Saturday, August 29, 2015

Weekly Wound Up



This week we decided to do things a little differently at CKC. So rather than having our usual "headlines" in our newsletter, we have just a few exciting announcements to share!  Here they are! 



We are so excited to announce our 16,000 fan celebration in our CKC Patterns Group on Facebook! It's been awhile since our last site-wide sale, so reaching 16,000 members in our group couldn't have come at a better time! We have released well over fifty patterns just in July and August, so make sure you look around our site because there are lots of new patterns you might have missed! There were no new patterns released this week, and on Monday we will come out with a brand new release schedule. So this weekend, be sure to use the code 16K430OFF to get 30% off everything on our website!  Oh and by the way, tiered pricing is active, so the more you buy the more you save. That is a lot of savings on hundreds of fabulous patterns!   



As you shop, keep in mind that our next Sew-Along is coming up! We will be doing a Mash-up Challenge with these 6 patterns: Ainsley's, Annie's, Aria's, Blanche's, Larkin's, and Ramona's. You can mash two of these six together to create something unique, or you can pick and choose elements from several. Be sure to buy the patterns you want with the code listed above, and come join us in the CKC Sew-Alongs Group to get in on the fun! We will provide help along the way and there are even daily prizes!



Here's your chance to show your skills, earn some ribbons, and help out a great cause! All the details for our 2nd Annual Virtual World Fair are in the link here. We would love for YOU to participate, whether you are a beginner or an expert or somewhere in between!



One last announcement -- If you are new to sewing with knits and want a little extra help, yesterday on the blog we posted a video tutorial showing how to attach a neckband to a round-neck shirt. PLUS we have a knit fabric giveaway from Making Madie Knit Prints! You definitely want to check this out! 


Well, that's it for our Weekly Wound Up! Have a fun weekend of shopping and sewing, and be sure to stay tuned for our new release schedule on Monday!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sewing a Knit Neckband, plus a Giveaway!

Guess what! Today we have a video tutorial *and* a fabric giveaway! Happy Friday! But first a little background...

If you've been around to see our CKC boy patterns for long, you will probably recognize this handsome face: 


And you probably have also noticed the AMAZING fabric that his mom always seems to score for him. Talk about a lucky kid! (And his brother too.) I had to find out where she got this awesome Jack fabric so I could get my hands on some!



Fast forward a week later, and these gorgeous knits arrived on my doorstep!  They're not only super cute, but the quality is fantastic. (I'm really picky.) I ordered these from an online group called Making Madie Knit Prints. She has super cute prints available for pre-order  (and some for retail) and I must say, they are quite addicting. I already have another shipment on its way to my house!

I couldn't wait to cut into my striped Jack fabric and I asked what you, our readers, would like to see on the blog using knit.  Several of you asked for a video showing how to attach a neckband evenly, and that just happens to be one of my favorite parts to do. Woohoo!  So let's take a look at the video I lovingly made just for YOU, and then afterwards we have a *GIVEAWAY* from Making Madie Knit Prints! 


( https://youtu.be/i86QSlqBaXY )

There, wasn't that fun?  I know the video was a bit blurry -- my camera was struggling.

 Here is the finished Liam's:



Love it!  And even better:


A happy kiddo! Greg loves his new Liam's shirt!  And now his little brother wants one too. No problem because I still have plenty left. My daughter will probably get a cute headband as well.  

So... Are you ready for the giveaway? 

Making Madie Knit Prints has generously offered a giveaway prize to our readers!  Please enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below, for your chance to win one yard of your choice: either the Jack Stripes or the Halloween Lace. Both are adorable and amazing quality! Retail value: $26. Take a look at the Making Madie group to see all the amazing outfits her fans have made using these prints! 




Enter here:





Please note that the giveaway runs from right NOW until September 4 at 12 am est. 



Don't be afraid to shop in the meantime!  The upcoming pre-orders are super cute and you won't want to miss the deadline. Plus she has some of the past extras in her retail shop that are irresistible. I'm a big fan!

Let's Create! ~ Kristen  

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Weekly Wound Up



It's an exciting time in my neck of the woods! Our county fair is going on this week, and we live in a rural area so that's a big deal around here. My daughter and I both made some CKC outfits to enter into the fair (she is 8), and they were all a hit! Even better than the blue ribbons we earned is having our creations out on display for everyone to see. Even if you don't have a county or state fair near you, we have an exciting announcement coming up in just a bit, so stay tuned!  But first, let's take a look at our gorgeous new releases. We have some really unique styles for you this week! 

