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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


We're midway through October, can you believe it? If your little ones haven't started asking for costumes yet, it may be time to get going on that!  We have lots of great patterns to help with just about anything your kiddo may want to be. 

We also have some unique new patterns this week, perfect for Fall. Let's take a look! 

New Releases



First of all, we have Huxley's romper for babies! This bubble romper is super adorable and perfect for year round play. Huxley’s is completely reversible and features adjustable snaps on the shoulder straps, elastic at the legs, and that classic bubble fit. You can choose from three length options: the high cut version to show off sweet baby thighs, the shorts version that gives a little more length, and the pants version that’s perfect for cooler weather. All versions fit nicely on the shoulders when worn alone, or Huxley’s can also be layered for more looks. The no-center-seam front is the perfect canvas for embroidery or appliqué if you choose to do so. Whether you make the romper simple or dress it up, you and your little one are going to love Huxley’s romper!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


We have two new women's pattern for you this week, both perfect for Fall!  Plus we have a fun crochet tutorial and a double header for the sew-along next week. Let's take a look:

New Releases



Fall is here and time to spice up your wardrobe with our amazing new pattern, Chrysalis' Cardigan! This is a simple pattern that makes it easy to get a comfortable look that is effortlessly stylish. It is the perfect item to pair with a skirt for a day at the office or with jeans and a t-shirt for a casual look. The cardigan is a relaxed fit and the pattern includes 3 different band widths and optional cuffs for your style preference. It is such a fast sew that you will have a cardigan that gives you that care-free, comfy vibe in no time! 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Crochet Trim Tutorial for Chrysalis' Cardigan

 When I saw Tierney's amazing crochet trim, I knew you would love it too! We are so thankful she took the time to give us an amazing tutorial to add a custom crochet trim to Chrysalis' Cardigan!  I personally cannot wait to give this a try!  So I will hand it over to Tierney and let's get started!




Saturday, September 29, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


Happy Fall!  If you're in the mood to do some sewing, we have two adorable new patterns for you.  We also have a much-requested tutorial you won't want to miss.  Let's take a look! 

New Releases



Jayne’s Joyous Slip-on Dress and Peplum is an absolute must have pattern. It is every little girl’s and mama’s dream pattern. It is packed full of options! Jayne comes in a trendy peplum or dress length. The dress length has a simple skirt, a skirt with a band, and a skirt with a ruffle option. Jayne has SEVEN sleeve options! You can choose sleeveless, flutter sleeve, cap sleeve, short puff sleeve, ¾ sleeve, long sleeve with cuff and bell sleeve. You will be able to use Jayne all year round; for all holidays, celebrations, special occasions, or just for an every day dress. Jayne can be as simple or elaborate as you want!



October’s Knit Romper is a must have. This pattern features an off the shoulder ruffle, long sleeves, bubble shorts with leg bands and an elastic waistline. Maximum comfort while staying fashionable is her new style! Pair the pattern with some tights and boots for cooler temps or some knee high socks and flats. This can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion!

Both of these new patterns are on sale so be sure to grab them before Sunday night! 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

DIY Corset Kit



There are many times making your own corset kit comes in handy. Need a corset? Need a perfect match to your fabric? Then making your own corset kit might be the answer for you. This tutorial for a corset kit was originally featured in our pageant wear pattern Katherine. However, you can use it in place of any corset to add a perfect match to many of our other patterns such as Gracelynn, and Lilac. By removing the center back panel, you can also add it to Odette.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Project Run and Play Week 4: Signature Style

I can't believe I made it to the final week of Project Run and Play! I have had so much fun during this competition and have made so many things I never knew I could make! I was a little nervous when I found out this week is Signature Style because I feel like I don't actually have a "signature style". I tend to make simple, everyday, knit pieces--like t-shirts and leggings--with my "free time". As a business owner and a mom, my daily life doesn't involve much sewing, unfortunately its mostly computer work. When I do get a chance to sew I usually make something practical that my kids can wear to school or I can wear while out running errands like grocery shopping, and it HAS to be a fast sew because I don't have much time to spare. This doesn't leave much in the way of creativity and this competition is ALL about creativity. I felt like I was in a conundrum. One of my favorite styles to look at and be inspired by is bohemian, aka boho. Boho style is so carefree with gorgeous fabrics that have movement and color, not to mention the gorgeous trims with lace and fringe....its dreamy! I decided to lean this way with my "Signature Style" but to focus on translating these carefree styles to more age-appropriate styles that can be worn everyday.


