Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Free Pattern! Gigi's Tube Top for Women

It’s time to do a little selfish sewing! We have a fun new pattern for you today...and it’s for women’s 
sizes! Gigi’s Tube Top is now available for download! And did we mention it’s FREE?? 




Start summer off right with this all-knit design, perfect for upcycling and using those scraps of fabric! 

Super quick and easy, you will have a comfy new wardrobe in no time! 




Gigi’s comes in sizes XS – XL! And bonus instructions for a built-in shelf bra are included in the tutorial! 

Six seams...SIX SEAMS! That’s all it takes! If you have been putting off making something fabulous for yourself, Gigi’s is the perfect way to try it out! 

You will be so happy you did! 



Are you ready? 





Happy Sewing! 
~Kristi



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Weekly Wound Up


Are you ready to see all the new patterns we released this week?  Multiple sizes and styles to make everyone happy! We also have several sales going on this weekend, a new sew-along starting in a few days,  and a big contest that is so fun that I wish I could enter it myself! With all this exciting stuff to tell you about, we'd better jump right in!

New Releases


The long-awaited Betty's Fifties Dress is finally here!  You will love its retro style and super fun options. Betty's is available in all sizes from doll up to women's plus! And the perfect complement to Betty's is our new Patsy's Petticoat that was also released in sizes babies to women's plus. Patsy's is customize-able to match any length of dress in your pattern collection. These new patterns are already a hit with our fans, so be sure to join in the excitement by grabbing your copies today!   



Our next new release is both comfy and cute!  Callie's Cami and Boy Short pattern set is now available in toddler, tween and women's sizes! This all-knit design is perfect for lounging around the house or to wear under your favorite outfits! The cami has racerback straps and a bonus shelf bra option for tween and women!  Callie's is so quick and easy that you will have a matching cami for all of your CKC outfits in no time!

Then just yesterday we released two new patterns that are simply adorable! Makenna's Bubble Romper and Shiloh's Shortalls and Chiffon Dress are both patterns your daughter is going to love. Makenna features bubble shorts, a button cuff, beautiful flutters down the back, and it is meant to be worn over a tank/top! Shiloh features an overall-stype top with either fun shorts or a pretty chiffon skirt, making it perfectly versatile for summer. You can get each pattern for 30% off today and tomorrow!

On the Blog


If you have a hard time remembering all your serger settings, we have a free printable to display right by your machine! Just fill it out and you're good to go! You can find it on our blog, along with other posts from our Serging 101 series.

Announcements


It is time for a CKC Contest! Take a picture of your daughter and her favorite 15” or 18” doll, both wearing matching/coordinating CKC outfits! Then post it to our wall, label it #Me&DollyContest, and tag Create Kids Couture. OR you can post it in the contest album in our group. The staff will go through all the entries to find our favorites!
Creativity counts, so don't be afraid to go all out! Our first place winner will receive an 18” American Girl doll of your choice (wow!) and a matching set of 3 CKC patterns (Dolls, Toddlers, and Tweens)- a total of 9 patterns!! Second place will also receive a matching set of 3 CKC patterns! 
Only one submission allowed per person.
Photos are due midnight EST Tuesday, May 26th. And to help you get started, we have ALL doll patterns on sale until Saturday night for 30% off using this coupon code at the checkout: DOLLS2015
We can’t wait to see what you make!



Our next Sew-Along will begin in just a few days!  Come join us in the CKC Sew-Alongs group, where we will all work Helen's Maxi Dress together. We can help each other along and share our progress -- and there are even prizes! For this CKC Academy sew-along, we will be focusing on the skill of shirring.  If you have never shirred before, no problem! That's why we chose Helen's -- it will be a fun and rewarding pattern to learn shirring on. We want to make it easy for you to participate, so this weekend we have Helen's pattern on sale, in both Girls' and Tweens' sizes, for just $2 each! That is 75% off the regular price! What a steal! So be sure to get the pattern now while it's on sale and then come join us in the CKC Sew-Alongs Group so you will be all ready to begin on Tuesday! 



We want to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day Weekend! While it is unofficially the start of summer for us here in the U.S., and all the excitement that brings, please take a moment to remember the true reason of this holiday. We honor those who have selflessly served to give us our freedom! 
And with that, we also want to share with you a big Memorial Day Weekend Sale! The sale will officially begin at midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning, when we will make the code active. (Did you catch that? It is not yet active!) When it is time though, you can get 30% off all patterns on our website using the code MEMORIAL2015. Please note that the sale does not include patterns that are already discounted, such as the Monthly Mixup patterns and the new releases that are already 30% off. This fabulous sale will run all the way from midnight Sunday morning until 11:59 pm est on Tuesday! Happy shopping!

Weekend Sale


Mariah's Front Tie Retro Sun Top is on sale for 50% off this weekend! This adorable crop top is perfect for summer fun! It features a sweetheart neckline with straps that cross and tie in a cute bow in back. Mariah's top will pair perfectly with her favorite shorts or a summery skirt for over-the-top every day wear. 


Speaking of her favorite shorts... Kristine's Ruffled Shorts are the perfect pair to go with Mariah's top!  And Kristine's shorts are 50% off this weekend too! She will love the comfy fit and the frilly ruffle hem design. They are also really cute with just a store bought tee, making them versatile for spring and summer. 



Kristine's and Mariah's are so perfect together that you can even get them in doll sizes as a set, included in the same pattern!  The doll version of Kristine's/Mariah's is also 50% off this weekend, making it just $2.50!  Your little one could have a blast this summer with a set like this! 



That's all for our Weekly Wound Up! We wish you a Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Printable for Serger Settings


Have you been enjoying our Serging 101 series?  If you're like me when I first started out, you might have a bunch of numbers and settings floating around in your head now!  I ended up with a bunch of sticky notes by my machine with setting reminders.  I admit that I still use those sticky notes as a quick reference! (Very helpful in the middle of the night when I'm sleep-deprived and in a hurry.)  But I must say that the sticky notes aren't very attractive and I occasionally lose them. There's probably a whole pile behind my sewing desk.  Anyway... today we have a fun printable for you that is super cute and it will free us all from the craziness of memory games and sticky notes!  



Here is an all-in-one chart of serger settings, and it can be used for most (if not all) brands and models of sergers!  All you need to do is print it out, fill in your settings, and then keep it near your machine. Of course these are only starting points for the settings. You may need to adjust based on the fabric type and thickness, etc.  As you can see, the chart has blanks for the four needle tensions, as well as the differential feed, stitch length, and stitch width when applicable.  I included some of the most commonly used functions and then also left room for you to add more if you'd like. Pretty handy!




Do you have it printed out now?  Great! You're ready to write. Here is a closeup example of the settings I use for my Brother 1034D Serger. Again, yours may be different, even if you have the same model.  



After you have your chart filled out, feel free to tape it to your desk, the wall, a pet, or you can even put it in a frame! This is what Morgan did with hers: 



Isn't it perfect? There's no rule saying that functional can't be super cute too, right? And while you're making your sewing area nice, you might also be interested in our picture frame pincushion project!  I can see these two frames becoming best buddies on my sewing shelf. 

That's all for today! I hope you enjoy the new printable! I know I'm going to. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Weekly Wound Up



We've had another great week at CKC! A new activewear pattern, new doll releases, more boy patterns, and even a couple videos; if you haven't had a chance to see all these quite yet, be sure to read through their highlights so you don't miss anything! 

New Releases


Raquel's Racerback Leotard pattern released on Monday in girl sizes, 6/12m to 8. Perfect for gymnastics, dance, or even the beach, Raquel's offers full coverage while still being cute and sporty! Just look at all the cute photos of girls having fun in their Raquel's!



On Wednesday, we released four new doll patterns! Riley's Knot Dress has a two-layered skirt and multiple ways to tie the bodice. It is easy to put on and good practice for a child who is learning to tie bows! Next, is Tabitha's T-Shirt dress or top. This outfit has so many options, from sleeve lengths, to bodice ruffles and trim bands! Next, let's check out Blanche's Frilly Top/Dress with all the ruffles and the adorable collar! There is just so much to love about this outfit! It Velcros in the back which makes it easy to put on. And finally - it's time to get fancy with Elora's Enchanted Princess Dress! Design your dress to resemble your daughter's favorite princess! She will have hours of fun playing dress up along with her dolly.



Just yesterday we released Eric's Dress Shirt in three versions: Baby, Boy, and Tween! Eric's has fun and trendy features he will love, and you can check them out in this cute music video/slideshow linked below! We also upsized Patrick's Dress Pants to Tween. All four patterns are on sale for 30% off! Let's show our boys some love!

On the Blog


Whether you are new to sewing or just want to speed up your sewing skills, we have a helpful blog post that will show you a quick way to turn those sashes and straps. We even have a video to show how it's done!

Announcements


May's Monthly Mixup is now available! This Monthly Mixup is all about building your spring wardrobe with some CKC classics! We have included some favorite patterns in our collection that you may have overlooked or been meaning to buy, including Penny's, Layne's, Grace's, Harper's, Helen's, and Olivia's. These six awesome boutique patterns will be a great addition to your collection for just $18! That's $3 per pattern! 

Weekend Sale



Hope's High-Low Dress is on sale for 50% off this weekend, in girl, tween, and doll sizes! Hope's features a reverse knot bodice with a v-neck, a shirred back, and a gorgeous ruffled high-low skirt. Your girl will love twirling around like a princess in this dress! Get them while they're half off!



Pearl's One-Piece Swimsuit is also on sale for 50% off this weekend! Pearl's has great coverage for your little cutie, from the cross-back straps down to the fully covered bottom. Pearl's has three gorgeous bodice ruffles and a removable ruffled skirt. Or, if you want a simple suit with no ruffles or skirt, you can do that too! Pearl's is fully lined and we recommend using lycra/spandex swimwear fabric and swimwear elastic. They are easy supplies to find and your girl will love her mommy made suit, so don't miss your chance to get Pearl's for half off! 

With all these great sales going on this weekend, don't forget about our tiered pricing!



This wraps up our Weekly Wound Up. Thanks for another great week at CKC! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sewing 101: Turning a Sash


A pretty sash adds both function and style to many of our patterns. And while we do include the sash instructions right in the patterns, we thought it would be helpful to have a tutorial and video here on the blog for our Sewing 101 friends! First, we will use photos to show two ways to turn a sash, and then if you stick around there's a video to show just how quick and easy it can be to turn a sash using a dowel! There is a slow way to do it and a fast way to do it -- we much prefer the fast way so we can get on with our creativity!


A Sash that is Open on Both Ends

If you need to turn a sash or strap that is open on both ends, you will use the safety pin method.  This means that you would have already sewn one long edge and left the two ends un-sewn. 


There are fancy sash-turners that you can buy, but I prefer using two safety pins and a string.  As shown above, you can tie a long string the the back ends of two safety pins.  I like to use one small safety pin and one large one. 



Attach the small safety pin to the seam allowance of one end of the strap. Attach it far enough from the edge that it won't tear through the fabric when you pull on it. Then slide the large safety pin into the hole of the sash and feed it through the sash.  When it comes out the other end, you simply pull on it, and the string will pull the small safety pin through.  Just remove the safety pins and you're done! 




A Sash that is Closed on One End



To turn a sash that is closed on one end, you will first clip the corners so they will have a nice point after turning.  Then take a large dowel or other long stick to use for turning. Mine is about 12" long. 



On the closed end of the sash, make a somewhat flat edge at the seam and press the dowel into it, as shown above. It is very important to do this on the closed end of the sash if you want to get done quickly! 



Push the dowel into the sash and continue pushing as you bunch the fabric up around the dowel. It should not be hard to push through, but it does go faster if you push on the dowel using a hard surface, or even your leg or belly. (That will make more sense when you watch the video below.) 



Continue pushing the dowel through, until the end of the sash/dowel comes through the other end. See photo above. 



