August 9, 2018

August Customer Spotlight :: Zenaida Bocian of The Aron Collection

Our August Customer Spotlight features Zenaida Bocian of The Aron Collection, a trendy handmade turban headband line full of cute and cozy headbands for the whole family. Below is more about Zenaida and her growing handmade business. Enjoy!

About Zenaida ::

Hi! I am Zenaida, the maker behind The Aron Collection. I am a wife, mom of two boys, and a former middle school teacher turned stay at home mom. Our little boy, Aron, was diagnosed with autism in 2017, and his journey with the disorder quickly became the inspiration for the shop. Not only did I want to create headbands for my day to day life, but I also wanted a way to give to the amazing small non-profits that were helping parents with this disorder. So, The Aron Collection was born in our living room after months of testing out our design and making sure that our headbands were a product we were truly proud of! I wanted to create headbands that could both hold up in a workout and look cute on a Target run.

Since opening my shop in October 2017, the most exciting thing is not only getting to make our headbands, but also send them out to different states all over the country. It is such an honor to know that there are women and children wearing our turban and twist headbands! Etsy has been such a great platform to build and continue to build my business.

The majority of the headbands in the shop are made with Girl Charlee Fabrics! I love that we can offer a variety of beautiful prints and solids for any age group because the fabric options are endless. I hope to continue to learn different designs and expand the shop this year. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share my story! 

Visit The Aron Collection today!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

July 12, 2018

July Customer Spotlight :: Krystal Shaw of Random Rompers

Our July Customer Spotlight features Krystal Shaw of Random Rompers, a growing children's clothing line that features cute and affordable handmade creations! With several customization opportunities, these made to order garments for your littles are each one of a kind. Below is more about Krystal and her handmade business. Enjoy!

About Krystal ::

Hi, I’m Krystal, creator and owner of Random Rompers. I knew in high school I wanted to do something related to fashion, so I studied Fashion Design in college but didn’t do a whole lot with my degree right away. I started Random Rompers almost 3 years ago. RR was born out of necessity and I was doing custom sewing for lots of different customers, but that wasn’t getting the bills paid. I made a couple of baby Rompers from fabric that I had in the house and Random Rompers was born. I didn’t ever expect it to become what it is today. 

I absolutely love making rompers. I made about 6 different pattern types, and adjusted them as needed so my customers can mix and match styles and colors. The key to Random’s success is definitely the customizable options I offer to my customers. Along with Rompers, Random Rompers offers Shirts, Leotards, and Infant Gowns! There is nothing more relaxing then being behind the sewing machine for me, and nothing more rewarding then when I know I made another mom happy by styling her little cutie! 

Random Rompers started with me doing everything- from cutting to sewing to packing. Luckily over the past two years we have grown and now my Husband, Michael, is able to work at Random full time as well. It’s amazing to be able to spend so much time at home and with our kids. 

We have recently hired on 4 seamstresses to help out and will be moving into our very first office space next month! I feel very lucky to not only have this amazing brand I created but to have my husband help me build it is the icing on the cake!

Visit Random Rompers today!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

July 6, 2018

Our Red, White, and Blue Sewing Contest Winner Is...

The winner of our Red, White, and Blue Sewing Contest is...CHERRY!! Congratulations Cherry and a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to show us what they made for themselves and their loved ones this 4th of July. As always, it is very exciting to see all of your amazing projects and creativity.

With so many incredible contest entries, The Girl Charlee Team wanted to show off a few more patriotic makes. Thank you to all of our participants for sharing their beautiful handmade projects with us!

Thank you and happy sewing!
~ The Girl Charlee Team

July 5, 2018

Girl Charlee Fabrics + Janome Sewing Tutorial :: Color Block Pencil Skirt

In keeping with the upcoming patriotic summer holidays, I am going to show you how to take my popular Girl Charlee Fabrics Easy Pencil Skirt Sewing Pattern, my Janome serger, my Janome sewing machine, and my Cricut Maker, to transform the patternless self-drafted pencil skirt instructions into a color-blocked sewing pattern and create the Lady Liberty Color Block Pencil Skirt!


Step 1 – Make Your Pattern
Follow step 1 of the Easy Pencil Skirt Sewing Pattern to determine your skirt measurements.  Take your ruler and pattern paper and draw your skirt rectangle onto the paper.  To create your three color-block pieces just follow the image below.
  1. Mark your waist 3" from the top on the left, and your hem 1 1/4" from the bottom on the left.
  2. Measure the remaining length between those two measurements and divide that amount by 3.
  3. From the waist mark at the top, mark your 1/3 measurement on the left.
  4. From the hem mark at the bottom, mark your 1/3 measurement on the right.
  5. From the waist mark at the top, mark your 1/3 measurement + 2" on the right.
  6. From the hem mark at the bottom, mark your 1/3 measurement + 2" on the left.
With your ruler and pen/pencil, draw a line from the 1/3 measurement on the top left to the first 1/3 measurement + 2" on the right.  Then draw a line from the remaining 1/2 measurement on the right to the 1/3 measurement + 2" on the left.
Follow the pencil skirt instructions to create your tapers on the top and bottom of the pattern, then cut along your drawn lines with your scissors to create your three pattern pieces!
Step 2 – Cut Your Fabrics
With your three different fabrics fold them right sides together, selvedge to selvedge.  Determine which color you want on which section of the pattern and then place the pattern on the fabric of choice with weights or pins.  Using your rotary cutter cut around the pattern.  For each of the three colors, you will have two mirror pieces for the front and the back of the skirt.

Step 3 – Add Vinyl Embellishments (Optional)
If you have a Cricut Maker and you want to add some iron-on vinyl embellishments click here for a quick tutorial on how to do it.  If not skip and move to Step 4.
Step 4 – Sew Skirt Pieces 
Lay out each of your skirt pieces (top, middle, and bottom) to check that you have them all right side up and the angles are all going in the right directions.  Double check again (or you will have to cut new pieces like I did the first time lol)!!

Layout the top piece right side up, and then lay the middle piece wrong side up over the top piece, lining up the bottom of the top piece with the top of the middle piece, and sew them together with your Janome Overlock/Serger set up with the 4 thread safety stitch.
Now repeat with the bottom piece onto the sewn middle piece.
Repeat with the back piece.  Press the panel seams to neaten them.  Follow the rest of the instructions in the Easy Pencil Skirt Sewing Pattern and you are DONE!

Because you only need a 1/2 yard of each fabric for this project, I recommend starting your search in our pre-cut Half Yards Category.  Below are the 3 fabrics I used in my skirt, and we have colors for all occasions and holidays ::
We hope you enjoy this tutorial! We love to see what you sew up so please tag us on our social media #girlcharlee #girlcharleepencilskirt #janome #janomeartisian.

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

Girl Charlee + Cricut Maker :: Lady Liberty Embellished Skirt Tutorial

Today I am going to show you how to use your Cricut Maker to put some red, white, and BLING on our Color Block Pencil Skirt!
This tutorial is just how to embellish the bottom portion of the color blocked skirt.  If you want to follow the skirt tutorial click here!



    You will see the different patriotic elements, and just decide which one you want to make and in which color and size based on where you will be applying them.  Note that for the starburst elements you cannot go too small or else the tiny endpoints become difficult to cut and weed, especially if in the thicker glitter iron-on.  Click the "Make It" button to proceed to the mat preparation and layout screen.


    We are using 4 different types/colors of iron on so the program automatically lays out each different color on different mats.  I like to be a little more efficient so I cut the appropriate size of material in my selected color and then by using the layout screen I can move two pieces that both use the iron-on lite vinyl (as they use the same cut settings) to make those two cuts on the same mat!  I use the iron on materials setting.

    Don't forget to MIRROR!!

    For the Glitter Iron-on vinyl, it is thicker than the Iron-on Lite so I use the Metallic Vinyl setting and also with more pressure in the settings.  For the gold glitter, I actually had to cut it twice to get the smaller endpoints on the starbursts so test before you finish your cuts and remove the mat from the machine so you can just push the C button.


    Heat up your Easy Press to 305 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is a little bit higher temperature than recommended for knit fabrics, but I find when using the Easy Press Mat that the temps need to be set a little bit higher as the mat absorbs some of the heat.

    Layout your pieces where you want them to be and then start pressing.  With your completed fabric piece you can now finish your color blocked pencil skirt to wear to your next BBQ!!

    We hope you enjoy this sponsored post with this tutorial utilizing the awesome Cricut Maker and our fabrics!  Watch our blog for more Cricut tutorials coming soon :)

    *Please note that this post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

    Happy Sewing!
    ~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team