Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekly Wound Up


Are you keeping warm in this crazy winter weather? Two of my boys have been home sick ALL week. And it sounds like we're not the only ones! I do have to say, though, that one good thing has come from it.  My kindergartner has been watching my every move and asking all kinds of questions about my sewing projects. So fun! It slowed me down a bit, but also made it all that much more rewarding. Anyway, here's a little more of what has been going on around CKC this week:  

New Releases


On Monday we released some new trendsetter designs for both women and tweens!  Bebe's Fitted Vest and Stormy's Skater Skirt are perfect for work or play! Bebe's darts and elastic casing back and Stormy's cute pleats and high waist ensure a great fit and flattering look. Both are quick sews and you need these for your last-minute stylish outfits!



Then on Wednesday we released FIVE new baby patterns! Take a look at how adorable they are! We now have Katy's dress, Nova's top/dress, Suzie's top/dress, Mia's dress, and Cora's top/dress, all in baby sizes. These are adorable on the littles and absolutely perfect for spring, summer, and especially Easter! All of these patterns are also available in girls' sizes, so you can even make a matching sister set. 


Yesterday we released Larkin's Fancy Party Dress! This versatile pattern has options that are perfect for every day wear, or a little bit frilly for a birthday, or even an over-the-top fancy princess dress! Larkin has fixed straps, and without the optional sash there are no knots or ties for delicate ladies! The pattern is on sale for 30% off so grab it today! 


On the Blog


The only thing better than a super cute bag pattern is a super cute bag pattern that is FREE! Using our tutorial on the blog, you can make your tote bag either tall or wide, depending on what you want to use it for! I love that it is fully lined and reversible. It also has a nice flat bottom so the contents don't get smashed together when you pick it up. The straps are nice and sturdy and the seams are all enclosed in the layers. It's an all-around fabulous bag! Come sew it today or pin it for later!

Weekend Sale


This weekend we have Jeanette's Ruffle Back Knit Dress on sale for 50% off! Jeanette's has two sleeve length options, an attached sash, and of course those gorgeous ruffles in back that make it much more than just a comfy knit dress! Get it today while it's half off and your pretty girl will be very happy!



Tabitha's Knit T-Shirt Dress and Top is also on sale for half off this weekend! If you're looking for the perfect knit play dress pattern or a cute top to be worn with leggings, Tabitha's is the one you want! It comes with several options and is a pretty quick sew. Not only that, but Tabitha's is available in girls, tweens, and baby sizes -- and all three sizes are 50% off this weekend! Don't wait too long to grab them! 




That's it for our Weekly Wound Up. The calendar tells me that February is almost over; can you believe it?  I hope you have a wonderful start to the new month of March!  Maybe it will be a lucky one for all of us.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Free Tote Bag Tutorial

 The only thing better than a super cute bag pattern is a super cute bag pattern that is FREE!  And that's exactly what we have for you today, straight from Tiffany herself. 


Aren't they adorable?  With our tutorial, you can make your tote bag either tall or wide, depending on what you want to use it for!  I love that it is fully lined and reversible. It also has a nice flat bottom so the contents don't get smashed together when you pick it up. The straps are nice and sturdy and the seams are all enclosed in the layers. It's an all-around fabulous bag! 








With our easy steps, you'll have your own bag made in no time!  And don't forget to come share your finished photos with us in our sewing group on Facebook!  We can't wait to see which fabrics you chose to make your tote bag perfect just for you.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekly Wound Up



As I'm looking through this week's Wound Up material, I'm noticing that WOW, we have a lot to cover! Did you know that we added a new category to our website this week AND that we're having a big giveaway? You don't want to miss out on any of this, so let's get on with the excitement!

New Releases



On Monday we released four new upsizes! Dawn's Darling Fitted Top for women can be dressed up or down for many different looks. Lyric's Knit High Low Ruffle Dress for women has a classy high low hem line with double ruffle on bottom and lengthening/shortening instructions to make many different looks. We even include instructions to leave the ruffles off! 



Donna's Tween Knit Top is a great comfortable knit top with a V color block option that your tween is sure to love! Vivian's Tween Peasant Top is wonderful to wear with jeans or a skirt. Or you can even leave the sash off and wear it under a dress for layering!



Then on Wednesday we had two new knit patterns to announce! First of all, Jasmine’s Knit Bubble Shorts, Capris, and Pants feature a knit waistband with no elastic, a sash option, and cute cuffs on the bottom of the legs.


