August 23, 2016

Tutorial Tuesday :: Mermaid Tail Pattern and Tutorial from Made for Mermaids

When searching for the perfect Tutorial Tuesday feature, I recently stumbled across this Mermaid Tail Tutorial with FREE Sewing Pattern from Megan of Made for Mermaids. This mermaid tail is so adorable and easy to make that you might find yourself wanting one too! Sew this tail up in an ultra soft knit and it will be so comfortable that your little one will want to wear it to bed. Happy Sewing!


The best part about this free sewing pattern? Megan even included a matching doll version, so that your little ones can match with their dolls! This pattern and tutorial is so easy to make, you are set for many birthday and holiday gifts to come.
Medium weight knits like cotton spandex, ponte de roma, and liverpool are perfect for this mermaid tail. Try sewing yours up in fun prints, solids, and stripes today! A few of my picks from the store:  
We hope you enjoy this tutorial! We love to see what you sew up so please send 1-2 images of any project you make with Girl Charlee Fabrics to gcblog@girlcharlee.com and you might see your creation featured in our next KnitPicks!

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team
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August 19, 2016

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Addiek Patterns

Girl Charlee Fabrics welcomes our newest sewing pattern designer - Addiek Patterns - to our collection of independent sewing patterns.  Addiek Patterns are known to be incredibly stylish, easy to sew, and great for sewists of all experience levels. These two new sewing patterns are perfect for you and your little one as we transition from Summer to Fall, with plenty of opportunity to layer and style your new garments accordingly. Below is more about Addiek Patterns, and be sure to shop the complete collection at GirlCharlee.com today.



Addiek Patterns
Addie is the designer behind Addiek patterns. After years of teaching others to sew she decided to start designing sewing patterns. Addiek patterns are designed to be easy to sew and include detailed instructions to accommodate sewers at all levels. Addie believes that everyone should learn to sew and creating handmade garments is possible even in our busy world.


The Canny Tunic is that must have versatile top. It has a flattering wide neckline and fitted dolman sleeve that hits just below the elbow. The silhouette is loosely fitted through the chest and flared out with the back length slightly longer than the front. The Canny is as easy to sew as it is to wear.





Try one of these fabrics:





The Rylee is that go to dress. The dress has a 7/8 length dolman sleeve and an overall A-line silhouette. The Rylee contours the body through the chest then flares out with the back length slightly longer than the front. The Rylee is as easy to sew as it is to wear. The Rylee has 3 options: Option A solid front and back. Option B Contrast front and solid back. Option 3 contrast front and back. All three options can be done in short sleeve and with pockets.



Try one of these fabrics:

View and purchase these sewing patterns and more on girlcharlee.com! If you sew up any of these patterns with our fabrics please send us images as we would love to see it and you could be featured on our monthly Knit Picks. Email your pictures to gcblog@girlcharlee.com.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

August 18, 2016

August Customer Spotlight :: Sarah Hames of LittlesandSpice


Our August Customer Spotlight features Sarah Hames of LittlesandSpice, a unique and vintage inspired shop full of adorable handmade items for your little ones. Sarah started by sewing cute outfits for her two little ladies, and she soon had a following of people wanting to buy her adorable creations, so LittlesandSpice was born. Here is more about Sarah and her company.




About Sarah ::

LittlesandSpice started a bit by accident. I am a mom of two little ladies and always wanted to make them cute outfits. When my second daughter was born she was a bit of a "wild stallion." Just a tough babe all around and I quickly found myself sewing as therapy. It was filling a creative need for me but also helping me deal with my frustrations and adjustments of motherhood. I would post outfits here and there on my own social media and was overwhelmed with the response from others wanting to buy items from me! I started taking orders for just one thing, then I diversified and added others and still was blown away that people wanted MY stuff! 


So, that led me to opening up my little Etsy shop only a few months ago. Its been amazing! I love what I do, I love creativity, being different AND FABRIC! I love Girl Charlee Fabrics, especially for my rompers and headwraps. Its SO soft, colorful and just plain fun.



Visit LittlesandSpice online today! 
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Sarah. If you would like to be featured in our next Customer Spotlight post, email gcblog@girlcharlee.com and we will get in touch.

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

August 17, 2016

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Sewing Pattern Capsule Collection Round Up



We hope you have enjoyed the themed capsule collections we have been releasing over the past few weeks on girlcharlee.com!  It is so helpful to see the different fabrics and accessories you can utilize with indie sewing patterns, all in one place to help put together a perfectly balanced and complete Made By ME wardrobe. Here is a round up all our current capsules, and if you want to see more leave us a comment down below and let us know!

The Essentials Capsule Collection ::
bit.ly/gcessentials
The Essentials Capsule Collection consists of everyday "basic" wardrobe essentials that you can not live without. Perfect for everyone from the busy moms and women on the go, to tweens and teens and college students alike.

The Beach Beauty Capsule Collection ::
bit.ly/gcbeachbeauty
The Beach Beauty Capsule Collection contains indie sewing patterns that will keep you cool, and stylish, whether at the beach all day or out to dinner at the shore or lakeside. Included are swim suits, rompers, dresses, and sew much more!

The Office Chic Capsule Collection ::
bit.ly/gcofficechic
The Office Chic Capsule Collection has our picks of indie designer sewing patterns for the perfect dresses, blouses, skirts, to keep your work wardrobe professional, but chic and trendy at the same time.

The Athleisure Capsule Collection ::
The Athleisure Capsule Collection focuses on finding that perfect balance between athletic-wear and leisure-wear. These sewing patterns will keep you looking stylish and comfortable through the day, but also have what it takes to make it through your workouts!

The Out & About Capsule Collection ::
bit.ly/gcoutandabout
The Out & About Capsule Collection is perfect for many different occasions from girls night out to a romantic date night, these indie skirts, dresses, and tops have you covered.

View and purchase these sewing patterns and more on girlcharlee.com!  If you sew up any of these patterns with our fabrics please send us images as we would love to see it and you could be featured on our monthly Knit Picks.  Email your pictures to gcblog@girlcharlee.com.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

August 16, 2016

Tutorial Tuesday :: Pleated Fit & Flare Dress Tutorial from Merrick's Art

There is no greater feeling than finding a figure flattering dress that you can wear all year long, and that is exactly what this Pleated Fit & Flare Dress Tutorial from Merrick of Merrick's Art is! This style of dress looks great on many different body types and is so easy to dress up for the office or night out, while it also can be kept casual with some cute sandals or a casual cardigan. As an added bonus, it is made with a super soft knit, so you will want to wear this dress over and over again, and will find yourself making it in several colors and prints. Happy Sewing!


Merrick provides a great tutorial with instructions and illustrations to help guide you through making your new dress. With two yards of fabric, a zipper and some thread, you will have a stunning new dress in very little time!



cotton jersey knit will be the perfect fabric for this dress, light enough to wear now and good for layering as it gets cooler. You can also try sewing your new dress in a hacci sweater or ponte knit for a different feel. A few of my picks from the store:  
We hope you enjoy this tutorial! We love to see what you sew up so please send 1-2 images of any project you make with Girl Charlee Fabrics to gcblog@girlcharlee.com and you might see your creation featured in our next KnitPicks!

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team