Review on Modkid Pattern Reese

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I purchase dthis pattern a few months back because, I needed a PDF pattern will this shape collar. Will I purchased  a lot of patterns in my life time and I can say this one it great. I’ve  sew a lot of dresses in my time also, and I love PDF’s more then page patterns now because I’m a messing and I tend to lost my pattern pieces, now no worries about that, because I can go in a print that pieces again and again… I also love PDF’s because I can print off all the sizes I need and not have to buy three and four copies of page patterns.  This pattern its available at Craftsy clink here if you would like to purchase it

Then you first open the file you are greeted it with this awesome photograph showing off this pattern. I like to open my pfd reader to see all the pagers in the side bar and how many pager are include with the pattern. It give me a great over view of the pattern

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I love the way Modkids do with their PDFs they use a dot dot dash for the different sizes, with I LOVE, LOVE since I print with a laser Black and white printer. Hit, Hit to all the pattern maker out there.   So I can tell which size it which, without having to have my computer up to see the different colors for the sizes.  She also includes the colors for people that print with a ink printer in color.


The other think they do they label which piece goes there — (overlap shaded area with …..) it that not nice to match on the pieces, no more guessing did I do that right.   Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 11.02.02 AM

In addition to the great patterns she writes well easy to follow,   She give a nice list for fabric suggestion, nice charts on sizing, the notions needed, how to be sure it prints the right size, how to lay out your pattern pieces on the fabric, I can go on and on about this pattern. I have make a few dresses out of this, I did add a sleeve that I drafted, but it a great pattern just the way it is. Be sure to see all of MODKID patterns on Craftsy


Here a few of the dresses I’ve made using this pattern Annie Dress By Ruth Sewing Room Design annieforwebsite

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Zippers, the mere word causes some to run with fright.

Zippers, the mere word causes some to run with fright.

Overcast the fabric edge using your overcast foot,where the zipper will be placed. (the whole edge from top to bottom). Overcasting it first will keep the fabric from fraying and getting caught in the zipper.


After you have overcasted the fabric, pin the two fabric together right side togetherOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Look for the little metal zipper stop at the end of the zipper, and mark your fabric at that point using a fabric marking pen.

Machine baste (see notes on machine basting) the seam where the zipper will be placed and stitch the rest of the seam with a regular stitch.
Stitch without stopping between the two difference stitches. Tip: I like to stitch this seam at 6/8” to give enough room for the zipper to fit in the seam

After you sew the seam press the seam open.
Place the zipper on top of the seam facing down.

After you are sure you have the zipper facing down, un- zip the zipper. Line up the teeth of the right side of the zipper with the right side of the seam and pin the zipper tape to the seam allowance only.

After you pin the right sides of the zipper only to the seam allowance you will sew the zipper to the seam allowance only. Placing the zipper foot close to the zipper teeth. Do not stitch too close to the teeth so the
zipper pull can go up and down

After you stitch that right side, (using your zipper foot) zip the zipper close and pin it to the left side,making sure the zipper is laying flat next to the fabric. Tip:when stitching the left side of the zipper stitch from the bottom to the top
and you will not have to change the position of the zipper foot.

Do not open the basting stitches at this time Stitch the same way you stitched the right side only to the seam allowance.

Now lay the garment open on a table with right side facing you. With a ruler and marking pen draw a straight line down the right side, about 1/4” away from the seam and across the zipper about 1/2” above the zipper stop. Then back up the left side. This mark will help you stitch straighter on the out side of your garment.
Now you can remove the basting stitches. After you have removed the basting stitches you can slide the zipper pull down out of the way and finish stitching the top part of the zipper still using your zipper foot.


Congratulations! You have just finished putting in a center zipper. Look back and enjoy. Please free to ask question, and let me know how it worked for you. Click here to download a center zipper

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