May 24, 2018

May Customer Spotlight :: Ashlee Stroop of Silk and Sew Company


Our May Customer Spotlight features Ashlee Stroop of Silk and Sew Company, a stylish handmade clothing line for the littles in your life! From rompers and leggings to headbands and beanies, this Instagram-based shop creates the most adorable custom handmade makes. Below is more about Ashlee and her growing handmade business. Enjoy!



About Ashlee ::
My name is Ashlee, I’m 28 years old and a mother of three babes on the coast of California. I started Silk and Sew Company about a year ago when my third baby was born. I’ve always had an artsy side to me and had an eye for the modern baby clothes I’d see on Instagram. This specific style wasn’t sold in stores here and I thought I might be able to make some of it myself. I dusted off my old sewing machine from high school, checked out some ideas on Pinterest and went to town! After many trial and errors, I found how much I loved sewing and creating handmade items as gifts that would soon turn into a small business. At this time I was still in nursing school, a full time mom, and trying to keep up with my hobby. I became so passionate about sewing and overwhelmed with ideas I decided to share my love with other Moms. I made a life decision to stop nursing school and move forward with my sewing career.



I’ve been able to work from home and do what I love. It’s been a little over a year now and I’ve had the privilege to sew countless items for moms and babes here locally and across the states as well. I’ve been able to connect with other companies like mine specializing in handmade goods and met hundreds of new people! I take so much pride in the products that come from Silk and Sew Company. My favorite part about doing this is seeing those tiny babes wrapped and clothed in the items that came from my home. Hand cut and sewn, created specifically for one babe, from a yard of Girl Charlee Fabric.



Visit Silk & Sew Company today!
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Ashlee. If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Customer Spotlight post, please email gcblog@girlcharlee.com and we will be in touch shortly.

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

May 22, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday :: DIY Changing Pad Cover from MADE Everyday

If you can't find the perfect stripe fabric, have you ever considered designing your own? Dana Willard of MADE Everyday discusses how making stripes is one of her favorite DIY fabric projects in her adorable Changing Pad Cover Tutorial. Perfect for your little ones or a gift for an expecting loved one, you are sure to love this easy-to-sew project. Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!



When creating her stripes, Dana uses 4-inch wide strips from her fabric, but you could use any width you like. Try mixing stripes of varying sizes for a one of a kind design.


Strips of solid French Terry Knit Fabrics are perfect for your new striped changing pad cover! 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!
*Please note that all images submitted are subject for Girl Charlee promotional use.

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team
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May 18, 2018

NEW Sewing Patterns from Sew DIY

Stunning new sewing patterns from indie designer Sew DIY have just been added to the shop! These two beginner-friendly dresses are based off of the popular Lou Box Top and feature versatile, loose fitting silhouettes. Take a closer look at both new dress patterns below, paired with coordinating Girl Charlee Fabrics, and be sure to shop the complete collection of Sew DIY patterns today! Happy Sewing!



Sew DIY specializes in easy to sew, fashionable digital sewing patterns. Designed with beginners in mind, these patterns are easy enough to put together in just a few hours. Each pattern includes fully illustrated instructions and files to print at home or at a copy shop. Designer Beth Wood has been sewing for over 20 years. She lives in Los Angeles and works as a freelance designer. 
The Lou Box Dress 1 is a loose-fitting cocoon style dress. Worn alone, it’s perfect for warm summer days. Paired with a sweater, tights and boots, it will take you through the colder months. Make it in linen for a casual look or printed silk for a luxurious night out. View A features a medium scoop neck, 3/4 length sleeves with cuffs, in-seam pockets and a knee-length skirt. View B features short cuff sleeves and patch pockets. Instructions are included for sewing the dress in both woven and knit fabrics.

Try one of these fabrics:
The Lou Box Dress 2 is a loose-fitting gathered waist dress with a ballet neckline, scoop pockets, a knee length skirt and dolman sleeves. View A features three-quarter length sleeves. View B features full-length tapered sleeves and a low scoop back. Instructions are included for sewing the dress in both woven and knit fabrics.

Try one of these fabrics:
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*.
*Please note that all images submitted are subject for Girl Charlee promotional use.

Happy sewing!

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team
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May 15, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday :: Everyday Dress with FREE Sewing Pattern from Indygo Junction

We love when our amazing Indie sewing pattern vendors offer FREE patterns to customers, so we were thrilled to see that Indygo Junction recently shared this beautiful Everyday Dress in their Facebook Group. This A-line style pattern includes instructions to transform it into a top, tunic, or dress, with optional pockets and sash and more! Click here to join their group for access to this and more sewing patterns and happy sewing!


This pattern includes so many customization opportunities for you to make it your own! 

One of the great things about this dress is that it can be made in almost any fabric, from Cotton Jersey and Cotton Lycra to French Terry and Ponte de Roma. 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!
*Please note that all images submitted are subject for Girl Charlee promotional use.

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team