April 17, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday :: High-Low T-Shirt with FREE Sewing Pattern from So Sew Easy

Pairing tunic length tops with stretch leggings or other bottoms is a popular go-to when you want to be cozy and covered up. This High-Low T-Shirt Tutorial with FREE Sewing Pattern from Mayra of So Sew Easy is stylish to wear and also designed with the comfort of athleisure in mind, making it the perfect wardrobe essential. Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!

One thing that I love about Mayra's sewing tutorials is that they are so thorough, with clear images and written directions that take you every step of the way. At the bottom of her tutorial, she also links to helpful resources like how to lengthen your t-shirt and how to create bell sleeves.


Most cozy stretch knit fabrics like Cotton Jersey and Cotton Lycra will be perfect for your new shirt! 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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April 13, 2018

NEW Sewing Patterns from Mountain Ash Design



Today we welcome Mountain Ash Designs into our collection of indie children's sewing patterns! These knit-friendly sewing patterns are designed for ease of movement and are perfect for little ones who practice gymnastics, dancing, swimming, and much more! Below is more about Mountain Ash Designs, along with a few of our favorite new patterns paired with coordinating fabrics from the shop. Enjoy!



Mountain Ash Designs
Mountain Ash Designs specialises in patterns for active people leading active lives. Garments are designed for comfort when wearing and freedom of movement, with a focus on gymnastics wear, dance wear, swim wear and everyday basics. Mountain Ash Designs patterns will ensure you are ready to dance, tumble, swim, perform and play.


Make your own singlet tops, yoga shorts and skirts using this pdf sewing pattern. For the singlet top there are 2 choices included in the pattern. A classic round neckline at the front and back or a classic neckline at the front and a 'V' neckline at the back. For the skirts there is the choice of a slim fitting A-Line skirt or a full circle skirt. Shorts can either be worn as they are or can be added to the skirt to allow for more modest hanstands and cartwheels. Both the skirts and the shorts have a soft stretchy yoga waistband (no elastic needed!).

Try one of these fabrics:
Sew your own beautiful ballet costumes with this pdf sewing pattern. This sewing pattern includes options for beautiful modern, lyrical or classic dance costumes. Two options are included in the pattern. The basic pattern includes a leotard with a plain bodice and soft net dance skirt. The second option includes a princess bodice leotard with soft flutter sleeves and soft floating circle skirt.

Try one of these fabrics:
Sew your own Summer pjs using this pdf sewing pattern. Lucy features shorts and a fitted singlet top. Pyjamas are quick to sew up and comfortable to wear.

Try one of these fabrics:
Elizabeth features 2 styles of leotard with an attached handkerchief skirt. The first style has a round neck at the back, making it a simple, classic and easy to sew up dance costume. The second style features ribbon lacing at the back for an elegant design that goes beyond the basics.

  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

April 10, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday :: Girl's Midi Dress from It's Always Autumn


Using an existing long sleeve t-shirt from your little ones wardrobe, learn to create the perfect fitting sewing pattern with this Girl's Midi Dress Tutorial from Autumn Baldwin of It's Always Autumn! With added elastic at the waistline for shaping, this dress is perfect for many different occasions. Click here for the entire tutorial and happy sewing!


Autumn uses freezer paper to create her sewing pattern but you could use any paper that you have. When tracing the shirt pieces, Autumn points out that you should add seam allowance anywhere there is a seam, but not at a fold.


Autumn uses a Brushed Poly Spandex for her dress, but you could also use any other stretchy knits including Cotton Lycra. 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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