February 9, 2016

Tutorial Tuesday :: The Sleepy Robe with FREE Sewing Pattern from Melly Sews

Throughout the month of February we are celebrating sewing for the men and boys in your life and last week we announced our incredible giveaway of $50 to GirlCharlee.com + 8 PDF Indie Sewing Patterns! For this weeks Tutorial Tuesday, we have this Sleepy Robe Tutorial from Melissa Mora of Melly Sews, perfect for your little ones. Melissa even includes a FREE Sewing Patten available in sizes 18m/2T - 7/8, and if you need to resize the pattern, she has the perfect tutorial on how to do so. Enjoy!

When placing the belt loops, be sure to see where they lay on your little one, as you do not want these too high or too low. Once you realize just how easy it is to sew up your own robe, you'll never buy another one again! Sew up a lightweight one for around the house on warm days and a heavier one for the cooler nights.

This robe can be sewn in just about any type of knit fabric, including french terry, cotton jersey, sweatshirt fleece, depending on how you want it to drape and feel. 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 KnitPicks!

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

February 5, 2016

Girl Charlee Fabrics Knitty News :: Sewing For Your Sweetheart Giveaway

February is a time for being lovingly creative so Girl Charlee Fabrics wants to celebrate sewing for the men in your life. Throughout the month we are going to feature tutorials, sewing patterns, and fabrics, that are perfect for men and boys. In collaboration with Thread Theory Designs, See Kate Sew, Patterns for Pirates, and Greenstyle Creations, we are also bringing you an incredible giveaway. Read all the details below and enter to win a prize package that includes a $50 GirlCharlee.com Gift Card + 8 PDF Indie Sewing Patterns using the Rafflecopter link. That's over $125 worth of fabric and sewing patterns!! Good luck!

Girl Charlee Fabrics Sewing For Your Sweetheart Giveaway Prize Package includes...

A $50 Gift Card to GirlCharlee.com

Thread Theory Designs PDF Parkland Wardrobe Builder (3 patterns included)
See Kate Sew's Recess Raglan and Penelope Peplum PDF Sewing Patterns
A Mens/Boys Patterns For Pirates PDF Sewing Pattern Set (winner's choice)
1 Mens or Boys Greenstyle Creations PDF Sewing Pattern (winner's choice) 

Giveaway ends 11:59 PM PST, February 28th, 2016, and one lucky winner will be announced on February 29th.  Please note that contest is open to to USA based individuals only.

Good luck & happy sewing!
~ Heather

February 3, 2016

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from The Wolf & The Tree

Girl Charlee Fabrics welcomes our newest sewing pattern designer - The Wolf & The Tree - to our collection of independent sewing patterns! This collection of sewing patterns is designed with simplicity and style in mind. If you've never tried sewing socks or tights before, now is your chance to sew some for the entire family! Customize your socks with your choice of knit fabric in a matter of minutes. Below are a few of our favorites from The Wolf & The Tree, but be sure to shop our entire selection of sewing patterns today!

The Wolf & The Tree
The Wolf and the Tree stands for simple elegance for the sophisticated seamstress. Here you can find straight forward designs with a unique twist for a rewarding sewing experience and beautiful results. We aim to provide you with practical, intriguing and stunning designs - inspired by natural beauty and sophisticated comfort.

Get daring with over knee socks! Make your own see-through or lace stockings in the exact style and fabric you want without worrying about them getting a run! Be a fashionista and accentuate your outfit with the perfect fabric - in just minutes! This pattern is a quick sew and suitable for all sewing levels from Beginner to Advanced by walking you through basic sewing steps, as well as the more advanced technique of French Seams.

Try one of these fabrics: 
The Wolf & The Tree Abby's Trail Blazing Socks Sewing Pattern ::
Soft anklets with lace trimming, peppy knee highs to liven up the school uniform, sweet leg warmers to protect little crawlers' knees and make diaper changes a breeze. This PDF sewing pattern is sure to be an instant stash favorite. It has quick sewing time and fabric requirements as little as scraps with the most beautiful and unique results. Make airy lace socks, warm winter socks from sweaters, add boutique worthy details with trim, accents and buttons. Also included are comfortable Leg Warmers and Bobby Socks!

Try one of these fabrics:

A sewing pattern that is both essential and the icing to any outfit, look and style. As a wardrobe staple these tights are perfect for school uniforms, playground tumblers, little crawlers and everyone in between. Dress up with airy lace tights, bundle up with warm winter worthy pantyhose made from a sweater, you can even add trim to accentuate your one of a kind leg wear. The possibilities are endless!

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.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

February 2, 2016

Tutorial Tuesday :: Boys Pajama Shirt from Simple Simon and Company

For this weeks Tutorial Tuesday, we have an adorable Boys Pajama Shirt Tutorial from Simple Simon & Co as one of their Project Run and Play tutorials.  To create this sweet pj top you can use either a basic tee sewing pattern or an existing tee to create your own pattern pieces. This tutorial is very easy to follow with just a few simple adjustments to your original shirt pattern, and with the added bias trim, your little one's new pajamas will look incredibly professional. Enjoy!

One detail that I love on this pajama top is that the front panel has a curved hem and the back one is square. This is such a fun retro-inspired touch! For tips and tricks on sewing with bias tape, Simple Simon and Co also linked to a very helpful bias tape tutorial found here.

A light to mid weight stable knit with 20-30% stretch like Cotton Jersey and French Terry would make for great pajamas! 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 KnitPicks!

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team