Maybi's Knit Dress and Tunic features an optional neck ruffle, fun pick-ups on the skirt, and three sleeve lengths to choose from. Mabi's is perfect year-round as a dress by itself, or paired with leggings or shorts.



Then just yesterday we released Octavia's Ruched Bodice Dress and Top! From it's ruched top front bodice to the French curve criss-cross tie strap back bodice, this adorable little dress is like nothing you've seen before! The darling pleated skirt includes short top and dress lengths and is a great way to showcase your favorite fabrics!! Perfect for spring and summer, be sure you grab this pattern today while it's 30% off!

On the Blog



Look at this fun scrapbuster crochet project we posted for you on the blog this week! Come learn how to make a beanie hat AND how to add some really fun embellishments to it using treasures from your scrap pile! 

Announcements



Excellent news for all of our fans who also embroider: Bobbin For Appliqueshas teamed up with Create Kids Couture to create exclusive embroidery, appliqué, and ITH designs. These designs will ONLY be available on our site and will include some items that will be custom to fit our patterns. Come and see our first designs at www.CreateKidsCouture.com



Have you been wanting to learn to sew but don't have the money to invest in a sewing machine, fabric, and patterns? Well, we are holding a giveaway just for YOU! We want to spread the love of sewing and what better time than with our CKC Academy starting next Wednesday!?! So head on over to our blog and read all about this new giveaway and how to enter. Giveaway ends at 12 am, Monday, Feb. 23rd. If you already have a sewing machine and a fab stash of fabric and patterns, then please be sure to share this with your friends and family who have been wanting to learn!

Weekend Sales


Monroe's Wrap Dress is 50% off all weekend long! Monroe's features reverse-knot straps and a faux wrap skirt with gorgeous ruffles! Your little girl will love wearing this dress for special occasions and every day wear. Be sure to grab it while it's half off! 


Also on sale this weekend is Dahlia's Flutter Dress and Top in all sizes! Dahlia's features unique double flutters, three dress lengths to choose from, and those adorable pockets that your girl will love! And while it is priced at 50% off, be sure to get all the sizes you will want later on too: Doll, Baby, Girl, and Tween!


And as a bonus sale to kick off our CKC Academy this coming week, you can also get Malyn's Pretty Peasant Dress for just $2.00! That's right, just two dollars! We really want you to come join in the fun (and this is a steal) so don't wait too long to grab it! Baby Malyn's is on sale too, for 50% off.



Whew!  See, that was quite the Weekly Wound Up, wasn't it?  Thanks for sticking around. We hope you have a fabulous weekend of sewing!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CKC Academy Giveaway

We are so excited about our CKC Academy that begins next week (you can read more about it HERE) and we really wanted to start it off with a bang! But how to make it bigger and better is always the question we're stuck with. Since the first Sew-Along is tailored around learning to sew and is set to begin next Wednesday, February 28, we just knew we had to do something fabulous! How about a fun giveaway? The first of 2015 even; yet, another reason to make it B.I.G.! For help on what to do, we looked back to our old giveaways to see what's done well. Let's just say there was NO competition. We were the first PDF pattern company to give away a sewing machine so why not do it again?


This giveaway is just perfect for the beginner seamstress. If you have always wanted to learn to sew, well now is your chance! You will receive a Janome 3128 Sewing Machine, a $50 gift card to Jo-Ann Fabrics, and all 9 of the CKC Academy patterns that we have planned to use! This is the perfect bundle to get you started on your new adventure....and possible addiction! lol. You will even receive everything in time to participate in Wednesday's Sew-Along! We are on the fast track so this contest won't last long. It's open from now until 12am on Monday, February 23rd. This will ensure that you receive it by Wednesday via Amazon Prime shipping!

If you already have an awesome sewing machine and a fab stash of fabrics, but still want to participate in the CKC sewing Academy then you can purchase the first pattern now! We have Malyn's Pretty Peasant Dress on sale for just $2 and Malyn's in Babies sizes on sale for just $3.50, you can view them on sale HERE! The sale on these patterns will end when the giveaway ends so don't miss out. Even if you are an experienced seamstress this is a fast and easy pattern that you should have in your collection!




To enter the giveaway, follow all of the instructions below! Please be sure to share this opportunity with all your friends and family that you know have been wanting to learn to sew. We really want to spread the love of sewing with even more people <3


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Scrappy Mohawk Hat


  
Hello CKC friends!  Kristi here with a super fun crochet project that you can create with all of those leftover scraps!  We all have them cluttering up our work area…let’s make something that’s a design all of your own!