New Releases


 Angelica's Maternity Gown is the perfect photography prop for your maternity photo shoots! With its different skirt and train options, you'll be able to create several different looks to please every mother-to-be! 



Baby Cherri's and Baby Odette's are now available! This skirt is perfect for everything from pageants to birthdays! The bodice is a companion to the skirt, for the perfect off-shoulder pageant outfit. You can also join us in the CKC pageant sewing room to discuss tips and tricks and everything you need to know to get pageant ready using CKC! 



Get a fun new look with Milan's Women's One-Shoulder Top and Dress! This simple yet stunning design has both fitted and relaxed fit options. With top, dress and maxi lengths, and using knit OR woven fabric, we bet you can't just make one! And, as a BONUS, instructions for a double sleeve version are included! From the flattering curves to easy construction, you need Milan's in your life! Make something fabulous for yourself!



On the Blog



What better way to celebrate our kiddos' first days in school than with a special mama-made hair bow? Katelyn Boehm made these super cute crayon and pencil hair bows and agreed to show us how! Click here for the tutorial! 




It's time! Here's your chance to show your skills, earn some ribbons, and help out a great cause! All the details for our 2nd Annual Virtual World Fair are in the link here. We would love for YOU to participate, whether you are a beginner or an expert or somewhere in between!

Announcements


Did you go on a vacation this year and have special CKC outfits for the trip?  We would love to see them!  Post your best pics to our wall, tag #CreateKidsCouture and #CKConVacation for your chance to win our entire line of CKC Paper Patterns!  Full details are on the graphic above. 



We have a little game going on in our patterns group right now! Come join our group, find the above graphic in the feed, and jump in on the fun!



On August 26, we will be starting our next Sew-Along! We will be making Tessa's Knit T-shirt and Dress, and to help you out we have put all three versions on sale for 50% off this weekend! Tessa's has SO many options for sleeeves, ruffles, hems -- you name it!  If you have never sewn with knit before, this sew-along is just for you! We will be helping with techniques and answering any questions you might have. Be sure to join our CKC Sew-Alongs page and then grab the pattern while it's half price!  It's time for you to see how fun it is to sew with knits! 

Weekend Sale


Heather's Ruffled Raglan is on sale for 50% off this weekend!  This comfy pattern includes the girls simple raglan t-shirt pattern and the ruffled raglan t-shirt, 2 sleeve lengths, and multiple hem variations.You can make Heather's out of simple solid knits, designer custom knits, or even an upcyled tishirt!  With so many options and the super cute style, you will want to make several Heather's this season!



And let's not forget the boys!  Brody's Baseball Tee is a raglan too, and made just for the guys in your life! You can get it from newborn size all the way up to Men's XL!  All versions are on sale for 50% off so be sure you grab all the sizes you need!  Brody's is a quick sew, super comfy, and definitely boy-approved!




That's all for our Weekly Wound Up. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Friday, August 21, 2015

CKC Virtual World Fair 2015

We are so excited today to announce our Second Annual Virtual World Fair, and everyone is invited to participate!  It will work much like county or state fairs that you might have heard of or participated in, but in our Virtual World Fair there are no borders to worry about.  Finally you can earn ribbons for your gorgeous creations! And what's even better is that your entries will donated to help a wonderful cause.  Because your creations will be judged based on appearance AND your sewing skills, you will mail them to us where they will be judged in person and then they will be donated to a really great children's hospital to brighten the lives of the patients there.  Everyone deserves to feel pretty!  Note: Many of the outfits can be donated directly to children receiving care (we will definitely let you know when this happens!) and if any of the more over-the-top entries can't be received (determined by the staff there), those items will be auctioned off by us and the money donated. All proceeds go directly to the children receiving care. I have had close contact with this children's hospital and they are amazing. 



So let's talk details!  Please read all of the guidelines carefully. 

