Friday, February 5, 2010

Modkid Kyoko dress was quick to sew!

Honestly, I was hesitant in sewing the Kyoko pattern from Modkid because of the bias binding. This was silly of me because it isn't a huge time consuming process to attach the binding.

I used ready-made 1/2 inch double fold bias tape, but you can make your own.

The Modkid pattern Kyoko by designer Patty Young includes a wonderful instruction booklet. If you are like me, you will appreciate the photo instructions in the booklet.

This above picture is of a size 6 made into the provided optional dress length.

From what I can tell, this pattern is roomy and the obi (sash) is wonderful for custom fitting. The fabrics used for this dress are from the LOVE collection by designer Amy Butler.
  • Will I make this pattern again? YES
  • Skills required : Basic sewing skills. Understanding the concept for the sleeves & attaching the bias binding. The sleeves are set in prior to the side seams being sewn and do not require gathering. No zippers, or button holes required on this top!! Sweet!
  • The instruction booklet provides excellent directions for making your own binding......or you may wish to use ready-made bias tape.
  • Fitting: Personally I think the fit is very forgiving on this top/dress. The Obi-sash is separate from the top. It wraps around the child's waist,criss-crosses in the back and ties in the front. The sash pulls the dress in at the waist for a great fit.
  • Design: the design in itself allows for creative mixing & matching fabrics by using two fabrics for the skirt panels. One could easily opt to go with the classic look of making the bodice and the skirt panels from the same fabric.
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  1. Just loved this post... coming from SITS. Random, but are you going to Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore?

  2. This is my first time to your blog, very cute, I'll be back. Love that you review the skill level and skills needed!
    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest

  3. I made this pattern for my daughter. It was easy! I had the pattern for months before I got started, I was intimidated as well, but I thought the instructions were great and I will make it again!

  4. I'm so glad to hear this is an easy dress to make! I'll be adopting a 4-year-old from China soon, and would love to make a dress like this for her. Does anyone know if the doll pattern also would fit the American Girl Bitty Baby dolls?

  5. I can't remember how I happened to stumble upon your blog but I am so glad I did. Great review and super cute pattern. I love it!

  6. Love your blog! you really make sewing sound easy, and although I'm a beginner, I'm going to wing it for my daughter's school play costume!

  7. I'm currently working on the Kyoko pattern and was wondering if you could answer a quick question for me... in cutting the bodice front (the triangular piece), it says to cut it on the fold, is that correct or do I cut two separate pieces in order to have both pieces the same cut? I've already struggled with the sleeves and wondered if it is because I cut on the fold. THANKS!!! p.s. - I'm clearly a beginner myself. This is the biggest challenge I've tackled yet!

  8. Yes IAMANNIE.... cut the bodice piece on the fold. There will not be a center front seam. Happy Sewing.


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