December 12, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: Knit Infinity Scarf from Needle, Ink and Thread


Not sure what to make with your small cuts and Mystery Mix Fabrics? With just a 1/4 yard of your favorite knit fabric, you can now sew a stylish accessory to wear year-round! We partnered with Jesy Anderson of Needle, Ink and Thread to bring you this fabulous Knit Infinity Scarf Tutorial, that you will want to sew again and again to coordinate with each of your outfits. Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!


Jesy's tutorial includes helpful tips for sewing with knits along with step-by-step time lapsed videos to visually demonstrate the sewing procress from start to finish.


Any stretch knit fabric would be great for your new scarf including Cotton Jersey, Cotton Lycra, Hacci Sweater, Ponte de Roma, and more! As you only need 1/4 yard of knit fabric, you can start your search with a 1/4 Yard Mystery Mix Lot (currently on sale for HALF OFF!). 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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December 8, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Laela Jeyne Patterns



Six new knit-friendly sewing patterns from popular indie designer Laela Jeyne have just been added to the shop! Perfect for everyday, year-round wear, these patterns are as comfortable as they are stylish. Below are a few of our favorites, each paired with fabric recommendations from the shop, but be sure to shop through our complete collection from Laela Jeyne Patterns today. Happy Sewing!


Laela Jeyne Patterns
Laela Jeyne Patterns specializes in fashionable and unique designs for women and girls. Owner and designer Marisa enjoys making comfortable and fun styles for herself and her two young daughters. Many of our designs would look great in the knit fabrics available at Girl Charlee!


 
Laela Jeyne Sydney Slouchy Raglan Sewing Pattern ::
Sew yourself a trending slouchy sweater with the Women’s Sydney Slouchy Raglan PDF Pattern! The Sydney Slouchy Raglan has a swing or regular slouchy silhouette, relaxed or slouchy sleeve, v-neck or off shoulder styles, and a show stopping hooded cowl to choose from! Combine your choice of style options to create yourself a comfy and fashionable sweater! Choose from the ever popular french terry, sweater knit, double brushed polyester knit, or cotton lycra to make your perfect raglan! This pattern is an indispensable staple in your cool weather collection!

Try one of these fabrics:
Are leggings a staple in your wardrobe? You’ll love the Women’s Taylor Leggings PDF Pattern! The Taylor leggings feature a contoured waistband for excellent and flattering shaping. They can be made in 3 different lengths below knee, cropped, and ankle and each leg has only one seam at the inseam. The Taylor leggings boast an adequate rise in front and back. There is also a full panel maternity option available! These leggings can bring you through all seasons and are perfectly paired with slouchy sweaters, mini dresses, and crop tops for a complete outfit!

Try one of these fabrics:
Do you love the look of the ballet sweater? You can now make your own with the Women’s Madeline Ballet Sweater! It’s comfortable yet stylish. Make a classic wrap ballet sweater with ties, or a new take on the sweater with the banded bottom or button closure. Either way you make it, you’ll love to wear it!

Try one of these fabrics:
Do you love the look of circle skirts but the math hurts your head? Then this is the pattern for you! The Rose Circle Skirt PDF Pattern comes is full, half, and quarter widths in mini, knee, midi, and two maxi lengths. The pattern is suitable for woven or knit fabric with different waistbands for each. Now you don’t have to worry about getting the math correct!

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

December 7, 2017

December Customer Spotlight :: Mags of MagSoul


Our December Customer Spotlight features Mags of MagSoul, a trendy handmade fashions and accessories line with pieces that are both affordable to buy and comfortable to wear. As the business continues to grow, MagSoul's product lines continues to develop with more garments being added to the shop frequently. Below is more about Mags and how she discovered her passion. Enjoy!



About Mags ::
Hi, I'm Mags, chief of everything at MagSoul. My journey of making began in 2010, with a broken heart and a glue gun, (thankful for that now!) starting out with feather and flower hair accessories. As my business and my store front changed, I added in tank tops, scarves and skirts. Easy to wear, easy to love is my motto. Whether I was making or buying clothes for my shop, I have always LOVED picking out fabric. One night I was making a skirt, using some different methods to add detail to the sides - I flipped it over and thought- wow, that looks like those turban headbands! So I worked the next several months on the pattern, until I landed on what is now the "KnotTwisted Headband". It's actually neither a knot nor a twist. (I think I'm clever). The pattern and construction technique are my own design - so it's not your typical turban. My headbands are made using soft and stretchy cotton spandex blends, and are washer/dryer friendly/encouraged. The most common thing I hear is "I can't wear headbands except yours" or "they are the only one that stays on and don't hurt!" The way it's worn and how it fits are key.


The combination of the fabrics, like those I buy at Girl Charlee, and my own pattern work together beautifully. I use every bit of the fabric I order. The scarves I make are super comfy cowls combining florals and plaids with soft solid jersey knits. Long tank tops, skirts, baby headbands and hair ties are also on the list of comfy goods. My journey of selling and traveling to markets around the country, eventually brought me to my husband, and true happiness. This maker life has allowed me to both travel and stay home with my almost 16 year old son who has CP, and now my stepsons as well. The Army wife life can be challenging, but being a maker and entrepreneur has taught me to be flexible!


A LOT goes into sewing, designing and then selling online or at markets yourself, but it is my passion. So is supporting other makers and dreamers! I am blessed to have the opportunity to do larger markets now, like Country Living Magazine Fairs. Selling alongside other amazing makers and to shoppers who love and support handmade, are my favorite parts of the job!


Visit MagSoul today!
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Mags. 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

December 5, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: Simple Cut Out Top With FREE Sewing Pattern from On The Cutting Floor


One of the many perks of sewing your own wardrobe is that you can customize each piece with fun elements to stand out in style. This weeks Tutorial Tuesday features this Simple Cut Out Top with FREE Size 4 Sewing Pattern from Daniela of On The Cutting Floor, and we can't get enough of this one-of-a-kind look! Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!


This fitted top is easier to sew than you may first expect! Once the two simple bodice pieces are attached, it is sewn just like any other knit top. The front is attached to the back, the sleeves are sewn in, and then the entire top is hemmed - it's that easy!


Daniela suggests using a medium weight, stable knit fabric like Cotton Lycra, Ponte de Roma, and Brushed Poly Spandex for your new top! 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