The first thing I did was to go through my fabrics and see what I had to choose from. I'm pretty broke from this competition at this point; I've over-extended my monthly fabric budget tenfold! lol. Thankfully as I went through my stash I had enough fabrics to achieve the look I was going for and a good mix of textures to keep it interesting! In fact, every single fabric and trim came directly from my stash so I didn't have to spend a penny this week...thank goodness because I didn't have any money left to spend. 

As of Friday mornings results, I only had two pieces completed: my daughter's outfit in the teal high-low dress and kimono with a potential photoshoot (if I made the final week) planned for Saturday. Luckily, I do okay sewing under pressure because the pressure was definitely on for this week! My daughter's outfit is a self-drafted high low with a fun, open back. I put on some inspirational words using my silhouette cameo and heat transfer vinyl because boho is also about being comfortable in your own skin and loving yourself! I paired it with a self-drafted high-low kimono and added a fringe trim for interest and texture. I topped the look off with a handmade braided suede choker.


Despite being everyday wear, I wanted to add a little fancier piece to the collection, because most runway collections have a fancy piece at the end! I settled on a gorgeous lace maxi: CKC Lynx's. The dress is lined with knit navy fabric that is knee length which helps make the dress a little more casual. Unfortunately the little boho belt I made was lost in the shuffle and got left at home for the photoshoot, but you can see it in the flat lay and it helped make the dress a little more casual as well. 


You cannot have a boho collection without bell bottoms. I made this pair, CKC Marsha's, out of double brushed poly and added a yoga waistband. For the shirt, I used a ruffled off the shoulder top, CKC Marina's,  that I tied at the waist. I also made a cute little turban headband and handmade choker to add that final touch!


Next I made a self-drafted maxi romper! These seemed to be super popular this summer and I never got the chance to make one so I jumped at the chance to include one in this collection. I couldn't be happier with the way this one turned out and most importantly, the little model LOVED it. When she went to get dressed for the photoshoot, the shorts were sewn on sideways! lol. I had to chop them off and quickly resew them back on before we could leave for the photoshoot. That was super stressful! The romper is made with double brushed poly and crepe woven fabric for the skirt. I love the added touch of peekaboo lace on the sleeves and the handmade choker to go with it.


The final look I made with the self-drafted, tiered cold shoulder peasant dress. When the model tried it on it was kind of plain when compared to everyone else's outfit and a tad short so I whipped up that on-the-spot made up skirt extender in about 7 mins so we could rush off to the photoshoot! 



This whole collection and photoshoot was insane and seemed like a comedy of errors at times. My friends and I lugged this wicker couch--that I bought for $10 a year ago on a family vacation despite my husbands objections....and its been sitting in the garage since we brought it home--all over this wooded area to try and get amazing pictures. All the girls were completely crazy--despite what these pictures show--and these were literally the ONLY photos from 400 photos that turned out halfway decent. Despite all of the complications, I love how the collection turned out and most importantly the girls loved them and were SO comfortable in them.


Project Run and Play has been a fun experience thats pushed me well out of my comfort zone at times. I've made 15 different outfits, sewn 27 pieces total, and had 4 big photoshoots in 4 weeks. I was literally racing the clock every week! But I got it all done and I'm super proud of the things I've created!


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Weekly Wound Up



It's official, Fall is here! Are you ready?  Maybe this will help: 


Sales



We have ALL of our outerwear patterns on sale to make it a smooth transition from summer to Fall. Simply shop around on our website and use code FALL2018 when checking out to get 30% off all outerwear items in your order!


On the Blog




We have a handy new freebie for you this week! You can take a plain composition notebook and turn it into a sweet journal using our journal cover pattern free on the blog. It's a great place to keep notes and reminders, plus it would make a great gift!


Sew-Along



Our next Sew-Along starts Monday!  This week we will be making Embry's Apron Peasant Dress and you can choose from baby, girl, or doll sizes. (Or all three!) You can grab the pattern on sale now and then come join us in our Sew-Alongs group on Facebook. We will have helpful tips, answers to your questions, and of course daily prizes!  

I think that's it for our Weekly Wound Up. We hope you come by throughout the week to see what our friends are making in our patterns group on Facebook. You are all so creative. 

 Have a fantastic weekend!

~  CKC Patterns ~

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Free Journal Cover Tutorial


I have been using a journal to help me keep track of design ideas for a while, and decided a pretty cover was in order!  I made journal covers for teacher gifts a couple of years ago and remembered how much fun it was!  I had just enough of this fabric combo (one of my favorites from a dress I made my daughter). 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Project Run and Play Week 3: Stroke of Genius

Thank you so much for bringing me back for one more week! I was so excited about this week so I'm happy I get to share it with you all. 
Art has always been so inspiring to me, and one artist in particular I have always been drawn to: Vincent Van Gogh. So much so, that we got a puppy earlier this year and named him Vincent. So when I saw this week's theme I instantly knew I was going to choose something to do with Van Gogh.  After a little narrowing down I settled on the idea of doing Van Gogh's Flowers. Of course, he has many more flower paintings than this, but these are the ones that inspired me most. 

