November 29, 2016

Tutorial Tuesday :: How To Make A Wrap Cardigan from DIY Maternity

A close friend of mine is expecting and this time of year is especially busy, so I have to whip up a quick baby shower gift!  I recently stumbled upon this cute How To Make A Wrap Cardigan Tutorial from Megan Nielsen of Megan Nielsen Sewing Patterns for DIY Maternity, a collective blog written by many incredibly talented women that is full of resources to help readers make their own maternity and nursing wear. Perfect to make in a sweater knit for the cooler weather, and it can be styled in many different ways, this is exactly what I need!


This tutorial is very easy to follow, with basic illustrations that pair with the written instruction. The pattern included is loose-fitting and works well for most sizes, and if you do need to adjust the fit, Megan suggests comparing the sleeve and back pieces to an existing cardigan in your wardrobe.
This cardigan can be sewn in just about any stretch knit fabric, but for the cooler Fall and Winter months I would suggest starting your search with hacci sweater knits. 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
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Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Tilly And The Buttons



Girl Charlee Fabrics is THRILLED to be the first PDF Pattern Stockist for the super popular Tilly and the Buttons Sewing Patterns! Included is the entire collection of 14 beautiful sewing patterns that are perfect for sewists of all ages and experience levels, with of course the best seller Coco Dress & Top. Below is more about Tilly and the Buttons, along with a few of our favorite new patterns each paired with our hand curated selection of perfect Girl Charlee Fabrics. Enjoy!


Tilly and the Buttons designer Tilly Walnes creates gorgeous, easy-to-use sewing patterns for the new wave of DIY dressmakers. Tilly combines her passion for dressmaking with over ten years' experience in designing to create refreshingly clear instructions and photos of each step, her patterns will help you to create adorable clothes you'll feel proud to say you made yourself. Even if you are a new stitcher!


Agnes is a close-fitting jersey top, speedy to sew and simple to fit, finished with a narrow band at the neckline. Choose from long or cropped sleeves; plain or ruched sleeves; scoop neckline or ruched sweetheart neckline - eight possible combinations. Irresistibly wearable and endlessly versatile, Agnes is destined to become a wardrobe staple that you’ll make again and again!

Try one of these fabrics:


A year-round staple that's so easy to wear, Coco makes a great spring marinière top, summer tunic, autumn funnel neck or cosy winter dress. Designed for low-stretch knit fabrics, the classic style features a boat neckline, choice of top or dress lengths, three quarter length or long sleeves, with side splits at the hips on the top version. Make it your own with optional sixties funnel roll neck, rolled cuffs and patch pockets.

Try one of these fabrics:


Make a dress with help from this easy-to-follow sewing pattern. Françoise is a chic and easy-to-wear mini dress, inspired by sixties fashion yet always in style. The design features striking French darts and raglan seams. Choose from two-piece three-quarter length sleeves or a sleeveless version, with optional collar and waist tab. With its simple flat sleeve construction method and jargon-busting instructions, this pattern makes a great first dress project for beginner sewists. More experienced stitchers can add the optional collar and play around with design variations - how about adding piping to the raglan seam lines?

Try one of these fabrics:


The Martha dress is fitted with bust darts and gentle princess seam panels at the bodice, flowing into a flattering bias-cut panelled skirt. It features a contemporary Mandarin collar and closes with an invisible zip at the back. Choose from short sleeves or three quarter length bell sleeves, with demure knee length or flirty mini hemline. Wear Martha to work or to play, with sunglasses and wedges in the Summer, or with knitted tights and boots in the winter.

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
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November 25, 2016

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: November Knit Picks

We counted your votes, and the November Knit Picks winner is... Lori Smith! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated, both by submitting project images and voting for your favorite entry. Learn more about how Knit Picks Voting works here, and submit your handmade Girl Charlee projects for voting by emailing 1-2 images to gcblog@girlcharlee.com. Below are all of the amazing November Knit Picks entries with links to the Girl Charlee Fabrics sewn up, and we will be announcing the December contest voting on December 19th. Enjoy!


Item: Matching Plaid Outfits

By: Jennifer Karvonen

Fabric: Girl Charlee Fabrics Buffalo Plaid Collection Knits

Item: Women's Basic Tee

By: Emilie Zaugg



Item: Mommy & Me Matching Kimonos

By: Anna Durocher



Item: Women's Striped Tee

By: Bridget Wright

Fabric: Neon Stripe Knit Fabric

Item: Toddler Leggings

By: Jessie Johnson


Item: Girl's Matching Leggings and Headbands 

By: Donna Clough

Instagram: Maxx & Maya






Item: Women's Blouse

By: Lacie Schwend




Item: Girl's Dress and Headband Set

By: Jill Cassity



Thank you all for the submissions! If you did not see yours posted here never fear it will be up in a future feature. If you have not sent us a pic we would love to feature it! Learn more about the new Knit Picks Voting here.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team