Slide the bunched up inside-out fabric down the sash, away from the dowel, until the sash is completely right side out.  Then just slide the dowel out through the opening. Your sash is now turned!



I then use a creaser or other pointed tip to make the corners of the sash nice and crisp. 



We recommend topstitching all sides of your sash so it will stay nice and flat after washing. It also gives it a professional finish. 


Now you're ready to add a cute sash to all your outfits!  That might have seemed like a process, but  you can actually turn a sash in 30 seconds or less!  Here's the video I promised you.  I think it always helps to see these steps in action: 



https://youtu.be/P3eGvvxVHxw


And that's how it's done!  Thanks for joining us in this Sewing 101 tutorial. If you want to see more, be sure to search the blog for our other Sewing 101 tips!  The search box is right up in the top corner and we have hundreds of helpful blog posts for you to search by topic! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen




Saturday, May 9, 2015

Weekly Wound Up




Happy Mother's Day Weekend!  Whether you are a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter, or even friend to a mother, I hope you have a happy and peace-filled weekend. (Or excitement-filled, if that's your thing.) Moms are the best! We have a special coupon code for Mother's Day so be sure to stick around for all of our Weekly Wound Up so you don't miss it!  First, let's take a look at all that went down at CKC this week: 

New Releases


On Monday, we released Hadley's Halter Dress for Dogs! Hadley's is one of our most popular patterns for girls, so we're excited to have a matching pattern for her furry friend! Hadley's features a rounded neck with halter, a faux sash, and an adorable skirt perfect for summer.



Ainsley's Tiered Knit Dress and Tunic pattern released on Wednesday, and features a knit bodice and woven straps/skirt. This is seriously the easiest pattern involving knit you will ever find! Ainsley features three skirt options- gathered tiered, tiered, or simple. It also features two lengths- tunic or dress!! With so many options - and being rated a beginner pattern- this is a MUST have for summer! Your daughter will want to wear a version of this anywhere and everywhere! 



Yesterday, we released Nadia's Square Neck Dress! It is a beginner pattern that you will fly through, making it great for busy moms. Nadia's is fitted, with flutter button straps that cross in back, so there's no need for shirring or elastic for your picky girl!  It is fun for color blocking and also so pretty in prints. Nadia's is on sale for 30% off so grab it while you can!

On the Blog


Have you had a chance to read some of the helpful posts in our Sewing 101 series? This week we demonstrated how to clip corners and curves. It is a basic skill you will definitely want to know! Come join us and learn, so you'll be ready for all kinds of creative projects! 

Announcements


May's Monthly Mixup is now available! This Monthly Mixup is all about building your Spring wardrobe with some CKC classics! It's a great deal for people who are wanting to expand their CKC pattern collection; you simply can't go wrong with these designs! We have included some favorite patterns in our collection that you may have overlooked or been meaning to buy, including Penny's, Layne's, Grace's, Harper's, Helen's, and Olivia's. These 6 awesome boutique patterns will be a great addition to your collection for just $18! That's $3 per pattern!

Weekend Sale



Are you ready for another cute romper on sale this weekend? Farrah's Peplum Romper is 50% off all weekend long, in both girl and doll sizes!  Farrah's features a fitted bodice, shirred straps, attached shorts, and a super cute peplum skirt with three length options. This romper can be made entirely of wovens, and is sure to be a favorite for your girl! And don't forget the matching doll pattern -- they are super cute together! 



Also on sale for 50% off this weekend is Luna's Circle Skirt Dress! Luna's has a square neckline, adorable flutters, straps that tie in back, and a full circle skirt. This dress is perfect for special occasions or simply twirling in the sun.   Be sure to get Luna's while it is half price! 



And now... In honor of mothers everywhere, we are celebrating by offering all of our tween, women, and women's plus patterns for 30% off!  Simply use coupon code MOTHERSDAY2015 at checkout before Sunday night at 11:59 est.  Here's your chance to stock up on something nice for yourself! If you haven't browsed our women's patterns lately, you're in for a treat! 



That's all for this edition of the Weekly Wound Up. We hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen