August 21, 2014

August Customer Spotlight :: Amanda Branski of Wee Maggie's

For this months Girl Charlee Customer Spotlight we have Amanda Branski of Wee Maggie's, a growing online accessories shop with rave reviews and super cute goods make with knit fabrics! Wee Maggie's currently offers a variety of gorgeous headbands and maxi skirts, but the highly anticipated winter collection will also include beanies, leggings, dresses, and sweaters. We cannot wait to see Amanda's new items. 
About Amanda :: 

Wee Maggie was the nickname my Mum was given by her Scottish family as a child. While growing up, my Mum used to spend hours sewing dance costumes but unfortunately I didn’t take advantage of her expertise by asking her to teach me how to sew. I taught myself how to sew as an adult, after spending many hours reading blogs and watching various YouTube videos. My new best friend has become my serger, but I am growing to love my regular sewing machine too.

Being the creator and owner of Wee Maggie’s is not hard. It helps when you are abundantly blessed by God, have a husband who supports you 100% and trusts you to invest your financial savings into a business, and you have three little girls who inspire you and model your products for photographs in exchange for lollipops. It also helps that I love to create and sew and wish there were more hours in the day for it.
I purchase all the fabric for my maxi skirts and turban headbands exclusively from Girl Charlee. Their unique prints and variety of solid colors allows me to be more creative.  I love to mix prints and solids when making headbands and color coordinating them with the maxi skirts. Now that I have two baby boys, I’ve become inspired to expand my products to include beanies and leggings. I have also begun working on new products for girls including dresses and sweaters made from Girl Charlee’s fleece and hacci knits.
I’m excited to see my business grow and continue to create with beautiful fabrics. You can see my products on Etsy and follow me on Facebook and Instagram for announcements, discounts and giveaways.
@weemaggies
www.etsy.com/shop/weemaggies
www.facebook.com/weemaggies
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Amanda. 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 & The Girl Charlee Team

August 19, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Back to School Round Up

As summer draws to a close (booooo!) it is back to school time and with that comes new clothes for the kids! Dana Willard of MADE has put together this amazing round up of back-to-school sewing tutorials that we just had to share with you for this week's Tutorial Tuesday.  Dana includes a wide range of school clothing and accessory tutorials with projects for both boys and girls.  Thank you Dana!
In addition to all of the tutorials that Dana found from various blogs, she also included some of her own sewing tutorials that would be perfect for back to school sewing. Here are a few of our favorites.
Ruched Leggings Sewing Tutorial from MADE
For these leggings, you'll want to use a soft cotton jersey or cotton spandex fabric. A few of my picks from the store:

90-minute Shirt Sewing Tutorial from MADE
Cotton jersey is the perfect fabric for this t-shirt. Don't forget the ribbing to embellish it. A few of my picks from the store:
Circle Skirt Sewing Tutorial from MADE
Most fabrics would make the perfect circle skirt. Try a mid-weight fabric like a ponte de roma to keep your little one warm this Fall. A few of my picks from the store:
Basic Pants Sewing Tutorial and Pattern from MADE
With the elastic waist-band, you can use just about any knit fabrics for these pants. What's great about this tutorial is that it includes this FREE sewing pattern for a size 2T-3T. 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

August 18, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics Knitty News :: Willow & Co Goes Back to School Sew Along












Girl Charlee Fabrics is helping you get your kids back to school ready!  The Willow & Co Back to School Sewing Contest kicks off today and FOUR individual winners will receive an incredible prize package, including a $30 gift card to shop at girlcharlee.com.  For more information, visit Willow & Co. Good luck!

Shop Girl Charlee Fabrics for the entire Wanderlust collection from Willow & Co, grab some awesome fabrics, and get sewing!  Just a few of our favorites from this wonderful collection:
Willow & Co Aster Cardigan Sewing Pattern
The Aster Cardigan is the perfect addition to any girls wardrobe this fall. Recommended fabrics include mid weight knits like cotton jersey, french terry, or ponte de roma fabrics. A few of my picks from the store:
Willow & Co Fawn Lily Tunic and Dress Sewing Pattern
The Fawn Lily sewing pattern offers so many customization options that you can create many completely different looks with this one pattern. Recommended fabrics include specialty wovens or lightweight knits. A few of my picks from the store:

Willow & Co Ash Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
This uber chic jumpsuit comes in sizes 6 months - 12 years so your little will remain stylish for many years to come. Recommended fabrics include specialty wovens or lightweight knits. A few of my picks from the store:

Good luck and happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team