  • All entries must be made using one or more CKC patterns and it is okay to modify the patterns if you'd like. 
  • There are 10 clothing categories to choose from.  You may enter only one item per category but you can enter as many categories as you'd like. 
  • Each individual entry must be accompanied by an entry form. **You can print the entry form here ** and then fill it out to mail with your entry. Be sure to fill in all the blanks. (Entries without a return address cannot receive ribbons.) 
  • All entries must be received by September 30, 2015 at the mailing address listed on the entry form. Please plan ahead so you can ship your items on time! Judging will take place on October 1 and any entries received after that deadline will still be appreciated as a donation but will not be judged. 
  • Entries will be judged on overall appearance, construction, sewing skills, etc. For helpful tips and an idea of what we will be looking for, you can read the blog post we did last year on how to do well at state and county fairs. We intend for this competition to be fun and a learning experience for all of us so don't be afraid to enter!  We would love to have as many entries as possible. Plus, your entries all go to a great cause! 
  • Winners will be announced on the blog (here is the link to last year's winners) and will receive ribbons for the top three places in each category, as well as some overall awards that will be given (see below). Ribbons and entry forms with judging notes will be mailed to the winners and participants. Please note that your entries will not be mailed back to you! They will be donated to Primary Children's Medical Center as described in the intro above. 
  • Note: We are not responsible for any entries that are lost or damaged during shipping or otherwise. We will, however, take great care of your items and be sure that all donations end up benefiting children at the hospital. 

The categories are as follows. They can be made using girl patterns or boy patterns! Remember that you may enter only one item per category.

Woven Dress
Knit Dress
Skirt (woven or knit)
Single Top/Blouse/Shirt
Single Shorts/Capris/Pants  
2-piece Set of Top & Bottoms (not sleepwear)
Romper/Jumper
Sleepwear
Outerwear
Accessories


Each category will have a first, second, and third place winner.  There will also be a "Best Exhibitor" award given to the person who earns the most ribbon points overall. Additional awards will be given across all categories, as determined by the judges. 

If you have any questions, please email kristen@createkidscouture.com

Remember, all entries must be RECEIVED by September 30, so you will want to start planning right away.  (It might be a good idea to scroll up and print the entry form right now.) We are so excited to see your creations in person! Here's your chance to earn ribbons, show off your skills, and donate to children who could use a little extra sunshine in their day.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Back-to-School Ribbon Bows



What better way to celebrate our kiddos' first days in school than with a special mama-made hair bow? Katelyn Boehm made these super cute crayon and pencil hair bows and shared them in our patterns group last week. She agreed to make the pencil bow tutorial for our blog today and I'm so excited to get started!  Here's Katelyn! 
  


Step 1: Gather your supplies:

-2 inch grosgrain ribbon cut to 30 inches (I like my bows BIG, if you want something a little smaller, you can substitute 1.5 inch)
-3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon in BLACK and YELLOW (for pencil bow) and SILVER (for pencil trim)
-7/8 inch grosgrain ribbon in PINK (for pencil eraser), FLESH/PEACH (for pencil tip)
-Thread or elastic thread
-Hair clip
-Glue gun and hot glue
-Fray check or a lighter
-Scissors



Step 2: Using the 2" ribbon we will create a pinwheel style bow. There are lots of great tutorials out there that will explain it in detail if you do not know how to make one. Trim your tails to approximately 4" in length on each end.



Step 3: Cut approximately a 2" piece of silver ribbon, pink ribbon, peach ribbon, and a small piece of black piece of ribbon. Set aside.




Step 4: We will now cut our ribbon tails into shapes resembling a pencil. Starting with the tail pointing UP, cut 2 curves in along the upper edges of the pencil tail; it should now look like an eraser. Then cut the other tail at an angle on each side so it will resemble the tip of a pencil point.




Step 5: Now we will hot glue our pink ribbon piece to form the eraser. Once attached, follow the curve of the tail in order for it to resemble the eraser. You may also now glue on your silver ribbon to finish the eraser.



Step 6: Now onto the pencil tip! Glue the peach colored ribbon approximately ½ inch from the top. Next, glue the black ribbon over the tip. Trim the excess ribbon following the shape of the pencil.



Step 7: Heat seal or fray check BOTH tails on the raw edges.



Step 8: Finish the center of the bow and attach your clip and you are done! Grab your little one and send her off to school in style!



Thank you so much for your tutorial, Katelyn!

Aren't these adorable?!  And they look like they shouldn't take too long to make. Just a little bit of mama love. I can't wait to make one for my daughter's first day of school!  Maybe even one of each if she is in the mood for pigtails.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Weekly Wound Up



Whether you have kids in school already or you're still just enjoying "summer vacation" for a few more weeks, we are sure to have something perfect for you in today's Weekly Wound Up!  There is a little Summer, a little Fall, and a whole lot of sales! Let's take a look!  

New Releases


Our first new pattern release this week is Anna's Sweetheart Halter Dress for Large Breed Dogs! It features a sweetheart neckline, halter ties around the neck, and a ruffle on the bottom. When your spoiled pooch is wearing Anna's dress, she is sure to turn heads everywhere you go!



On Wednesday, we released Nevaeh's A-Line Knit Skirt in all sizes: Doll through Women's Plus! Not only that, but the versatile skirt has multiple length options, an elastic or yoga waistband, and two pocket options. And best off all -- Nevaeh's is a quick and easy sew -- perfect for learning to sew with knits!


For those of us who are still soaking up the sun, yesterday we released a new pattern that is great for the whole family! Alex's Rash Guard Tee is available for Toddlers, Tweens, and Adults! Its full coverage neckline, two sleeve options, and snug fit make it the best tee around for staying safe and happy in the sun! This weekend Alex's is on sale for a deeper discount than usual, at just $4.20 total per pattern!



And while we're at it, the same goes for Baby and Tween Pearl's! We've had a lot of requests this summer for Pearl's in Baby and Tween sizes, so here they are! Pearl's One-Piece swimsuit has three adorable chest ruffles, a removable skirt, comfy cross-back straps, and excellent coverage. Pearl's also makes a great leotard if you just leave off the ruffles. The pattern is on sale for 30% off this weekend so don't miss out!



 Last but not least, yesterday we also released Candice's Button-Up Dress and Top! Your little girl is going to love all the options in this pattern! Choose from four sleeve lengths, two collars, and four top/dress lengths! And of course, those keyhole sleeves are to die for! Be sure to check out the variety of images on the website to see all ways she can wear Candice's! The pattern is 30% off this weekend only!


On the Blog


This week on the blog you can learn how to add a second circle layer to Libby's Circle Leggings! Shannon Buckbee was nice enough to show us exactly how she does it. I just love how her upcycled set turned out! Click here to see the tutorial.



We all love versatile patterns, and with our new blog post you can learn how to make a casual version of Vera's top! Cynthia Hendrickson created this gorgeous modification and we couldn't wait to share her tutorial with you! 


Announcements


August's Monthly Mixup is now available! This Monthly Mixup is all about your knit wardrobe. We have a girls set, boys set and tween boys set available! During our August Sew-a-long we will be focusing on sewing with knits, so you can look forward to fun blogs and other things for all your knit sewing needs!



And before that sew-along, we have one coming right up this Tuesday, August 18! We will call this our Button Sew Along, and if you have never sewn with buttons before you will definitely want to be a part of it!  Please join us in our CKC Sew-Alongs group as we sew Eric's, Porter's, and the new and fabulous Candice's! All three patterns are on sale for you this weekend, so be sure to grab them for the sew-along! 


Weekend Sale


This weekend we have Blaycie's Skinny Pants on sale for 50% off! Blaycie's is designed just for wovens and includes lots of details, including optional front creases, front pockets, and piping. The waistband is flat in front with elastic in back, and there are even instructions included for slimming the pants to the perfect fit! 









Our second pattern that is half off this weekend is Delaney's! This adorable pattern has so many possibilities that will work for any season! Make the simple t-shirt design as is or add the bib front, bow back, and/or hip band. The options also include short sleeve, long sleeve, and optional cuffs. Just think of all the different combinations you can make using just one pattern! Delaney's is 50% off all weekend. 



And our last sale of this weekend is a BIG one!  We have decided to put all dancewear patterns on sale for 50% off! (No code needed.) This is your chance to grab all the designs you know your little dancer is going to want and need. You can go basic with Raquel's, spunky with Fantasia's, or sweet with Royal's -- and so much more!  


Whew, that was a lot of sales for one weekend!  Don't forget that the more you buy, the more you save with our tiered pricing! Happy Shopping! We hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Let's Create! ~ Kristen