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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Weekly Wound Up

We have a LOT of exciting details you won't want to miss in this newsletter!  I'm afraid to give much of an intro because it will spoil all the surprises. Maybe we should just jump right into it! Yes, let's do: 

New Releases

Today we have a much-anticipated pageant wear release for you featuring four new patterns: Aida's FREE Royal Sash, Lilac's Beauty Bodice, and Lavender's Lavish Formal Skirt in girls and women's sizes!  Click on the links below to see more of our AMAZING tester photos and grab your copies while they're on sale: 

Troubleshooting Knit Neckbands

Knit fabric makes really comfy outfits and that's a big plus in my book!  You may have noticed that many (but not all) knit styles use a neckband or binding at the neck.  It's a nice way to finish the edges of a top or dress without a lining.   Today we're going to give you a few tips on how to adapt your neckband for different fabrics so they will turn out fabulous every time. 

First of all, let's talk about what a neck band or neck binding should look like.  The Paxlynn's dress above shows an evenly attached neckband that is the perfect fit to the neck hole.  You can see that it lays nicely without standing up or pulling at the edges. The neck should appear to be a natural part of the outfit.  

The same goes for other types of neckbands, such as the easy V on Jerry's jersey above, the traditional V on Zach's V-neck shirt, and the pulled neckband on Brock's letterman jacket. Even though they aren't regular round neck bands, the same tips apply.

The same goes for bindings.  While a neck "band" is folded in half and attached with the raw edges on the inside of the outfit, a binding is folded around the edge more like a bias tape, with the raw edges fully enclosed in the binding.  This is what you see on bodysuits like Kyle's and tank tops like Leslie's.  In the photo above you mostly notice the super cute baby and outfit rather than the binding, because it is so neatly and evenly attached. This is the professional look we're going for! 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Weekly Wound Up

We hope you had a fun and safe 4th of July holiday this week!  Ours was fantastic, and we still found time to sew and get some new patterns and a free tutorial out for you.  Be sure to check them out:

New Releases

This week we have a FULL summer release for you! 

Ysabel's Skort is now available in women's sizes; make sure you grab the girl's pattern on sale too in case you don't have it! 

We also have America's High-Low Hem Top for women.... 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Adding a Gathered Lace Trim

One of my favorite parts of the fabric store is the section with all the different trims. Sometimes I try to think of new projects to make just so I can try out the cute ones!  Today's tutorial will show you one of the many ways these trims can be used. I personally love the look of gathered lace trims so it's a good one to demonstrate!

Isn't this eyelet lace so pretty?  As you can see, the lace is already gathered onto the tape so I won't need to do any extra ruffling. (Okay, so maybe that's partly why I love these so much...)  

You can find all different kinds of gathered lace trims, from white to black, dainty to bold, short to long... just about anything you want.  

There are also different ways to apply it to your project.  You can pin it on top of a hem so you see the tape too. Or you can create a seam with it, treating it as an actual ruffle.  A third, and probably most common way, is to pin the tape under the edge of the hem and sew in place.  The third method is the one I will show you, along with some helpful tips. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Weekly Wound Up

It's a special week at CKC, and not just because the 4th of July is coming up soon.  Do you know what it is?!   I'll tell you in a minute, but I'll give you a hint... This week we don't have any newly released patterns - just a ginormous sale to celebrate!  What could it be?  

On the Blog

But first...  Lookie what you can make! Our FREE tutorial will help you create the perfect look for your home, no matter what size of windows you have. (Plus, it's beginner-friendly.) My kiddos love their new window coverings and they're totally unique. Now it's your turn to make some!


We have an updated feature on our website.  You can choose which wish list you want to put your pattern choices into! You can see in the example above that we created three lists: one for each of the kids. To add patterns to each list, you simply select the name and then click Add to Wish List.  It's that simple!  

And now for the big event...  CKC is seven!  Happy Birthday to us! To help celebrate seven years of business, we are having a 50% off sale! Use code "CKCIS7" for 50% off all orders at checkout, through Sunday night. Thank you for being a part of CKC! 

And Happy Shopping!  

~ CKC Patterns ~

Thursday, June 28, 2018

How to Sew a Valance or Curtain

It's time for another FREE pattern and my daughter can vouch for this one. She begged for a long time to add curtains to her bedroom window.  I've made them many times before so I knew it would be a quick project and kept putting it off. When we finally got around to it, she helped me make it and it took less than an hour. Oops!  She loves how it turned out though.  Today I'll show you how to make a simple valance or curtain! 

 Didn't they turn out super cute?  You can do this too!

First of all, I'm sure you've noticed that windows come in all different sizes.  That's not a problem for our tutorial because I'm going to teach you how to make a valance or curtain for ANY size window! 

This process is easiest if you attach your curtain rod to the wall at the very beginning.  You don't want to make a curtain a certain length and then have it be too long or short because of where you placed the rod!  

