Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Recap

We have some exciting events going on at CKC right now and we don't want you to miss out on them!  We have our first ever Virtual World Fair that anyone can participate in, as well as our big 50,000 Fan Scavenger Hunt with lots of fantastic prizes! Get all the info below, along with our other great happenings from this past week!  

New Releases



This week we released five new tween patterns! Each one is unique so be sure to click each of the links for details and more pics!  The new tween patterns are Dahlia's Flutter Pocket Top, Dress, and Maxi -- Ginger's One Shoulder Top, Dress, and Maxi -- Tabitha's Knit Tshirt dress and top -- Eloise's Ruffled Leggings -- and Abby's Nightgown and Shorts/Capris!  Just look at those happy tweens in their new outfits!  


Stay tuned because we have another pattern releasing later today!  

On the Blog




The Create Kids Couture 50,000 Fan Scavenger Hunt has begun! Head on over to our special blog post to read all about how to play and what prizes you can win! This is huge!




If you have seen "A Christmas Story" you can appreciate this fabulous photo put together by one of our Josh's pajamas testers! Yesterday on the blog Kristi agreed to share her original pattern with us so you can make some cute winter (or costume) accessories for your kiddos too! The pattern is free for download! 

Announcements



As mentioned above, we have launched our scavenger hunt in celebration of our 50,000 fans! This scavenger hunt will be open for 2 weeks, so you have plenty of time, but get started asap! We have some great sponsors- you'll want to take your time perusing their sites! There will be a total of FIVE winners. Hope you enjoy! 


Do you want to earn some ribbons *and* share your creations with children who could use a little brightening in their day? Come show your stuff at the Create Kids Couture's 1st Annual Virtual World Fair! Mail in your entries and all judged items will be donated to a specific children's hospital for the kids! Please participate - the more involvement the better and all skill levels are welcome! (Did we mention you can earn ribbons and a free pattern for participating?) The deadline is just a couple weeks away!

Sales




 This week for our Half-Off Friday pattern, we have Trista's Pixie Hoodie for Women and Tweens!  Trista's features a comfy shirt, bell sleeves, a pixie hood, and of course those cute ruffles at the bottom.  It sews up much more quickly than you might think! My daughter and I both love our Trista's!  Get the pattern today for 50% off!   




Then in girls' sizes we have chosen Rosanna's Corset Peasant Dress as our Half-Off Friday pattern for today!  Rosanna's is a beautiful peasant dress with a corset that ties in front and ruffles on both the skirt and the sleeves, which make it perfect for twirling!



Rosanna's is on sale for 50% off all day today (Friday) and you know you're going to want it for your little cutie as the weather cools down! It's perfect for Fall and Winter (and all seasons, really).  Just think how cute it would be in fall fabric!


That's it for our Friday recap! We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Free Winter Accessory Pack


Are you familiar with the movie "A Christmas Story"?  It's hilarious - definitely one of my favorites!  But when we put our Josh's Knit Pajamas pattern out for testing a few weeks ago, I was extremely surprised when one of our fabulous testers submitted this as her tester photo for Josh's: 


This. Is. Perfect!!! 

I admit, I couldn't stop giggling when I saw it and I had to keep coming back to look at it over and over again. 

Aside from cheering up a lot of our readers and fans, this photo also sparked a lot of interest in the accessories that were made to complete the outfit. The hat, mittens, and slippers are just too cute!  Kristi Fitzpatrick told us that she just made up the designs for the outfit, and today she is here to share them with all of us in the form of a free pattern! 



You may or may not be going for the bunny theme, but it can also be used for other critter costumes too -- and surely your kids will need to keep warm this winter!  These accessories are oh-so-comfy and you will love how quickly they sew up. 




We want to give a huge thank you to Kristi for providing step-by-step photo instructions and professionally drafted pattern pieces!  They're so easy to follow. You can click here to download the free PDF: 






These accessories are all intended to be made with fleece and my kids are going to wake up to some new Olaf hats and mittens one of these days. Does it get any better than that? 




Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Monday, September 15, 2014

50,000 Fan Scavenger Hunt

It's been awhile since we've done a BIG giveaway and it's definitely time! We have been so blessed this year at Create Kids Couture with an abundance of new fans; we are so grateful for each and every one of you. We have been working out the logistics of this giveaway for month's so we are overjoyed that it is FINALLY here. Those of you who frequent our fan page and Facebook group have been excited for (and intrigued by) this giveaway as well. It is officially time to celebrate so with great excitement we announce the 50,000 Fan Scavenger Hunt Celebration to everyone!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Recap

Tonight it's supposed to get below freezing here in my neck of the woods (goodbye, garden) and I even had to get my kids' jackets out for school tomorrow!  I'm all wrapped up in a blanket until I get used to the cooler temps -- I don't like being cold at all. But what the new weather really means to me is that we have more time indoors, which means more time to sew! Bring it on! 

New Releases


This week at CKC we released Tween William's Formal Accessories Set.  It is perfect for dressing up your guys for special occasions! Think weddings, holidays, and dances - you know they're coming eventually so why not grab the pattern now so you will be prepared? Tween William's also makes really fun casual and novelty accessories. The pattern includes vest, suspenders, and cummerbund in sizes 7/8 to 15/16.



Josh's Knit Pajamas are a must-have for your little guy! They are so comfy and soft and they come in both short and long versions.  Josh's is rated Beginner and you will love how quick it is to sew up a pair! We bet you can't make just one!   



This week we also released three new dolls patterns! On the far left we have a two-for-one pattern, which is  Josie's and Jade's Ruffle fabric dresses. They are both so chic! In the middle photo you can see the ever popular Serena's Stripwork Double Layer Dress, with tons of stripwork and extra twirl! And on the far right we have Keeley's ruffle bow pattern, which is just as striking as the Toddler version.Your little girl will love having a matching outfit for her doll!  

On the Blog



Tasha Engh of Little Chickadee Boutique made this tiny little Cece-inspired Circle Skirt for Barbie, and she has come to show us exactly how it's done, including a free PDF pattern piece! Even if you've never sewn Barbie clothes before, we know you can do it with Tasha's fabulous tutorial pics!


I *love* my new little accessory on my sewing machine! If you haven't tried a seam guide like this before, prepare to be amazed! Yesterday on the blog I did a product review for the Seamingly Accurate seam guide from QuiltWoman.com and you'll want to come check it out! 

Announcements



Who wants to win some ribbons and patterns, all while helping out a great cause? We would LOVE for you to enter our CKC Virtual World Fair! Don't wait too long because your entries need to be received by the 30th! We can't wait to see your amazing creations in person! 



 We are hosting this cool new giveaway to celebrate our 50,000 fans!! We had to postpone it a bit and we are looking for some more shops to participate! If you would like more information, please email us at CreateKidsCouture@gmail.com Re: "Scavenger Hunt". Thanks!!! 

And if you are just super excited to play along and win prizes in our upcoming contest, please be sure to fill out this form and we will email you when the scavenger hunt giveaway becomes live! 


Sales



It's Half-Off Friday! And we have chosen 

 It's finally Half-Off Friday!  And for this weeks' pattern, we have chosen Taylor's Tween Pajama Pants and  Taylor's Adult Pajama Pants  to be on sale for 50% off all day Friday. Taylor's are super comfy and can be made out of almost every kind of fabric. Be sure to grab these two patterns while they're 50% off!



For the girls we have chosen Kadence's Knot Top as our Half-Off Friday pattern this week! Kadence's is super twirly and features adorable knot straps in front. As you can see, Kadence's is not just a warm weather pattern -- It is also perfect for layering over a long sleeve tee or even a peasant top. The pattern is 50% off all day Friday.  

