Saturday, October 10, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

What is your favorite part of knowing how to sew? It's something to think about. This week my son needed a last minute costume piece for their homecoming dress-up days at school so I quickly whipped up a bow-tie for him using Emmett's. Then my daughter found that her jazz shorts weren't fitting the way she liked so I made a quick pair for her just in time for dance class, using Callie's. Another day my first-grader was wearing his favorite shirt during breakfast and spilled syrup ALL over it -- I was able to dodge that meltdown with the promise of a new, even cooler shirt by the time he got home from school. Whew! So even aside from all the over-the-top cuteness that our patterns provide, I think that sewing is just a great skill to have for every day life -- whether you're a parent, grandparent, neighbor, or friend! Yay for sewing! Anyway, enough about my family adventures. Now let's take a look at everything that went on in the world of CKC this week! 

New Releases

Our first new release is Cynthia's Babydoll Pageant Dress. The simple bodice is a pretty base for decorating with all kinds of embellishments, and the classic fishing line hem is sure to get her noticed! You can choose from finger tip length or a casual length, making this pattern perfect for everything from pageants to parties to costumes and more!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Floppy Bonnet

Are you ready for another free pattern today?  It's costume season for most of us, so let's learn how to make a floppy bonnet! You could use it for Bo Peep, Strawberry Shortcake, gingerbread girl, and a variety of other characters. 

Today's tutorial comes to us from Tosha, the designer of our dance wear patterns at CKC.  That's her little cutie above. Let's get started! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Watermarking Photos

We get quite a few questions in our patterns group about how to watermark photos, so today we're going to have a little lesson on it!  A watermark is basically any mark you choose to put on your photos to identify your brand, and to hopefully protect the photos from being used without your permission.  It is not at all difficult to add and it can even be a little fun! 

First of all, you will choose what you want your watermark to look like.  It may be your boutique name, your logo if you have one, or even a small photo or icon. It doesn't have to be anything official; just something that identifies your photo as your own. 

Next you will choose where you want your watermark to be. Some people like to keep their watermark discreet in the corner, while others like it to be more pronounced and "cute", and still others like to have it going across the whole photo.  The bigger your watermark is and the more it covers the actual image, the less likely people are to steal your photo.  If online meanies are determined enough, they can remove a watermark. But chances are, if they see your watermark they will move along to somebody else's photo that is easier to steal.  So if protection is your main goal, you probably want your watermark across the whole photo. If you mostly want your photos to be identified for promotional reasons, a smaller watermark is just fine.   

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

Happy October! It's time for pumpkins, football, falling leaves, and layered clothes. Of course that can depend a lot on where you live (we love our international readers too). But at least we all have one thing in common -- we can be excited about our new amazing patterns this week at CKC! There is so much cuteness going on, and even an extra big sale to top it all off. Let's take a look! 

New Releases

We have three new sailor-themed outfits available and on sale for 30% off!  If you think your little guy is adorable now, just wait until he sets sail in his new Baby Jonah’s Sailor Outfit! This one-piece romper has two sleeve options (short/long) and two length options (shorts/pants), making it perfect for year-round play! There are snaps on the legs for easy diaper changes, plus the whole outfit is simple to get on and off with a neck placket that opens wide and then closes with just one snap. Our favorite feature, of course, is its adorable sailor collar that is fully attached with an enclosed seam and instructions for ribbon embellishment, if you choose. Then top it all off with the included slim tie and our video for tying a perfect sailor knot. You and your little guy are going to love Baby Jonah’s, whether in traditional colors or playful fabrics; for dress up or every day play! Fits sizes newborn to 18/24 months. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sizing Charts and Other Tips in the Read Me File

You might have noticed the "Read Me" file that is now available for download with every PDF pattern you purchase from CKC. Several people have asked what it's for. And our advice is... read the "Read Me" file and you'll find out!  

Just kidding. It's actually a great question. And the answer is pretty simple. That's what we will talk about today! 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

It's officially Fall and we can definitely feel it in the air  - and in our patterns group! I love all the colors that come out this time of year. Your creativity is inspiring and we can't resist making more and more cute patterns for you to play with! Here are the latest from this week, along with our other announcements: 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Superhero Wrist Cuffs

It's costume season for most of us and today we have the queen of over-the-top costumes (Dawn from Rainbows Lolipops N Gumdrops, of course) here to show us how to make super-hero wrist cuffs!  

These can be made for boys and girls of all ages for a variety of costume uses. And yes, they're super easy and fast to make! Our tutorial today includes both shapes you see above -- the straight cuff and the pointed cuff, with a printable pattern piece. Because Dawn is so crazy busy filling costume orders right now, I'm going to be doing the tutorial pics. I made mine for my little macho superhero-loving boy. Let's get started! 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

It's another great week gone by and we're just a few days away from "officially" reaching Fall!  We have some really fun tutorials to show you this week that are perfect for the cooler season and for costume-making, as well as some patterns that you're going to love! Let's take a look at all the new sights at CKC this week!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mini Top Hat

Hey everyone! It's Nikki here, from the Women/Tween department at CKC. I have decided with Halloween just around the corner it is a great time to do a tutorial for a mini top hat.

This tutorial includes 2 versions; the regular mini top hat shown here:

And the funky version shown here: 

They are both super easy and no sewing required! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fox and Raccoon Dresses

Woodland animal prints are super trendy right now, which I personally love. And the only thing cuter than a woodland fabric is an entire woodland dress!  How adorable are these?!

Renee Pullings from Whimsical Dragonfly made these clever dresses using our Maggie's Color Clock Dress pattern with a few minor adaptations, and today she is sharing her tips and tutorial with us! By the end of this post you'll be all ready to make a super cute fox or raccoon (or tiger etc.) dress for your own little girl!  Let's get started!