Pattern Review: Rachel Dress by MODKID

I have been aware of ModKid patterns for awhile, but this is the first I have sewn up. I hesitated at first, because I’m sure like many of you I have no short supply of girls’ dress patterns. Did I really need another? But the style enticed me- and I’m a sucker for a knit pattern. Here is my Rachel dress!


This dress was a big win in our house. My little model was smitten immediately. The front ruffle and ruffle hem appeal to my girly girl so much so that she didn’t blink an eye when I used fabrics without so much as a hint of pink and purple. Which did comes as a bit of a welcome reprieve. She has deemed this her zebra dress.

The knit dress allows for easy movement- a must when chasing balloons. It also means she can dress herself, which is important for a 3 year old who needs to make several wardrobe changes a day. She’s sitting between a 3 and 4 sizing wise. I made her a 3 because the stripe knit is VERY stretchy. The triangle, on the other hand, is really not. I think it helps stabilize the dress. The only issue I had was the knit with less than the recommend stretch made the neck a little tight over the biggest part of her head- total user error. Luckily she’s cool with giving it an extra tug. Note to self: Follow pattern recommendations.

I had waited to put the dress together until I had a larger chunk of time and then planned for more than one sitting to finish up the project. It went together surprisingly fast! The pattern itself taped together very quickly. Taping is my least favorite part so any time saved is good for me. The directions were clear and very professionally put together. I had a dress together in one sitting, no ripping.

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This dress has already been through 2 wash cycles and survived taco night. Though that did remind me why her wardrobe is light on the white clothes. I see more of these in our future, and I am happy to add it to my pattern box. It is a unique style with easy construction- a double win for those looking for a faster sew.

The Rachel Dress by ModKid is available as part of the Girls’ Bundle Up sale going from January 23- February 3. Make sure to visit all the other bloggers below-featuring Bundle patterns this week! Or visit Pattern Revolution to learn more.

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We were given this pattern for free, the opinions are our own.

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  • Ajaire January 26, 2015, 6:59 am

    I still love this dress! The graphic feel is so different from what I normally like, but there’s something that makes me adore it. I totally agree with how deceptively simple the Rachel is to make. Aha and I just realized the name suits you perfectly 🙂

  • Marlene January 26, 2015, 12:58 pm

    I love your version of this. When I saw it in the bundle I honestly did not think I would use it. But now I’m excited to sew one up.

  • Tami January 27, 2015, 10:13 am

    LOVE how you paired the black and white prints. Great job! Modkid patterns are some of my favorite. Next, you should check out the Melanie, it’s probably my favorite.

  • Patty Young January 27, 2015, 11:04 am

    I adore this! Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour and for your awesome review of our Rachel pattern!!

  • Kara January 27, 2015, 12:32 pm

    So creative! Love!

  • Cindy January 27, 2015, 3:57 pm

    Adorable! I love the fabrics that you used and how you combined it. It’s truly a lovely dress!

  • Lightning McStitch January 29, 2015, 6:14 am

    I never really look twice at The ModKid patterns as they look a bit fussy to me in the brightly patterned fabrics. I love your monochrome version and I think it could really work in just a nice solid too. good one!

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