April 15, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: DIY Swimsuit Cover-Up by SimpLy Modish

Springtime is here and we just got our summer beach trips all booked, wooohooo!  I still have my goal to make the perfect swimsuit this season (will definitely post that here) and along with it a perfectly perfect swimsuit coverup.  We all have seen the Victoria Secret cover up version that actually covers, yet still has a sassy front and exposed back, and can actually be used to dry yourself or layout on, but this version from Ly at SimpLy Modish is the bomb!  Check out this easy to follow video tutorial on how to make a stylish swimsuit cover-up on a budget with both a sew and no sew version.
A lot of Ly's supply tips are so great because she uses objects found around the house. For instance, she uses a bowl to shape the arm holes and she uses rubber bands to help keep the strap braid in place.
The back and front of the cover-up matches perfectly with a Victoria's Secret style.  Why pay $50 when you can make it yourself for around $6? As Ly says, this project is "easy, simple, and fabulous." I couldn't have worded it better myself!!

A thicker, more absorbent knit would be best for this cover up.  I recommend a french terry or a nylon spandex for this project, and we just added to the store the most AMAZING cotton modal lycra french terry that are perfect for this application.
   
   

Learn how to make this darling Strawberry Reusable Shopping Bag for Earth Day.


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

April 11, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Springtime Sewing Contest



It is finally warming up for spring and we want to celebrate with a fabulous Girl Charlee Fabrics Spring Sewing Contest! We want to see what you make up with our Triangle Arrows on Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric. Sew up something pretty for the season with one of these three knits, then send one to two images of your project to gcblog (at) girlcharlee (dot) com and you could win a $75 Girl Charlee gift card!! That will buy you a-whole-lot of fabric!


Girl Charlee Springtime Sewing Contest Rules
  • Sew up any project that you want...we want to see it all as long as the project is made with our triangle arrows pattern knit fabric.
  • Send 1 to 2 images of your projects to gcblog (at) girlcharlee (dot) com.
  • You may enter as many times as you want! We are so excited to see what you make!
Enter by midnight on April 30th. One (1) winner will be announced on May 2nd and will receive a $75 gift card from Girl Charlee Fabrics. We wish you the best of luck!

Happy sewing!
~ The Girl Charlee Team

April 8, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Fit and Flare Dress by The Stitching Scientist

Fit and flare dresses are so in right now and I love them!  Who doesn't like timeless, flattering, and versatile all in one garment.  Definite winner!  Remona of The Stitching Scientist has put together this easy to follow Fit and Flare Dress tutorial and free pattern to show how simple making one of these dresses can be.  Perfect for the work to evening transition I think I need to make a couple of these in different prints.


When comes to connecting the bottom and top parts of the dress, Remona has some important suggestions. She suggests using the longest stitch on your machine to gather about 1/2" from the top of the bottom piece. Then you pull the thread until it fits the bottom of the top part of the dress. 




Most knits with a little stretch would work perfectly with this dress. Don't forget to try it in some fun prints! 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

April 1, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday:: Quick Tee from Noodlehead

I find myself never able to find a well fitting t-shirt, how about you?  Anything that fits the chest is too short or tight in my shoulders or if it fits my shoulders and chest it is too boxy of a cut for my taste *SIGH*.  I always have lofty goals to create THE PERFECT TEE and in finding this great Quick Tee Tutorial by Anna from Noodlehead it could not be easier!  I love that there are not set in sleeves taking production time way down and solves the shoulder and chest fit problems.  I cannot wait to sew this one up!
In order to get a scoop neckline, don't forget to cut the neckline lower on the front piece than the back.  
Anna also offers this cool trick to using a twin needle. She suggests winding two bobbins, and loading one in your bobbin case and one with your thread spool, cause' who has two spools of the same color thread?

Most cotton jersey knits will be great for this shirt. 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

March 27, 2014

March Customer Spotlight :: Brittany Lipowski of Bizzy B Crafts


We all know what it's like to have a million things on our plate, so we can all relate to Girl Charlee's Customer Spotlight for March, Brittany from Bizzy B Crafts.  Brittany is a full time grad student in New York who somehow finds the time to go to class, work, practice yoga, and maintain her crafting business. Along with our spotlight Brittany is offering 10% off to her store!  You can use the code "girlcharlee14" to get 10% off an order in her Etsy Shop.   Here is Brittany's story.  


About Brittany
I started BizzyBcrafts as a way to release my creative juices. I have been creating since I was little, always able to keep myself busy, which inspired my business name. I've always found such comfort in making crafts, scrapbooks, projects, and other various creative things. BizzyBcrafts was my chance to share my ideas to people all over. When I began, almost a year ago (at the end of this month), I couldn't have guessed that a year later I'd have 700 sales and lots of happy customers. Selling my creations on Etsy pushed me to start making more than just hair accessories, buy better materials, and really put myself out there.
Starting this shop was such a big leap for me and I am so thankful everyday that I took the leap! Going to grad school full time doesn't leave a lot of time for crafting, but it makes me happy and I know I am a better person whn I am doing things that make me happy. I feel blessed to have this experience and to work with companies like Girl Charlee. 

Thank you Brittany for sharing your story with us!!  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 and The Girl Charlee Team