That brings us to the end of this week's Friday Recap! We hope you have an exciting (and warm) weekend!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Seamingly Accurate" Seam Guide from QuiltWoman.Com


Today we have two exciting things to share with you!  First of all, CKC was featured on QuiltWoman.Com's blog where they did a fabulous "Designer Spotlight" interview with Shannon and Tiffany about how Create Kids Couture came to be. It's exciting to see how far CKC has come in just a few years' time! We really appreciate QuiltWoman.Com for spotlighting Create Kids Couture and we know you will enjoy taking the time to read it over on their blog.   




Aside from their helpful blog, QuiltWoman.Com has a lot of great products and free patterns to offer for quilters and seamstresses. A few weeks ago I came across the Seamingly Accurate seam guide on their website and I knew I had to try it out! I thought it would be a fun product to do a review on and they were happy to oblige, so here we go!

Basically, the Seamingly Accurate seam guide is a large sticker you put directly onto your sewing machine to help you keep your seams straight as you sew. The concept isn't entirely new -- I'm sure many of us have used tape or marker on our machines to mark an often-used measurement.  But what I love about this seam guide is that it is exact, it looks nice, it has a LOT of lines marked, and it is easy to install. Much easier than making a new mark for every project! Let's take a closer look. 


First of all, the seam guide says that it is re-positional, which I imagined to be an acrylic cling sticker like you find on new sunglasses.  But no, it is actually a paper sticker that you peel back, as you can see in the photo above.  I can still vouch for it being removable though, since I was curious and peeled mine up after applying it the first time. (I couldn't resist.)  It didn't leave any gummy-ness behind but it is still a paper sticker so I don't think you'll want to move it around too many times. That's not really a problem though, because it's easy to get lined up right the first time. 



After peeling the sticker off the backing I just lined it up on my machine with the "Needle Line" pointing straight at my needle. I looked at the edge of my needle plate to make sure it was going on straight.  


Next is the fun part! I used a sharp knife to cut around the plate and then peeled back that part of the sticker. (The instructions say to use a craft knife but I couldn't find my X-acto so I used a steak knife from the kitchen. Shhh.)  



If you have a removable storage compartment on your machine like I do, you can also make a cut along that edge so the compartment still slides easily on and off without disturbing the seam guide. I love that!  



And that's it.  Your Seamingly Accurate seam guide is all ready to go!  Now the next time you need to shirr in even increments or sew with a large seam allowance, you'll be able to do it without guessing or marking/gumming up the surface of your machine! (And for those who already have a bunch of marks, here's your chance to start fresh!) 

The one thing I am going to add to my seam guide is an extra line for 3/8" since that's what most of our CKC patterns are sewn at. That will be super easy to do.  I am definitely a big fan of the seam guide and I know you won't regret picking one up at QuiltWoman.Com today -- and don't forget to browse for other supplies etc. while you're there! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Barbie's Cece-Inspired Circle Skirt


Today we have Tasha Engh here as a guest to show us how she took our popular Cece's Circle Skirt pattern and used it to create a Cece-inspired skirt for Barbies!  Since the iconic dolls are so tiny, their clothes require different steps than the children's clothing we're used to making. I'm so excited that Tasha has agreed to share this with us today.  Here she is! 




Thanks so much for letting me share this cute little Barbie skirt through your blog! I primarily sew for my daughter (which is why I decided to momentarily lose my marbles and sew teeny tiny Barbie clothes!); you can find more of my sewn, ready-to-ship stuffs at Little Chickadee Boutique


Barbie’s Cece-inspired Circle Skirt

You will need:          One scrap/small piece of fabric approximately 17”x 8”, 1/8 yd, or scraps!
                                One 4” long piece of ¼” elastic
                                Matching thread
                                Downloadable pattern piece

Since this pattern is for such a small piece of clothing, seam allowances throughout with be ¼”. If you are finishing your seams with a serger, you may find it easier if you do a three thread serge (as if you were doing a rolled hem) to make it a little narrower.




