June 27, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: Easy Beach Cover-Up from She's Got The Notion

As the weather continues to warm, we are entering into swim season! My favorite way to celebrate the Summer is by making all new beachwear, like this Easy Beach Cover-Up Tutorial from Nicole of She's Got The Notion. This project is incredibly stylish and takes under an hour from start to finish, so you can whip up several cover ups that will match your swimsuits just in time for that pool party or beach trip. Happy Sewing!


What I love most about this tutorial is that it is so easy to make.You simply attach a front and back piece and cinch the waistline with elastic- THAT'S IT! Nicole notes that hemming is completely optional because knits do not fray, but she chose to hem hers for a professional finish. 

Depending on the look and feel that you want, you can sew your swim cover up in just about any stretch knit fabric. Nicole made hers in a lightweight cotton jersey, but you can also try using a French Terry to help absorb water. 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 Knit Picks!

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team
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June 26, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Summer Getaway Sewing Pattern Capsule Collection


Where are you traveling this Summer? Wether you're going to your favorite Summer spot, visiting family, traveling abroad, or discovering local finds, our Summer Getaway Sewing Pattern Capsule has your handmade Summer wardrobe essentials covered! This capsule contains our picks for the perfect garments including dresses, rompers, tanks, swimwear, along with the staple tote bag. See the entire collection of patterns below and shop all Girl Charlee Capsule Collection Series here. Enjoy!


The lovely KATI maxi dress or shirt features a gorgeously draping waterfall neckline. This project is so quick to sew and flattering to wear. You may want to sew a few and make it your new summer staple!

Try one of these fabrics:
The Boho Breeze is the perfect relaxed fit summer romper and dress. The trendy off shoulder neckline is comfortable and flattering. Optional straps are included for support and to allow the wearing of a bra. You can also shorten your neck elastic for an on shoulder peasant style neck line. For sleeves, you have a short sleeve or a 3/4 length sleeve.

Try one of these fabrics:
Head into summer with a unique and trendy style of swimwear! The Daybreak Rash Guard is full of options, making it easy to achieve the look that's perfect for you! It includes three length options--cropped, mid-length and long--and FIVE sleeve lengths, including sleeveless, short sleeve, elbow sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve. Mix up options for a stylish suit while protecting your skin from the sun! Not only is this a rash guard pattern, but using other types of knit makes it an adorable every day top!

Try one of these fabrics:
This beginner knit pattern is that perfect wardrobe staple for those warmer months! Simple, comfortable, and you can dress it comfortable in tunic with leggings, or dress it up! With full back and racerback options you can change up the look. Included lengths are: cropped, shirt, tunic, and dress! And added to that are 4 different hemlines: side dipped, high low, hankerchief, and curved. You could make one for everyday of the summer with a different option combo! 

Try one of these fabrics:
The Parkside Shorts + Skirt will soon be your go-to for warm weather. These two versatile patterns wrapped up into one are the perfect addition to your casual, yet put together wardrobe. Pair your shorts with a tank or tee for an afternoon at the park, or the skirt with a button up and sneakers for a day spent on the go. However you style them, you’ll be sure to stay comfortable and stylish all day long. 

Try one of these fabrics:
The Norma Jean Kimono is a classic kimono shape. The belt is pulled through a back casing, to make sure you don’t lose it. The front has 2 square pockets. The Kimono can be sewn in an easy version with overlocked seams, but also in a more advanced version with front seams hidden behind a seam tape.

Try one of these fabrics:
The Isla Bikini Set PDF Pattern is the perfect pattern to create a beautiful pin up bikini! The top is very supportive for cup sizes A-G with a full bust adjustment instructions for the larger sizes. It provides great coverage but also has a beautiful sweetheart neckline. The bottoms come in three different rises: ultra high waist, high waist, and bikini waist. There is great “booty” coverage in the back as well! If you want some more coverage, you can add a circle skirt that’s included in the pattern pieces! The Isla is suitable for maternity in the bikini rise and the bra top is great for nursing!

Try one of these fabrics:
This pattern is perfect for those who have basic sewing knowledge and skills, but have always feared working with leather or laminated fabrics. FEAR NO MORE!!! I have included an entire page of tips on working with these tricky materials.

Try one of these fabrics:
This pattern is designed to be a versatile beginner pattern. Loose fitting, yet flattering, minimal fitting is required. With two neckline options and three hem options, you can easily make six different tops. Made in woven fabric, the top can be worn for a night on the town. Sewn in a casual knit fabric, it’s perfect for lounging and running errands.

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 pictures to gcblog@girlcharlee.com.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team
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