October 16, 2014

October Customer Spotlight :: Marta Gian of TITOT

Our October Customer Spotlight is the talented seamstress Marta Gian of TITOT. Marta aims to make "the cutest clothing and accessories for babies and their mommas." Her business has steadily grown since it's beginning in April 2014. What started as piano key covers has now expanded to include leggings, baby shoes, blankets, and so much more. I'm so excited to follow her shop and see what she adds to her collection next!  

About Marta ::

It all started when my husband bought a piano for me. I was in search of a cute piano cover, but was having difficulty finding one. I searched all over the internet and wasn’t able to find anything but a piece of fabric that comes with the piano. I decided to go to the fabric store and make something myself. I found some cute fabric with music notes and some grey fleece. After 13 years of not having to deal with the sewing machine, I made the cover! It turned out so nicely that I decided to make more.  I started a shop on Etsy so others could buy them, too.

This was also around the time that I was pregnant with my second child. I had a need to make clothing for my babies and just happened to come across some cute knit fabrics. That's when it took off! My husband and I knew that we would be relocating soon, and since I always wanted to run my own business I decided to open one in my homeland, Poland. The plan was to only make leggings and baby shoes, but with the need it grew to include blankets, headbands, infinity scarves and more!
I love that my babies and I use what I create and that everybody can enjoy being clothed and accessorized with my cute products. I have customers all around the world, and it makes me very happy that my work is appreciated.

Visit Marta's website and Etsy shop, like her on Facebook, and follow her Instagram to see all of her adorable products!
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Marta. If you would like to be featured in our next Customer Spotlight post, email gcblog(at)girlcharlee(dot)com and we will get in touch.

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

October 15, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Indie Sewing Patterns Round Up

We have exciting new patterns from four of our independent sewing pattern designers at Girl Charlee this week!  See Kate Sew, Salvage Designs, Delia Creates and Winter Wear Designs each have a new pattern (or two!), just perfect for sewing up in some of our new fall-riffic fabrics.  Enjoy!

See Kate Sew

Kate Blocher is a young and highly driven fashion enthusiast. She turns her love of creating into DIY tutorials, refashions and sewing tips as content creator of seekatesew.com. Kate is also a happy wife and mother of two. She loves clothes, running, stacks of fabric and everything about sewing!
The City Girl is a stylish and modern A-line garment with three lengths: top, tunic and dress! The yoked bodice with gathered front makes the city girl perfect for any body type! Choose to add a super fun cowl collar or leave it off for a top perfect for warmer weather. The city girl pattern will cover your sewing bases for all seasons, whether you live in the city or the country! This pattern comes with sizes XXS through XL. This is a confident beginner sewing pattern. Suggested fabrics are medium weight knits with at least 30% stretch such as cotton jersey, cotton lycra, french terry, interlock or ponte de roma.

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Selvage Designs

At Selvage Designs, our goal is to bring you modern and functional sewing patterns that you’ll keep in your stash for years to come. Most of our designs feature simple lines with a surprising detail – a unique way of arranging the pieces, an unexpected cutout or a fun construction detail. Many of our patterns are designed for knits for maximum comfort and wearability.
FOXGLOVE is a racerback tank with a hi-low hem and very subtle, scoop V-neck. It works great for knits OR wovens, and is easily sewn up so you can get to that barbecue looking fabulous in your new top! Detailed instructions are included for modifying the length of the top to accommodate longer torsos, taller women and larger busts. This pattern comes with sizes 00 through 20. This is a beginner level sewing pattern. Suggested fabrics are light to medium weight knits such as cotton jersey, cotton lycra or ponte de roma or a lightweight woven such as crepe de chine, rayon challis or peach skin.

Try one of these fabrics: 
Delia Creates 

Hi! I'm Delia Randall. I'm the face behind Delia Creates Patterns and the blog deliacreates.com. After blogging for about three years, I tried my hand at pattern making and fell in love with creating my own designs! I love clean lines, and classic silhouettes with modern appeal. I appreciate practical beauty and strive to incorporate that in all my designs.
Named for the closed kick pleat it sports in the back. This high-waisted, knee length pencil skirt gently hugs the hips, slightly forgives the waist, and tapers in at the knees to create a flattering yet modest silhouette. It zips up at the side with an invisible zipper and is fully lined, giving you a professional looking finished skirt. This pattern comes with sizes 2 through 18. This is a confident beginner/intermediate level sewing pattern. Suggested fabrics are light to medium weight wovens such as crepe de chine, rayon challis, peach skin, denim or wool. 


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Delia also did a Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern Remix Tutorial using a mid to heavy weight  knit fabric.  
Try one of these fabrics:
Winter Wear Designs

Winter Wear Designs are PDF sewing patterns created and designed by Suzanne Winter. As a mother of three, Suzanne understands the importance of stylish yet WEARABLE clothing for both women and children. She hopes her collection will inspire more people to sew with confidence. Suzanne grew up sewing at home, she then studied costume design in college. As a professional photographer she has an eye for detail and a desire to make all people feel great about how they look!
 Winter Wear Designs Women's Aviator Pants Sewing Pattern
The Women's Aviator Pants are knit pants that are perfect for all year round. These do not have a button or zipper so they are super comfy and easy to take on and off. While they do have a knit waist yoga style waistband, they also include an option for drawstring with elastic, or just elastic to make sure those pants stay up and in place. Need something for warmer weather? Make the Aviator Capris, of course! This pattern is available in sizes XXS through 3XL and is recommended for advanced beginners. Suggested fabrics are medium to heavy weight knits such as stretch denim, sweatshirt, ponte de roma, french terry or cotton lycra. 

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 Follow Girl Charlee Fabrics's board Perfect Sewing Patterns for Knits on Pinterest.
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

October 14, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Simple Chiffon Back Top by Lexi Made

I love mixed media projects, especially when it puts together two of my favorite fabrics like knits and wovens.  Lexi of Lexi Made put together this adorable sewing tutorial for a girl's knit top with a chiffon back.   This top is a perfect mix of comfort and style and is a great project for beginners to try.  Try mixing different patterns and fabrics to find a fun, unique look! 
When drafting her sewing pattern pieces, Lexi uses a simple, fitted tee, though she adds long sleeves and a curved hemline for a high-low back. After cutting the knit fabric pieces, cut the back so that it curves upwards and ends right under the armpit. With the woven fabric, cut a curve at the top that matches the curve in the knit and add about 2 inches to the width to allow for some small gathers. 
To create a gathering effect in the top middle of the woven fabric, baste stitch along the top without backstitching on either side. Then, you can pull at the threads to gather the fabric together. You'll want to make it so that your gathers line up perfectly with the width of the knit fabric. Sew your pieces together, and you're done!
Lexi decided to make matching mommy and me tops. LOVE! 
Most knits (like a Cotton JerseyCotton Lycra, or French Terry) would be perfect for the front of this top. A few of my picks from the store:
Use a Specialty Woven Fabric for the back of the top to create a similar look. A few of my picks from the store:
We hope you enjoy this tutorial and 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