Cutting: Cut 2 of skirt pattern piece, each on the fold
Cut 1 ruffle piece 1.5” H x 32” L OR  2 pieces, 1.5” H x16.5” L ( the two pieces will work better if you are using a scrap of fabric or something small such as a fat quarter). 

If you are doing a narrow hem by hand on your ruffle, you will need to increase the height of the ruffle to 1.75”.
 -If you are using a piece of fabric 17” x 8", cut your ruffle pieces first along the long edge. Then use the remainder to cut your skirt pieces.
-If you are using 1/8 yard, cut your two skirt pieces first. Then use the remainder to cut your ruffle pieces.




Step 1: If you are using two pieces for your ruffle, sew the short sides together to make one piece. Finish as desired. Make sure you DO NOT sew the ruffle pieces into a loop as you would with a girl’s skirt.




Step 2: Pin one edge of your skirt pieces, right sides together. Sew and finish seams as desired.



Step 3: Serge or zigzag across the top of the skirt pieces (at the waistline). Set aside.



Step 4: Roll hem of your ruffle.



 Step 5: Put in your gathering stitch of choice across the unfinished long edge of the ruffle piece.
Gather ruffle and pin to bottom edge of the skirt. If you used two pieces in your ruffle, match up the center seam with the side seam of the skirt. I find it easiest to leave the very ends of the ruffle flat, as shown.


  
Step 6: Sew the ruffle to the skirt. Finish as desired.



Step 7: If desired (or if it will drive you crazy to not finish it right), press seam toward body of skirt. Top stitch from the right side, 1/8” from seam.


  
Step 8: We will now be doing the elastic waist at the top of the skirt. Make sure that you have your bobbin loaded with thread that matches your skirt (again, if that’s something that will bother you. If you’re more of the “Meh, it’s going on a Barbie” type, use whatever you want).  Lay your skirt piece right side down. Match the end of your elastic to the side of the skirt, just above the  ‘notch’. Stitch forward a few stitches, then backstitch. We will now stretch the elastic as we sew it down. The elastic needs to be about ½” from the top edge. I find it most helpful to keep the edge of the fabric at my ½” mark on my plate, then center the elastic under my presser foot as I sew.  Make sure the needle is down before you start to stretch your elastic! Or you WILL pop that puppy right out! I also find it helpful to use my left hand to held the tail of my fabric that has already had the elastic stitched to it.


  
 Sew straight until you reach the seam joining your two skirt pieces.  At this point, you may need to put your needle down and pivot slightly. Stretch the remaining amount of elastic to the notch on the other side of the skirt, and continue sewing. Once you reach the edge of the fabric backstitch several times to finish. If you have a little bit of elastic hanging past your skirt, trim it off.



Once you are finished with step 8, your skirt should look something like this:



  
Step 9:  Now to make the casing! Starting at one end, we are simply going to fold the top edge of the skirt down over the elastic (see why we finished that edge?!) and stitch close to the side, about 1/8”, as if we were topstitching it. Because it is going right over onto the elastic, I choose not to iron mine. You can pin here if you feel like you need to.  You may need to stretch the elastic slightly as you sew to help the casing lay flat.  Now step back and admire your, erm, skirt?



Step 10: To finish! Fold your skirt in half, right sides together, pin the unfinished edges together. You will notice that our little “notch has disappeared on this side because we’ve sewn the casing. Just match your sides up as best as possible. Sew. Serge or zig-zag as desired.


  
 And Ta-da! You are done! Quick, now go find a Barbie to stick it on! (I find that she is much more cooperative about modeling my creations when and where I want her to than some of the other models I get to work with). Was it as difficult as you imagined?    




Thank you so much, Tasha!  My daughter is going to LOVE having a matching skirt for her Barbie!   

We hope you all enjoyed this free pattern today. And don't forget to go check out Little Chickadee Boutique to see the other cute items Tasha has available and show her some love. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen