Saturday, April 18, 2015

Weekly Wound Up


This week I whipped up several pairs of pajamas, six superhero capes, a last minute dress for class picture day, and another little surprise I've been working on. A few years ago, I never would have thought all that was possible for a busy mom of little ones! But oh, how I love the speediness and ease of CKC patterns. I didn't even have to miss out on [much] sleep to get all that done! And more importantly, the projects were FUN and made me want to do even more. And my kids feel the same way! Isn't that what it's all about? Speaking of more... We have more new releases for you this week (of course); so let's take a look! 

New Releases


Ava's Fitted Scarf Shell for women is a must-have for Spring! Featuring a darted design for a flattering fit, as well as a button-up back, this adorable top is perfect for all occasions! With an awesome built-in scarf option or simple shell version, this woven top was designed for comfort and fashion! Tips for picking out scarf fabric are included in the pattern! Bring on Spring and Summer with Ava and make something fabulous for yourself! 



Hope's High-Low Maxi Dress is now available in Tweens! It features a v-neck, reverse knot bodice, and a ruffled high-low skirt that is trendy, frilly, and adorable! Your tween will love that you can make her a dress that is fun to wear and that all of her friends will be wanting too!



This week we also released Damian's Zip Hoodie in baby sizes! Now your little guy can look super cool while wearing his zip hoodie, either as a warm jacket or as a cute accessory! Make it out of light cottons, flannels, or snuggly fleece. It even has cute little pockets so he can look just like big brother!
Baby Damian's is 30% off as a new release, so be sure to get it for your own kiddo or even to use for future baby gifts! (Sized newborn-18/24m)


Announcements


Our Monthly Mixup for April is now available! This Monthly Mixup is all about pretty spring designs that aren't too difficult to sew! 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! They are Cora's, Brooklyn's, Britney's, Gloria's, and Faith's -- and this time we have four different size options available! Yes, four options! You can buy the Monthly Mixup for Dolls, Girls, Tweens, or Women's! Dolls are $8 for the pack, and the other three are $15 per pack. What a great deal, and with these options you can get them for all the girls in your life!


Weekend Sales


Paulette's Pillowcase Maxi is on sale for 50% off this weekend! This Beginner level pattern is a cinch to sew and features a "pillowcase" neckline, an attached sash, and a maxi length skirt. You can make it all out of one print or mix and match several. Your girl will love having Paulette's for Spring and on into Summer! 



Lexie's Retro Halter Dress is another CKC favorite that is on sale for 50% off this weekend! It is available in Doll, Girl, Tween, and Women sizes, and all of them are included in the sale. You and your girl will both love having this playful retro-inspired dress for the warmer months ahead! 



And we didn't forget the other half of the population!  This weekend only, we have **ALL** boy patterns on sale for 30% off!  Every single one of them! This includes baby boy, boy, tween boy, and even men's patterns. Be sure to browse through and find your favorites. You know they will come in handy!  (And of course a lot of the boy patterns can be used for girls too. But don't tell the boys I said that.)  The prices are already marked down 30% on all 46 of our boy/baby/tween/men patterns, so go ahead and have some fun shopping! If you already have a good stash of girl patterns, don't forget that boys deserve cute mommy made clothes too! 




That's all for this Weekly Wound Up! We hope you enjoy sewing up something cute this weekend. Don't forget to come show us what you make! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Weekly Wound Up



It seems like everyone had a delightful Easter, judging by all your adorable photos shared in our patterns group.  We love seeing every one of them!  Easter at our house brought us eight new kittens, courtesy of our mama cat, and new baby chicks that are still peep-ing away in the other room. So springtime is definitely in the air! And for you, we have some bright new releases just for the occasion. Let's take a look. 

New Releases


Seyla's Sundress and Top is now available in girl, tween, and doll sizes! It was previously in baby sizes only, but it was so popular that we wanted to upsize it! If you are looking for a twirly summer dress or top, Seyla's is just that, featuring shirring on the straps and bodice and double ruffles on the skirt.  


Melody's Party Dress is also available in both girl and tween sizes! It has so many cute new features, including a square neckline in front and back, optional sleeves, peekaboo tutu trim on the built-in petti, that gorgeous over-sized flower, and a perfect fitting bodice that you can only get from a zipper! Our instructions are easy to follow and you will love the results you get from this Intermediate pattern. Be sure to grab our new favorite while it's 30% off!

