Designer Patty Young has further rounded out her already-impressive resume with her new book Sewing ModKid Style, published by Wiley Craft. I am excited to play hostess to her blog tour today. Now, there have been books about sewing for girls, but Patty’s is unique in that it focuses on sewing with knits for girls. Sewing ModKid Style has 20 patterns in all, featuring full-size pattern sheets (no printing/cutting/taping, hooray!). The patterns range in size from toddlers (sizes 2T-5T) to girls size 10, so you’re set from preschool through elementary at least. In the book, Patty tells you everything you need to know about working with knits, and don’t worry, you don’t need to run out and buy an overlock machine or serger to be able to make these patterns — they can all be made on a regular sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch option.
The hostesses before me have already given great glimpses inside the book. In my emails with Patty she mentioned that she gets lots of queries about where to buy knits, so I thought I’d try to help out and list every source that I could think of. These are culled from the top of my head and by looking through my own archives. Please comment with YOUR favorite place to find knits. I’ll draw one name randomly to win a copy of the book on Friday (April 20, 2012), courtesy of Wiley Craft. After the list, there’s breaking news about Patty’s next fabric collection …
The Fabric Fairy: Contributed fabrics to Patty’s book. Primarily kids’ prints.
Fabric.com: All kinds of knits, from blends to basics to Liberty of London.
Girl Charlee: Shop focusing on cotton knits with prints for all ages/genders.
Banberry Place: Primarily kids’ prints, and the place to go for European brands.
Gorgeous Fabrics: Has an ever-changing assortment of fashion knits.
Vogue Fabrics: Another major fashion fabric seller with a great selection of knits.
Denver Fabrics / Fashion Fabrics Club: Ditto!
Lowpricefabric.com: The online outlet of the famous Michael Levine in the L.A. fashion district.
Harts Fabrics: A rare shop that has a great selection of designer quilting fabrics, home dec, and fashion fabrics.
Bolt 44: A little shop with some great knit solids.
Kumquat: Another little shop selling fabric leftover from their kids’ clothing brand.
Ottobre Store: Get the knits you see in Ottobre’s wonderful magazine.
FabricYarnKit: Solids in every color of the rainbow, in interlock, rib knit, and jersey flavors from an eBay power seller.
Znock Design (Sweden): Great knit prints by an indie designer.
Crafty Mamas (Australia): All kinds of kids’ sewing fun, European fabrics.
Vermiljoenshop (Belgium): Some sweet knit prints await those of you who can read French or Dutch.
Ikasyr (Finland): Ditto, but for Finnish!
Myllmuksut (Finland): All kinds of supplies for kids’ and maternity sewing. Offers an English version of the site, but (I think) only ships throughout the EU.
NearSea Naturals: Organic knits in colors and basic stripes that you won’t find elsewhere.
Nature’s Fabrics: All kinds of natural fiber fabrics and all kinds of knits.
PM Organics: An organic fabric shop that grew from a cloth-diaper-sewing co-op.
Organic Cotton Plus: Natural (undyed) knits and Harmony Art solids and prints.
Stitch Simple: Harmony Art knits, pre-washed/pre-shrunk for you!
Pure Fabricz (Netherlands): Organic knits solids for the EU.
Spandex House: for cotton lycra and all kinds of stretch fabrics.
Spandex World: lots of cotton lycra in solids and prints.
and remember you can get custom-printed cotton knit fabric through Spoonflower and other digital fabric printing services!
Also: There are a few designers who have knit fabric collections produced by quilting cotton manufacturers, and therefore tend to show up in quilting cottons stores. It’s easier to Google them individually then to list all the stores in which they are carried: Patty Young of course, Nani Iro, Oliver + S, Jay McCarroll, Valori Wells, Michael Miller (solids and basic prints), Freespirit (solids)
And now, you-heard-it-here-first … Patty’s next fabric collection will be named:
Making its debut at Spring Quilt Market, Heaven & Helsinki will be printed in both wovens and knits. As the name suggests, it’s a Scandinavian-inspired line with a nod to Mid-Century Modern design. Patty says “I am madly in love with it and sewing up a storm for its debut in a month or so. The knits will be printed on a new-to-us quality: it’s a cotton/poly/spandex blend with 0% shrinkage! (yes, zero! I know that will make everyone out there jump for joy!) The fabric is super soft and smooth, and has enough stretch and recovery to be used for bottoms, like our leggings and yoga pants, and for bindings, like the neck and arm bands on our tees and dresses. I cannot wait to get these out there in the market!” Keep an eye on Patty’s blog, well, all the time, but in particular in the next coming weeks as she’ll post the first images of the collection.
Follow the Tour:
Monday, April 2: Wiley Craft Blog
Wed., April 4: A Sewing Journal
Friday, April 6: Pink Chalk Studio
Monday, April 9: Melanie Dramatic
Wed., April 11: Stop Staring and Start Sewing
Friday, April 13: Generation Q
Monday, April 16: Lil Blue Boo
Wed., April 18: True Up
Friday, April 20: Paige Hill
Monday, April 23: Boutique Café
Wed., April 25: The Long Thread
Friday, April 27th, 2012: Sew Pretty Dresses
Monday, April 30: Prudent Baby
Wed., May 2: Our Busy Little Bunch
Friday, May 4: Fat Quarterly
Monday, May 7: Making It Fun
Wed., May 9: MODKID blog