Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Recap

If you like big sales, exciting announcements, and really great new patterns then this week's recap is going to be a good one for you! Let's take a look: 

New Releases

Michael's Muscle Tee is a must-have for spring and summer! Your boy will love the comfy fit and it comes with an optional chest stripe to mix and match with his favorite shorts. Michael's is a super quick and easy sew and you'll soon find that your boy wants one for every day of the week! 

This magical pattern is Pixie's Petal Dress and it comes with a bonus flower tutorial for the perfect icing. We don't need to say much more about this dress - we can all see how amazing it is! 

We released two new Tween patterns this week.  First is Daphne's Bubble Skirt, which has a flat front waistband, an attached sash, and options for either a shirred or elastic waistband.  The second tween pattern is Isla's Knit Ruffle Shorts and your daughter is going to want several pairs of these comfy shorts! 

Tabitha's Knit Top and Dress was released just yesterday! Tabitha's has a sleeveless and short sleeve optiona and a new scoop neck style. There are also three skirt options included: simple straight skirt, ruffled, or trim band. There are also optional bodice ruffles. This pattern will still be 30% off for a few more hours today, so grab it before it's too late! 

On the Blog

This week on the blog, Deborah Koch joined us for our Monthly Mash-up in which she combined Lorelai's and Yvette's dresses to make this gorgeous new dress. 

For How-To Tuesday we showed you this great tutorial for making a knit turban for yourself or your little one. They are fun to make and even more fun to wear! 

Software updates are causing a lot of us to have issues printing our PDF pattern pieces.  But there is a solution (hooray!) and on Wednesday's blog we explained how to print accurately even with new changes to Windows 8

Remember the turban tutorial we did on Tuesday? Well, we''re having a mini contest on the blog where you can win a free pattern by sewing a turban for your little cutie!  The rules are in the contest blog post here. 


Our "I Love PDF Patterns" magazine is now live and ready to purchase! We can get the digital copy on Etsy here or the printed copy on the magcloud website here.  When you order the printed copy you will also receive the digital version for free!  The first issue includes five patterns plus tutorials, recipes, printables, crafts to do with the kids, interviews, business articles, and so much more! 


The ad above says it all! We're having a huge Easter Sale right now until Sunday night. Select patterns are 30% off and yes they combine for tiered pricing today with the other sales we have going on! Happy Easter!

Today's Half-Off Friday pattern is Kara's Triple Ruffle Pants and Capris! These darling pants are versatile and so fun to match with our different frilly tops. You can get this pattern for 50% off all day Friday. Here are a few more pictures of Kara's, just for fun: 

Thank you to our fans for another great week here at CKC! We hope you all have a happy Easter weekend. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mini Contest: Matching Turban

It's contest time on the blog! Ooh, I love these contests! And this one will be super quick and rewarding.  Two days ago we showed you how to make a knit turban and now we're challenging you to make one! We have a lot of great knit patterns at CKC and this is an easy way to use your scraps AND make an adorable matching accessory while you're at it.

Here are the rules:

1) Make an outfit using any CKC pattern or tutorial (it doesn't have to be knit).

2) Use our DIY Turban Tutorial here to make a coordinating turban for your little cutie. (It doesn't have to be the same fabric.)

3) Take a picture of her wearing the outfit and the turban, and email it to by next Wednesday, April 23 at midnight EST. We would also love to have you share your entries on our fan page!! Bonus points if you give a link back to this page of the blog!

We will announce and post the top three entries on the blog next Thursday morning and the first place winner will get a free pattern of her choice! How does that all sound?! 

We hope you all have a great week finishing up your Easter projects. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Printing PDF Patterns with Windows 8

 Don't you love it when life is going along smoothly and then suddenly something you have always been doing doesn't work right anymore? Yeah, neither do I.  

Well that's exactly what is happening to many of us lately as we are trying to print out PDF patterns!  They look right on the screen but they don't print out the right size.  WHY?!?!  

I will tell you why. We finally figured it out. It seems that many programs are seeing the value of PDF's so they're coming out with their own reader apps to use within their programs. That sounds like a great idea for them. Except that there's a difference between reading/viewing and printing accurately. The generic reader apps don't always print to scale. The biggest hit (but not the only one) is with Windows 8 that recently came out with their own reader app.  If you have Windows 8 there's a good chance that your sizing is off a teeny bit even if you haven't noticed it yet. It is possible for us to change the default and go around it, but a lot of people don't know it's even a problem.  If your 1" square is printing out at 15/16" then your whole pattern will be too small!

