August 8 ~ Back to School Pattern: Nina Top & Skirt

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Modkid Nina Skirt & Shirt

ModKid Nina All-Seasons Peasant Top by Zura, Sew Retro Chic

The Nina pattern from Modkid includes this top and an easy skirt, with a size range of 2T – 7 yrs. Zura writes, “…This top is so simple to make. The raglan sleeves made it so, but the best feature of the design is the bell sleeves (it’s wider at the sleeves hem) and definitely the faux placket with button embellishment. Everyone thought it looks complicated to sew, but really that part is sewn ON the pattern bodice. Nothing to attach, no seam. Just a separate squarish, contrasting fabric sewn on top of the bodice. Oh, and another pretty feature is of course the ties– It gives the top a more girly shape…”

Modkid Nina PatternPattern Info ~ From the pattern package: This “all-seasons” top can be made as a sleeveless tank with tie-straps for the Summer, short-sleeved for the Spring & Fall and long-sleeved for the Winter. It has a sweet peasant style and several options for embellishing the top. As a bonus, we’ve included easy step-by-step instructions and diagrams for making our no-pattern Easy Peasy Skirt, as seen in the front cover. Pair up your favorite version of the Nina top with our Easy-Peasy Skirt for a complete boutique-style ensemble!

WIN THIS PATTERN! Modkid Patterns generously donated this pattern for some Back to School fun! Comment below for a chance to win. We’ll randomly select and announce the winner on Monday.

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119 Responses to August 8 ~ Back to School Pattern: Nina Top & Skirt

  1. Kaja says:

    Love this one! Special gold star for NOT using pink. It can be girly-girly without pink… And yes… I would like to win a pattern!

  2. Tabitha says:

    My daughter would love this mod look!

  3. Deb DeChurch says:

    This is such a cute outfit! I’d like to make one for my granddaughter.

  4. Jen says:

    That is so cute!

  5. LFinn says:

    Cute pattern! So how hard would it be to ‘upsize it’ for me? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Christine G says:

    beautiful pattern, would love to win it!

  7. Rita says:

    I have another Patty Young pattern that made up so cute!

  8. Mandy K Court says:

    I have the perfect girls to wear this awesome pattern!

  9. Corey says:

    Great pattern!

  10. Sandra says:

    The long sleeved top is so cute, and practical for our cooler fall weather in Canada

  11. Rachael says:

    would love to win this to make for my daughter and friends’ daughters!

  12. Pattij says:

    I love this pattern!! I am sewing grandkid school clothes and this would be perfect!!!

  13. Jaime says:

    Very cute love that it can be summer or winter!ADORABLE

  14. Sakura says:

    Love this! Would love to make this for my 2 little girls.

  15. Robyn says:

    very cute! I’d love to see it on my two year old!

  16. Barb says:

    This is adorable!

  17. Shirley Clark says:

    Definitely an adorable pattern, and a good way to show off those bold and beautiful prints!

  18. Caroline says:

    I love the long sleeve version of this pattern

  19. Melissa says:


  20. Laura O. says:

    So cute! My daughter is too old for it – she’s 12, but I would definitely make a top for my 2 1/2 year old niece.

  21. PeachRainbow says:


  22. Joy Mosley says:

    love it and would love to win

  23. Lori Lawrence says:

    Oh… I love this top! I wish it were in my size. I will definitely have to make my little girl this top for the fall

  24. Sariah says:

    The last few months I have learned the joy of sewing clothes! (It’s always been slipcovers, aprons, bags, and other lovely randomness..) It would be so fun to sew this as a surprise for my 7 year old girly-girl daughter. One of your contributors blogged about making patterns larger– wouldn’t it would be fun to try making a matching one for myself? ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Latrilla says:

    I want this shirt for myself!!!!

  26. love the color blocking. so cute!

  27. Gill says:

    This is a great pattern!

  28. Dianne McLean says:

    I can see my little granddaughters wearing this!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Joyce Mosby says:

    This is so cute. I would love to sew it for my granddaughter.

