When my friend Courtney (from Sweeter Than Cupcakes) asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a Modkid pattern, you can bet I jumped at the opportunity! And then she offered to sweeten the deal with some Riley Blake fabric designed by Patty Young, the creator of the Modkid patterns. Wow, was I ever honored! The only problem was I had to decide which pattern to choose!
With the help of my daughter who would be wearing the dress, I finally settled on the Rachel dress.
The Rachel dress can be made in 8 sizes from 2T to 10. I made a size 8/9 with size 10 length for Annie. The illustrations are drawn in the Rachel dress pattern. The Rachel dress features a dropped waistband and a tulip style ruffle skirt. We made view B with short sleeves and plain neck binding.
If you’ve never sewn with knits, the Rachel dress includes many helpful tips for sewing with knits. Just as a side note, I do not have a serger, and made this entire dress with my entry level Husqvarna Emerald sewing machine. It’s not every pattern that will help you achieve a neckband this good!
As you’ve probably learned by now about me and hemming, only the sleeves on the Rachel dress need hemming! Such a happy side effect of that sweet little ruffle! Even so, there is a whole page of hemming options for knits. I think I’m going to pin it on my wall to use with other patterns.
This fabric is designed by Patty Young and produced by Riley Blake Designs. It is called Granite Vivid Leilani, and yes, it’s just as buttery soft as everyone raves about! Plus, no pilling and excellent recovery.
For the accent ruffles, I was going to use a navy blue, but Allegra insisted a white would be perfect for a summer dress, and once again, she was right!
Annie sighed in happiness as she slipped this dress over her head, told me at least 30 times how much she loves it and it’s her new favorite dress. I’ll bet when I go to tuck her into bed tonight she’ll still have it on!
Before I made this dress for her, I did make her promise to stop wearing this dress and this dress which I made for her last summer and are both much too small now! She resisted until she put the Rachel dress on. And then she happily agreed.