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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.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


Hooray, it's June and finally starting to feel like summer around here! (Crazy storms this spring, right?!)  Our kiddos are out of school and we have a fun weekend planned. Hopefully you do too! But first, let's take a look at what's happening this week at CKC:  

New Releases

This week we have three wonderful new patterns for you to pick up! 




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Coffee Break Maxi Skirt with So Sew English Fabrics

Did you see the FREE maxi skirt pattern we designed with So Sew English Fabrics for Mother's Day? 


The Coffee Break Maxi Skirt is so fast you'll be able to make it at nap time and still have time for a coffee break! It has tons of options, and YES you can get it free on our website!



The pattern includes petite, average, and tall lengths, elastic waistband, yoga high waist, yoga low waist, inseam pockets, instructions for adding slits, and an optional godet panel to make the skirt flare out even more. 




This is an excellent beginner’s knit pattern; you won’t be able to make just one!

To download, simply go to the Coffee Break Maxi Skirt listing on our website and buy it for $0!  That's a price we can all live with!

After you sew your skirt, we would love to see it!  Please come share a photo in our patterns group on Facebook if you're up for it. And if you use the awesome So Sew English fabric like we did, you can share in their group too.  Happy Sewing!



Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day! (+ Sale)

Happy Memorial Day!! While you're spending time with family and friends (or shopping our sale!), please make sure to take time to remember what today is truly about: those who selflessly gave their lives so we may enjoy ours. We are blessed because of others!





In case you missed the details of our sale, here you go: 


Today only, you can enjoy 30% off your entire order! No coupon code required. 
(The sale ends when our new releases are posted on Tuesday morning.)


Have a wonderful holiday!

~ CKC Patterns ~






Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fabric Friendship Bracelets

Today we have a fun no-sew project that you and your kids are going to love! It's perfect for kiddos to make at parties and sleepovers, or they even make the perfect end of the school year I'm-going-to-miss-you-over-the-summer gifts! 



Aren't these fun?!  I was inspired from my own kiddo days, when we used to make friendship bracelets using embroidery floss. I made a little twist on the same technique, giving these bracelets a scrappy fabric look to them-- much more trendy for today's kids! 



Using today's tutorial, you can make either a tie-on bracelet with cute ties at the end, OR you can use jewelry hardware to fasten. The bracelet actually ends up stretchy from the knots, so if you like the tie-on look you won't have to untie it every time you wear it. It slips on and off easily.  

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


Happy Mother's Day!  We hope you are having a special day!  We have some fun things we want to show you from this past week, so put your feet up and enjoy:

New Releases

We released three new patterns this week!


Cricket's Smocked Cami and Shorts is a vintage set perfect for special occasions or photo sessions, but is easy enough for beginners. If you have always wanted to make a smocked outfit, this is the one! The instructions include details on how to prepare fabric for pleating, how to pleat the fabric, how to smock the design, and how to finish it off with the sewing machine.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Hands-Free Phone Pouch

I'm really excited about today's free pattern! Not only is it useful for you, it's also going to be super useful for ME and all of my family! I think it would also make the perfect gift for family, friends, and teachers. 


It's a hands-free phone pouch!  Cool, right?  You can hang it all sorts of places using plastic linking rings like these (found in the toy department), or any other kind of metal ring, ribbon, elastic, or string you may have on hand.  The loops on top are for hanging onto just about anything, and the loops on bottom are for adding additional rings or toys for the little ones.  

I also love that the pouch is big enough to hold your phone either horizontal or vertical. It has a velcro flap to keep the phone inside and safe. Plus, the clear covering on the front is thin enough to be just as swipe-able as a regular phone case, so you don't have to take it out to use! 

I think we're all sold on it, so let's get started!



Materials Needed: 
1/3 yard of woven fabric (or scraps) 
1/3 yard clear vinyl* 
3 pieces of Velcro, approx 3/4" x 1" each
Iron, sewing machine, scissors, thread, optional rings

*Clear vinyl can be found at most fabric stores, often on the large bolts in the home decor section. It ranges from 4-gauge (thinnest) to 20-gauge (thickest).  I chose 8-gauge for this project but any of them should work. Just check to make sure you can swipe your phone through the vinyl before you cut and buy it! 


Note: The sizes in this tutorial are based on a phone that is approximately 6" x 3".  The finished view-able size of the pouch is 8" x 8".  If your phone or tablet is larger, you can still use the pattern. Simply determine how much larger yours is than the 6" x 3" phone, and add those amounts to the width and length of the pieces in the next step. (For example, if your phone is 1" taller and 1" wider, add 1" to the large rectangle measurements below.) The loops are the same for all sizes. 


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Little Red Hen's Bonnet and Dress

We have a special treat today for all you hen lovers out there!  Introducing: Little Red Hen's Bonnet and Dress! 


Isn't it amazing?!  Our designer Tosha put this free pattern together for you, at the request of our fabulous customers. Her model willingly obliged and we know your hens are going to love it too!  It's true that hens may not *need* clothes.  Or then again, maybe they do!  (I've never really asked one for her opinion, have you? This may be her dream come true!) 



Plus, that's just about the cutest little flat lay I've ever seen...  

So let's get started!