What you’ll need:
Scraps of yarn, ribbon, tulle, fabric, etc.
Crochet I-hook
Scissors


STEP 1 – Crochet the Base Hat
Follow the crochet pattern listed below, making sure to use a new color of yarn (perfect for those yarn scraps) for every round.  And if you get halfway through a round and run out of that color, just switch to a new one!  The crazier the colors, the better!




Child Size Beanie Pattern
Working in rounds:

Round 1 - Ch 3, 8 hdc in first ch  (8 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 2 - Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around.  (16 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 3 - Ch 2, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (24 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 4 - Ch 2, hdc in first 2 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (32 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 5 - Ch 2, hdc in first 3 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (40 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 6 - Ch 2, hdc in first 4 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (48 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 7 - Ch 2, hdc in first 5 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 5 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (56 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 8 - Ch 2, hdc in first 13 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 13 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (60 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 9 - Ch 2, hdc in each st around.  (60 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Rounds 10-17 - Repeat Round 9.
Round 18 - Ch 1, sc in each st around.  (60 st)  Join with a sl st to first sc.

Finish off.

STEP 2 – Marking the Hat for the Mohawk
Once your beanie is finished, you can now mark the stitches for the mohawk.  Your mohawk will be four-five stitches wide.  Pick any stitch of the last round to start and mark the two stitches on either side of it with stitch markers or pieces of yarn.  Find the very top of your hat and mark the two stitches on either side of that also.  Now mark the stitches in line with the marks.  Repeat this on the back of your hat.





STEP 3 – Cutting the Scraps
The best part about this project is…you can use any scraps you want!  Use all yarn, all fabric…or mix and match!  Don’t forget tulle and ribbons and feathers and lace!  Anything goes! 
*Bonus if you can get happy helpers to do the scrap-cutting!* 

Using a pinking shears, cut pieces of fabric 1” x 7”
Cut ribbon, lace and yarn 7” long
Cut tulle 3” x 6”



  
STEP 4 – Tying the Scraps
Once you have a big pile of scraps cut, you can start tying them randomly on the hat, making sure to stay in-between the stitch markers.  There’s no right or wrong way, any certain order, or how many you need to use!  Have fun with it!
 If you are unsure the best way to tie the scraps, I took these photos to show how I make the knots.  I find this way makes the ties stand up a little better!





Once you go all the way down the hat, you’re finished! 
This project is great for kids and adults!  Crochet the hat and hand it to your son or daughter to finish it up with scraps!  How fun is it to make something together?





Happy Hooking,
Kristi

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

Last week we took a little break from the Weekly Wound Up and newsletter. Did you notice? We were on vacation and then returned wearing black mouse ears and big smiles on our faces. I bet you can guess where we went!  It was a magical time full of memories. Then we jumped right back into the fun here at CKC and  have had a pretty exciting week! And on top of that, this weekend is Natalie's 7th birthday! Be sure to stick around so you can see how we're going to celebrate! You're invited!  But first, let's take a look at our new releases: 

New Releases


If your little princess is dreaming of glass slippers, Elora's Enchanted Princess Dress is the perfect pattern to create the look she wants! Elora's features a full shoulder sash, a fitted bodice using buttons on the V back, and a full double-layer skirt. The princess skirts are attached to the waistline with a V in both front and back, and you won't believe how easy it is to achieve this perfect princess look! Elora's is available in both Girl and Tween sizes, just in time for the new movie releasing next month! 



Then this week we also released two new doll patterns! First is Trinity's Tiered Twirly Dress, which has a peasant style bodice, three sleeve lengths, and can be made as a top or a dress. The second pattern is Winnie's Hooded Dress and Sweatshirt! Now you can bundle up your doll in fleece for the cold winter days. It has a hood with two different optional ears, and a kangaroo pocket in front. 




Just yesterday we released three new crochet patterns!  First up is the adorable and super easy Sidda's Pixie Bonnet! With all of the options including ruffle trim, a woven style and the simple version, this bonnet is a must have to coordinate with all your outfits! Doll to adult sizes included!


Next up, Petra's Pretty Collar pack has three beautiful accent collar tutorials! Make a fancy picot collar, a classy ribbon-tie collar, or a unique rosette necklet! So pretty!


And last, but certainly not least, get Hunger Games inspired with Kat's Cowl Vest! Made with super bulky weight yarn, you'll have everyone talking about your fabulous and trendy vest! This pattern includes women's sizes XS-XL! 

On the Blog


 Our free tutorial for a Girl's Infinity Scarf will be sure to please (and warm up) your little cutie! This project is easy to sew, and if you have never used knit before, this is a great place to start! 



This week we added a new episode to our Sewing 101 series! If you're new to sewing and want to know how to make different types of hems, this week's blog post is a great place to see them up close! 

Weekend Sale


To celebrate Natalie's 7th birthday on Valentine's Day, we are having a huge weekend sale! From now until Sunday at 9 pm EST, everything on our website is 30% off! Just use the coupon code "NATALIE" at checkout to get the discount.

Note: The coupon code is valid only on our website and cannot be combined with tiered pricing.

Here's your chance to stock up on all the patterns that have been waiting on your wish list!  Our big sales don't come very often, so enjoy your shopping! 


That's all for this Weekly Wound Up. Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day, her birthday, or the 3-day weekend coming up (or all of them!), we hope you have a wonderful weekend full of sewing and happiness! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sewing 101: How to Hem


If you were to ask the question, "How do I make a hem?", you would get an overwhelming variety of answers. The fact is, there are a lot of ways to hem clothing! We thought it would be helpful to cover this topic as the next episode in our Sewing 101 series, so today we are here to have a little chat about hems! 




A hem is the bottom finished edge on clothing. We can hem pants, skirts, dresses, shirts, sleeves -- pretty much anything made of fabric. Even curtains need to be hemmed. So it is a pretty important skill to understand! Today we will discuss a few of the most common types of hems: 


ROLLED HEMS


Rolled hems are used a lot in our CKC patterns, partly because they look so great on ruffles! There are a few different ways to do rolled hems and each pattern will tell you how. But in case you haven't made it into a pattern yet, here is a quick overview of the types of rolled hems you can do, and how to do them: 


Rolled Hem Using a Serger: This tends to be a favorite among boutiques who want to sew quickly and have a beautiful finish. Some people prefer a small and tight rolled hem, while others like it to be wider. If you have a serger and want to learn how to do a rolled hem, this blog post on Serging 101: Threading for a Rolled Hem will help you out! 




Rolled Hem on a Sewing Machine Using a Rolled Hem Foot: Most sewing machines have a special foot attachment available for purchase that is called a Rolled Hem Foot. It is shown in the photo above and we have a CKC blog post that teaches how to use a narrow rolled hem foot. It has step-by-step photos and even a video! Basically, the rolled hem foot helps keep the edge in a nice roll as it stitches. 




Rolled Hem on a Sewing Machine: If you do not have a serger or a special foot for rolled hems, no problem!  You can still create beautiful rolled hems. To make a rolled hem using a sewing machine, fold the edge 1/4" to the wrong side and iron. Then fold another 1/4" to the wrong side. Sew along the fold, as shown above. This process is a little slower than the previous methods, but it turns out really nice and I actually prefer to make my rolled hems this way!  




Rolled Hem by Serging then Folding: This method combines two of the ones mentioned previously and it is very quick for those who want to use a serger without changing settings for a rolled hem. To do this, you start by serging the bottom raw edge of the fabric. Then fold the serged edge up toward the wrong side of the fabric and sew it in place using your sewing machine. That's it! The finished hem will look like the photo above on the right. 




FOLDED or TRADITIONAL HEMS

Many patterns call for a traditional folded hem. This generally means that there will be two folds to enclose the raw edge of the fabric. The measurements of the hem will depend on how much the pattern tells you to fold.  For example, it might tell you to fold 1/2" and then 1".  For this tutorial I will show you how to make a hem that is 1/4" and then 1/2", but keep in mind that it varies from pattern to pattern.   



First, use an iron to fold the edge 1/4" to the wrong side, as shown above.  



Once you have ironed the whole edge, go back and fold an additional 1/2" to the wrong side. Iron so it is nice and crisp, pinning every few inches as you go.



Sew along the inner fold, close to the edge.  Your traditional folded hem is now done! 




OTHER HEM IDEAS

There are many other ways to finish the bottom edges of clothing that may or may not be referred to as hems, depending on who you ask, but I want to include them here so you can see more options. 



For example, you can make a bias trim hem, as shown here on Lindsay's skirt.  



Or you can end clothing in a cuff at the bottom, such as Baby Jeffrey's



And whether or not a pattern calls for it, you can also add lace and other trims to the edges of your hems! You can read more about how to add lace on our CKC blog post here



I hope this gives you a good overview of how to do some of the more popular techniques for clothing hems. Now you're all ready to get started on that cute outfit you've been dying to make!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen