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Sewing MODKID Style: Modern Threads for the Cool Girl Hardcover-spiral – March 1, 2012

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From the Back Cover

20 patterns to sew cool knits for the modern girl

Gone are the days of impeccably dressed little girls with their perfect pigtails and stiff, frilly dresses. These days kids lead active, busy lifestyles—running from gymnastics to soccer practice or from a play date to the grocery store with mom. There isn't much time for dressing to the nines. Today's active girl needs a wardrobe that is not only stylish and exciting to wear, but that moves, runs, jumps, and bends with her life.

Sewing MODKID Style offers all of that. Each project, created by designer and mom Patty Young, features fun and comfortable knit fabrics that easily stretch and move with the busiest little lady. These style-savvy designs can be customized to fit toddlers (sizes 2T–5T) or girls (sizes 6–10). All of the garments are made without zippers, buttons, or snaps and can be pulled on quickly by the tiniest of hands. Plus, all of the designs are interchangeable so kids can mix and match pieces to create a style completely their own. Projects include:

  • Rosy headband

  • Fingerless gloves

  • Leg warmers

  • Yoga pants

  • Bubble skirt

  • Banded tank top

  • Not-so-plain tee

  • Contrast v-neck sweater

  • Bloom dress

  • Swimsuit

  • And much more

Proving that style and comfort do go hand in hand, Sewing MODKID Style gives you everything you need to create a wardrobe full of whimsy for every girl in your life.

About the Author

Patty Young produces a popular line of textiles through Michael Miller Fabrics and licenses her designs on a variety of products. Patty also publishes her own sewing pattern line under her independent company's label, MODKID LLC. She has been featured in numerous national and international magazines and trade publications. Her company can be found at www.modkidboutique.com and you can also catch the latest updates on all things Patty at www.modkidboutique.blogspot.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470947683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470947685
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brenda R. London on August 22, 2012
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First I must preface this review with a notation that I love Patty Young's fabrics as well as the patterns for girl's dresses. I find them fresh, exciting, and perfect for childens wear. I was excited to see that she had a book out and eagerly ordered it. I am a very experienced seamstress but I was hoping to get a refresher in handling knits as well as learning some new technques. What I found was that the techniques in this book are just plain incorrect and the completed garments reflect that. Taking a look at how she advises readers to attach bands to arms and necks is one example and the result is that the garments have seam ends showing. New sewists, please pick up a good sewing instruction book to get the proper technique(which is actually not difficult) and you will be rewarded with a much nicer result. Also her use of all cotton knit bands lend themselves to stretched out bands, note how baggy the waists look on the tops with bands at the bottoms. Using a fabric with a bit of lycra and applying the bands correctly with some stretch solves that problem. I gave this book a 3 star since I can use the patterns and then apply correct techiques to turn out some cute garments, but I would not advise any new sewist to use the book for instruction, maybe just for inspiration. My daughter who is a novice sewist in her early 20's scanned the pics in the book and declared that she just plain did not like it, however I showed her the possibilities using different fabrics and techniques and she tentively agreed with my open minded approach.
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I have been anticipating the release of this book since October. I learned to sew with ModKid's Frida pattern. I am huge fan of not only Patty Young's style, but particularly her ability to take something complicated and make it simple and understandable... and turn out beautiful. Even my first sewing attempt with Frida was something I never thought I could do and real confidence builder! I knew if anyone could take knits, break them down in an easy, friendly, results driven way it would be Patty.

This book did NOT disappoint.

Just on the surface, it's an absolute joy. It is very well thought out with the attention to small details that has made ModKid one of my favorite pattern companies. The book is sturdy and is spiral bound so it lays flat, it includes the thick heavy pattern paper that ModKid fans are used to and love, as well the brightly colored whimsical touches that are ModKid's signature throughout entire book. But the real meat is inside. I spent an hour pouring over it... to be honest, I have tons of sewing books and the beginning of most of them with their technical jargon and over-inflated must have lists bores me to pieces. I like to dive right in to the patterns and get the creative juices flowing!! That is why we buy them, right? But I actually read through the entire first section without even realizing I was doing it and I learned stuff! It was easy to understand, interesting, and like having a conservation with Patty. It was down to earth and relevant. It was useful information that was completely pertinent to sewing with knits. No pretentious or boring page filler information. Admittedly I knew some of it already, but having it all in one place in an easily accessible format is really useful.
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I got the book two weeks ago, and already I have a bunch of items to make from it. I have many sewing books of top designers, and I love them all, but this one is different.
Unlike most of the books I have, it has patterns for ONLY stretch fabric, that you should know.
All the book, in my opinion, is for regular (as in not special occasion) clothes. Even the dresses are pretty, yes, but not special occasion.
For me this is great because I look for simple, comfortable, yet pretty outfits for my girls.
I only had time to make one item so far, the bubble dress. The directions are very clear, the pattern pieces match very nicely, and it looks really lovely on my girl.
I will also make the bubble skirt, another bubble dress, the swimsuits, and the leggings, all that as soon as I can.
In time I'm pretty sure I'll make all items in the book, which is something I rarely say.
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I purchased the Kindle version of Patty Young's Sewing Modkid Style. Upon downloading the book, I discovered that it does NOT include the sewing patterns which are absolutely key to the book! I contacted the publisher Wiley whose representative said: "I am sorry this book is out print and no longer supported by Wiley. We have no downloads here."

Amazon's product description led me to believe the Kindle version is identical to the print version with the patterns, but it is not the case. There is nothing on the page that says the ebook version is different. Obviously, without the patterns, you won't be able to make most of the items featured in the book.

Buyer beware!
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I love this book! And I feel like I've made almost every project included in the book so I can honestly review it! (Okay - I haven't done the winter ones, not because they're not fabulous, but because I'm in Arizona. And it's hot!)

I like so many things, but here are the a few of the top

1. They projects are made for knit fabric....which translates into really really comfortable clothes that my daughter wants to wear! The details in this book make it possible to make any of these with a sewing machine or serger. With tons of 'hints' so that it's not scary.

2. The styles are really cute but also completely functional. Perfectly paired!

3. The pattern sheets are numbered. This makes it SO easy to find what I need because the project tells you the pattern pieces you need AND what page to find it on. PLUS the patterns are full sized!!! No enlarging or tapping tons of pieces together. Plus there is the awesome storage area in the book to keep them all together.

I really love this book! And I think the author is one of the best children's pattern designers out there. With all the projects in this book, it's a heck of a bargain! She includes great details throughout each project so you can tell the patterns are well thought out (for beginners or any skill level).

Your daughter (or granddaughter or friend's daughter) will love you for making her everything from this book!
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