September 30, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Halloween Costume Sewing Round-Up

Halloween is finally just one month away!!  This is the ultimate sewers holiday to really be able to show serious creativity in sewing the perfect costume for yourself and your family.  In my hunt for sewing tutorials I stumbled across several unique and fun tutorials just perfect to sew up for your little ones.  Be sure to check out our Halloween Fabrics for the perfect colors and prints for your projects. Enjoy!

Dinosaur Tails by Running with Scissors
This Dinosaur Tail Sewing Tutorial is such an incredible tutorial. Not only because of the subject matter- who doesn't want a dinosaur tail that you can attach to any outfit?- but also because the instructions are extremely easy to follow. These can be made with bright solids or you can try a fun print. A few of my picks from the store:
Last-Minute Kid's Owl Costume by Alpha Mom
This Owl Costume is just as much fun to make as it is to wear. The costume consists of several small fabric scraps so it is a great use of left over fabrics.  Check Mystery Mix 1/4 Yard Bargain Lots for an assembled collection of small pieces of fabrics!  To match the look above a few of my picks from the store:

Child's Cape Pattern & Tutorial by Craft Buds
A cape is a great, simple item to create for Halloween, as well as to keep on hand for play dress occasions!. With this sewing tutorial and FREE Sewing Pattern, you'll be able to whip up several hero capes to match any character or theme. A few of my picks from the store:
Belle Princess Dress by Crafterhours
Every little girl loves the fantasy of becoming her favorite princess, but no costume compares to a comfy knit costume. By using this sewing pattern, Adrianna and Susan of Crafterhours put together this incredible sewing tutorial for creating the most comfortable princess dress in the kingdom. A few of my picks from the store:
 Easy Bat Wings by My Poppet
Easy Bat Wings by My Poppet
Bat wings are essential for any Halloween costume round-up! This sewing tutorial is great because it demonstrates exactly how to measure your fabric so that these wings will fit your little bat perfectly. Cotton Lycra fabric is a good choice.  A few of my picks from the store:
The perfect accessory for any prince or princess is a crown. Using this sewing tutorial and FREE sewing pattern, you can sew up a crown for your little one in only 15 minutes! The best part? The pattern can also be lengthened to make matching mommy and me crowns. A few of my picks from the store:
Want to see more? Here are some adorable handmade costumes that we just love! 
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

September 26, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Winter Wear Designs

Girl Charlee Fabrics is very excited to announce the addition of Winter Wear Designs to our collection of independent sewing patterns! Designed by talented Suzanne Winter, these sewing patterns are as wearable as they are stylish. She hopes her collection will inspire more people to sew with confidence and feel great about how they look. Shop our selection of sewing patterns today!

Winter Wear Designs

Winter Wear Designs are PDF sewing patterns created and designed by Suzanne Winter. As a mother of three, Suzanne understands the importance of stylish yet WEARABLE clothing for both women and children. She hopes her collection will inspire more people to sew with confidence. Suzanne grew up sewing at home, she then studied costume design in college. As a professional photographer she has an eye for detail and a desire to make all people feel great about how they look!

Winter Wear Designs Riviera Romper Sewing Pattern ::
Watch out, the Riviera Romper may just become your favorite outfit ever!!! Designed for women on the go who need style in their wardrobe without the fuss. No need to worry about tops rising up, bottoms falling down, or even finding a matching outfit ever again. This pattern is available in sizes XXS through 3XL and is recommended for advanced beginners.

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Winter Wear Designs Aviator Pants Sewing Pattern ::
The Aviator Pants are knit pants with options galore. Choose from double welt pockets, 3D cargo pockets, or front slash pockets. There are also instructions to add a contrasting faux piping detail to your slash pocket or an awesome contrast triangle on the leg. These do not have a button or zipper so they are super comfy and easy to take on and off. Too warm for pants? Make the Aviator Shorts of course!

Try one of these fabrics: 
The Parisian Nights Pajama Set is designed around comfort and style. The set features a tank with a contrasting lace yoke and shorts with a vintage flared leg and curved hem. Perfectly roomy for comfortable sleepwear, and modest enough to enjoy that first mug of coffee in (or hangout all day in). This pattern is available in sizes XS through XXL and is recommended for advanced beginners.

Try one of these fabrics: 
View and purchase these patterns and more on!  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

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team