  30. Mama Lusco says:

    This is adorable! Looks good for big girls, too.

  31. Narelle says:

    Love it!

  32. Charity says:

    Cute pattern!

  33. Robin says:

    What a cute pattern!

  34. I know a little girl that would look so cute in this outfit!

  35. queenbeaz says:

    This is adorable! And all the options and extras make it even better!

  36. Super cute! Love all the ModKid patterns!

  37. lisa says:

    my daughter would love for me to make this for her!!!!

  38. Amy {giftofgreen} says:

    Thanks for another great chance at another great pattern.

  39. Kim says:

    Beautiful top. My girls would look great in this pattern!

  40. sy says:

    the pattern is lovely. it pairs nicely with the skirt.

  41. Robyn says:

    love this!

  42. MissMary says:


  43. Mellissa says:

    Love this one, both with the sleeves and without. So cute!

  44. Deb Cameron says:

    Modkid patterns are great! Not much more to say really, love the fabric choices

  45. Stephanie says:

    This is really cute.

  46. Andrea says:

    When I saw the top I thought Princess, it reminds me of the princess costume patterns, cute top. I have boys of my own but nieces who would love it.

  47. Amy says:

    Beautiful! I’d love to make this outfit.

  48. sandra says:

    Yea! please let me WIN!

  49. ~Helena~ says:

    Too cute ๐Ÿ˜‰

  50. Jen Higgins says:

    How I cute! I would love to make this for my daughter!

  51. My girls would LOVE this!

  52. Angela says:

    I love that top! How adorable!

  53. Lori says:

    Adorable top! Wish it came in larger sizes, too.

  54. Jennifer P says:

    Very stylish! My daughter would look so cute in this!

  55. danielle says:

    Oh, I just love modkid patterns. This one is so perfect, girlie and sophisticated at the same time.

  56. Mary Read says:

    Love it!!!!

  57. Iva says:

    Love this!! Absolutely have to make this outfit for my granddaughter.

  58. Megan says:

    So cute! My girls would look darling in this.

  59. Jennifer G says:

    The top is gorgeous. I would love to make one for my daughter. Thanks!

  60. Julie W says:

    Love this pattern!!

  61. alisha says:

    How adorable! With my girl in 2T right now, this pattern could serve us well for years.

  62. Jennifer says:

    Very cute! I’d love to make my little sister some tops from this pattern

  63. heather b says:

    Love this … my girl would be happy with a school outfit like that!

  64. Marsel says:

    I have been lamenting my daughter’s lack of pretty shirts…wouldn’t this make for some gorgeous shirts in her fall wardrobe!!!

  65. Jennifer says:

    Oh I’ve been looking for a good “all-weather” shirt pattern for the crazy AL weather. I’d love to win this to make for my daughter!

  66. Sara says:

    This is such a special little blouse–adore the wide sleeves.

  67. Anne says:

    This would be sooooo cute on my daughter for kindergarten! I love all of the ModKids patterns!

  68. briana says:

    Another adorable pattern!

  69. Shannon H says:

    I would love this pattern for my girls! Would work great for all seasons ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. drainl says:

    Very cute patterns!

  71. Sara says:

    I love the shape of that skirt, pretty pattern.

  72. Alyssa says:

    Oh my goodness!! How cute! (plus the model is gorgeous!!) I need to find a similar pattern in my size & get this one for my daughter! (for when she is a older)

  73. Tracey J says:

    this is such a cute pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Mamatini says:

    Oh, this is cute! It is so something my eldest daughter would love!

  75. Kiki says:

    Love this top! My girls would love wearing them!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. Jayne says:

    Hey I’m actually gonna pack up the serger and sewing machine and head 4 hrs East to spend the last week with the grandaughters. It’s time for me to start sewing again and this will be perfect-sewing back to school stuff for them รขโ„ขยก thnx SMS

  77. Amy Craven says:

    OH! That is SO cute! And it looks do-able. Thanks for sharing.

  78. Em says:

    Adorable – I love the tank top – I can see my daughter running around like that all summer! So cute!

  79. Emily says:


  80. michele says:

    i’d love to make the short sleeve version for my daughter’s back-to-school wardrobe! thanks for the giveaway!

  81. Julie says:

    This top is too cute! Do they make it in ‘adult’??? One thing is for sure, I would love making it for my daughters and niece!

  82. I would love to win this pattern! How cute is that top!?!?!

  83. Mel says:

    so cute!!

  84. Kirsten says:

    I love the modkid patterns.This is one I actually don’t have!

  85. Jennifer says:

    love it!!

  86. Jenny says:


  87. Just purchased this pattern, but would love to have one to pass to a friend! Looking forward to trying it out!

  88. Trisha says:

    A beautiful pattern, would love a chance to win it!

  89. My 6 year old looked over my shoulder as I was looking at this and said “Mommy, that’s a pretty shirt!” Hope I win it for her! ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Heather L says:

    What an adorable top…Love that it has so many versions to it too!

  91. Jill says:

    Cute pattern! I love the sleeves.

  92. Mary says:

    Would love to sew this up for my daughter for fall! Very cute!

  93. Jill says:

    Would love to win this to make new school tops for my daughters!

  94. Amber says:

    My nieces would LOVE to wear this back to school! I hope I win!

  95. Kimberly says:

    My big girl would love this.

  96. Jenn says:

    So adorable! Again wishing i had girls to sew for!

  97. Robin E. says:

    Awww, this is a sweet look, and I have some bright yellow and orange patterns and prints that would be very cute made up in this pattern.

  98. What a cute pattern! I’m just starting a back-to-school sewing marathon.

  99. Donna says:

    I would totally love to win this pattern!
    I am a purse designer/sewist and have been wanting to try making some kids clothes for my nieces! This pattern looks like it would be a great one to get started with!!!

  100. Kim says:

    I just started sewing one month ago and I CANNOT GET ENOUGH!!! My 4 and 5 year old little girls will be starting school in a few weeks and I am so excited to actually be making some of their back-to-school wardbrobe! I love this pattern for both of them and think itit would be perfect for fall. Thanks for such an awesome August series. Perfect!

  101. What a cute top. I love it, and it is easy to top it all off. I love this pattern. My only problem, why would I take the time to up on a non usable pocket. Why not take the extra 10 min. or so and do it right. Make an actual pocket. It isn’t that hard, and pockets are usefufl. I guess my winning is unnessary I can always add a real pocket. I hope I win this one.

  102. Elle says:

    Another cute pattern!

  103. Cindi C says:

    Things patterns make me glad I have children to sew for…Too cute!!!

  104. Jamilee says:


  105. Nicole says:

    Fantastic shirt! I just love Patty’s patterns – thanks for sharing!

  106. Kimmysuv says:

    I am loving seeing all of these patterns sewn up – now I need to get sewing – this one is super cute!

  107. Stacey says:

    i love modkid patterns, patty rocks!!

  108. Jen says:

    I love her patterns!

  109. silver says:

    What an adorable pattern! Thanks for all the great giveaways!

  110. Patty makes such cute patterns. Her instructions are so easy to follow, too.

  111. Colleen Butler says:

    What an adorable shirt. The cutest one yet! I would love to win this one.

  112. April says:

    Love the fabric used on the above top and dress. Would love this for my daughter.

  113. Ana says:

    What a lovely top! I’d love to win this pattern.

  114. Jill B says:

    Beautiful! I love the options for the short sleeve and summer tops.

  115. Amy S says:

    Another cute pattern! You sure are choosing some great ones for the first Back to School week!

  116. Trisha says:

    After seeing the ModKid patterns here, I have decided I must check them all out. Thanks for the chance to win this one!

  117. Valerie says:

    Really cute–would be perfect for fall weather!

  118. miktha says:

    Ohh… this is soo cute, i love the sleeveless version..
    thank you!

  119. gina Snyder says:

    I love Patty’s patterns! So detailed, very well written. Would love to win it!


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