November 21, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Girl Charlee Sewing Patterns


The first patten in the Girl Charlee Sewing Pattern Collection is here!  This has been such a fun project for us all here at Girl Charlee.  We are launching with our Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic & Dress which was one of the most popular pieces from the original Girl Charlee Clothing line.  This is just the beginning for Girl Charlee Sewing Patterns with many more designs already in the works!

Girl Charlee Sewing Patterns was inspired by my daughter Charlotte Lee, or Charlee for short.  As a vintage fabric & sewing pattern collector I was inspired to create unique clothing for her from my vintage patterns and was frustrated by how hard they were to sew and how uncomfortable Charlee found them to wear.  From that frustration I redesigned a few of my favorite vintage silhouettes to make them more comfortable for wear, and much easier to sew, resulting in the creation of this collection of sewing patterns.   I hope you enjoy sewing these for your children as much as I did creating and sewing them for my own!
The Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic & Dress Sewing Pattern
The Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic & Dress is a quick and easy to sew pattern that can be constructed in either a woven or a knit fabric, is embellished with lace, and utilizes fun sewing techniques like elastic thread and rolled edge finishes. Version 1 creates an easy to wear top with a longer tunic style length, while Version 2 creates a dress. Both are easy, pull on style with an empire waist and an a-line silhouette.




Try one of these fabrics:
We could not have done this without the help we received from our amazing pattern testers!  The feedback they provided helped us make our pattern as perfect as it can be, and we really love all the  beautiful photos of the finished dresses and top on their beautiful models.
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

November 20, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: November Knit Picks

Welcome to our November Knit Picks Collection! Our customers continue to surprise us each month with so much creativity and the beautiful items they make using Girl Charlee Fabrics.  We've picked a wide variety of clothing and accessories this month that are perfect for the upcoming winter season! Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for this month's Knit Picks and please keep them coming.
Item: Skater Dress

By: Erin Maupin


Item: Teething Necklace

By: Lisa Finch


Item: Fringe Booties

By: Laura Colclough


Item: Hudson Pants

By: Sara Curtis


Fabric: Indigo Blue Cotton Jersey Sweatshirt Fleece Knit Fabric

Item: Cardigan

By: Ashley Simon 

Blog: Sewing Sober


Item: Long Sleeve Triangle Shirt

By: Sydney Lund

Blog: Lundon Baby

Fabric: Hot Coral Red Pink Navajo Triangles Peach Skin FabricBlack and White Small Stripe Ponte de Roma Fabric
Item: Romper

By: Elexis Bronson



Item: Reversible Cropped Cardigan

By: Beth Cavanaugh

Item: Women's Shirt

By: Peggy Davis
Item: Kimono

By: Amanda Branski


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

November 18, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Jegging Tutorial by The Itinerant Seamstress

After lounging all last week in my Comfy Pants from the last Tutorial Tuesday, I decided that this week's Tutorial Tuesday needed to include some bottoms that can be worn out and about!  Since we now carry Stretch Knit Denim, sewing up some stylish "jeggings" is a must. I searched high and low to find a blog that gave the best tutorial on how to make this style and found this fantastic, and very thorough, two-part post on The Itinerate Seamstress on how to turn a leggings pattern into denim jeggings.  Enjoy!

Masha of The Itinerant Seamstress has a wonderful two-part blog post on how to Turn Leggings To Jeggings. Part one is all about the pattern, and it shows you how to turn a leggings pattern into a jeggings pattern.
Part two shows you how to sew up the pants. Masha adds pockets to the front and back of her jeggings to make them extra cute and functional! She also adds a faux fly to give the jeggings even more of a "jeans" look.
Any of our Stretch Knit Denim would be perfect for this pattern. You can also choose to stick with a Cotton Spandex knit fabric. Here are 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