June 30, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday :: Color Block Shirt Tutorial from Alida Makes

With Girl Charlee Fabrics full of so many lovely new prints, sometimes I can't decide what to make with all of them! Color blocked garments are the perfect solution because you can mix different prints and solids in unique and unexpected ways. I recently stumbled upon this amazing Color Block Shirt Tutorial from Alida Lee of Alida Makes and now I can hardly wait to sew one up for myself!
The instructions are so simple that you'll be done in no time! Additionally, Alida  links to this helpful post for further instruction on sewing the neckline and pocket.
For a t-shirt, you'll want to use a light to mid weight knit like Cotton Jersey or Cotton Lycra. The fun thing about color blocking is that you can mix different solids, stripes, and prints for a unique look every time! 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 KnitPicks!

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

June 26, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Liesl + Co. and Patterns for Pirates




Girl Charlee New Arrivals are filling up with stylish new sewing patterns from our indie pattern designers. Today we have new patterns from Liesl & Co. and Patterns for Pirates, that are perfect for the season. You and your family are going to love these new patterns. See a few of our favorites here, and be sure to shop the complete selection of sewing patterns at Girl Charlee today!


Liesl Gibson, a New York FIT graduate, designs Liesl + Co. digital patterns for women. As the creative force behind Oliver + S, these well made and stylish patterns are sure to be your new go to favorites!



This simple wrap skirt has great style. It includes pockets, a curved hem, and a hem facing that makes for a clean and elegant finish. You’ll love how this extremely versatile skirt dresses up or down. This is an intermediate sewing pattern. Pattern has sizes 0-20. Suggested fabrics are medium weight woven fabrics such as twill or denim.

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This simple pull-on top is designed for knit fabrics with a little or a lot of stretch. View A features three-quarter-length sleeves while View B has short sleeves. Both styles include a bateau neck with topstitching detail and simple side vents, as well as a flattering fit. You’ll love the look, feel, and versatility of this shirt, which is also an essential wardrobe basic. Instructions include detailed information for adding a bust dart for a more flattering full-busted fit. This is a beginner level sewing pattern. Pattern has sizes 0-20.


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Relaxed-fit pull-on tunic or dress. The tunic features cuffed three-quarter-length sleeves and a one-piece collar. The dress includes in-seam pockets, button-cuff full-length sleeves, and a band collar. Both versions include an inset front placket with a fun pleated detail, an inverted box pleat at back, and a curved shirttail hem that’s slightly longer in back. This is an intermediate sewing pattern. Pattern has sizes 0-20.

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Patterns for Pirates
Designer Judy started off drafting PDF Patterns for her son because she wasn't finding enough boy patterns out there in the ready to wear style she loved for him. Now she's ventured into patterns for the whole family! Boys, girls, women’s, and mens too! Judy loves modern, trendy wear that is comfortable so you will find lots of knit patterns due to a love of a soft knit garment.
Patterns for Pirates Free Spirit Tank Sewing Pattern ::
This beginner knit pattern is that perfect wardrobe staple for those warmer months! Simple, comfortable, and you can dress it comfortable in tunic with leggings, or dress it up! With full back and racerback options you can change up the look. Included lengths are: cropped, shirt, tunic, and dress! And added to that are 4 different hemlines: side dipped, high low, hankerchief, and curved. You could make one for everyday of the summer with a different option combo!

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This beginner pattern has LOTS of options! They are super comfortable and can be made with knit or woven. They have the option of plain work out length (to knee) and BBall length (mid to below knee), side panels, in seam pockets, and tutorial also gives instructions on how to add stripes and piping to panels. This pattern comes with sizes XXS (Boys 16) to XXXL.

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Patterns for Pirates Matey Muscle Tank Sewing Pattern ::
This beginner knit pattern is so quick and easy! You're little one will be so comfortable and cute they will get so much wear from this style! The shirt is an "athletic fit" meaning not baggy, but not fitted :) Modern fit!! This is the boys version of the Mens Muscle Tank. This pattern comes with sizes 3 months to 14 years. 

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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

June 25, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: June Knit Picks

Welcome to our June Knit Picks Collection! Our customers have been sewing up the cutest summer looks with their Girl Charlee Fabrics! Check out these amazingly creative outfits for inspiration on your season-perfect, handmade wardrobe. Thank you to everyone who submitted for this month's Knit Picks and please keep them coming.  

Item: Women's Top

By: Erin Wilson

Item: Toddler's Shirt

By: Brittney Laidlaw

Blog: Sewing for Four

Item: Women's Maxi Dress

By: Rachel

Blog: Sew RED-y


Item: Women's Outfit

By: Kim Fredrick 

Fabric: KnitFix Fabric

Item: Girl's Dress 

By: Rebecca












Item: Baby Outfit

By: Juanita Browne



Item: Mommy and Me Tees

By: Nicole Kistler

Fabric: KnitFix Fabric













Item: Women's Hoodie

By: Kristi Andres

Blog: Kopycat & Kidz 


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