February 28, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: Tips & Tricks for Sewing Knits with The Sew and Tell Project

Many new customers contact us for advice on sewing with knits, and for this weeks Tutorial Tuesday we partnered with Genie and Eleri of The Sew and Tell Project to offer customers and readers Tips and Tricks for Sewing Knits using their favorite BOLT by Girl Charlee Cotton Spandex Knits. In their post, they share some of their incredibly useful knowledge on simple finishing techniques, cowl necks, and so much more. Enjoy!


To get started, Genie and Eleri used these two indie sewing patterns for their tops - Hey June Aurora Tee Sewing Pattern and Love Notions Womens La Bella Donna Top and Tunic Sewing Pattern. The techniques they demonstrate are perfect for just about any knit fabric sewing project, so be sure to shop our entire collection of indie sewing patterns here!


What I love most about this blog post is just how thorough it is! No matter your sewing experience level, you will learn something new! Between all of the techniques that they review, Genie and Eleri also talk about their tools (i.e. wonder clips to prevent fabrics from shifting and fusible hem tape for a perfect hem every time) along with which machines and stitches they use.


For both tops, Genie and Eleri used BOLT by Girl Charlee Knits. These high quality 100% Made in the USA combed cotton spandex knits are preshrunk and perfect for many applications, including beautiful tops, dresses, leggings, and more! 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!

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

February 24, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Indie Sewing Pattern Round Up



Some of our most popular independent pattern designers including 1 Puddle LaneKZJO'STUDIOStraight Stitch DesignsTrue Bias, and Thread Theory Designs have just released new season perfect sewing patterns! Take a closer look at each new pattern below, along with our selection of fabric pairings from the shop, and be sure to shop the complete selection of sewing patterns today at GirlCharlee.com. Enjoy!

Owner/designer of 1 Puddle Lane, Ann Martin, has been in the fashion industry for over 25 years and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to anything ‘Sewing’ related. Ann designs for kids as well as women and has patterns for all sewing skills so if you start with a beginner pattern you can advance to a more difficult design without changing designers. The PDF patterns are thoroughly tested and are full of so much information to help you make something fantastic for yourself of your child.
The Miss Frankie Mae pattern will be one of your favorite tops in your wardrobe. It is a beautiful, comfortable and feminine top to wear day or night. You can dress it up with satin pants and heels or dress it down with jeans and flats.

Try one of these fabrics:



KZJO'STUDIO
KZJO'STUDIO sewing patterns are "Clothes you'll love to make and love to wear!" Designer Kaysie Provence dreams up patterns in her Idaho based studio. Patterns often feature multiple variations that can help you to fill your closet with handmade clothing with professional touches that you will find yourself wearing over and over again.
KZJO'Studio Plum Blouse Sewing Pattern ::
Whether your style is classy, artsy, throw-on and go, or anywhere in-between, “Plum” takes you from the office to after work drinks to weekend getaways. Grab your favorite fabrics in bold prints or subtle solids to create your perfect over-sized “Plum” blouse. A soft sleeve keeps the blouse light. Add a “Plum” blouse or two to your handmade wardrobe.

Try one of these fabrics:
 


Designer Kimberly's patterns all come from her desire to be comfortable in her day to day life as a mom to two kids while still looking put together. The patterns she creates elevate your everyday 'uniform' from simply about comfort to style and comfort combined. All patterns come with step by step directions and nested pattern pieces to facilitate grading between sizes to insure a perfect fit.

WEDGWOOD is classic meets everyday with figure flattering pleats and two great lengths. Wedgwood can be made in either knee or midi length and a variety of fabrics, giving you the opportunity to really let your creativity take over. This skirt will transition through the seasons and with such classic lines will be a wardrobe staple for years to come.

Try one of these fabrics:

Kelli Ward, a NYC resident, is the designer behind True Bias Patterns. Kelli started her sewing blog 3 years ago and released her first pattern, the popular Hudson Pant, in 2014. Kelli creates sewing patterns for women and children with an urban flare and focuses on designs suited for an everyday lifestyle.


True Bias Southport Dress Sewing Pattern ::
The Southport dress is a tank style dress designed to be worn as a dress for around town or a coverup at the beach. It has a button opening at center front and a drawstring waist with inseam pockets. 

Try one of these fabrics:


Thread Theory Designs
Morgan and Matt began Thread Theory Designs in 2012 as a menswear sewing pattern company that strives to provide sewers with inspiring designs, accurate patterns, and easy to follow instructions for their menswear sewing projects. Thread Theory patterns are your go to patterns when you are looking to create garments with a modern fit and an emphasis on quality construction details.
A button-up shirt with all of the classic details and a modern, moderately slim fit. This design features a slim collar with collar stand, an optional chest pocket, flat felled seams and a yoke. The Fairfield includes regular sizing for slim to average figures and a separate set of pieces for larger figures to accommodate a rounded stomach.

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.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team
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