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Courtney Davis
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I'm a wife and a mom who loves to sew.
I'm a wife and a mom who loves to sew.

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Modkid Brooklyn Misses
Modkid Brooklyn Misses
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Tutorial for adding a zipper to a top pattern. #sewingtutorial
Modkid Brooklyn as a Zip Up
Modkid Brooklyn as a Zip Up
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Toaster Sweater #2 Tunic

The Toaster Sweater fever is still going strong! As I said in my last Toaster post, I am excited to play along with Toaster Tuesdays on Instagram whenever I can.

Can you believe how different this Toaster Sweater #2 and that previous top look? The only difference is the weight of the fabric and the length. I've added 6.5" to the original pattern to achieve a more tunic length. The fabric is a light weight french terry that feels almost like a sweater knit. The drape is so nice.

The result is a cozy yet polished look. This fabric works great for the holidays without screaming Christmas, so I can wear it long after. I wish I could source the fabric for you, but this piece came from a shopping trip to the Dallas fabric warehouses. I'm so thankful Melissa Mora, of Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link), introduced me to this spot. She has an entire post about Dallas Fabric Warehouse Shopping if you find yourself in the area. This piece was buried in a $2/yard remnant table. Score!

For my first Toaster Sweater #2, I used this seam tape trick to prevent any rolling of the facings. For this version, I only attached a 1.5" piece at the center front and center back. I felt like getting the full length to align properly was a bit tricky. The shorter piece holds the facing in place and is much easier to apply. 

Those side vents and mitered corners make my sewist heart so happy.

I don't think I could pick a favorite Toaster sweater if I had too! Will you be joining us for #ToasterTuesday?
Toaster Sweater #2 Tunic
Toaster Sweater #2 Tunic
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Modkid Brooklyn as a Zip Up

Avery has been reaching for more pullovers and fleece jackets as the temperatures have dropped. The mock turtleneck style of the new Brooklyn pattern by Modkid makes it the perfect pattern to hack for a zip up jacket.

Combining french terry for the sleeves and fleece for the body results in a super cozy jacket. I sized up one pattern size to allow for an under layer while still keeping a slim profile. You will likely notice that the Brooklyn pattern is actually a dress, but changing up the cut line for the sheath dress makes for a great top.

I had originally wanted to create a quarter zip pullover, but when I pulled out these fabrics (leftovers from this and this), I knew I had the perfect separating zipper. Look close at that navy and red stripe running on either side of the zipper. So cool!

Head over to the Modkid Blog for the full tutorial on adding a zipper to the Modkid Brooklyn. Since the Brooklyn pattern comes in girls, tween/teen, and misses', you can make one for all the females in the house!

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which I will in turn use to share more inspiration with you.**
Modkid Brooklyn as a Zip Up
Modkid Brooklyn as a Zip Up
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Toaster Sweater #2

Loni, of HavingSewMuchFun, recently posted a Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater on Tuesday and started making #toastertuesday and #ontuesdaysweweartoasters a thing. I'm jumping on the bandwagon!! Because, I LOVE TOASTER SWEATERS!! I made my first Toaster Sweater #1 last year. I've made two this year, but you will have to wait until next Tuesday to see the other one. 

The Toaster Sweater #2 features a hi neckline in a boatneck shape. The construction is both simple and unique. Skip stripe matching by using a solid or other print, and the top sews up in no time. I added 2.5" in length to account for my height, but no other changes to the size medium.

The other perfect sewing detail is the side vent. The hem corners are actually mitered here which makes for such a clean finish. I used a chain stitch on my overlocker so I could easily turn the corners around the vent. Be sure to check out the sew-along for additional tips. 

The navy and cream striped french terry I scored when Hancock Fabrics was going out of business quite a while back. I can't believe I waited so long to make something with it! This looks like a good alternative fabric. For a mid-heavy weight fabric, the result is a boxy, cozy sweater. 

Come join in the Toaster Tuesday fun!! We can have tacos while wearing our Toaster Sweaters too!!
Toaster Sweater #2
Toaster Sweater #2
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Modkid Brooklyn Misses

Sewing dresses for myself can be a bit intimidating, but after sewing a tween Modkid Brooklyn and a girls Modkid Brooklyn, it was time to try a misses' Modkid Brooklyn. Guess what?!? I may have found a favorite women's dress sewing pattern!

The lightweight french terry I used is from Joann Fabrics. Perfect for a dressed up cozy dress! Stretch velvet and ponte would be great options for this look as well. Keep in mind, directional prints or something with a nap will require extra yardage.

The mock turtleneck and long sleeves are perfect for winter wear. The regular neckband option with short or elbow sleeves will work perfectly for spring and summer. 

I'm not sure I could pull off the sheath version, but I'm loving the fit and flare of the a-line cut skirt. I sewed up a size medium. For my height, I cut the bodice and skirt at the size large length. 

If you are nervous about tackling dresses for yourself, a knit dress pattern is a great place to start, since knit is pretty forgiving when it comes to fit. After receiving my husband's stamp of approval, the Modkid Brooklyn Misses has jumped to the top of my knit dress sewing patterns list for sure.

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which I will in turn use to share more inspiration with you.**
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Modkid Brooklyn Mock Neck Dress

You've seen our Brooklyn tween sheath dress, so now I'm here to show you how great the a-line version can be! Today is the final day of the Modkid Black Friday sale, so it's the perfect time to grab the girls, tween/teen, and women's Brooklyn Dress Pattern. [Coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2018 gets 40% off until midnight.]

