May 21, 2015

May Customer Spotlight :: Griselangel Paula of Rebdolls


Our May Customer Spotlight is about Griselangel Paula of Rebdolls. This incredible, inspiring company offers "unapologetic fashion" to women sizes 0-28. Who said plus size women can't be stylish? By bringing high-fashion, trendy clothing to women of all shapes and sizes, Rebdolls is focused on making women feel good in their bodies. Here is more about Griselangel Paula and her company - Rebdolls.


About Griselangel Paula ::
Growing up, I wanted to be an actress. I always loved the drama of being on stage, though I went in a "safer" direction in college where I majored in criminal justice. After I graduated, I found myself in front of a different audience. I began my plus size modeling career, booking photoshoots for Nordstrom, Macy's, and Ebony Magazine, to name a few. It was then that I realized the discrimination of plus sized women in the fashion industry.

I noticed that the clothing available to plus size women was more conservative and more modest than clothing made for straight size women. There was a void in style equality that I yearned to fill. Rebdolls, once known as Custom Plus Inc., was founded on the sole mission of bringing sexy style to women of all shapes, shades, and sizes.
Rebdolls was started with humble beginnings in an attic in 2013. And even with a 900% sale increase in the last year, our goal remains the same. We aim to provide one single platform where all woman can identify themselves in fashion that they love. Me and my team of strong females tirelessly work to cut the barriers between missy and plus size clothing.
I never imagined that the response and support that Rebdolls received would be so strong. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to bring stylish and sexy clothing to the hands of everyone woman, not having to think twice about what someone "should" or "shouldn't" be able to wear. Being fashionable shouldn't be an privilege exclusive to a particular group of people. As Rebdolls continues its journey, I hope that our others will also realize that the ability to feel good about ourselves and how we look is all inclusive.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Griselangel Paula. 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

May 20, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Blue Ginger Doll



New Blue Ginger Doll Sewing Patterns are now available at Girl Charlee Fabrics! These patterns provide an adorable classic, vintage flair, making the perfect additions to almost any wardrobe. Blue Ginger Doll Sewing Patterns are also designed for a D cup figure and offer plus size options that go up to size 24, making them great for women of all shapes and sizes. Shop our entire selection of independent sewing patterns today!


Since 2012, Bluegingerdoll has been designing and creating beautiful vintage inspired sewing patterns from a small home studio based in Melbourne, Australia. Designer Abby Horskins who has studied Fashion Design & Technology is constantly inspired by the vintage and feminine beauty of bygone eras of 1930's through to the 1960's as well as old films, cars, home wares and anything vintage that catch her eye.



Featuring subtle gathers along the waistline and a pretty hem frill, April is a simple but elegant skirt design. Invisible zipper closure. This is a beginner sewing pattern. Pattern includes sizes 4-24. Suggested fabrics are cotton blends such as cotton jersey or cotton lycra, rayon blends, and voile.




Try one of these fabrics:

Featuring a stunning and unique Peek-A-Boo neckline design detail, Anne is an easy to sew knit top with four sleeve variations to choose from. This is a beginner sewing pattern. Pattern includes sizes 4-24. Suggested fabrics are stable light to medium weight cotton jersey or cotton lycra knits with good stretch and recovery.



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High waisted shorts featuring deep hem length pleats in the front and a comfortable flared leg design. Invisible side zipper closure. This is a beginner sewing pattern. Pattern includes sizes 4-24. Suggested fabrics are twill and denim, cotton jersey or cotton lycra, wool blends, and suiting.



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Delicate and pretty singlet featuring a button down front, comfortable elastic waistline and flared hip length hem. This is a beginner sewing pattern. Pattern includes sizes 4-24. Suggested fabrics are cotton blends such as cotton jersey or cotton lycra, rayon blends, and voile.




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

May 19, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday :: Sewing Panties Tutorial from Very Purple Person

Have you ever thought about sewing your own panties? I don't know about you, but it can be such a challenge to find panties that fit just right, and I recently discovered just how easy they are to sew! Novita from Very Purple Person posted this fantastic sewing tutorial as a guest post of the Stretch Yourself series with Mad Mim and One Little Minute. These panties are definitely worth a try because they are so much easier to make than you would have every expected!


One thing that I love about this tutorial is how thorough Novita gets in regards to various types of elastic. She sews up the same pair of panties three times, each using a different type of elastic, to demonstrate the pros and cons. When sewing the elastic to the fabric, she points that that it's important to only stretch the elastic and not the fabric as you sew.


To sew your own underwear you'll need a stretch fabric like Cotton Jersey or Cotton Lycra. A few of my picks from the store:

In her tutorial Novita links to three different FREE Sewing Pattern options for panties. If you're looking for more options, below are a few underwear sewing patterns available in the Girl Charlee Fabrics Indie Pattern Shop.
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