July 28, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday :: Wrap Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern from So Sew Easy

Wrap dresses are all the rage this Fall, as they are both trendy and figure flattering. If you've never made one before, they are also very easy to sew. For this weeks Tutorial Tuesday, we have this lovely Wrap Dress Sewing Tutorial and FREE Pattern from Deby Coles of So Sew Easy. This pattern is so simple and it covers tons of features including a cross-over bodice, optional elastic wait, separate sleeves, etc. This dress is sure to become a go-to that you reach for again and again.

Looking for more online wrap dress tutorials? Check out these for a variety of different styles ::
If you're ready to start sewing and don't want to make your own pattern, the Girl Charlee Pattern Shop offers a few wrap dress sewing patterns that will help you get started. A few of my picks from the store:

Girl Charlee New Arrivals are full of a gorgeous selection of season perfect single spandex print knits that are great for many applications including wrap dresses! 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

July 24, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns From Striped Swallow Designs

New Striped Swallow Designs Sewing Patterns are now available at Girl Charlee Fabrics! These patterns make the perfect wardrobe essentials during this transition from Summer to Fall, and all of them are available for both women and children because Striped Swallow Designs Sewing Patterns are designed with Mommy & Me matching in mind. Shop our entire selection of independent sewing patterns today!

Hi there, it's me -- Mandalynn! My designs express my boho chic style and feature unexpected trims, pretty lace and one-of-a-kind details. All patterns include clear photos and easy to understand instructions, side tabs with hyperlinks to take you to different sections of the pattern quickly, as well as layered pattern pieces so you can print only the size you need!
The Wildflower Kimono is an oversized cardigan with beautiful gathering detail. A drapey and effortless, boho style. Create it with one fabric or piece it together with multiple fabrics for added interest. Add sleeve cuffs or just let the sleeves flow. Please note there are no pattern pieces to print and only cutting measurements are included in this pattern. This pattern includes sizes NB to 14 years and womens XS-XXXL. This is a confident beginner level pattern.

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The Soho Maxi features an eye-catching cutout back and two panels on the skirt that lend to a colorful contrast detail. The bodice detail is perfect to add a touch of lace or another contrasting fabric/texture. Craft a floor-sweeping maxi dress or short length party dress. This pattern includes sizes XS-XL. This is a confident beginner pattern.

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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

July 23, 2015

July Customer Spotlight :: Emma Oda of Odarling Clothing Co

Our July Customer Spotlight is about Emma Oda of Odarling Clothing Co. When she couldn't find clothing for her little one that matched her style, Emma decided to learn to sew. After cutting up old t-shirts, she bought 1 yard of fabric, sewed it into baby pants, posted onto Instagram, and the requests started flying in! Since then, her company has grown to include pants, shorts, rompers, and more! Here is more about Emma and Odarling Clothing Co.

About Emma ::
Hey there! My name is Emma Oda and I am the mommy maker behind Odarling Clothing Co! I first started this adventure right after my son was born. I found it discouraging that I couldn't find any clothing that fit my personal style to put him in so thought I would give making my own a shot. I called my mom and asked her if she had an extra sewing machine lying around that I could have (she is totally one of those people that just has sewing machines lying around). I still remember her laughing so hard at my request. See, a couple years before that, she had given my three other sisters sewing machines as Christmas gifts and I told her “PLEASE, don't waste money on a sewing machine for me. I will never use it” HA!

I’ve always been creative, and had worked as a hairdresser for years, but in the traditional sense, I was not a homemaker. Cooking, cleaning, sewing? Not for me. Little did I know I was about to make a career for myself. She drove the sewing machine from Utah to San Diego, California and thats where it started. I cut up every old tee shirt in my house and made them into pants for my tiny babe. Then I started buying small scraps to work with. Then I found Girl Charlee. I started off with about a yard of owl fabric, made them into stretchy baby pants and then listed them one at a time on Instagram. Before I knew it, I had more and more requests and we needed to come up with a business name. Inspired by our last name, Oda, Odarling Clothing Co. was born.
Odarling has already grown and evolved so much in the two years we’ve been open and I can’t wait to see where the twists and turns lead me next. It’s grown from just newborn pants to toddler pants, shorts, rompers and soon- tee shirts! I can honestly say that without the affordable, adorable fabric from Girl Charlee, I never would have even begun. The prints were eye catching enough that people kept coming back for more. I actually just got my first whole 30 yard roll in the mail from GC and squealed with delight when the UPS guy showed up with it!
Nothing compares to the feeling I get as I sew, package and send out literally hundreds of items a week. Knowing that thousands of babes are wearing something that I’ve made with my own two hands, here at my kitchen table is so rewarding. I feel so grateful that i’ve been able to build this business doing something that I have grown to love and being able to stay at home with my little boy is the biggest blessing I could ever hope for. I am SO excited for the future of Odarling Clothing Co!

Visit Odarling Clothing Co online today!
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Emma. 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

July 22, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Indie Sewing Patterns Round Up

We have so many wonderful new women's patterns this week from our independent sewing pattern designers at Girl Charlee Fabrics! Winter Wear Designs, Hey June, and EYMM Modern Designs each have a new patterns available in our shop that are perfect for sewing up for yourself. See a few of our favorites here, and be sure to shop the complete selection of sewing patterns at Girl Charlee today!

Winter Wear Designs
Winter Wear Designs are PDF sewing patterns created and designed by Suzanne Winter. As a mother of three, Suzanne understands the importance of stylish yet WEARABLE clothing for both women and children. She hopes her collection will inspire more people to sew with confidence. Suzanne grew up sewing at home, she then studied costume design in college. As a professional photographer she has an eye for detail and a desire to make all people feel great about how they look!

Winter Wear La Croix Reversible Top Sewing Pattern ::
The 'La Croix' Cross Back Top is full of versatility and meant to let your imagination explode. This is a loose fitting top with drape in the cross to give an elegant and flirty flair. Depending on your fabric selections, you can easily dress this up for date night or use simple knits for a trip to the gym. The cross over and delicate neck line bring interest to the garment whether made in solids, prints, or a mix.


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Hey June
Adrianna is the designer and creator of Hey June and lives in beautiful Golden, CO with her husband and three girls. She loves simple silhouettes, customizable patterns, and knit fabric. Hey June patterns are on trend but also never go out of style. They're the classic, basic pieces that you'll sew again and again. All Hey June patterns include fully illustrated sewing instructions, extra hints and tips, and a guide to print only the pages you need!

Hey June Biscayne Blouse Sewing Pattern ::
The Biscayne Blouse is a casual yet classy top that easily goes from office to errand running to date night. It features a hidden button placket, welt or patch chest pocket, and shaped neckband. Gathers at the front and back neckline add detail and give it an easy fit. Use fabrics with great drape such as rayon challis, silk, silk polyester, voile, or chambray. The Biscayne Blouse works equally well under a suit or over skinny jeans and heels with a great pair of earrings.

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EYMM Modern Designs
EYMM patterns are all created by Kymy, a wife and work at home mom to 5 wonderful kids. Kymy has been sewing and blogging for years including drafting her own patterns. Kymy designs are wearable, modern clothes that please both fashionistas AND mom.

EYMM Kymy's Dolman Top and Tunic Sewing Pattern ::
Kymy’s Dolman Top & Tunic is a simple quick sew using knit fabrics. It’s trendy with its multiple hem options and a flattering wide cut boat neck. Not only is it comfy but it’s fashionable and easy to make. Size up or size down for a different fit & style. It includes 5 views/ hem options: Hi-Lo Top, Basic Top, Banded Top, Ruched Sides & Maternity, and Tunic. This pattern is available in sizes XS through 5X.

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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