August 28, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: August Knit Picks

Welcome to our August Knit Picks Collection! As the weather starts to cool down for the fall, we wanted to spotlight the some of our favorite summer projects. This is one of the most diverse collections of projects that we've had because each of these is a completely different article of clothing, highlighting the wide variety of potential apparel applications with Girl Charlee Fabrics.  Thank you for sharing with us and please keep them coming!

By: Amanda Hartman

Blog: Lilypad Montana

Fabric: Mint Solid Cotton Jersey Blend Knit FabricGray Stripe Bamboo Lycra Blend Knit Fabric

Item: Women's Dress

By: Andrea Lynn

Item: Kimono Dress

By: Lindsey Wilt

Item: Beachy Keen Bikini

By: Savannah Shofner

Item: Playhouse Dress

By: Audrey

Item: Anima Pants and Julia Cardigan

By: Katie Lee

Blog: The Creative Counselor

Thank you all for the submissions!  If you did not see yours posted here never fear it will be up in a future feature.  If you have not sent us a pic we would love to feature it! Just email 1 to 2 images of your projects to gcblog(at)girlcharlee(dot)com along with your name for a chance to see it on our next KnitPicks.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

August 26, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Color Blocked Soleil Dress from You and Mie

For Tutorial Tuesday this week we bring to you a remake of the super popular Selvage Designs Soleil Dress.  We love our knit fabrics solids collection AND color blocking, so when we found this Soleil Dress Color Block Tutorial from Cherie of You and Mie we had to show you!
There were only two changes to the original pattern design to make this adorable color blocked soleil. First, cut the front bodice piece with a curved line that resembles the cut out on the back, and add a 1/4 inch seam to these two pieces to attach them.
The only other pattern change was to add a band to the bottom of the dress. Cherie first added the band because she didn't have enough of the pink fabric, but it turned out to be a happy accident that brings the whole dress together!
Cotton jersey and cotton spandex are perfect for the soleil dress. When color blocking, it can be a lot of fun to mix solids and prints. A few of my picks from the store:
Don't forget your ribbing!
We hope you enjoy this tutorial and 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 KnitPicks!

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

August 21, 2014

August Customer Spotlight :: Amanda Branski of Wee Maggie's

For this months Girl Charlee Customer Spotlight we have Amanda Branski of Wee Maggie's, a growing online accessories shop with rave reviews and super cute goods make with knit fabrics! Wee Maggie's currently offers a variety of gorgeous headbands and maxi skirts, but the highly anticipated winter collection will also include beanies, leggings, dresses, and sweaters. We cannot wait to see Amanda's new items. 
About Amanda :: 

Wee Maggie was the nickname my Mum was given by her Scottish family as a child. While growing up, my Mum used to spend hours sewing dance costumes but unfortunately I didn’t take advantage of her expertise by asking her to teach me how to sew. I taught myself how to sew as an adult, after spending many hours reading blogs and watching various YouTube videos. My new best friend has become my serger, but I am growing to love my regular sewing machine too.

Being the creator and owner of Wee Maggie’s is not hard. It helps when you are abundantly blessed by God, have a husband who supports you 100% and trusts you to invest your financial savings into a business, and you have three little girls who inspire you and model your products for photographs in exchange for lollipops. It also helps that I love to create and sew and wish there were more hours in the day for it.
I purchase all the fabric for my maxi skirts and turban headbands exclusively from Girl Charlee. Their unique prints and variety of solid colors allows me to be more creative.  I love to mix prints and solids when making headbands and color coordinating them with the maxi skirts. Now that I have two baby boys, I’ve become inspired to expand my products to include beanies and leggings. I have also begun working on new products for girls including dresses and sweaters made from Girl Charlee’s fleece and hacci knits.
I’m excited to see my business grow and continue to create with beautiful fabrics. You can see my products on Etsy and follow me on Facebook and Instagram for announcements, discounts and giveaways.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Amanda. If you would like to be featured in our next Customer Spotlight post, email gcblog(at)girlcharlee(dot)com and we will get in touch.

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

August 19, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Back to School Round Up

As summer draws to a close (booooo!) it is back to school time and with that comes new clothes for the kids! Dana Willard of MADE has put together this amazing round up of back-to-school sewing tutorials that we just had to share with you for this week's Tutorial Tuesday.  Dana includes a wide range of school clothing and accessory tutorials with projects for both boys and girls.  Thank you Dana!
In addition to all of the tutorials that Dana found from various blogs, she also included some of her own sewing tutorials that would be perfect for back to school sewing. Here are a few of our favorites.
Ruched Leggings Sewing Tutorial from MADE
For these leggings, you'll want to use a soft cotton jersey or cotton spandex fabric. A few of my picks from the store:

90-minute Shirt Sewing Tutorial from MADE
Cotton jersey is the perfect fabric for this t-shirt. Don't forget the ribbing to embellish it. A few of my picks from the store:
Circle Skirt Sewing Tutorial from MADE
Most fabrics would make the perfect circle skirt. Try a mid-weight fabric like a ponte de roma to keep your little one warm this Fall. A few of my picks from the store:
Basic Pants Sewing Tutorial and Pattern from MADE
With the elastic waist-band, you can use just about any knit fabrics for these pants. What's great about this tutorial is that it includes this FREE sewing pattern for a size 2T-3T. 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 and you might see your creation featured in our next KnitPicks!

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team