 I will explain a little more and then how to fix the problem in Windows 8. The important thing to remember is that your patterns may have been printing fine a few days ago but that doesn't mean that they will today. In the picture below, you can see the "Reader" that is circled.  This is the new Windows 8 reader.  It is the default when you double click your patterns. It's brilliant for them but a nightmare for us if we want to print accurately.  

The main problem is that the Windows Reader opens the pattern up to be viewed in a window like this one below.

 It looks great and we can certainly read our pattern instructions that way.  But when it comes to printing, notice at the bottom that there are NO options for whether we want to print to scale.  We can print but we don't have much control over how it prints. (This may depend a little on your PC and version.) 

So instead of using this Windows Reader App, or even a mini app version of Adobe, we want to make sure we are opening our patterns in the most recent version of Adobe Reader, as circled below. If you don't yet have it, I will show you how to get it.  If you do have it, you'll still want to keep reading because there's a step you need to do in order to make it your default. 

When we open the pattern with the full version of Adobe and tell it to print the pieces, we are brought to this print screen below, where we can choose "Actual Size" or something similar on our computer. We need to be able to tell the printer to print in actual size and not to shrink to fit! 

 Okay so now we all know we need the full version of Adobe Reader.  If you don't yet have it on your computer, you can get it for free here: 

It may not be a bad idea to make sure you have the newest version, even if you have an older version. Following the steps at the link above, you will see the following screens: 

 Once we follow through with these steps to get it downloaded and installed, the Adobe icon should now show up in a drop-down menu when we RIGHT CLICK on a pattern that we want to open.  See below. 

At this point, after right clicking, we can see several options for opening the pattern, including both readers.  What we want to do is select "Choose Default Program" as circled above, and set the Adobe Reader as our default program. If all goes well, that will make it so when we double click our pattern it will open in the full Adobe version rather than in an app. 

If we're ever not sure if it opened in the right program, just remember that we need to be able to select for it to print actual size. Just because the 1" square looks accurate on the screen does NOT mean that it will print out correctly.

Is this all clear?  I realize there may be differences based on computer models and operating systems. If the helps above don't solve your problem or you have a completely different program you're fighting, it may help to google your problem. There's a good chance that you're not the only one struggling with it.  This just shows how important it is to ALWAYS measure the 1" square on our pattern pieces. Having the square look "close enough" will result in clothing for our kids that "almost fits". 

I want to give a huge thank you to Connie Ridgeway from Cranberry Ridge Designs for helping us out with the step-by-step photos today!  I borrowed her as one of our pattern testers and turned her into a computer tester. (She is very patient.) Connie also has a fun blog here that you will want to check out.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How To Tuesday: DIY Knit Turban

I love seeing what styles people flock to. Recently when I posted this photo of Miss A in her lace Hazel's Hippie Dress with a matching turban headband, you ladies went crazy asking how I made her little turban! Below you will find the how-to so you can make your own. One size fits Miss A who is almost 2 years old, and myself.

To start you will need two scraps of knit fabric that measure 5" x 20".

Take both pieces and fold them into thirds. Place them one on top of the other to create an X. Then meet the ends together so that you now have two loops that are looped together, as shown below.

Then take all 4 edges and sew them together .5" from the edge. 

Press the seams open and fluff the turban.

Now it's ready to wear! How quick and easy was that?

Note on adapting the turban: If your knit is thin and rolls easily you may want to add 1" to the width when cutting. Fold the strips in half with right sides together to create two long tubes. Turn them inside out and then go from there.  That way thinner knits won't roll, which is especially important if you have a directional print. Also, some women may want to add 1-2" to the length if you think you'll need a slightly more roomy turban.

Now for a little fun! For a chance to win a CKC pattern of your choice, send us a pic of your little one rocking their turban with a CKC outfit. You can find the full details on that mini contest here

Happy Sewing, Y'all, Morgan

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monthly Mash-Up: Lorelai's and Yvette's

It's been delightful seeing all of your Easter dresses in the patterns group! Today I'm excited to share our latest mash-up with you - also perfect for Easter. We have our wonderful Deborah Koch here, from Ma Cherie Kids, to show us her newest creation using two of our favorite CKC patterns. 

Isn't it pretty?!  To make this dress, Deborah used Lorelai's Tiered Ruffle Neck Dress and Yvette's Stripwork Knot Dress. Here are what the originals of those two dresses look like: 

They're both adorable and by putting different parts of the patterns together Deborah came up with a completely new dress!  Let's take a closer look: 

First of all, Deborah used the top of Lorelai's to get the beautiful neck ruffle.  She added 2" to the bodice length so the dress would end up the proper length when put together with the new skirt. 

She also added a pretty accent flower that's attached with a pin so it can be removed for washing. 

The Yvette's skirt is so pretty with it's wide stripwork and trim band. I think it goes perfectly with the ruffled bodice. I also love Deborah's fabric choices here! For the mashup she didn't have to make any adjustments to the skirt measurements to make it work with the bodice. 

Finally, Deborah added a sash that ties in a beautiful bow in back.  I like how this is a small detail of chevron that looks dainty along with the rest of the prints of the dress. 

The dress can also be worn without the removable sash. It's almost like having a completely new look! Both ways are so pretty. 

Thanks again to Deborah Koch for our monthly mash-up! There are no limits to our creativity when we take great patterns and throw our own unique ideas into the mix. I hope we all have a great week finishing up those Easter projects. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Recap

Easter is right around the corner and it seems that we are all busy, busy, busy putting together our special outfits for the little ones. In this week's recap you'll find an easy help for those Easter crafts, more info on our Easter contest, and of course the eagerly awaited half-off sale. Let's get started! 

New Releases

Our first new release this past week was was Ginger's One Shoulder Dress and Top. This is our Pattern of the Month for April and it comes with directions to make a top, sundress, or maxi dress! It features a one-shoulder bodice with a small strap on the other side, and both sides come together to make a lovely bow in back. 

 We also released two new doll patterns this week! First we have Whitney's Ruffle Neck Romper, perfect to match your little girl's romper in the warmer weather coming up. Then the second pattern includes both Charlotte's Corset Top and Antoinette's Skirt.  I love this one because of the miniature little corset and the full skirts!  

Just yesterday we released Paulette's Pillowcase Maxi Dress. Not only is Paulette's perfect for spring, but it is also a really fast and easy sew for beginners, with totally gorgeous results.  Paulette's is on sale for 30% for the next few hours so grab it before it goes back to regular price!

On the Blog

This week we featured Madalyn Grace Originals, by Dana Foster, as our Boutique of the Month for April. Dana does amazing work and you will love seeing the outfits and info that she shared with us on the blog. 

For How-To Tuesday this week, we provided you with an egg template to print out in three sizes, as well as several crafty ideas to use it for with the kids this year.

Do you struggle sewing buttonholes, or are you even too afraid to try them?  Worry no more! On Wednesday we shared some Tips and Tricks with you on How to Make a Successful Buttonhole Every Time!  If you like tutorial videos then you're in luck because we made three for you -- including one on how to make buttonholes even if you don't have a special foot on your machine. 

Raise your hand if you love fabric stores!  Yesterday we posted some Fun Facts about Fabric Stores and asked you to join in on our poll to tell us some of your fabric-buying habits. Come on, we know you want to tell us all about your stash! 


Are you getting excited about our big Easter Contest?  We're off to a great start with this adorable entry from one of our fans!  We would love to see your little cuties in their Easter outfits too! For the contest, you need to make your child something CKC for Easter and then make a coordinated basket using this Easter Basket Tutorial. Post the photos on our wall, label it "Create Kids Couture Easter Contest," and tag us! Entries are due on Thursday, April 17 (that's less than a week from now!) and there will be three winners.  We can't wait to see what you make! 

If you haven't downloaded it already, you definitely want to get the Create Kids Couture app on your smartphone! It is FREE and will keep you up-to-date on all things CKC! No more missed sales or pattern releases, and you can even shop right from within the app! (It's a great way to look up those fabric requirements when you're on the go too!)  You can download the CKC app by searching in your app store or by going to this link right here


It's time to announce our Half-Off Friday pattern for this week!  And it just so happens to be the very first CKC dress that I ever made!  How sweet is that?  It's still one of my favorites too.

Claire's Patchwork Pillowcase Dress is our Half-Off Friday pattern for today!  Claire's features a patchwork skirt with a unique keyhole cutout in the back of the bodice where the pillowcase ties form a gorgeous bow. Or, if you'd like, you can tie it on the shoulder to show off the keyhole even more! Claire's is super twirly and we know you're going to love it (almost as much as the little girl who gets to wear it!)  Here's your chance to get Claire's for 50% off, all day Friday!  

We hope you had a great week! Thanks for being such great fans.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen