August 28, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Oliver + S

Girl Charlee Fabrics welcomes our newest sewing pattern designer - Oliver + S - to our collection of independent sewing patterns! Many schools are already back in session, and these trendy new patterns are sure to help your little ones stand out this year. Oliver + S Sewing Patterns are also so well designed, with thorough, easy-to-follow instructions, that you will want to sew them again and again. Below are a few of our favorites, but shop our entire selection of sewing patterns today!

Oliver + S
The iconic pattern brand that started the Indie pattern movement, Oliver + S creates sewing patterns for children’s clothing. Featuring in-depth sewing instructions and interesting design details, Oliver + S patterns provide a perfect canvas on which to base your unique creation.

Oliver + S Schoolbus T-Shirt 5 to 12 Sewing Pattern
This basic kid’s T-shirt sewing pattern can be made several different ways. With a long-sleeve and two short-sleeve options, you’ll get endless use from this easy and quick-to-sew style.

Try one of these fabrics:
Oliver & S Nature Walk Yoga Pants 5 to 12 Sewing Pattern
Let's take a stroll outside. These boy's or girl's easy-to-sew, casual, pull-on knit pants have a hidden elastic waist and are designed for knits with at least 25% stretch. They are extremely versatile and are sure to become a favorite.

Try one of these fabrics:
Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan 5 to 12 Sewing Pattern
This simple, yet versatile knit T-shirt is ready for all the exciting adventures headed your way. The pattern features raglan sleeves and an optional chest pocket for holding some of those small treasures that always get picked up along the way.

Try one of these fabrics:
Oliver & S Playtime Dress, Tunic, and Leggings 5 to 12 Sewing Pattern
This easy-to-sew dress and tunic pattern is designed for woven or knit fabrics. The topstitched pockets and mock Peter Pan collar add a cute, decorative element that can be dressed up or down depending on your fabric choices. The leggings are designed for knit fabrics and are made with just one pattern piece.

Try one of these fabrics:
View and purchase these sewing patterns and more on! 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

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

August 27, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: August Knit Picks

Welcome to our August Knit Picks Collection! Here you'll find a wide assortment of projects including skirts, tees, dresses, and more, each sewn up in different fabrics from Girl Charlee. Month after month, our customers continue to impress us with their talent and creativity! Thank you to everyone who submitted for this month's Knit Picks and please keep them coming.

Item: Mommy & Me Matching Skirts

Item: Infant Tank and Shorts

By: Hannah Matousek

Blog: Hannah Matousek

Item: Women's Dress

By: Trish Goodfellow

Item: Girl's Shorts

By: Angela Kijauskas

Blog: Work Pray Sew

Item: Women's Skirt

By: Stefanie Larsen

Blog: Oh Sew Stefanie

Item: Women's Dress 

By: Bonnie Wiscombe

Blog: Whisk 'em

Item: Women's Dress

By: Meagan Botterill
Item: Women's Tee

By: Amy Mayen

Blog: Sews N Bows

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

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Embrace Your Fix Contest Update Week 3

Girl Charlee Fabric's very own Heather Peterson is {Embracing} her own fix this month, and we have our next installment from Heather on her progress with sewing her August KnitFIX!
Hello Fellow Fixers! Just a couple of weeks left to get all your fabrics sewn up to enter to win the August KnitFix {Embrace} Your Fix sewing contest.  I really had to get myself into gear and knock out a few more last weekend while I had some time to sew.
I am really enjoying my new cone wall that my lovely husband installed for me.  It has a dual purpose of storing your serger thread cones, but also you can thread your serger right from the cones as they turn on their holders.  Oh and it looks amazing on the wall with all the different colors!  I got this idea from a small production seamstress friend of mine a few years back, so thank you Kim :)  
The Victory Patterns Nicola Dress Sewing Pattern & Technicolor Floral on Cream Jersey Rayon Spandex Knit
Since it was Saturday morning and I was fresh and ready to get sewing I decided to tackle the most fancy of the patterns that I selected to use, the Victory Patterns Nicola Dress Sewing Pattern.  This pattern says beginner, and while there is nothing that is overly complicated required, there is a lot of details included in the dress, so I would call it more advanced beginner.  
This fabric is really, really pretty!  The more I worked with it the more I really love it as it has a beautiful color palette and is super soft.
I spy darts....ARRRRGH!  I usually adjust the pattern to eliminate the darts when sewing with knits, but I decided to give them a try to see how it would work.
I was a bit rusty with darting but quickly got in the groove as the pattern has a lot of them.  I do not think I have put a dart in anything since my very first sewing class.  I had stupidly picked out a very complicated dress shirt pattern for my first project, and of course wanted to throw my sewing machine out the window by the end of it!
I used a satin nylon spandex lining fabric for the bottom.  It was a dream to work with and is super soft against the legs when the dress is on.
Added in of our old Girl Charlee clothing labels from back in the days when I made children's clothing out of vintage fabrics and trims...
All in all it took me about 4-5 hours to complete the dress.  Much more than I had thought, but I plan on wearing it at Quilt Market in October so I wanted it to be perfect!
The Delia Creates Pleated Pencil Skirt Sewing Pattern & Black Ethnic Arrow Ponte De Roma Knit
After the Nicola dress I was ready for a quick sew.  I am an instant sewing gratification kind of gal at heart (meaning I have no patience).  I love working with Ponte De Roma as it is just a stable knit, and I was looking forward to trying out the Delia Creates Pleated Pencil Skirt Sewing Pattern as it has a cute back kick pleat option that I thought would give the normal knit pencil shape some added interest.  Delia has a handy Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern Re-Mix tutorial on her blog that shows how to easily make this pattern in a knit.
  I used the Black Ethnic Arrow Ponte De Roma fabric, but instead of a self fabric back waistband I used a 2" fancy finished black stretch waistband elastic that I had picked up on a trip to LA.  It stretches without puckering like a normal encased elastic waistband will and is super soft against the skin.
TA DAAA!  It only took about 20 minutes which made me very happy.  It fits really well and I will certainly be getting a lot of wear out of this.
4 fabrics down and 2 more to go.  The collection is coming together and I love it!
Next up is the Bonnie Top and Lillie Dress.  See you then!

We cannot wait to see your entries to the Girl Charlee Fabrics KnitFix Sewing Contest!  This month we are challenging each of our Fixers to {Embrace} Your KnitFix and sew up each of your included 6 fabrics for a chance to win one of three FREE September KnitFix.  How it works:
  • Purchase an August KnitFix from Girl Charlee Fabrics while quantities last.
  • Sew up each of the 6 included fabrics from a KnitFix, no swapping or selling or substitution of different fabrics is allowed.  The idea is to use the original 6 fabrics included in your KnitFix.  If you purchased more than one KnitFix, pick the bag you like the best and sew up those 6, no mixing and matching please!
  • You can use any sewing pattern.
  • By September 6th*, create a photo album with all 6 of your completed fabric creations on our KnitFix Facebook group and hashtag #embraceyourfix #girlcharlee.  If you are not on Facebook, be sure to tag @girlcharlee and use the hashtags #embraceyourfix #girlcharlee so we can find you.  If you want to email us your entries, please send them to
  • Three lucky winners will be randomly drawn and announced on Monday September 7th!
*Entries must be posted on social media by September 6th at 11:59PM PT. Contest open to contestants with a contiguous USA shipping address only.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team