Can you tell how much Tandy loves this dress?!? 

Once again, I went with the mock turtle neck which is so perfect for fall and winter. 

A seam at the waist and an a-line skirt differentiate this style from the sheath dress. 

The straight size 7 fits Tandy to a T. I'm pretty sure she needs a Brooklyn dress in every color! I bought a large cut of this navy dot cotton spandex fabric from a store closing sale a while back. It will be a tragedy when I finally run out!

The fabric for a Brooklyn Misses is washed and ready to sew! Grab these patterns and any others while the sale lasts! Happy Cyber Monday shopping!

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which I will in turn use to share more inspiration with you.**
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Hey June Brunswick Pullover

Apparently, when it comes to sewing for myself, sweaters and sweatshirts get me excited. My most worn makes include a Hey June Halifax Hoodie, a Blank Slate Sora Sweater, another Blank Slate Sora Sweater, and now this Brunswick Pullover (even though I only sewed it a week ago).

Sweatshirt fabric can be one of the easiest knits to sew due to it's stability. The Brunswick pattern works well with minimal stretch in the fabric, so it feels almost like sewing with a woven fabric. I still would recommend ball point needles, stretch stitches, and a walking foot if you have it. Keep in mind you probably won't even need to finish your seams if the knit doesn't fray! I sewed this entire sweatshirt on my serger; just using a coverstitch when attaching the kangaroo pocket. Everything could easily be sewn on a standard sewing machine too.

I used the last bit of this sweatshirt fabric from Walmart. I know you are frowning at the idea of Walmart fabric, but I love this stuff. I made my Halifax Hoodie with the striped terry side showing, but kept the grey smooth side to the outside for this one. I didn't have quite enough of the grey for the entire sweatshirt, so I opted to use red fleece on the cowl neck and kangaroo pocket accents. The thickness of the fleece for the cowl makes it stand up a bit, but also makes it super cozy.

Sometime around high school, I decided I didn't like the color red on me. I have no idea why now, but I have avoided wearing red since then. I'm trying to get used to adding it into my wardrobe again, so I like that the grey tones the look down a bit. Maybe I will look for more subtle ways to add red accents into my wardrobe!! Do you have a color you avoid?

The Brunswick Pullover pattern comes with two views and a couple variations that are interchangeable. You have to check out View A with side seam button plackets plus the sleeve pockets and hood variations. I've already bought some Sherpa fabric to try out!

Adrianna released the Brunswick Pullover at the perfect time!! Hey June Handmade has a rare sale going on, so you can grab the Brunswick as well a few others for 20% off. Use coupon code HJ2018BF through Cyber Monday at midnight MT.

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which I will in turn use to share more inspiration with you.**
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Modkid Brooklyn Tween

I can't believe Avery is in tween sewing pattern sizing now! I learned to sew when Avery was 6 months old, so this passage of time is extra meaningful to me. My first sewing post is a bit embarrassing to share, but it also documents my progression in sewing and photography. My heart behind this blog has always been to share inspiration and get you going on your own creative journey. Start small and the possibilities are endless!

Sewing with knit fabrics doesn't have to be scary. Hunting down my first knit fabric sewing project proved fruitless. I'm fairly certain I started with a Modkid pattern, and I still recommend them for beginners. The new Modkid Brooklyn pattern is a great place to start! The design is classic, and the sewing is simple.

The pattern features a mock turtleneck and a standard neckband, three sleeve lengths, and a sheath or a-line shape. Using fabrics with at least 50% stretch ensures the neck will stretch enough to fit overhead. 

The Modkid Brooklyn pattern isn't a fabric hog either! I upcycled a maxi length brushed poly dress of mine for this sheath dress. 

The excitement doesn't end there! Not only does the Modkid Brooklyn pattern come in tween/teen sizing, it also is availible in girls AND WOMEN'S!! To sweeten the deal, use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2018 for 40% off until Cyber Monday.

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Modkid Annika with a Gathered Shirttail

The fall and winter sewing ideas are rolling in, and I'm hoping to inspire you to customize the Modkid Annika Sweater sewing pattern with a gathered shirttail hem. The Modkid Annika can take on a sweater look or more of a sweatshirt style depending on your choice of fabric. This quilted knit  from Hobby Lobby gives a sophisticated sweatshirt style. Combining a woven fabric for the ruffle adds texture and an opportunity to mix prints, solids, or stripes.

The Modkid Annika pattern comes with one design for a shirttail hem. Swapping the button-up style shirttails for a gathered ruffle creates a whole new look. 

The step-by-step tutorial for creating the gathered shirttail is on the Modkid Blog today.

Besides adding a bit of femininity, the ruffle lengthens the sweatshirt to pair well with jeggings and leggings. My kids jump at the chance to wear garments this cozy!

Not only does the lap shoulder detail add uniqueness to this sweathshirt pattern, but it is also a bit easier to sew if neckbands in the round give you fits. One more reason you need the Annika pattern in your knit sewing arsenal!

What is your kid's go-to fall style? Since the Modkid Annika also comes in tween/teen sizing I'm sure I will be making my oldest her own version sometime this winter.

First, grab your copy of the Modkid Annika Girls or Modkid Annika Tween/Teen. Then, head over to the tutorial post for adding this gathered shirttail twist. Be sure to show me what you create!

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