|Rachel shares her super-cute versions of the new Modkid Maya Ruffled Shirt & Skirt in today’s pattern review. Learn more about Rachel on her Four Wise Monkeys blog and in her introduction. The Maya Pattern takes advantage of all of those pretty new knits! Remember, for tips about working with knits you can always revisit some of our Make It, Wear It! tutorials.
Maya Ruffled Shirt and Skirt ~ Modkid Sewing Pattern
|Description & Materials|
|From the packet: “Maya ~ ruffled shirt and yoga skirt with dress option. Maya is a comfy and flirty two piece set. The shirt has wide cuffs on the sleeves and a stretchy waistband to give it that ‘bubble’ look and features a series of mini ruffles around the chest for a touch of whimsy. The yoga skirt is simply the most versatile and comfortable piece of clothing your child will own… Perfect for school, dance class or just playing around. And best of all you can easily sew the yoga skirt to the shirt’s waistband to make a one-piece Maya dress.”
The ruffle top and dress both have options for short and long sleeves and has sizes from 2T to 8.
|Stretch knits only: cotton, interlock, jersey, matte jersey, lightweight double knits, stretch velvet or stretch lace, 58”/60” wide.|
|The amount of fabric varies for the size and variation. I made both the Maya dress, and the skirt and ruffle top in size 5. As we are in mid-winter in Australia, I have made the long sleeved variations. Fabric requirements for the dress are 1¼ yards of main fabric and a â…“ yard of contrast fabric.
The long sleeved ruffle top ¾ yard of main fabric and a â…“ yard of contrast fabric and the skirt â…“ yard of main fabric and a ¼ yard of contrast fabric.
There is the option to switch and change fabric to create different looks to the outfits. I used two different weights of interlock fabric. It makes a big difference to your finished outfit-– the fabric with the greater stretch used in the dress was more successful than the softer version I used for the top and skirt.
Knits & instruction booklet, ready to go.
|Okay, I was in at the name Maya. It’s my sweet daughters name so how could I resist?
The design is cute and shown in Patty Young’s range of stretch fabric. The cover design is clear, and shows a pattern that looks comfortable, and a range of style variations. It’s a pattern ideal for little girls who like to run, jump, dance and play.
The Maya pattern is a well laid out booklet with lots of information. At the front of the booklet there is a section for “Things to know before sewing with knits”– Thank you! I have sewn many outfits for children, but not in stretch fabric. This simple table was so helpful. It provides information on preshrinking your fabric (and mine did shrink significantly), using a ballpoint needle, Woolly Nylon & textured thread and how to avoid a wavy seam.
The booklet is written in a clear, step-bystep format that is very easy to understand, with diagrams and notes at each step. There are instructions on using an overlocker/serger or a domestic sewing machine. At the back of the booklet, a sewing glossary explains all the terms used in the pattern. This was helpful for international sewers like me!
|Diagrams / Images|
|Lots and lots of diagrams make this pattern very easy to follow. The booklet is printed in colour which added to its appeal. There’s great detail, such as six options with diagrams for hemming knits. I particularly like the “inspiration gallery” showing the photos submitted by the Maya pattern testers. It’s full of fun pics with different combinations of fabrics and looks.
All the pattern pieces fit together with no trouble at all.
|Overall Level of Difficulty||Confident Beginner|
|This pattern comes together very quickly. Creating ruffles, adding a waistband and gathering may be new techniques but I believe that a beginner will be able to work through the step-by-step instructions and diagrams without much trouble at all.
The success of the pattern depends on using stretch sewing techniques. I used my sewing machine with a walking foot and narrow zig zag stretch sewing stitch with Woolly Nylon in the bobbin. My stems were trimmed and I used an overlocker stitch on my sewing machine to finish the seams. A twin needle was also used to create a faux coverstitch hem.
Sewers need to take care to mark the grain line on the pattern and lay out the pattern pieces as shown in the layout to ensure the stretch is in the right direction.
Top-stitching around the narrow cuff of the long sleeved dress and top didn’t work every well for me. I guess it’s just practice but I wasn’t happy with mine and I ended up removing the stitches.
|Tips + Modifications
|The advice that I would give is when making the ruffles: Sew your gathering stitches each side of the center of the ruffle. The stitches are later removed, and if you stitch over them it is a very tedious task to unpick them all. When arranging the gathers on the ruffle I also found it helpful to push the gathers down a bit from the neckline; this made sewing the neckband on a simpler task.
The instructions for the skirt do not say to remove the basting stitches. The skirt will fit and stretch better if you do.
The arms were a little long for my daughter so I reduced the cuff size by around ¾ inch.
My daughter Maya will be turn 5 in a couple of months, but she still has a toddler tummy shape and is always tugging her skirts down to sit below her tummy. When I made the top I didn’t add the waistband and added 2½ inches to the pattern and finished the hem as instructed to finish the hem of the skirt. It’s an easy modification, for a top that will have a lot of wear with jeans and leggings too.
Maya, in her second Maya outfit.
|A quick and versatile pattern that I will use often and has given me the confidence to sew with knits. Good value with the size range between 2T and 8, and a comfortable outfit that my daughter is wearing as I type. Love the name too!|