October 20, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Zierstoff Patterns



Four NEW Zierstoff Sewing Patterns have just been added to the shop with sizing available for all ages! Get ready for Mommy & Me matching with new cardigans, hoodies, beanies, and ponchos, all perfect for you and your little ones during these chilly Fall months. Each pattern is shown below and paired with our hand selection of coordinating knits, but be sure to shop the complete collection of Zierstoff Patterns at Girl Charlee today! Happy Sewing!



Zierstoff Patterns
Zierstoff Patterns offer hundreds of fresh patterns drafted in-house and designed for real life. With quality drafting and clear instructions, sewists of all skill levels are sure to love Zierstoff's offerings. 
Zierstoff Juniors and Women's Melissa Cardigan Sewing Pattern ::
Our MELISSA Cardigan is the perfect garment to take you from spring, through summer nights, and into fall. And it's so easy to sew that you might want to sew a different one for each season! This pattern is also available in children's sizes below.

Try one of these fabrics:
Our casual HEDI raglan pullover is excellent for layering. HEDI comes with options for short sleeves, long sleeves, or long sleeves with contrasting fabric from the bicep down. Further options are a collar or hood, sleeve cuffs, and a pouch pocket. This pattern is also available in children's and infant to toddler sizes below.


Try one of these fabrics:
Our DANIEL beanie is super cool and a wonderful pattern for beginners as it requires no special tools or advanced skills. This pattern provides you with four options: Version 1 is sewn from a single piece of fabric, and the hem is simply turned in. Version 2 includes a knitted rib fabric cuff around the circumference, which is an excellent opportunity to contrast patterns or add a complementary color. Finally, we offer you instructions to sew both versions as a reversible hat. To sew a reversible hat, please sew one size larger than you would have otherwise chosen. This pattern is also available in children's sizes below.

Try one of these fabrics:
The LUNA poncho is perfect for spring and fall. It looks lovely over a long sleeved shirt or sweater. This pattern is also available in children's and infant and toddler sizes below. 

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.
*Please note that all images submitted are subject for Girl Charlee promotional use.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

October 19, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: DIY Halloween Costume Sewing Contest


Halloween is the best time of year to show off your DIY skills and we want to celebrate your creativity with a DIY Halloween Costume Contest!  Share with us your handmade Halloween costumes and you will be entered to win a $75 girlcharlee.com gift card to girlcharlee.com!

To enter just send pictures of your completed DIY costumes to gcblog@girlcharlee.com by Monday October 30th and we will announce the randomly selected winner on Halloween, October 31st. Good luck!!
For project inspiration read our DIY Costume Inspiration Round Up with many trending costume ideas paired with fabrics and sewing patterns from the shop, and browse our hand-curated collection of Halloween Fabrics for basics and prints that are perfect for making your one-of-a-kind creations!
Girl Charlee DIY Halloween Costume Sewing Contest Rules ::
  • Sew up Halloween costumes for you and your loved ones. 
  • Send 1 to 2 images of your finished projects to gcblog@girlcharlee.com.
  • Enter as many times as you want, we want to see it all!
All projects must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST, October 30th, 2017, and one winner will be announced on October 31st.  Please share you projects on social media using the hashtags #girlcharlee and #gcsewandwin. We wish you the best of luck!
*Please note that all images submitted are subject for Girl Charlee promotional use.

Happy sewing!
~ The Girl Charlee Team

October 17, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: Flirty Fall Skirt from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


One of my favorite looks for Fall include a fun skirt paired with a jean jacket and booties, so I was thrilled to find this Flirty Fall Skirt Tutorial from Jamie of Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom that is the EXACT style I want to replicate. This super simple tutorial includes thorough instructions for every step of the way, from creating the perfect pattern based on your own body measurements to those last finishing touches. Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!



When attaching the elastic, remember to stretch the elastic while you sew without stretching your fabric. Jaime's instructions include a great trick for keeping the elastic and the fabric evenly distributed as you sew, by marking each in even increments and pinning at each marker.


Jamie used Cotton Jersey for her skirt, but most knit fabrics would be great for this tutorial based on the look and feel that you want. Some additional fabrics to try include Cotton Lycra, French Terry, Single Spandex, and Brushed Poly Spandex. 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!
*Please note that all images submitted are subject for Girl Charlee promotional use.

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team
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