February 20, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday :: Tee Shirt Dress with Pockets from Bunny Baubles


Now that I've started sewing my Spring handmade wardrobe, I was thrilled to find this Striped Tee Shirt Dress with Pockets Tutorial from Julia of Bunny Baubles. This figure flattering and classic style of dress will be perfect for many years to come, so I can hardly wait to fill my wardrobe with several different variations. Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!


Julia's instructions are incredibly easy to follow, with clear illustrations paired with written directions to help you every step of the way. For beginning sewists, she even links to this helpful Darts Tutorial for more detailed instructions on how to sew darts.


Most stretch knits including Cotton JerseyCotton Lycra, and Ponte de Roma will be perfect for your new dress. Use one of our Stripe Fabrics for a similar look to Julia's or try sewing yours with a print or solid fabric. 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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February 16, 2018

Our Valentine's Day Sewing Contest Winner Is...



The winner of our Valentine's Day Sewing Contest is...TRISH!! Congratulations Trish and a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to show us what they made for themselves and their loved ones this Valentine's Day. It is always exciting to see your creativity with each and every handmade project. Our next contest will take place very shortly, so be sure to keep an eye on the blog for announcements and updates.

With so many incredible contest entries, The Girl Charlee Team wanted to show off a few more Valentine's Day makes. Thank you to all of our participants for sharing their beautiful handmade projects with us!



Thank you and happy sewing!
~ The Girl Charlee Team

February 15, 2018

February Customer Spotlight :: Jessica of Little Miss Studio


Our February Customer Spotlight features Jessica of Little Miss Studio, a trendy handmade children's clothing line that continues to grow! Jessica has found the perfect creative outlet for her fashion background and urge to make, specializing in made-to-order holiday and seasonal themed garments and accessories. Below is more about Jessica and her small business. Enjoy!



About Jessica ::

Hello! My name is Jessica and I am the founder and creator of Little Miss Studio. My love for fashion and color came at an early age and I decided to pursue fashion design in college. I started as a bridal seamstress and have been doing that for about 10 years now but my love for creativity inspired me to start my own small business on etsy! I have two young daughters and this is how I began making children's clothing. I initially made headbands and then eventually expanded to shorts and leggings. I have now added dresses to my shop and those have been selling like hotcakes! My love for vibrant and beautiful prints have really driven me to want to keep designing new things for my shop. I wanted to provide clothes that were not only comfy but full of color and ease. I absolutely adore creating clothing and seeing all of my little customers wearing the very things that I make (what an honor!) Etsy has truly been a great outlet for building my business and expanding my creativity in more ways than one!


When it comes to fabric choices, I tend to sit for hours deliberating on what I think my customer will like best. Girl Charlee has provided my business with some of the best fabrics and the choices are endless! One of my best-selling prints has come from this shop and it's always great to support another small business. My goal is to keep growing and keep learning! I want to provide unique pieces that all children feel comfortable in and parents feel happy buying. Thank you so much for letting me share my story and I hope to keep sharing it in the future.


Visit Little Miss Studio today!
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Jessica. If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Customer Spotlight post, please email gcblog@girlcharlee.com and we will be in touch shortly.

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

February 13, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday :: How to Sew Your Own Underwear + FREE Sewing Pattern from Design Diary


If you're new to sewing undergarments and lingerie, now is the perfect time to learn! This How to Sew Your Own Underwear Tutorial from Meg of Design Diary, the blog behind Megan Nielsen Patterns, includes a FREE sewing pattern and also demonstrates 3 different ways to sew your own underwear. Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!


The three different sewing techniques - using an enclosed gusset, regular elastic, and picot elastic - are each thoroughly explained, as Meg includes several photographs and detailed instructions to help every step of the way.


Most stretch knits with good recovery like Cotton Jersey and Cotton Lycra will work perfectly for new underwear. Since they require very little fabric, I recommend starting your search with our 1/4 Yard Mystery Mix Lots. 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

February 9, 2018

NEW Sewing Patterns from Mouse House Creations

Popular new sewing patterns from indie designer Mouse House Creations have just been added to the shop! These seasonless patterns for you and your little ones feature many stylish and fun customization opportunities, especially with the adorable Dress Up Hoodie. Below are all of the fabulous new additions, each paired with coordinating Girl Charlee Fabrics, and be sure to shop the complete collection of Mouse House Creations patterns today! Happy Sewing!



Mouse House Creations
My name is Hayley and I am the blogger behind Welcome to the Mouse House, which features posts on sewing, crafts, interior design, and family. I started selling my patterns late last year and it has been a huge success and something I am very proud of. Mouse House Creations patterns are designed to represent a classic style, but with modern appeal, and many more to come!


The Women’s Janie is a swirly twirly dress and peplum with so many options. The neckline options include a basic neckline, a slouchy cowl, peter pan collar, and a ballet scoop back. The skirt options include the standard circle skirt, a flattering 3/4 circle skirt, and a sweet little peplum. Of course, the pockets are a great option too. With 3 sleeve lengths and a size range of xxs-3xl, this will be a staple pattern. Included is a separate FBA bodice pattern piece to accommodate varying bust sizes.

Try one of these fabrics:
The Dress Up Hoodie starts out with a super comfy raglan hoodie sweatshirt base that is good for every day use. The fun comes in when you use the accessories to create a new and unique wearable costume. These hoodies don’t need to be for just Halloween or a special occasion. Because they are made with stretch knits, kids will love wearing these to school, shopping, and playing. Creativity comes in with the textiles used and will make each hoodie come out differently. You can make it as simple as possible, like a basic cat, or as advanced as possible like adding lots of piecing to the butterfly wings. You can use your own skills to make even more animals, such as dog, panda, kangaroo, fox, pegasus, dragon, etc. The hoodie and accessory pieces gives the perfect base for total creativity.

Try one of these fabrics:
The Valencia Women’s Tunic is a flattering tunic that will suit most body types. Different fabric choices will take this tunic from bohemian chic to preppy to work casual, with the addition of a cardigan for arm coverage. Choose the lined yoke for a more structured fit or the unlined lace yoke for a unique and trendy top.

Try one of these fabrics:
The Clover shorts are equally loved by both princesses and tomboys of this world. They make a great choice for skipping stones in the park or hosting tea parties in the backyard.

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