October 6, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday :: Halloween Sewing Round Up

It's that time of year again! With Halloween just a few weeks away, it's time to get that sewing machine out and let your creativity bloom! While looking for project inspiration, I found several unique and fun sewing tutorials that are perfect to sew up for you and your family. Be sure to also check out Girl Charlee Halloween Fabrics for the perfect prints and colors this season. Enjoy!

Egg-cellent Fried Egg Costume by My Poppet
Cintia of My Poppet put together this extremely creative fried egg costume that is sure to be a huge hit this Halloween! In addition to the adorable nature of this costume, this tutorial is also well thought out and very thorough. To give the yolk depth, for example, Cintia suggests that you can add a small amount of batting. Great idea! A few of my picks from the store:
30-Minute Mermaid Skirt Tutorial by Girl Inspired
These mermaid skirts are perfect for your little one and Stef of Girl Inspired takes you every step of the way in this helpful tutorial, full of both pictures and written instructions. With just 1 yard of knit fabric and less than an hour, you'll soon discover that this is one of the easiest projects to sew! Not to mention that these skirts are great for year round dress up fun. A few of my picks from the store:

DIY Strawberry Costume by Studio DIY
In my household there is no age limit for who can dress up for Halloween. Kelly of Studio DIY has several adult-friendly costume DIYs that are perfect for those who don't have a lot of time to put something together, but still want to participate in the dress up fun. One of my favorites is this strawberry dress tutorial that just requires a simple red dress and some green poster board. A few of my picks from the store:
Super Hero Cape Tutorial by How Does She
Capes are great for Halloween because depending on the color fabric that you choose, your little one can become a whole new super hero. Batman, Superman, or maybe your little ones want to come up with their own super heros! This cape sewing tutorial by Lara of How Does She is so simple to make that you'll want to sew it up again and again. As an added bonus, you could even use two different colors to create a double sided cape. A few of my picks from the store:
Rainbow and Sunshine Tutorial by Brit + Co
I can't get enough of how cute mommy and baby costumes are! Misty of Brit + Co. came up with some great matching costume ideas and my favorite is this darling rainbow and sunshine tutorial. All you need is a little white dress and solid scraps of fabric for mom, and then a yellow onesie with matching headband for baby. A few of my picks from the store:
Katie of A Beautiful Mess put together this tutorial for creating the perfect Peter Pan look with some green sweatshirt fleece and matching green or tan leggings. The tutorial doesn't stop there! Katie also includes tips for matching costumes of The Lost Boys. A few of my picks from the store:
We hope you enjoy this tutorial and 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

October 5, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Quatrefoil Sewing Contest Winner

Girl Charlee Fabrics Quatrefoil Sewing Contest has come to an end, but we are excited to announce that our lucky winner is Emory! It was wonderful to see how many people celebrated National Sewing Month with their quatrefoil knits. Thank you to everyone that took the time to show us what they made. We will have another contest this Fall so keep an eye out for when our next one will be. Emory, your $75 Girl Charlee Gift Certificate is on its way!

Thank you again to all of our participants! Happy sewing!
~ The Girl Charlee Team

October 2, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Muse Patterns

Girl Charlee Fabrics welcomes our newest sewing pattern designer - Muse Patterns - to our collection of independent sewing patterns! These women's patterns, inspired by vintage fashion, will add a fun, unique flair to your wardrobe. Each pattern includes so many customization options, it's as if you were getting multiple patterns in one. As an added bonus, if you're looking for sewing suggestions for your new patterns, Muse Patterns blog is full of pattern alterations, hacks, and more! Below are a few of our favorites, but shop our entire selection of sewing patterns today!

Muse Patterns
Muse Patterns are designed by Kat Hardisty in Wellington, New Zealand. A lover of vintage styles, particularly those from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's, Kat designs modern sewing patterns with vintage touches that are easily wearable and customizable by everyone. Each Muse pattern is designed to be versatile, providing multiple views and mix-and-match options.
Muse Patterns Natalie Dress and Top Sewing Pattern ::
Natalie is a knee-length dress, maxi dress, or top, made up in knit fabric. A triangular inset at the bust, diagonal seam lines on the front bodice, and gathering details are reminiscent of the 1940’s. Optional ties at the waist can be wrapped around both front and back to cinch the garment in and define the waist, or tied loosely at the back. With three lengths (top, knee length, and maxi), three sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 length and long), and optional under bust gathers, Natalie is a versatile pattern that can work from the office to the beach, and from winter to summer. Make up the knee length dress in a soft merino blend with long sleeves for a cozy winter garment, or the maxi length with short sleeves in a lightweight cotton knit for summer. For a bit of extra fun, why not play around with print direction or colour blocking on the front panels? Mix and match colours, prints and textures for a garment that’s unique to you.

Try one of these fabrics:
Muse Patterns Jenna Cardi Sewing Pattern ::
Jenna is a fitted, round neck, button-up cardigan with two length options (hip or waist length), three sleeve options (long, 3/4, or short), and optional shoulder yoke detailing. The waist-length version is designed to go well over skirts and dresses, coming down over waistbands and then letting skirts flare out unimpeded. A wide hem band harks back to cardigan and jumper styles of the 1940’s and 1950’s. The hip-length version is great over shift dresses and trousers, and includes a hem band to help it hang well whether worn open or closed. Variation A has plain shoulders for a classic cardigan style. Variation B gathers gently into curved front shoulder yokes for a subtle 1940’s touch. Full length and 3/4 length sleeves are finished with cuffs, while short sleeves are finished with a simple hem. Full length straight sleeves come down past the wrist and are designed to be wide enough to sit comfortably over the lower part of your hand. Mix-and-match length, sleeve, and shoulder options to create up to 12 different styles.

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Muse Patterns Gillian Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern ::
Gillian is a wrap-around dress, top or skirt, made up in knit fabric. With its vee neckline and yoke details, Gillian has subtle design elements reminiscent of the 1970's (the decade best known for wrap dresses) and the 1940's, while remaining modern in cut and overall look. Make up the Gillian dress or top in a soft merino blend with long sleeves for a cozy winter garment, or in the shorter length with short sleeves in a lightweight cotton knit for summer. Use a heavy knit for the skirt for winter wear with boots and tights, or go for a lightweight knit for a garment you can throw on at the beach. Gillian is great for all seasons!

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Muse Patterns Sophie Cardi Sewing Pattern ::
Sophie is a cute, sporty cardigan, perfect for wearing with skirts, dresses or trousers. A fitted style, which curves gently in at the waist and flares out again over your hips. Raglan sleeves add a casual touch and also give great opportunities for mixing fabric. The cardigan sits at the high hip, making Sophie work just as well with trousers as with dresses. Sophie has three different neckline options - a classic round neck, a v neck, and a collar to give a touch of 1940's landgirl styling. There are two pocket options to play with as well - you can add patch pockets or side seam pockets with semi-circular openings. Plus, for the v neck and collar variations, you can choose between zip-up or button-up fronts. Lots of options for mixing and matching to make Sophie in your own style! The long sleeves have a classic narrow fit, and end with a cuff at the wrist for a neat and easy finish. The button bands are interfaced to provide stability and make it easy to sew button holes. Zip front versions have a narrow front facing on the inside, giving a clean and tidy finish whether the cardi is worn open or done up.

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