July 25, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: DIY Twist Back Top from Gina Michele


Color blocked garments and accessories add such a fun POP to your wardrobe, and this DIY Twist Back Top Tutorial from Gina Michele makes color blocking easier than ever before! This beginner-friendly project requires two coordinating fabrics for front/back and only a couple of simple seams to sew. Gina used two half yards of knit fabric to create her top, so be sure to shop our completely selection of precut Half Yards here! Happy Sewing!


With no purchased pattern required, Gina demonstrates how to trace an existing tee or tank from your wardrobe to create your own custom pattern. When designing her pattern she added a few extra inches on the side and bottom to give the new top more drape.


This tee can be sewn in light-mid weight knit fabrics like Cotton Jersey and Cotton Lycra. For a unique look every time, try mixing and matching different prints and designs for the front and back pieces. 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!

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team
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July 24, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: July Knit Picks Voting On NOW

July Knit Picks Voting is going on NOW in the Girl Charlee Fabrics Facebook Group! Login to Facebook and cast your vote for your favorite Knit Picks project by Wednesday, July 26th. The picture with the most "likes" in the pinned album at the top of the page will win a $20 girlcharlee.com gift card and will be announced on Thursday, July 27th. Good luck to everyone this month, and be sure to enter your Girl Charlee makes for an upcoming Knit Picks feature by emailing pictures to gcblog@girlcharlee.com. Enjoy!



To submit your handmade Girl Charlee projects for voting, just email 1-2 images to gcblog@girlcharlee.com by the third Friday of each month. Submit as many creations as you like for a greater chance of being selected into Knit Picks. If you do not see your project right away, it may appear in an upcoming Knit Picks post. Happy sewing!

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

July 21, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Indie Sewing Pattern Round Up



Popular indie pattern designers George and GingerIndygo JunctionLife Sew SavoryOhhh LuluSavvy Patterns, and Seamingly Smitten have just launched many new and on-trend women's sewing patterns! Take a closer look at each of these new patterns below, along with our hand selection of perfect fabric pairings from the store, and be sure to shop our complete selection of PDF sewing patterns today at GirlCharlee.com. Enjoy!
A fun women's t-shirt that is perfect for wearing over a tank top. Light and flowing with a loose fit and dolman sleeves, this shirt will soon become one of your favorites. With a curved hemline, and a shaped dolman cap sleeve it's perfect for casual summer days. The neckline has a cute V in the middle to show off a tank underneath. 

Try one of these fabrics:
The Capsule Crop Top Set features two top ruffle lengths, slim and full skirts options and instructions to add pickups, so it’s easy to customize this set to your style and taste! Make something fabulous for YOU!

Try one of these fabrics:

The Anouk bodysuit offers a lot of versatility and has so many creative options. Sew it in sheer mesh for a sexy lingerie piece, in soft cotton lycra jersey for comfortable lounge wear, or in spandex for a simple one-piece swimsuit! The Anouk Bodysuit has subtle bust shaping, includes two neckline variations, supportive under-bust elastic and a sexy scooped back. The will teach you how to add a lace overlay and share techniques you can use to create a garment that is truly unique! If you’re more of a hands-on learner, or new to sewing, you can sew along with me by visiting my YouTube Channel.
  Try one of these fabrics:
The Grace Tankini is a vintage inspired two piece swimsuit with lots of options. The View A top contains a playful circle in the back. The View B top has a ruched center area which is customizable to flatter your figure. Both top views include a shelf bra. For the bottoms, choose from a circle skirt, a sporty bottom with or without ruching, or a panty. Each of these 4 bottoms can be made either high waisted or to sit on your hips. The Grace Tankini is the ultimate feminine swimsuit. Feel confident and look classy!

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A banded kimono style jacket in two lengths; mid-hip or lower hip. Offers a loose fit, while not oversized, with no closures and optional inseam pockets. May be constructed with a choice of four sleeve options: Long or three-quarter length, with or without a cuff. Fashion from one fabric or with contrasting band and cuffs.

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Want to sew yourself an easy swim cover-up / dress that you get to wear all summer long? Wear it as a cover up while you are poolside or at the beach or wear it as a dress and head out the door in style! No zippers or buttons needed! The Sarabeth Swim Cover Up / Dress is simple to make in an afternoon. It features a pullover-style dress with a loose fit and slight a-line style! Try using your favorite fabric with a slight stretch: cotton blend, swimwear, seersucker, stretch terrycloth or even knit fabric! You can use 1, 2 or even 3 of your favorite coordinating fabrics for this dress! 

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
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