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Modkid Dapper and Riley Sew-along for the Holidays

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Recently, I was able to team up with Whimsical Fabric to put together these samples for the December Sew-a-long. The patterns called for a brother/sister set so I borrowed a friend’s twins. Another gracious friend took these photos when my own kiddo got sick and we had to cancel our photoshoot last minute. It takes a village, as they say.

This Brother/Sister set is comprised of two Modkid patterns: The Dapper and Riley. Both patterns are available individually or as part of a kit for the Sew-along though Whimsical Fabric. The Sew-Along starts December 1 and includes prizes for participants, so hurry and order before the Thanksgiving break! Use the code MODKIDLOVE when checking out to receive a discount.  The code is good through Sunday, November 30th.

And now for some twin cuteness!

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The Riley Dress was easy to follow and is very cute. The front panel is perfect for showcasing a favorite fabric. The bow allows for some cinching in the pattern so it can be worn for a while, even for growing kids. The dress pattern is size 2T to 10. It can use from 1-3 fabrics for the front/back/sides and has optional hems or ruffles for the bottom and sleeves. The pattern also has short and long sleeve options. I did a hemmed sleeve but added a ruffle to the bottom.

 

 

And the Dapper. OMG I love this. As a boy mom and someone who makes mainly boy clothes I am over the moon about this. (I have already made multiple sets of these!) The suspenders and bowtie are to-die-for cute and all adjustable so they fit nearly anyone. The pattern includes instructions for kids or adults, so everyone can have bow ties and suspenders! The hardware is available from Whimsical Fabric too. I can definitely see lots of these in my future for holidays and birthdays! I mean, seriously, look at how adorable these are!

 

I was invited to participate in sewing up samples for the Whimsical Fabric Sew-Along and received the pattern and fabric at a discount, but I was not compensated for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Projects

New This Week: Rainbow Connection

Recently I was invited to participate in an online-auction for the Fairy Godmother’s Design group Anniversary Launch. This is one of several groups on Facebook that host small auctions with amazing designers. I am honored to be invited. The theme of this particular auction is Rainbow Connection. Being as I primarily sew for boys, Rainbows are a tough theme. Here is what I came up with, though.

Phineas and Ferb Bowling Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

This blackboard fabric with mathematics theme is as close to rainbow fabric for boys I could find. Maybe it was Phineas and Ferb’s opening song playing in the other room, but I thought that the theme fit these two brothers perfectly. 

Phineas and Ferb Bowling Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

Phineas and Ferb Bowling Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

Phineas and Ferb Bowling Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

Completely by accident, I noticed the snap closures made a perfect little Mickey head. 

Phineas and Ferb Bowling Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

My second project was Toy Story inspired. While not exactly the whole rainbow, it is definitely colorful. 

Toy Story Bowling Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

Toy Story Bowling Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

Toy Story Bowling Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

Toy Story Bowling Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

And my final project, which was something rattling around in my mind for a long time. (I bought the fabric last summer!) was this Pete’s Silly Sideshow inspired dress. I made the skirt with adjustable buttonhole elastic.

Pete's Silly Sideshow Outfit | Just-Joshin.com

Pete's Silly Sideshow Outfit | Just-Joshin.com

Pete's Silly Sideshow Outfit | Just-Joshin.com

Pete's Silly Sideshow Outfit | Just-Joshin.com

Pete's Silly Sideshow Outfit | Just-Joshin.com

Pete's Silly Sideshow Outfit | Just-Joshin.com

Pete's Silly Sideshow Outfit | Just-Joshin.com

These are available for a limited time on Facebook at The Fairygodmothers Auction Group.

 

Holidays · Projects

Keeping Busy

Despite curbing my Etsy business recently, I have managed to stay pretty busy with lots of other fun projects. 

I finished these two Halloween Minnie and Mickey dresses. The Minnie one sold and has made its way to its new owner in Canada. (The Mickey one on the right is still available!  Size 4) These are incredibly fun dresses with lots of great colors and details. 

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These sets were a birthday gift for twin playmates. I made Minnie Mouse dresses for their birthday last year. This year they love Doc McStuffins so when I found that purple and pink polka dots I knew it was perfect for Doc. They even got corresponding outfits for their dolls.

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These outfits call into the “Giving Back” category, they went to a family for a Make a Wish trip. The little girl is 4 and has leukemia. She has an almost-3-year-old brother, so they each got a special outfit. The girl’s mom sent me a message saying that her daughter declared it the best dress ever and that the princesses at Disney World will know she is a princess too. Neither one of the kids wanted to take their outfits off. 

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And this swashbuckling duo is getting ready for a Disney trip too, these are their outfits for their Pirate makeover at Pirates League when we visit over Halloween for their 4th birthday. 

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And one more set of Disney-inspired sibling set, these dresses were made for a college-friend’s daughters. They just got back from their trip and I am told the dresses were a hit. Her younger daughter reportedly told Tiana all about the dress, even though she wasn’t wearing it at the time.

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I am off next week to Sewing Summit, but I am hoping I can start ramping up my business again now that my kiddos are spending at least a little time in preschool, and the holidays are on the way. I just received the Christmas PJs so I will be starting on those in the next couple weeks. If you pre-ordered holiday pajamas, keep an eye out for an email to finalize your designs.

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Test Driving our Disney Shirts

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I started this endeavor with the crazy idea of making custom shirts for my own sons for our Disney World trip. We are going in about a month and a half, but I started sewing them clothing for the trip months ago. What started as one shirt each has exploded  into not only an entire Disney-themed wardrobe for them, a handful of things for the parents and our friends, but a whole working-from-home business.

Of the shirts I have made for our trip, I have only let my boys try one set on, and only briefly. I really don’t want them ruined before our trip, so they are quarantined until then. I made an exception this week, though, since we were invited to a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party for another twin family. I made the girls their Minnie birthday dresses, which they loved and looked so cute in for their party. I let my boys wear Mickey Mouse shirts I made. And of course they got pink frosting on them. Sigh. Luckily, nothing that didn’t wash away, thankfully.

And now, the inspiration for Just Joshin, my sons Justin and Joshua in their Mickey Mouse shirt test run (and the adorable newly 3-year-old girls.)

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Ruffled

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I just finished two dresses for a Minnie Mouse birthday party, twin girls turning three. These were a custom order, based on their Mom’s request for pink Minnie dresses for their party. For me, it was my first foray into ruffles. The nice thing about making clothing for twins is you get a lot of extra practice! I was able to quickly master the shirt pattern I made for my boys, and these dresses were no different. By the second one I was a ruffling master. I can’t wait to see the birthday girls in their adorable dresses. I hope the love them as much as I do.

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