July 29, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix by A Lemon Squeezy Home

For Tutorial Tuesday this week we partnered with the super talented Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home to feature her remix tutorial using the See Kate Sew Pippa Peplum sewing pattern!  Her pattern remix tutorial demonstrates how to change this sewing pattern by giving it an empire waistline and adding contrasting neck and arm bands.  Christie sewed up two variations for her girls and they both look incredible!

The first step is deciding on the length that you'd like your finished project to be (top, tunic, or dress). As you can see here, Christie made hers in two different lengths. Once you print the sewing pattern in the desired size, cut the bodice below the armhole so that there is 1/2" left underneath, and then follow the pattern to attach the skirt portion to the bodice. 
When sewing the neck and arm bands, be careful not to stretch the bodice. Christie suggests checking out this post from Made by Rae for helpful instructions on adding a neckband if you've never sewn a neckband before. 
These girls look so cute in their new outfits! Great job Christie!
Get the pattern here at Girl Charlee and grab some fabrics and get sewing your own!
Any knit fabric with a good stretch to it (i.e. Cotton Jersey, Cotton Spandex, or Ponte De Romawill be perfect for this tutorial. 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

July 24, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: July Knit Picks

Welcome to our July Knit Picks Collection! Summer vacation is well underway and this is the perfect time of year to visit the beach or the park to show off your handmade projects. From dresses and rompers to tanks and swimsuits, we have all of your Summer essentials. Once again, the entire Girl Charlee Team is so thrilled with your Knit Picks submissions. Thank you to everyone for sharing with us and please keep them coming!

Item: Soleil Girl's Dress

By: Toni Barsi

Blog: Sugar Tart Crafts

Fabric: Daisy All Over Orchid Blue Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric

Item: Moneta Women's Dress

By: Emma Reilly McKay

By: Josephine Fotia

Shop: Jodorable 

Item: Basic Girl's Legging 

By: Amy Mayen

Blog: Sews N Bows

Fabric: Navy Bird Silhouettes on Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric

Item: Moneta Women's Dress
Item: Girl's Swim Tee and Bottoms

By: Gloria Cascio

Blog: Wiggle Baby

Item: Women's Sleeveless Cowlneck Hoodie

By: Desreen

Shop: Incognito Apparel

Item: Girl's Skater Dress

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

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Named Clothing

Girl Charlee Fabrics is very excited to announce the arrival of Named Clothing sewing patterns to our collection of independent sewing patterns! With over 20 sewing patterns to choose from, these trendy, well put together patterns are great for sewists of all ages and levels.  We love to see what everyone has been creating with these patterns so we have included some blogger reviews of a few of our favorite patterns below.  Enjoy! 

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.
Named Clothing Kielo Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern ::
The Kielo Wrap Dress is a very simple but extravagant dress with an interesting shape. It features a sleeveless design with a round neckline, wrap lace closure at the waist and a slim skirt with a vent in the back. This pattern comes with sizes US 0 to 14 (EUR 32 - 46, UK 4 – 18). This is a simple level sewing pattern.

Try one of these fabrics:
Donna of Sew Independent reviewed the Kielo Wrap Dress and is thrilled with the results. Although she originally intended to sew up her Kielo with a woven fabric, Donna was pleasantly surprised by just how much she loved this dress as a knit. She was very happy with just how simple it was to make (with no zippers or buttons) and plans to make many more. Read her full review here. 

The Blair Batwing Shirt is a loose-fitting and casual shirt with wide sleeves and a dropped shoulder line. This pattern is very easy to sew and perfect for beginners. This pattern comes with sizes US 2 to 12 (EUR 34 - 44, UK 6 – 16). This is a very simple level sewing pattern.

Try one of these fabrics:
Laura of Behind the Hedgegrow sewed up the Blair Batwing Shirt as part of her Selfish Sewing Week. Laura raves about this sewing pattern, noting that it is easy-to-follow, figure flattering, and fits great. The only alteration that she made to her Blair Batwing is that she added about 7cm to the length. Read her full review here. 
Named Clothing Jamie Jeans Sewing Pattern ::
The Jamie Jeans are a modern skinny jean with a regular waist and slimming front seams. They feature an attractive and unique front pocket panel that can be made from turned denim or any other contrasting material. This pattern comes with sizes US 2 to 12 (EUR 34 - 44, UK 6 – 16). This is an average level sewing pattern. 

Try one of these fabrics:
Kelly of Cut Cut Sew officially sewed up her first pair of jeans- the Jaime Jeans- and she hopes that her review will encourage others to sew up their own jeans! Kelly's post is very encouraging for beginners and she says "this was such a satisfying make, and I love wearing them." With zero changes made to the pattern, these pants look so incredible! Read her full review here. 
Named Clothing Laurie Striped Tee Sewing Pattern ::
The Laurie Striped Tee is a classic T-shirt with wide horizontal pleats that create a striped effect. It features a loose and casual fit with short sleeves. This pattern comes with sizes US 2 to 12 (EUR 34 - 44, UK 6 – 16). This is a very simple level sewing pattern.

Try one of these fabrics: 
Novita of Very Purple Person sewed up and reviewed the Laurie Striped Tee. Novita believes this pattern to be extremely simple to make and very flattering to wear- what more could you ask for in a tee? Read her full review here. 
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