September 19, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: How to Make an Agnes Dress from Tilly and the Buttons



Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top Sewing Pattern is an incredibly popular knit t-shirt because it is easy sew and includes many customization opportunities, and now Tilly and her team have come up with a simple pattern hack for even more options. This How to Make an Agnes Dress Tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons teaches readers how to add a gathered skirt to their Agnes top to turn it into a dress based on personal measurements and style preferences. Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!


If you don't already own Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top Sewing Pattern, you can order this and many more Indie Sewing Patterns at Girl Charlee today!


To create the gathered style, Tilly describes how to sew rows of gather stitches along the top edge of the skirt and then how to properly pull them until the skirt evenly fits the top. Be sure to pull the threads from both ends so that you don't pull them out of the garment while you gather.


Suggested fabrics for the Agnes include Cotton Jersey and Cotton Lycra 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!
*Please note that all images submitted are subject for Girl Charlee promotional use.

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team
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September 18, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: September Knit Picks Voting On NOW!

September Knit Picks Voting is going on NOW in the Girl Charlee Fabrics Facebook Group! Login to Facebook to cast your vote for your favorite Knit Picks project by Wednesday, September 20th. The picture in the pinned album with the most "likes" will win a $20 girlcharlee.com gift card and will be announced on Thursday, September 21st. Good luck to everyone participating this month, and be sure to enter your Girl Charlee creations for an upcoming Knit Picks feature by emailing pictures of your finished creations to gcblog@girlcharlee.com. Enjoy!




To submit your handmade Girl Charlee projects for voting, just email 1-2 images to gcblog@girlcharlee.com* by the third Friday of each month. Submit as many creations as you like for a greater chance of being selected into Knit Picks. If you do not see your project right away, it may appear in an upcoming Knit Picks post. Happy sewing!
*Please note that all images submitted are subject for Girl Charlee promotional use.

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

September 13, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Named Clothing Earth Science Sewing Pattern Collection


The Named Clothing 2017 Fall/Winter Collection EARTH SCIENCE is now available at Girl Charlee Fabrics! This collection is designed as a tribute to nature, with inspiration from geology and minerals. Included are five dresses, a coat, a sweater, one pair of trousers, a shirt, and a skirt, each with several interesting structures and cuts throughout the pieces for a modern look. Below is closer look at a few of our favorites from Earth Science, but you can find the entire collection and more from Named Clothing at girlcharlee.com. Enjoy!


Named Clothing
Named is an independent clothing pattern label founded by Finnish sisters Saara and Laura Huhta. Named garments are a combination of Scandinavian clean-lined simplicity and interesting details. Named launches two main collections a year, and the patterns have five levels of difficulty, which means that anyone from a beginner to a more experienced sewer can find patterns suited to their skill level.

The pattern includes two variations: a sporty sweater and a feminine jersey dress. Both variations have an interesting geometric cut at the front and a funnel neck. The sweater is loose-fitting, and has elastic casing on the sleeves and a drawstring at the hem. The dress is semi-fitted and maxi-length, it has fitted sleeves and a deep vent on the hem at the back.

Try one of these fabrics:

Relaxed, yet smart sweatpants with a slim fit, tapered and slightly cropped legs and pleat details with snap fastening at the leg openings. Faux fly at the front, elasticated back waist, and side pockets.

Try one of these fabrics:

Semi-fitted, kimono sleeved dress with a flattering cut. Midi-length, pencil skirt -style hem, invisible zipper fastening at the side seam, and an invisible zipper at the front for adjusting the depth of the vent. Boat neck, narrow buckle belt at the waist. The dress is unlined.
  
Try one of these fabrics:
Casual and stylish, straight-cut wrap skirt with an asymmetrical cut at the hem. Length below the knee, wrap tie fastening that gathers the front beautifully. The skirt is double-layered and you can use the same fabric for both the shell and the lining.

Try one of these fabrics:
View and purchase these 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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September 12, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: Shell Edge Finish For Knits from KZJO'STUDIO



One of the many benefits of sewing your own wardrobe is that you can customize handmade projects however you like. Kaysie of KZJO'STUDIO shared this beautiful Shell Edge Finish Tutorial that is the perfect finishing touch for many different knit sewing projects. This lovely accent will transform any basic piece into a one-of-a-kind creation. Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!


In her example, Kaysie uses KZJO'STUDIO Ashlin Dress Sewing Pattern to add her shell edge finish, but you can use this technique on almost any knit sewing pattern. Order your Ashlin Dress along with many more Indie Sewing Patterns at Girl Charlee today!


Kaysie's tutorial includes many sewing tips for readers like the suggestion of using a contrast thread to show off the shell edge. This is such a fun added touch, why not show it off? Don't forget to practice on a scrap piece of fabric before sewing your Ashlin to master the technique and see how your stitches will look.


The Ashlin is designed to be sewn in a stable knit fabric including Cotton Lycra and Ponte De Roma. 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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