern match the bodice and cut out the rest of the pattern pieces. I do have to say, I think I did a pretty good job matching the bodice.

pattern matching the bodice

Because I was using such a busy pattern, I wanted to use something more plain for the pockets, but the plain fabric seemed a bit too plain, so I decided to appliqué two of the characters on the pockets. Add in a little hand embroidery for the eyes and some of the smaller details (no I don’t do embroidery, but that’s what google is for).

Some appliqué and a touch of hand embroidery. #ishouldbesleeping #wip #wipwednesday #squirrel!

embroidery detail

To differentiate the pockets from the busy background, I added navy piping around the pockets. I also added the piping between the bodice and skirt since there was no way I was going to have the pattern match.

Overall, I’m thrilled with the results. I’m not sure this will be one of Em’s favorite dresses because it doesn’t have the twirl factor she prefers, but she didn’t shun it when I showed it to her which is huge.

London dress pattern by modkid

Pattern Details

ModKid London
(Pattern Alterations – piping added to pockets and waistline)
  • Charlie Harper Feeding Station for Birch Organic
  • Tan Cotton/Linen (for bodice lining and outside of pockets) — from Mom’s stash
  • light teal quilting cotton (pocket lining) — from mom’s stash
  • Navy piping from Jo-Ann’s
  • Navy buttons
Sew Along Link
London Sew Along

Knit Elsa Dress

Like every other little girl an Elsa dress from Frozen was a must have this year. And having [semi-]recently taken up sewing, I find costumes are a great way to practice sewing because they don’t have to be perfect.

This project was very much a make it up as you go plus art direction by a very opinionated three year old.

Elsa Dress

I made the dress in knit because I think it’s easier for them to dress and undress versus coming over and asking to be velcro’d or zipping into a costume. And in theory, the stretch of the knit means they can wear it longer? The sleeves and top are a very light weight knit with some sparkle to it that barely shows up even in person. The blue is something I had that is a much thicker knit (in hindsight I’d use a lighter weight knit).

I used a combination of the Bloom Dress and Contrast V-neck Sweater patterns from Patty Young’s Sewing ModKid Style book as a guide. The dress is a 4T, but I used the length of the size 10 (which turned out to be perfect with a 1/2” hem for length). The color blocking from the contrast v-neck sweater was used on the front and back pieces of the dress.  My plan was to use the contrast v-neck as is for the front without the neckline banding and just hemming under 1/4”. This however made the neckline way too low, so I ended up moving up the bottom panel a few inches and leaving the angle of the neckline unchanged.

The first order of business was adding an ombre dye to the blue knit (per 3 year old art direction that said it needed to be darker at the bottom than the top)—next time I’d either skip this step or use a sheerer fabric for the skirt as you really don’t see in the end result.

The pattern was cut and assembled adding a layer of tulle for the cape between the color blocking sections on the back (the tulle was about 2Xs as wide as the dress and and inch longer than the back blue piece). The bottom corners were rounded and the top was gathered leaving about an inch from both sides. In hind sight I’d use a bit of a heavier sheer so it would hang and swoosh better (because all capes need to have a good swoosh).

Elsa Dress
Elsa Dress

The overskirt was made with an opalescent fabric that Miss E found at Jo-Ann’s and declared the perfect for an Elsa dress. I only purchased a yard which I sewed into a long tube and folded in half. I marked the waist based on a peplum top that I like where it hit and the eyeballed the v dip in the front. I ran a gathering stitch through the middle of the fabric along the fold and pinned to the waistline. I zig-zagged stitched along that line to create to two layers of the skirt. I wish I had gotten 1 1/4 yards or so for a little more room in the skirt.

For embellishments, there are snowflakes stenciled on both the cape and overskirt in a white pearl acrylic paint. Snowflake stencils were made with the cricut in various sizes.

The bodice snowflakes are from Etsy and the additional crystals are from jo-anns (all iron on).

Stenciling our Elsa cape.

And of course the attached cape wasn’t long enough (or the right color), so we used the no sew tutorial from Make It & Love It for a longer (and bluer) cape. I was informed Elsa’s cape is not white nor are her sleeves so despite all my reference material on Pinterest, I apparently was not on the ball for this project.

We finished just in time to get the DVD!

Frozen!  The scary part of frozen.

I’ve been keeping a Elsa Dress Board on Pinterest for inspiration and continuing to update it even after this dress was made.

Follow Kelly Gifford’s board Em wants an Elsa Dress on Pinterest.