Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Recap

Did you know that we celebrated our THIRD anniversary at CKC this past week? That's pretty exciting! We have come a long way and we're thankful to you, our loyal fans, for helping make it happen. We have a big sale going on to celebrate so stick around for that info in a bit. But first let's take a look at some of what we've done this past week. 

New Releases


This week we released Charlotte's Corset Top for Dogs and it is for small to medium breed dogs in sizes XS to XL. This sassy design is perfect for your girly girl pup even on hot summer days! 



This week we also released a new quilt pattern, Erika's Ethereal Quilt Top pattern.  It features layers and layers of ruched ruffles and comes with a pattern for six sizes: crib, throw, twin, full, queen, and king! 



Naomi's Ruffled Bikini and Tankini is now available in Tween sizes! With lots of options for ruffles and coverage, you and your girl will both love this two-piece suit! 



We have a new dance wear designer at CKC and yesterday her first pattern was released! This is Cindy's Cinched Dancewear, and it is perfect for everyday dance and gymnastics classes and can even be used for competition wear!  Cindy's is on sale for 30% off until 7 pm est tomorrow.

On the Blog


Are you ever perplexed on which type of needle to use for a particular sewing project? On Monday's blog post we taught all about needle types and sizes so you can be sure to use the right one each time. 



Look at this adorable and unique pocket!  On Tuesday's blog post you can learn how to add one just like it to your next project! 



Have you been wanting to fold your fabric so it can sit all organized on a shelf like this? Come see how we do it, on Wednesday's blog post



If you are thinking of starting a new boutique or ready to take yours up a notch, yesterday's blog post is for you! Shannon taught about the importance of "branding" your boutique, and there's even a coupon code to help you out!

Announcements


Look how much fun we're having in the CKC Sew-Alongs group! Please come join us if you're interested in participating -- or even if you just want to watch! 

Sales

Right now we have a 30% off sale going on to celebrate CKC's 3 year anniversary! Be sure to use the code "BDAYBASH30" at checkout on our website to get the discount! (This does not include new releases already on sale.) 

And now it's time to announce our Half-Off Friday patterns for today! 

First of all, in Women and Tween sizes we have...



Cosette's Knit and Woven Dress! The top of Cosette's is comfy knit and the bottom is woven. Both have lots of options and Cosette's even has an attached sash! This pattern is a CKC favorite and for today only you can get the Women's or Tween version for 50% off! 



Then for our Girls' HOF pattern, we have chosen Teagan's Fitted Bubble Dress to be 50% off all day Friday! Teagan's is a playful and sweet dress for a variety of occasions. It has a bubble skirt, attached sash, fitted bodice, and button details in the back. 



Isn't it darling?  I just know your girl will love it!

Well, that's all we have for this week's recap. We hope you've had a productive July and that your August is off to a great start already! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Boutique Basics: Branding Your Business

One of the most important things a start-up boutique needs to figure out is how to brand yourself. Branding is the most important process that takes place when establishing your business and we will be walking you through the entire process in today's Boutique Basics blog.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Fold Fabric with Comic Book Boards



Have you ever seen a photo of someone's fabric stash and wondered how in the world they got it to stand up on a shelf like that?  If your stash is anything like mine used to be, it can be a little bit scary. Monstrous piles that are half-folded, toppled and smooshed, and then picked through by the kiddos. Sound familiar?  Well guess what. It's actually really easy to organize fabric like the photo above and you can do it too.  Here's the secret:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Tuesday: Free Pocket Tutorial

I recently saw a pocket similar to the one below on a skirt at a local store. Needless to say I fell in love with it and have been dying to add them to one of my projects. So let's get started! 


Monday, July 28, 2014

All About Needles

I do a lot of sewing and normally I don't have any trouble with my needles but the past two weeks I have broken FOUR needles!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Recap

It's been a week full of surprise sales - have you been following along? If not, be sure to check in on our Facebook page each day. There's one going on right now! This week we have also had releases for boys, girls, and babies that you won't want to miss. Let's take a closer look.

New Releases


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Boutique Basics: Opening a Facebook Fan Page

We come across quite a few new and established boutiques on our Facebook group that do not have Facebook fan pages. We thought that this would be a great topic for the next entry in our “Boutique Basics” series.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Putting a Yoga Waistband on Shorts and Pants

Katie Skoog is the head of our baby girl's department at CKC, and today she has a tutorial for us that has been requested many, many times! And this one's not just for the little girls - it is perfect for you and me too!  Here's Katie: 

How To Tuesday: Peek-A-Boo Straps

We have so many creative ladies in the CKC family and when Kaci shared two of her recent creations I knew I had to do a tutorial on this. 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Gathering Thick Layers by Hand



Gathering fabric is a useful skill, especially if you love ruffles as much as we do!  Modern sewing machines have made it pretty easy for us to gather ruffles, whether we have a basic sewing machine or a super fancy serger with a ruffle foot. Whichever method you normally use (or maybe you are just learning) I think it's a good idea for us all to know how to gather by hand as well. You never know when we might be stuck on a desert island with yards of ruffles to gather and no sewing machine in sight...