On the Blog

Fabric covered buttons are a gorgeous addition to any outfit or accessory and they're so easy to make! You can come learn how on the blog with our step-by-step tutorial

Announcements


You may have participated in one of our sew-alongs before and had a great time. Well, now it's time for a Crochet-Along! It will take place in our regular CKC Sew-Alongs group and we would love to have you come join in! We will be working on Juliette's Crochet Bodice Top and Dress and it will begin on Thursday, April 16. But don't wait until then to get the pattern!  This weekend Juliette's is on sale for **only $3.00** for the crochet-along!  Grab the pattern now and plan to join us as we all work on it together in the group. There are even prizes!



Our Monthly Mixup for April is now available! This Monthly Mixup is all about pretty spring designs that aren't too difficult to sew! 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! They are Cora's, Brooklyn's, Britney's, Gloria's, and Faith's -- and this time we have four different size options available! Yes, four options! You can buy the Monthly Mixup for Dolls, Girls, Tweens, or Women's! Dolls are $8 for the pack, and the other three are $15 per pack. What a great deal, and with these options you can get them for all the girls in your life!


Weekend Sale


Cindy's Cinched Dancewear set is on sale for 50% off this weekend! This fun pair is perfect for dance and gymnastics practice, or even your next competition! Featuring a sassy cinched back cutout and cinched shorts, you'll be whipping out a ton of these for your little dancers and gymnasts! This pattern must be made using a spandex or lycra fabric only, for the perfect fit and stretch.  Be sure to grab Cindy's while it's half off, and don't forget tiered pricing if you are buying other patterns this weekend too! 




Ginger's One-Shoulder Dress and Top is also on sale for 50% off this weekend! Your daughter or boutique customers will love this perfectly-fitting one-shoulder tiered look! With measurements for three different lengths - top, sundress, and maxi dress, you will be making these all summer long! What a steal for just $5.00, all weekend long!



That's it for our Weekly Wound Up!  We hope you all have a fun-filled weekend with at least a little sewing time mixed in! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fabric Covered Buttons



I love the look of fabric covered buttons! They can add formality to a fancy satin dress or create a whimsical look with bright prints. Sarafina's dress (shown above) is really cute with regular buttons, but the fabric covered ones definitely take it up a notch! Fabric covered buttons also save you the trouble of searching for the perfectly coordinating buttons -- you can use any of the fabrics from your project to make them match! I also like to use covered buttons for the centers of my fabric flowers. It gives them a soft, natural look. 

And they're so easy to make!  For today's tutorial, I will show you how. 




There are many brands and sizes of fabric covered buttons available and I look for ones that come as a kit with the little pusher tool included. I bought this set at Walmart and it makes five buttons. 




The first step is to cut out a circle of coordinating fabric that is twice the diameter of the button you're using.  I am using a 1.5" button so I cut my circle to be 3" across.  You can draw your own circle or download our template here, which includes the most common sizes of buttons. After your fabric circle is cut out, you are ready to move on. 



Lay out the parts of your button kit in this order, as shown above. 


You will start on the right by placing the fabric circle on top of the clear piece, as indicated by the red arrow. 



Then use the third piece to press the fabric down into the clear piece, as shown above. Push it until it snaps into place. 



Tuck the fabric edges down inside. 



 Then put the fourth piece on top of the fabric, making sure that the button shank is pointing up. 



Place the final piece on top and use it to push down until the metal shank disc snaps into place.



If you turn over your plastic piece you will see the button inside. Pretty! 



 Carefully pop it out of the clear piece and you are done!  How fun is that? Usually when I finish making my fabric buttons I want to make about twenty more. Try it out and you'll see what I mean! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Weekly Wound Up



Happy Easter Weekend! We have been seeing so many cute Easter outfits in our sewing group and I just love this time of year! All growing up I wanted to learn to sew, mostly so I could make matching Easter dresses for my future daughters, just like my amazing mom did! (I had three sisters.) Because I was blessed with four boys and one daughter, however, the whole matching dress idea never panned out. But I still think of Easter as the best event to sew for, with it's fresh designs and Spring colors. (And there are plenty of cute matching options for boys!) Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the Easter weekend as much as I plan to! First, let's take a look at this past week: 

New Releases


Speaking of boys... This week we released Landon's Knit Pants and Stephen's Comfy Robe! Landon's have a drawstring and are the perfect new staple for your boy with a cute hipster style.They are fitted perfectly for boys and look great paired with a cool jacket or button up. Stephen's Comfy Robe is exactly that - comfy! It is an easy sew with fleece, minky, terry, etc. Your boys (and girls!) will love to wear this robe for bathtime, bedtime, or any time in between! 



