May 22, 2017

May Customer Spotlight :: Jenna Zint of Turbans for Tots


Our May Customer Spotlight features Jenna Zint of Turbans for Tots, a handmade children's accessories line with an assortment of charming turban hats, headbands, bows, and more! What started as a fun project at home for her daughter turned into a successful business that can bring local women together. Below is more about Jenna and her growing company. Enjoy!



About Jenna ::
I started Turbans for Tots Jan 2014 because I was frustrated that all the headbands I could find seemed to be all be pink & covered in sequins (I’m a smidge dramatic) and that was not my style. (Ironically we carry lots pink & even have one with sequins. My 2014 self would be so puzzled. haha) I wasn’t planning on really making it a business, but a few of the pictures of my daughter went viral on Pinterest and our sales took off.


I now have a staff of 6 who do the sewing and daily operations which frees me up to do new product development & the marketing side of things…which are my favorite parts. I love the creativity of getting to make new items with fun fabrics. I really enjoying social media marketing because I get to connect with moms around the world and love learning different strategies for marketing. I feel so fortunate to have found a job that allows me to work from home while my girls are young!


Visit Turbans for Tots today! 
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Jenna. If you would like to be featured in our next Customer Spotlight post, email gcblog@girlcharlee.com and we will get in touch.

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: May Knit Picks Voting On NOW

Girl Charlee May Knit Picks Entries are now eligible for voting in The Girl Charlee Fabrics Facebook Group! Login and cast your vote for your favorite Knit Picks project by Wednesday, May 24th! The picture in the pinned album with the most "likes" will win a $20 girlcharlee.com gift card and will be announced on Thursday, May 25th. Good luck to all of our amazingly talented customers, and be sure to enter your Girl Charlee Creations for an upcoming Knit Picks feature by emailing pictures to gcblog@girlcharlee.com. Enjoy!



To submit your handmade Girl Charlee projects for voting, just email 1-2 images to gcblog@girlcharlee.com by the third Friday of each month. Submit as many creations as you like for a greater chance of being selected into Knit Picks. If you do not see your project right away, it may appear in an upcoming Knit Picks post. Happy sewing!

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

May 17, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Etta Dress Sewing Pattern from Tilly and the Buttons



Tilly and the Buttons new Etta Dress Sewing Pattern is now available at GirlCharlee.com! Turn heads in this elegant handmade dress with a classic fitted silhouette at almost any event! Etta features many customization options including different sleeve lengths, necklines, optional faux pockets, and more, so you can design the perfect version for your wardrobe. Below is more about the Etta Dress and you can order yours along with perfectly coordinating knit fabrics today at Girl Charlee.

Tilly and the Buttons designer Tilly Walnes creates gorgeous, easy-to-use sewing patterns for the new wave of DIY dressmakers. Tilly combines her passion for dressmaking with over ten years' experience in designing to create refreshingly clear instructions and photos of each step, her patterns will help you to create adorable clothes you’ll feel proud to say you made yourself. Even if you’re a new stitcher!


Sew your own knockout dress for special occasions or bossing it at the office. Etta is an elegant fitted dress, shaped with darts at the bust, waist and shoulders. Sleek and flattering, it has a choice of lined cap sleeves or darted three-quarter length sleeves, high-back or stunning V-back neckline, with optional collar and faux pockets. Etta closes with an invisible zip at the back. The hemline hits the bottom of the knee, with a kick pleat for easy movement.


On her blog, Tilly reviews fitting suggestions and adjustments for getting the perfect fit of your Etta Dress. Included are things like how to lengthen or shorten your dress, how to combine pattern sizes, how to widen or narrow shoulders, how to adjust the bust, and more! Learn more about Fitting the Etta Dress here.


The suggested fabrics for your Etta are medium weight stretch knit fabrics including ponte de roma, vegan leather, and cotton lycra.  Try one of these fabrics from the shop:
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

May 16, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: Boxy Cuffed Tee from Makery

Fast and easy-to-sew tops like this Boxy Cuffed Tee Tutorial from Portia Lawrie of Makery, are the perfect types of projects for those with busy schedules. This adorable tee consists of 2 squares of fabrics (front and back) and bands for the sleeves, hem, and neckline. That's it! Sewn in a drapey fabric, this boxy-styled tee will become a go-to for weekend errands, shopping trips, and more!


Portia illustrates each step in making her shirt with clear photographs like this one. When cutting her scoop neck, she measured about 8" wide and 1.5" deep, but you could customize your neckline to fit your preferences.


A lightweight knit fabric with good drape like cotton jersey and cotton lycra blends will be perfect for your new tee! 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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Visit BOLT by Girl Charlee at 2017 Spring Quilt Market Janome Booth 1829!


Spring International Quilt Market is just a few days away!  Come and visit with Girl Charlee and BOLT by Girl Charlee owner Heather Peterson in Janome Booth #1829.   Heather will be showing how easy it is to sew these amazing cotton spandex knit fabrics on Janome sergers and cover stitch machines, and will be wearing her self-created wardrobe in our new Riviera Deco Collection!

If you are interested in meeting with Heather to talk about BOLT by Girl Charlee Fabrics, be sure to schedule an appointment at bolt@girlcharlee.com.
Our all new Riviera Deco Collection is now available for presale purchase! Jet set away to the French Riviera with this amazing new collection of on-trend vintage and mod florals, unique art deco inspired sailboats, coastal village scenes, and fish & seashell designs. With an expected delivery date of mid-June, be sure to shop now for first shipment!

Find Heather Peterson in Janome Booth #1829 as she demonstrates how to use their incredible machines to make self drafted pencil skirts and envelope pillowcases (as shown below with the demo schedule). 

Friday May 19th 11AM Easy Pencil Skirt
Friday May 19th 4PM Envelope Pillowcase DIY 
Saturday May 20th 11AM Envelope Pillowcase DIY 
Saturday May 20th 4PM Easy Pencil Skirt
Purchase all the designs in the current BOLT by Girl Charlee Collections at EE Schenck Booth #2215.

If you would like more information about becoming a BOLT wholesaler for your shop or apparel line, please contact BOLT sales and support at bolt@girlcharlee.com or call 877-475-2427 x 103.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The BOLT by Girl Charlee Team
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