April 1, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Victory Patterns

Girl Charlee Fabrics welcomes our newest sewing pattern designer Victory Patterns! Created by designer and pattern maker Kristiann Boos, these patterns offer a modern, feminine aesthetic. As an added bonus, each pattern includes so many customization options that it's like getting multiple sewing patterns for the price of one! You could almost create an entire wardrobe with these 9 patterns. Shop our entire selection of independent sewing patterns today!

Victory Patterns is the creation of Kristiann Boos, a designer and pattern maker based out of Toronto, Canada. After teaching sewing for a number of years, Kristiann decided to create a line of patterns that would appeal to modern style sensibilities and that would be a pleasure to sew along with. She is passionate about creating designs that encourage you to make your own handmade, inspired and personal clothing.
Victory Patterns Nicola Dress Sewing Pattern ::
Nicola features feminine floral detailing throughout with a tulip skirt and petal sleeves. The wrap dress secures with buttons, which allows for pairing with your favorite belt. Make this dress out of a solid fabric or mix contrasting fabrics together. A second style option includes a waist length wrap blouse with a sash closure that ties into a bow. This pattern comes with sizes 2 through 16. This is a beginner level sewing pattern.

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Victory Patterns Lola Dress Sewing Pattern ::
Lola is a spin off of the classic crew neck sweater. This comfortable slip on dress features raglan sleeves, ribbed hem bands, front neckline “V” detail, and oversized wrap around pockets. The curved seams give a relaxed, feminine fit. This project is ideal for a serger and is easy to wear when you want to be cozy in style! This pattern comes with sizes 2 through 16. This is an intermediate level sewing pattern.
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Victory Patterns Ava Dress and Top Sewing Pattern ::
Ava features a sweetheart neckline bodice that cinches at the natural waist and leads into a fully flared skirt. Add optional pleated detailing along the front and back bodice. The garment has a side seam zipper closure. Sleeve options include: pleated cap, mini cap and sleeveless. Choose from three hem options: peplum blouse, short dress, and tea length dress. Have fun! This pattern comes with sizes 2 through 16. This is an intermediate level sewing pattern.

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Victory Patterns Satsuki Dress and Top Sewing Pattern ::
Satsuki is a simple, elegant slip on dress that can also be made as a blouse. The garment features full sleeves and has two style variations which allow you to create a loose, draped fit with a flounce front detail, or hugs your waist with a sash. Flirt a little by adding peek-a-boo shoulders. This dress is easy to wear and even easier to sew. This pattern comes with sizes 2 through 16. This is a beginner level sewing pattern.

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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

March 31, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday :: How To Make Headbands by MADE Everyday

This week's Tutorial Tuesday is from the lovely and talented Dana Willard of MADE. One of Dana's latest video tutorials is How to Sew with Knits + How to Make Headbands, where she reviews the basics of sewing with knits and how to make fast, simple headbands, with several finishing options depending on personal preference. With a piece of stretchy knit fabric that measures about 18" x 6.5" and a standard sewing machine, you'll be making headbands in no time!

 Check out how many fun ways that you can style your new headband!

Cotton Jersey or Cotton Lycra fabrics are most commonly used for making headbands, but any stretchy, knit fabric will do the trick! A few of my picks from the store:

Since each headband requires a very small amount of fabric, we also offer our Half Yard Cuts and our Mystery Mix 1/4 Yard Bargain Lots. This way you can practice sewing various knit materials on a smaller scale. 
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

March 26, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: March Knit Picks

  Welcome to our March Knit Picks Collection! As we transition from Winter to Spring, we wanted to show how versatile Girl Charlee Fabrics are for all seasons. This month we bring you everything from pants and long sleeves to warm weather rompers and tees. Thank you to everyone who submitted projects for this month's Knit Picks and please keep them coming.

Item: Women's Dress

By: Brigid

Item: Toddler Harem Shorts and Tee

By: Erin Hyde

Shop: Rowanoak & Co.

Item: Toddler Leggings and Scarf

By: Ana Kyle

Shop: Baby Milo

Item: Chair Cushions

By: Denise Keegan

Blog: Divinely DIY 

Item: Lane Raglan and Leggings

By: Regan Smith

Blog: Sew Georgia Bliss

Item: Toddler Leggings

By: Isis Puente De Rodriguez

Item: Girl's Romper

By: Melanie Ancich

Shop: Stitched in Seattle

Item: Women's Vegan Leather Leggings

By: Nicole Salcido 

Item: Ashley Knit Ruffle Dress and Headband

By: Julia Chupp

Item: Girl's Knit Jacket

By: Audrey Gabhart

Blog: Skirt Fixation

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! Just email 1 to 2 images of your projects to gcblog(at)girlcharlee(dot)com along with your name for a chance to see it on our next KnitPicks.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team