February 21, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: Jewel Neck Dress from Excessively Sew

High necklines can be incredibly elegant to wear, and this weeks Tutorial Tuesday features a stunning Jewel Neck Dress Tutorial from Brenda of Excessively Sew. Because this dress is as comfortable as it is stylish you are sure to reach for it in your closet again and again. With just a couple yards of your favorite knit fabric and this free tutorial, learn how to take your own measurements and draft your very own perfectly fitting sewing pattern. Enjoy!

This tutorial is great for sewists of all experience levels because Brenda helps you every step of the way, with clear photographs and coordinating text descriptions. For her dress she utilizes a serger, but you can absolutely use your zig zag or other preferred stretch stitch on your regular sewing machine.

Stretch knit fabrics will be perfect for recreating this dress, and I suggest starting your search with Cotton LycraPonte de Roma, and Cotton Jersey. 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

February 20, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: February Knit Picks Voting On NOW

Girl Charlee February Knit Picks entries are eligible for voting NOW in The Girl Charlee Fabrics Facebook Group. Login and cast your vote by Wednesday, February 22nd for your favorite monthly Knit Picks entry! The picture with the most "likes" will win a $20 girlcharlee.com gift card and will be announced on Thursday, February 23rd. Good luck to all of our incredibly talented customers, and you can learn more about how Knit Picks Voting works here.

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

February 17, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from New Horizons

We are excited to announce the addition of New Horizons to our collection of indie sewing pattern designers! Included are a mix of patterns for women and girls, some of which are designed for adorable Mommy & Me matching. With several customization options available, you can sew them again and again for a unique look every time! Learn more about New Horizons below and see a few new patterns paired with our hand selection knit fabrics from Girl Charlee Fabrics. Enjoy!

New Horizons
Terra Jennings is a mom of 3 kiddos and one pug. She creates modern and unique sewing patterns for the family using knits or wovens, or a combination of both. Patterns help teach new techniques the easy way for professional results.
The Bali Blouse is a beautiful and elegant top perfect for any occasion. Features cap sleeves, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, long sleeves, two different sleeve cuts (one for woven one for knit), a slim fit bodice, a loose fit bodice, and a darling open back. Also included is the Sunset Cami. A fitted cami with a slight flair around the hips, and features optional color blocking.

Try one of these fabrics:
The Dublin Dolman is the last dolman pattern you’ll ever need. It has tons of options that will see you through any season. Tee length, tunic length, banded bottom, tall banded bottom, short sleeves, banded sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, long sleeves, neck binding or band, gathered front, and a gathered back. A wardrobe builder. No serger required! No special tools needed. This is the girls' version of the Dublin Dolman

Try one of these fabrics:
The Riviera Raglan is an extremely versatile pattern. Enjoy fun summer tanks or winter hoodies. Features include a crew neck, henley, slit neck, v-neck, hoodie, tank, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, long sleeves, cuff, thumb-hole cuff, breast pocket, shirt hem, banded hem, handkerchief hem, and tunic length. So many options! A top for any occasion. No serger required! No special tools needed. 

Try one of these fabrics:
Keep warm and cozy in the Vermont Cardigan! It’s a wonderfully versatile pattern, with options like tunic length, hip length, and cropped length. So many options for every season or need. Also featuring options of a crew neck, v-neck, hood, long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and a sash! A wardrobe builder. No serger required! No special tools needed. 

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

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Mad About Madras Sewing Contest Winner

And the winner of Girl Charlee Fabrics Madras Plaid Sewing Contest is...Tianne!! Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to show us what they made with their Black Red Cream Buffalo Plaid Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric. It was so exciting to see just how many people are Mad About Madras as we are! We have another fun sewing contest coming very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out on the blog for announcements and updates.

With so many incredible contest entries, The Girl Charlee Team wanted to show off a few more madras plaid creations. Thank you to each and every one of our participants for sharing their love for madras plaid!

Thank you and happy sewing!
~ The Girl Charlee Team

February 16, 2017

February Customer Spotlight :: Rachel & Julianna of Flybird Apparel

Our February Customer Spotlight features Rachel & Julianna of Flybird Apparel, a beautiful women's apparel and accessories line with many custom designed and handmade creations. These women strive to help you feel comfortable and confident no matter what you are wearing. Their product line currently has many shirts, dresses, sweaters, and more, and we look forward to seeing what is next for them. Below is more about Rachel & Julianna and their growing company. Enjoy!

About Rachel & Julianna ::

In September 2014 our Flybird journey began. Flybird, like many great things, started out as an idea. Quickly, we knew we needed to make this idea a reality, so we got to work. Flybird stands for the good in the world. To be a light, show kindness, choose happiness and be uplifting for yourself and those around you. Our hope is that our company shows you that, when you purchase a tee it is more than "just a tee". We knew we wanted to always give comfortable pieces that could be worn dressed up or down. Clothing that helps you feel confident, beautiful and positive through your everyday moments.

Soon after we launched and much to our surprise, our starting days were busy and growing fast! We knew we needed to continually set ourselves apart. At that time, we had an idea to create our own sleeved tees but we did not have the capability or the means we needed to create it. The original idea of adding patterned sleeves to a shirt kept coming to mind. We prayed for the help to find the resources needed to make this part of our design become a reality. That was the start of it all. The miracle behind the story is everything kept falling into place.

Visit Flybird Apparel today! 
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Rachel and Julianna. If you would like to be featured in our next Customer Spotlight post, email gcblog@girlcharlee.com and we will get in touch.

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team