The first design I worked on was based off of Van Gogh's Almond Blossom painting. I'm no artist, but when I was younger I enjoyed drawing trees and branches so I got the crazy idea to attempt to recreate this beautiful painting on the dress.


 I worked for 6 hours on free hand painting this skirt. I didn't trace it out or practice beforehand, I just started painting and hoped for the best! Originally I wanted to paint the entire skirt but after painting for three hours and only doing a quarter of the skirt I abandoned the plan and settled on it being a focal point of the dress and not an overall design of the fabric. Hey, I only have a week, right?!? Once I competed painting the skirt, I hand sewed 60 chiffon flowers onto the branches to mimc the blossoms in the painting. The skirt turned out more beautiful than I imagined it would and while it doesn't look exactly like Van Gogh's painting, its clearly inspired by it and I've never attempted anything like before so I'm proud of the 8 hours of painting and hand sewing I put into this skirt. I used CKC Everlee's for the bodice and CKC Adileen's for the skirt. I love the modern look that this combo created; it was perfect for my tween!


The second design I chose to work on was based off of one of Van Gogh's most recognizable series of paintings: Sunflowers. Sunflowers have always been a favorite of mine because the colors are so bold and just a beautiful golden yellow-orange hue. I was lucky enough to find the perfect color of fabric for the sunflower--I am limited to what colors my local Joann has in stock since I am not ahead of schedule for this competition so "lucky" is not an exaggeration!


 I decided to make a one shoulder color blocked romper to mimic the painting and instead of adding lots of sunflowers, I made one bold flower. I also hand beaded the center of the sunflower to further draw attention to the sunflower--not that it needed any help because that flower is bold, but it really topped off the look! For the romper I used CKC Aria's bodice and CKC Honey's romper bottom. 


The final design was one that I really decided to make last minute...as in Friday night before our photoshoot on Saturday. I somehow convinced myself that these two pieces I had completed couldn't be a flower "collection". I think I'm really just a glutton for punishment. lol. I had no idea what I was going to make but I just knew I wanted it to look like an gorgeous ruffled iris--another favorite flower of mine.


After digging through my patterns I couldn't find anything that gave the look I was trying to achieve so I self-drafted this dress I envisioned and prayed for the best. It was a relief when I completed it and it both worked out and looked exactly like what I wanted; the model looks like a beautiful iris!

I feel like I was super reckless this week with my creating. I didn't draw anything out, I didn't practice anything before hand, I bought just *enough* fabric for no mistakes, I threw all cautions to the wind and just created! I wasn't even worried or anxious hoping that things turned out! I somehow just knew it would work. Project Run and Play is changing the way I create and for that alone I am grateful for this opportunity! I am not scared to try new things anymore--like painting on fabric when you by the end of the bolt and have no extra in case you ruin it or sewing 50 yards of tulle when I've never really worked with tulle like that before. I really hope that you guys love my designs and I make it through to the final week even though I still don't know what my week 4 is going to be--but I'm not worried! Even if I don't make it though, I am thrilled with my creations and had so much fun proving to myself that I am worthy of competing with all of these phenomenal designers!


Happy Sewing!
Shannon

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Weekly Wound Up



We have a stunning new set of patterns for you this week that your girl is going to love, plus a comfy one for the boys!  It's also been a fun week participating in Project Run & Play, and we have our next sew-along announced. Let's take a look at what's new this week! 

New Releases



Maddies’s Double Flutter Panel Top is packed full off little details and sweet options that allow your favorite girl to design a custom top that’s perfectly her style! Whether you choose to highlight a favorite print with the fun center panel or leave it solid for a quick classic look, Maddie’s is bound to pair perfectly with your favorite skirt or bottom!  Maddie’s offers three sleeves options, two back options, and a lovely little ruffle along the bottom edge. Maddie’s also includes instructions for adding piping, lace, and trims to take your creation over the top!



Then if you want to complete the perfect set, Genne’s Triple Ruffle Skirt is perfect for the girl who likes to make a statement. With three tiers of gloriously flowing ruffles, this floor-length skirt definitely stands out in the crowd! Your favorite girl will love this easy to wear comfortable elastic waist. You’ll love it, too, because no fancy closures are required, and construction is a breeze! Genne is easy to dress up or down with fabric choices and optional laces and trims. Add a hoop skirt or petti for the ultimate show stopper. Classy or sassy- it’s up to you!