In the crochet department we released two new patterns, each with a lot of features! 
First up is the adorable Hudson's Hooded Vest! With chunky stitches and a fun hood design, keep your little guy warm AND handsome! Dinosaur and animal ear accessory instructions included!
And then Emerson's Crochet Trim and Pocket Pattern has seven projects included: three beautiful trim tutorials and four fancy pocket patterns, all in one! Add the perfect touch to any outfit...or use the double layer knit skirt pattern that's included!



This week we also added new embroidery designs that exclusive to CKC!  It's a great way to add personality to any garment, including one that says "I'd rather be wearing CKC." So cute and clever! You can get these (and more) applique files from Bobbin for Appliques right on our website


On the Blog


A super cute accessory to go with your new Stephen's robe is this bath bonnet/shower cap made by one of our testers!  You can come learn how to make one just like it with our free tutorial on the blog! It can be a functional shower cap or just an adorable accessory for your kiddo.  



As a fun little treat on April Fools' Day, we posted this "surprise" pattern release on the blog. If you missed it that day, you will still want to come check it out. It's super cute! 




To go along with our new embroidery designs, we posted a FREE tutorial for making this super cute In-the-Hoop Dog Bone Toy! You can come get the free file and tutorial on the blog



Announcements



Our CKC staff is going into vacation mode for the weekend while we spend time with our families for the holiday. If you have any questions about what that means, you can get the details on the blog. Our website and resources are still available all weekend, and our customer support will be back on Monday! 




Our Monthly Mixup for April is now available! This Monthly Mixup is all about pretty spring designs that aren't too difficult to sew! 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! They are Cora's, Brooklyn's, Britney's, Gloria's, and Faith's -- and this time we have four different size options available! Yes, four options! You can buy the Monthly Mixup for Dolls, Girls, Tweens, or Women's! Dolls are $8 for the pack, and the other three are $15 per pack.  What a great deal, and with these options you can get them for all the girls in your life!


Weekend Sale


This weekend our big sale is on our crochet patterns, old and new!  Every single beyond-adorable crochet pattern is 30% off, making them just $3.50 each!  You can't beat that so here's your chance to stock up on all the cuteness. And if you've never crocheted before, here's the perfect way to start!  We even have some great resources on our blog for beginners. Grab your favorite crochet patterns while they're on sale and you'll be all set! 




This wraps up our Weekly Wound Up.  We hope you have a fantastic Easter weekend full of memory-making moments with those you love! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 


Friday, April 3, 2015

CKC is in Vacation Mode for the Holiday


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At Create Kids Couture we are a family-based business and we greatly value our time with our families. And we know you do too!  That is why, for this holiday, we have chosen to go into "vacation mode" for just a couple days while we dedicate our full attention to our families. You are still very welcome to use our website and resources; it just means a few changes. Here is what you can expect:

The website is still functional. 
Our Facebook group is still active. 
The blog tutorials are still available.
Some of us may be around occasionally. 

But...

If you email us for customer service, we may not receive it until after the holiday. 
If you tag us on Facebook or send a message, we may not respond until after the holiday. 
There will not be any new releases or surprise sales during the holiday. 

I think that about covers it!  We will definitely be back after the holiday, refreshed and ready for more CKC time! Thank you for understanding and we hope you enjoy the holiday too!  

~ Create Kids Couture ~ 



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Free In-The-Hoop Embroidery Dog Bone Tutorial

Have you seen the six new embroidery designs available we released today on our website from Bobbin for Appliques?  They're super cute!  I think this one is my favorite: 


What a perfect design to pair with her favorite skirt or shorts, or even add right onto the bodice of her dress! In fact, I wouldn't mind making a cute CKC-dedicated top for myself. 

And to go along with today's new embroidery files, we wanted to share one with you that is completely FREE, including the tutorial on how to make it.  Take a look! 


How fun is that?!  It is our In-The-Hoop Dog Bone Toy from Bobbin for Appliques and we know you (and your furry friends) are going to love it!  Everything you need to know is included in the tutorial and you can download that here: 




And you can download the embroidery file here:  






We hope you enjoy this free design! We have many other creative designs available on our website as well, so don't forget to check them out and be watching for new ones in the future!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen