Kyoko Tunic Dress Review – ModKids by Patty Young

ModKids Kyoko Tunic Dress I consider it a big win if I can get either of the twizzlers to stand still long enough for a photo of them in something that I have sewn. The task becomes exponentially harder if they are in love with the item made for them. This was the case when I put the Kyoko Tunic Dress onto Lil’ Miss Twizzler the Sunday before Christmas.


I finished it early that Sunday Morning and prayed that it fit her as I didn’t take nary a measurement before sewing it up. I’m such a sewing rebel, I don’t know what to do with myself.

Did I mention that I LOVE THIS DRESS!

The ladybug spent the night with my parents, so she wasn’t able to see what her sister was wearing (and you’ll see her outfit in another blog post) and when we got to church and got settled, she looked at Lil’ Miss Twizzler and then at me, and stated very matter of factly:

“Mommy, how come you made Lil Miss a karate girl dress and not me? Will I get one too?”

Mind you, she was already eating up the attention that her custom-made dress was getting her, yet she wanted this one as well. I count it all joy.

The pattern can be purchased here.  And STOP EVERY SINGLE PRESS THERE IS! This is now available in adult sizes, and I shall now be making matching dresses for all of us, because I’m dorky like that.

It’s inevitable that my children will grow up and shudder at our sort of matchy attire. I can’t bring myself to use the same fabrics, but isn’t it enough that we’ll all be in the same cut? Oh well, who will remember when they’re three and five?

Here is the dress fresh off of my sewing machine last month, and it was definitely a sight for sore eyes. I’m super proud of my bias placement, and the fact that I didn’t mess this entire thing up royally.

ModKids Kyoko Tunic DressHere are some common questions that I see on pattern reviews, so I’ll answer them here as well.

Pattern: Kyoko Tunic/Dress Pattern by ModKid

Pieces:  Five main pieces, and a variation of skirt options. Even though I used one fabric for my skirt, I chose to cut the pieces as if I were using three different fabrics as instructed.

Techniques Used: Making and sewing on bias tape, gathering, attaching sleeves.

Level: I feel that an advanced beginner can sew this up pretty easily. Even if you just purchase the bias tape instead of making your own, it shouldn’t be a horrible project.

Will You Make More: Why yes, yes I will. Did you SEE that she has this in an adult size as well?! I’ll also probably start fangirling all over her social media accounts too, but I make no promises.

Patty Young also has a massive amount of other patterns in her shop that I’m chomping at the bit to purchase. I’ll collect them one by one, but I’m super excited that she has so many great patterns that are still age appropriate! She also has a line at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts and will be releasing another one next month. If you forgot what her line looks like, you can see it in my Aragon Bag that I made from a Sew Sweetness pattern.

So, we’re going to try a linky around these parts. Link up with me and show me what you’ve made on this Thread Filled Thursday!

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  • Reply
    Shelley Fields
    January 9, 2014 at 1:49 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love your pattern selection. Dots and chevron??? OH YEAH!! that was a great combination and Lil’ Miss looks beautiful in her dress. Adult version you say??? I’m heading there now to purchase mine!! I’ll rock with you sporting our kyoko tops…HI-YA!!!!

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Can’t wait until WE make OURS! That’s right, you’ll be rocking one too!

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    January 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Gorgeous! I love it – it looks so good on her =)
    Can’t wait to see the your size dress too!

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you! I can’t wait to make one in my size. I think that I’m going to do it for a Mother’s Day post. Would that be too wonky you think? I hope not, because I’m not sure that would stop me anyway! LOL!

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    January 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    It looks fantastic! When my kids were little I only had time to sew in the middle of the night so I never took measurements. I just based whatever I was making off a RTW shirt/pants/etc that fit them well. I’m glad she likes it as much as you do.

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you Kim. I usually only sew for the kids the night before I want them to wear it. It’s such a bad habit, which is why her first dress got trashed and I had to go with something else. I should know better, or at least measure them, so that I can have them ready to glance at when I am cutting sizes out. But it adds to the mystery of the big reveal. Thank you for coming through!

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    January 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    This is so precious. I love this design and it is to girly. I’m glad it worked out.

    • Reply
      Natasha Nicholes
      January 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm


      I’m glad it worked too! I want to make her a couple of more, but this style is so unique I don’t want to go overboard. Y’know?! But who really cares about that stuff. Ha! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. 🙂

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    January 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    This is such an adorable dress and your Twizzler is too cute! I wish I could sew; I envy those of you who are handy with a machine.

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    January 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    This is the most adorable dress, with an equally adorable little girl. Everything is just perfection!

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you so much Caroll! She’s a hard one to please that Lil’ Miss! She loved it though, and that makes me happy.

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    Sarah M
    January 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Your little girl is just PRECIOUS!!!! Working on the bias can be tricky and the dress turned out beautifully! I am sure she will love wearing it.

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I love making bias tape, I just hate sewing it on, mostly because I always end up not catching the back portion, and I hate having two lines of stitching on it. However, Patty’s pattern makes it super easy to do, and it comes out looking super professional. Thanks for the compliments on my smallest girl. She’ a hoot.

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    January 14, 2014 at 8:31 am

    How cute! I would love to see how the adult version turns out 😉

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    January 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    You did an amazing job!!! The dress being labeled as a “karate girl” dress is too funny!!! I also am dorky and I totally want one for me and my girls!!

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 14, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Mandi! My ladybug is definitely a hoot and can describe some stuff! Do you sew?

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    Pamela @ Still Dating My Spouse
    January 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I love this dress as well. She is really wearing it & looking super cute. Tell little lady when she is outgrows the dress, to pass it down to my granddaughter! lol

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 18, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Will do Pamela! She’s asking to wear it Hallelujah (their word for church) again on Sunday. I guess that I did well!

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    January 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    The dress is adorable and fits well for no measuring. I can’t even sew a button on a shirt!

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    Arelis Cintron
    January 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

    That dress is SUPER cute! My mom dressed me and my sisters the same. ALL THE TIME. I was a year older and my sisters are twins. Everyone thought we were triplets :/ I think that might be why now I try to pick fashion pieces that I think others wouldn’t choose. Its like those commercials where two ladies walk into a party wearing the same dress. LOL They are young still so they might not mind. Enjoy these early years!

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Arelis, I had MANY of those times, and photos too. My sister and I would purposely choose other stuff when we got older just because. I hated the dressing alike too. The ladybug will let us do the same style, just different prints, so they are not, as she says “the same all the time, mommy.”

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    January 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

    that dress is SO stinkin cute!

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