September 2, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Quatrefoil Sewing Contest


In 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared September as National Sewing Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a Girl Charlee Fabrics Sewing Contest? Sew up something fun with any Girl Charlee Quatrefoil Collection Fabric, then send one or two pictures of your finished project to gcblog@girlcharlee.com and you could win a $75 GirlCharlee.com gift card!


Girl Charlee Fabrics Quatrefoil Sewing Contest Rules
  • Sew up any project that you want...we want to see it all as long as the project is made with Girl Charlee Fabrics Quatrefoil
  • Send 1 to 2 images of your projects to gcblog@girlcharlee.com.
  • You may enter as many times as you want! We are so excited to see what you make!
All projects must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST, October 4th, 2015, and one winner will be announced on October 5th.  Please share you projects on social media using the hashtag #girlcharlee and #gcsewandwin. Good luck!

Happy sewing!
~ The Girl Charlee Team

September 1, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Named Clothing Sewing Pattern Fall/Winter 2015 Preview


The Named Clothing 2015 Fall/Winter Collection NEW BLACK is now available exclusively for Girl Charlee customers! This incredible collection features a fresh look on classic wardrobe staples, with unique and elaborate details that are sure to make a statement. Each of these pieces feature a timeless design with a modern edge. I can hardly wait to sew these up!

Named Clothing
Named is an independent clothing pattern label founded by Finnish sisters Saara and Laura Huhta. Named garments are a combination of Scandinavian clean-lined simplicity and interesting details. Named launches two main collections a year, and the patterns have five levels of difficulty, which means that anyone from a beginner to a more experienced sewer can find patterns suited to their skill level.
A loose-fitting sweatshirt with long bust darts, hiigh hip length, full-length sleeves with ribbed cuffs, neckline and hem. Suggested fabrics are sweatshirt fleece, french terry, or similar knit.









Try one of these fabrics:
Named Clothing Olivia Jersey Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern ::                                  A classic wrap dress with a slightly tulip-shaped skirt with a below the knee length, our pleats on the front waist provide ease and in-seam side pockets. This dress also features an elastic waist and fastening with wide wrap ties. Suggested fabrics are cotton lycra and cotton jersey.


Try one of these fabrics:
Named Clothing Polly Straight Skirt Sewing Pattern ::
A straight-cut midi skirt with a normal rise with a zipper closure, a deep vent at the front, and diagonal side pockets. The front and back are made of four pieces, which can be topstitched if desired and the waistband has a snap button fastening and belt loops. The skirt is lined above the knee, and the lining is attached to the skirt only at the waist and zip fly, so that it can be hand-washed separately from the shell if necessary. Suggested fabrics are vegan leather or a medium weight fabric with 5-10% stretch. 





Try one of these fabrics:

 
Named Clothing Lexi A-Line Dress & Top Sewing Pattern ::
The pattern includes two variations: An a-line dress and a half-sleeve top. Both variations have a loose fit, a boat neck and long bust darts at the front. The dress has a lowered waistline, and an above the knee length skirt, is lined, and it has straight, ¾-length sleeves, two pleats in the front and back skirt and an invisible zipper at the back. The top is cropped and it has wide half-sleeves. Suggested fabrics are specialty woven, scuba knit, and ponte de roma.



 

Try one of these fabrics:
View and purchase these 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

Tutorial Tuesday :: Game Day Sewing Round Up

Football season is about to kick off, and what better way to celebrate, than with a Game Day Sewing Round up? Below are a few of our favorite sewing tutorials that are perfect for showing team spirit, with dresses, tees, skirts, and accessories. Now you can get Game Day ready with Girl Charlee chevronsquatrefoilssolids and more in your favorite team colors!
We love to see what you sew up, so please use #girlcharlee on social media or email your pictures to gcblog@girlcharlee.com and you may be featured in our monthly Knit Picks.


Maxi Skirt Tutorial from The Winthrop Chronicles
Great for beginner sewists, this maxi skirt sewing tutorial from The Winthrop Chronicles is the perfect project to start with. This skirt already such a fast sew, and you can save even more time by not hemming the bottom since knit fabric does not fray. I love how Sarah styles hers with a denim shirt. 
Double Braided Scarf Tutorial from Put Up Your Dukes
This double braided scarf tutorial from Put Up Your Dukes is the perfect project for combining team colors in a charming accessory that you can wear year round! Mix and match your scarf with two solids, two prints, or a solid and a print.
Women's Long Sleeve T-shirt Tutorial and Sewing Pattern from Nap Time Creations
There is nothing better than finding the perfect t-shirt pattern that you can sew up again and again in different fabrics! Nap Time Creations recently provided readers with this FREE tutorial and pattern, and it is great! In her tutorial, Emily makes two, one in a solid and one in a stripe and they both look phenomenal. 
Tiered Chevron Maxi Dress from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
This adorable maxi dress tutorial from Jaime of Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom is perfect for sewing in your team colored chevron or quatrefoil! I love this tutorial because Jaime offers very detailed instructions on how to take your own measurements. Not to mention that if you throw on a simple cardigan, and your boho summer look transitions perfectly to fall.
DIY Chevron Maxi Tutorial from 2nd Story Sewing
Turn your stripe fabric into a gorgeous chevron maxi skirt with this thorough tutorial from 2nd Story Sewing. To help your stripes line up and not shift while sewing, Shannon recommends using Steam-A-Seam prior to stitching. 
DIY Circle Scarf Tutorial from Cotton + Curls
I don't know about you, but I can never have too many circle scarfs! This tutorial from Cotton + Curls is technically five tutorials in one, with 5 different scarf variations for you to choose from. These are so fast and easy that they also make great gifts for loved ones.


Girl Charlee has all of your Game Day fabric needs, with team colors in solids, chevrons, stripes, and quatrefoils. 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