August 16, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics Tips :: How To Gather On A Serger

Gathering on a Serger

To speed up gathering on a sewing project, I simply change the settings on my Janome 1100D Professional Serger to produce any required gathering. This project called for it on the skirt top, so in place of having to baste and gather on a regular sewing machine, I used this technique.  The settings vary based on how much gathering you wish to produce and also what type of fabric you are working with.  Here is a handy guide that you can use as a place to start with your specific machine and fabric, and I highly recommend writing down the different combinations for future project use! 
Once running the skirt fabric through the serger to get the ruffles, I simply attached the bodice to the skirt again using my serger and voila!

Here is the finished dress, all completed on the serger and cover stitch machine (for bottom hem) without needing to use my regular sewing machine once!

Pattern:  Out & About Dress from Sew Caroline
Skirt Fabric:  White Anchor Hearts on Navy Blue Cotton Jersey Knit Fabric
Bodice Fabric:  True Red Solid Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

August 8, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: DIY Lounge Pants from Merrick's Art

Considering how much time of our lives that we spend in bed, it is important to have pajamas that we LOVE. Todays Tutorial Tuesday features this pair of stylish and cozy DIY Lounge Pants from Merrick of Merrick's Art. These knit pants are so comfortable to wear, that you may never want to take them off! Click here to learn how to sew these loungers and happy sewing!

With clear illustrations and written instructions, Merrick's sewing tutorials are incredibly easy to follow. She also links to this helpful video tutorial to demonstrate how simple it can be to design your own patterns based on existing garments in your closet.

Merrick sewed her lounge pants in a ponte de roma knit fabric. Depending on the look and feel that you want, you can also try sewing yours in french terry and cotton lycra. 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 and you might see your creation featured in our next Knit Picks!

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

Knitty News :: Summer Selfie Sewing with Pattern Revolution

Girl Charlee & the Pattern Revolution Team joined to sponsor their latest blog series- Summer Selfie Sewing. Each day last week, two designers were challenged to sew up a garment or outfit specifically for themselves, and the results were amazing! See all of the incredible women's projects below, along with links to all fabrics used, and click each image to read more from the designer. Enjoy!

In the first post of the series, Rebecca of First Steps Boutique shared her gorgeous Boho Breeze Romper from Winter Wear Designs made in our Dark Fuchsia Pink Solid Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric! As Rebecca points out, this fun pink romper is both functional and stylish.

Weatherly of Love and Lilies Designs wanted to sew a handmade outfit that would make her feel confident, beautiful, and sexy, so she used two patterns from George and Ginger Co.'s Confidence Collection - the Road Trip Bodysuit and Heat Wave Hot Pants. For her bodysuit, Weatherly used our BOLT Pure Vintage Lotus Floral Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric, and for her shorts, she used our Navy Blue Stretch Faux Vegan Leather Fabric.

Day 2 featured Tasha of Sewn at Seams in her stunning halter dress pattern hack from Patterns for Pirates Take the Plunge Swimsuit using our Sparkle Swirls on Plaid Brushed Jersey Spandex Blend Knit Fabric. This pattern hack is a clear winner because this maxi dress is absolutely beautiful! 

Brooke of Idle Sunshine decided to make a seasonless cardigan that she can wear all year, so she sewed the Jalie Helene Cardigan in our Black Gray Gold Vertical Navajo Stripe Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric. Brooke's stripe matching is perfection, and in her post she even includes some tips on how to best match stripes for your next project.

Heidi of Lilly Belle Handmade wanted to make her own romper because she finds store-bought rompers do not fit her well. She sewed up the Mama Lea Romper from Made for Mermaids in one of our BOLT by Girl Charlee Cotton Spandex Knit Fabrics. This floral print is currently out of stock, but we do have many other beautiful BOLT fabrics here!

Maryanna of Marvelous Auntie M sewed the Greenstyle Open Back Top using our Black Charcoal Broken Chevron Feathers Ponte de Roma Knit Fabric to make this trendy pullover sweater. As shown here, you can wear a fun strappy sports bra or swimsuit underneath your pullover to show in the back opening.

Jessica of Snickerdoodle Stew made the Mama Vivienne Dress from Made for Mermaids in our Teal Magenta Vertical Floral Stripe Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric. For an interesting element, she used self fabric on the contrast sides and flipped the fabric horizontally.

For her outfit, Laura couldn't wait to combine two Greenstyle Creations sewing patterns - the Amy Skirt and the Green Tee. Laura's skirt features our Red Rose Lattice Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric and her top is made with our Taupe Drawn Ethnic Elephants on White Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric.

On the last day of the series, Rebekah of Rebekah Sews made this lovely Cold Shoulder Tunic from Ellie and Mac with our Orange Mustard Navajo Ethnic Single Spandex Knit Fabric. As shown here, single spandex fabric drapes beautifully when sewn into a flowy garment.

Chris wanted to sew a two piece outfit so she made the Racerback Jalie 3245 with our BOLT by Girl Charlee Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric and a pair of Patterns for Pirates Palazzos Shorts with our White Solid French Terry Twill Spandex Knit Fabric.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather and the Girl Charlee Team

August 4, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Indie Sewing Pattern Round Up

Many customer favorite indie pattern designers have just launched NEW sewing patterns for you and your little ones (some with Mommy & Me matching options)! Take a closer look at a few of these beautiful new patterns from George and Ginger, Itch to Stitch, New Horizons, and Pattern Emporium below, along with our hand selection of perfect fabric pairings from the store. Shop these and many more amazing PDF sewing patterns today at Girl Charlee. Enjoy!

The Capsule Tunic features two sleeve options, three dress lengths and elastic and drawstring versions, so it’s easy to customize this top to your style and taste! Make something fabulous for YOU! 

 Try one of these fabrics:

The Bayside Romper is fun and casual or can be dressed up for more formal occasions! There’s so many options there’s a style for everyone! Featuring the classic romper shorts style, sophisticated pants jumper, mini dress, knee length dress in straight or curved hems, mid length dress or the gorgeous maxi. Also choose between short sleeves, Flutter sleeves or tank style. Includes pockets! No serger required! No special tools needed. This is the girls version of the Ladies Bayside Romper.

 Try one of these fabrics:

Irena Knit Top is a cozy, casual top that you will want to wear all the time. It can be a fitted T-shirt if you use a jersey or interlock fabric, but it can be a sweater if you use a light-weight sweater knit. The wide, flat-bottom V front band reaches the base of your neck to keep you warm on cold days. Try using a contrast color on the neck band, sleeve bands and bottom band to give your individual style. 

Try one of these fabrics:
The Ladies SunKissed Kaftan is an easy to wear style; perfect for Spring & Summer days. And with so many options for you to make, you don't have to save it for the beach. Choose from 5 lengths, 4 necklines, and 4 sleeve lengths. This is the ladies version of the kids kaftan.

Try one of these fabrics:
View and purchase these sewing patterns and more on!  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

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team