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Weekly Wound Up

It's a beautiful summer day here!  We love to go out in the morning on days like this, and then as it heats up we come running back inside -- that's the perfect time to sew!  If you're like me and looking for a "new" something to sew up today, I think you'll find something in all the options we have for you. Let's take a look! 

New Releases

We have four new releases for you this week! Holland's High-Low Dress is now in girls sizes, Malachi’s T-shirt is for men, Lantana's is an adorable PJ set for girls, and Kylie’s swing is the perfect new addition to your yard! Click on each title below to learn more, see great pics, and grab the pattern while it's on sale: 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Make an Adjustable Waist Using Buttonhole Elastic

One of the features I have always looked for on my kids' storebought jeans is the awesome adjustable elastic on the inside of the waistband that gives the perfect fit no matter what body type they are.  (My kids are all different!)  Plus, you'd never know by looking at the outside of the jeans that they have hidden elastic to help keep the pants up without a belt.  It's fabulous! 

I'm not here to sell you on that kind of jeans though. I'm here to tell you that you and I can build it into any of our kids' homemade clothes too!  In fact, I'll show you right now:

This technique will work on various types of waistbands.  The one I'm showing you today is a standard folded-casing waistband. If you're making something that use a separate waistband, you simply make the waistband, determine where you want the elastic to come out, and add the buttonholes there before closing it up.  That will make more sense as we go through the tutorial. 

First, you need to get some buttonhole elastic. I have seen it at most fabric stores in various colors, usually white and black. You could even upcycle some out of your kids' old jeans! 

The buttonhole elastic is exactly that -- it is stretchy elastic that has buttonholes spaced at intervals.  This makes it possible to attach the elastic to a button at whatever length you need it to be, on both ends.  

Next, you'll need the usual pattern and fabric for whatever you're making. This works on shorts, pants, skirts, capris, or anything else that has a waistband! 

Go ahead and cut out the fabric as instructed in your particular pattern. You don't need to make any adjustments. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Weekly Wound Up

Happy Father's Day weekend from all of us at CKC! We have a great contest and sale going on so be sure to stick around for those details below. We also have some hot summer looks and fresh new patterns for you this week. Let's get started! 

New Releases

Tina's is a fashionable knit top that you will love wearing! This pattern includes petite, average, and tall lengths, as well as, top and tunic lengths. This is a unique shape that is simple to dress up with beautiful knit fabrics but easy enough for even a beginner to sew. Use a floral rayon spandex or double brushed poly for a flattering summer top.

Baby Mila’s Knit Flutter Top and Dress is an easy outfit that you will fall in love with every time you make it! The simple design leaves plenty of room for personalization, while still being quick to construct. This is a timeless look that is simple to dress up with beautiful knit fabrics but easy enough for even a beginner to sew. Baby Mila’s also the perfect “canvas” for customizing with cut files, embroidery, or a fussy cut fabric to give your dress that custom, one of a kind look that you love!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer 18 Looks

I love watching fashion trends evolve. It's so fun to see what comes into style (usually back into style!!) and how long it stays. I love making my kids classic pieces that will last, but it's also fun to throw in some trendy styles that all of their friends will drool over!

So, with that being said, we challenged the staff to recreate looks they've seen for summer 2018 in Pinterest, through their favorite boutiques, or in stores.  We wanted to show you how easy it is to get a look you love with patterns you might already own! AND you get to customize the colors and fit to get a one-of-a-kind look.

First up is Tiffany Spence Argueta. She NAILED this look!!

Crops and fringe are everywhere right now, and this a great crop option for a little more modesty! Tiffany used Waverly for the top and Brooke's shorts modified to not be gathered at the cuff with added faux ties.

Next up is Shannon. Have you noticed all of the shirring this summer? I personally love shirring as it is SO forgiving- gain a little, lose a little, and it grows/shrinks with you!

Doesn't she look gorgeous? I love this top from Tillys but I also love a good polka dot. :) Shannon used our free Faith pattern and shortened it to be a shirt length (20" long). She used this free blog for the sleeves. She kept the same width as the cap sleeve but lengthened it to 12". A fun look for summer, and I know so many of us love sleeves!!
Nikki Luke made an awesome Fourth of July dress!
Nikki used our Davina pattern, which is a summer staple around our house! Isn't it awesome how one little detail like an angled skirt piece can add so much dimension yet be so easy?!?! This looks amazing on her!
Tiffaney Coleman saw this Well Dressed Wolf dress and instantly thought of Hattie!
Hattie is a fan favorite, anyway, because of it's beautiful simplicity. Add in a few details as shown here, and you've got a fun look for the beach or really many other occasions!
Tiffany Spence Argueta made a second look, and this one really vibes with my gypsy soul!
I mean this one is really screaming boho chic! Clothes that are cute and uber comfy are just the best, in my opinion. Tiffany used a shortened Charity top and Josephina skirt.