May 30, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: 3-Seam Caftan Dress from Simple Simon & Company

If you're looking for the perfect Summer dress that you can sew up in a SNAP, look no further than this 3-Seam Caftan Tutorial from Elizabeth of Simple Simon & Company. With your body measurements, 3 simple seams, and no hemming required, this is a great project for beginners or busy sewists who want to add to their handmade wardrobe at a fast pace. Happy Sewing!


What I love most about this tutorial is that there is room for customization. Because the pattern is based on your measurements, you can make this Caftan in any size and length for both girls and women. For the waist, Elizabeth explains how to add shirring, or you can just sinch the dress in with the use of a belt (as shown above).

Just about any stretch knit fabric would be perfect for your new Caftan Dress! I would suggest starting your fabric search with Cotton Jersey and Cotton Lycra Blends. 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

May 26, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Pajama Party Sewing Pattern Capsule Collection


Being both comfortable AND stylish for bedtime and lounging around is easy to achieve with our all new Pajama Party Sewing Pattern Capsule! This capsule contains our picks of indie designer sewing patterns to create your own made-by-me sleep and loungewear collection that you won't ever want to take off. We have you covered for everything from steamy nights to summer campsite fun!  See the entire collection below along with on-trend fabrics from the shop, and find the entire Capsule Collection Series here.


The Ultimate Sleep Mask is a great starting point for new sewists while still being a fun and fulfilling project for those with more experience! Sew a classic satin sleep mask or have fun with a whimsical fox mask. While fold over elastic is suggested for the strap, any elastic is suitable, and the mask could even be made with long, ribbon ties. This pattern will walk you through to sew a mask with embroidery detail, a fox mask, bear, bunny, and cat mask.

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Get a restful night's sleep in the Night Garden Pajama Set. The wide-leg pants feature a satin ribbon tie, pockets, and a contrast cuff. Make them on their own or pair them with the simple, adjustable strap, camisole. Sleep tight...

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The Hudson pant is the piece of clothing that you will wear all of the time. It is comfortable enough to wear around the house, but can easily be dressed up to go run errands. The urban fit of these pants leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and then tapers into a skinny leg. 

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The Comfy Cozy Women’s Pajama PDF Pattern is the quintessential two piece pajama pattern! With so many options for customizing these for your body, you will have to make more than one pair! The pattern comes with long and short sleeve options, 5″ inseam short length, and 28″ or 30″ inseam pant length with instructions on how to make it longer if necessary. You can also choose to make the bottoms in high or mid rise. The legs and sleeves both have cuffs that look great in contrasting fabric. There is also an option to add a breast pocket and pants pockets with instructions to attach both. The possibilities are endless!

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The Clementine Slip is perfect for under semi-sheer dresses or for summery sleepwear. Sewn in stretch knits, this fitted slip is so comfortable to wear.

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This raglan sleepwear is inspired by the oversized sports t-shirts that are perfect to wear to bed. It has two length options: a longer, more traditional length gown that hits right below the knee and a shorter, and comfy long shirt that hits about mid thigh. There is also the option of either long, 3/4 length or short sleeves. The hem facings give a clean, finished look, with a peek-a-boo hem. It is practical and comfortable, but still cute with the curved hem & slits on the sides. 

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Whether your style is over-the-top, weekend casual, sophisticated, or any where in-between, “Mirabel” makes getting up in the morning just that much sweeter or staying up late that much nicer. “Mirabel” comes with two sleeve options: short or long, plus ties that will never fall off. Add one or a few to your weekend wardrobe.

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The Comfort Set will be your new go-to for selfish sewing! With both lounge pants and oversized tee instructions, you will have a cozy new wardrobe in no time! Choose from regular or hi-lo hems and short, 3/4 or long sleeves on the tee…two waistband versions and cuffled or elastic hems on the lounge pants…this pattern is packed full with options! Create the perfect set just for you!

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The Norah Nightgown and Panties is a three piece set designed for stretch knits. The nightgown bodice features a crossover or centered front and the cups have both gathering and darts as options. The nightgown has three lengths as well; a shorter sassy length, a mid-thigh length or a longer length. There are boyshort panties and thong panties included. The thong panties have both a high rise and low rise option as well. All pieces can be finished with lingerie elastic, fold over elastic or stretch lace. 
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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 pictures to gcblog@girlcharlee.com.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team