Saturday, December 20, 2014

Weekly Wound Up




I can hardly believe that it's the last weekend before Christmas! My kids came off the school bus super excited today and they have all kinds of exciting activities planned for us over their holiday vacation. I'm sure they're not aware that my to-do list is still super long (can you relate?) but most of my busy-ness is FOR the kids, so I might just have to let some of it slide to enjoy our time together. (OR maybe we can sew together! How is that for a plan? It's worth a shot.) Well, let's take a look at what's been going on at CKC this past week, and I will also fill you in on some exciting new announcements! 

New Releases


On Monday, we released two adorable new BABY patterns just in time for Christmas. First is Baby Joy's Lace Twirly Dress. It's super full and has the option to add lace to the sleeves and hem for an extra touch. The second baby pattern is Baby Taylor's Pajama Pants. These comfy little pants are perfect for your baby, and Taylor's is now available in all sizes so they're perfect for family Christmas pictures! 




On Wednesday we had two new tween releases for you! First is Evie's Everyday Knit Top. This is a fun and versatile top featuring a regular scoop neck and a cozy cowl neck, as well as sleeve lengths for all the seasons. We also have Maggie's Perfect Color Block Dress and Tunic. This charming color block dress is an easy choice for every occasion. 





 Just yesterday we released a super hot and trendy new women's pattern! Roxie's Fitted Blazer is the perfect jacket for all occasions. This exploding-with-options pattern will allow you to customize a blazer to match your style! Featuring a fitted option for dress-up, basic option for a casual look, straight or curved lapels, two sleeve lengths, open or closed front...the possibilities are endless! Roxie's is a classic design that never goes out of style! 


On the Blog

This week on the blog we continued our 12 Days of CKC Christmas, but we were having so much fun that it seems we forgot to stop at twelve!  That's right!  We are going to continue right on up until Christmas!  How does that sound?  Here are the patterns we made for you on the blog this week, all for FREE:






(This one has an extra prize giveaway!) 











Announcements


Don't forget to enter our 2014 Christmas Contest!  Your task is to sew an outfit for your sweetie (girls, boys, dolls, dogs, and grownups included!), take a photo of him/her/them with Santa, and post it to our official business page wall.  Be sure to label your photo #Christmascontest and tag Create Kids Couture. Photos are due midnight est Sunday, December 28.  We will have multiple winners of free patterns and we can't wait to see your entries!  If you have any questions, please ask! 



December's Monthly Mixup is available! Get these 6 awesome boutique patterns for just $18!!! These patterns are perfect for mixing and matching together, no matter what season it is.These were some of our first, best-selling patterns so don't miss out on this fabulous pack to add to your collection.

Sales




For our big weekend sale we had originally decided to make Ashli's Pleated Dress (part knit, part woven, and super cute) and Allie's A-Line Knit Ruffle Dress (comfy with lots of options) our two patterns that were on sale for half off all weekend. And we're still going to do that! 


 But on top of that, we decided to get a little crazy and put a bunch more fabulous patterns on sale that you might want to grab for your last minute Christmas sewing! Be sure to check out our Sale Items page on the website where you will find some of our favorite Christmas picks that are all on sale for 50% off ALL weekend! 

Here are pics of just a few of them to get you excited! 







How was that for a teaser of some amazing outfits you can still make in time for Christmas?!  (Or Valentine's Day or Easter or...) Get these and a bunch more patterns for 50% off all weekend long!  

That's it for our Weekly Wound Up!  We wish you the best this weekend and right on into a Merry Christmas. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

14th Day of Christmas: Eye Mask


It's the 14th Day of Christmas and today's free pattern comes to us from Tosha Smith, the designer of our dancewear patterns at CKC! I think this accessory is going to be a huge hit for Christmas gifts this year, judging from all the super cute pajama pictures we have seen you post in our patterns group this week. 




What little kiddo wouldn't want a super cute (and comfy) eye mask to match their new PJ's?  Plus you can give Santa a little reassurance that the sleepers aren't peeking if their eyes are covered while they sleep! You can make an eye mask to match any of our fabulous pajama patterns at CKC or even pajamas that they already own. It's quick and easy! 




That's it!  We hope you love this tutorial. Be sure to share your pics with us when you're done. We would love to see.  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

13th Day of Christmas: Patchwork Bed Scarf


Today is the 13th Day of CKC Christmas (yes, you read that right) and we are excited to continue on with our free patterns for you every weekday right up until Christmas! Just a little gift from us to you! Today's free pattern comes to us from Jessica Fulton, the admin of our CKC Sew-Alongs group. This pattern is perfect for the Christmas holidays right now and right on through to the other seasons! 



Isn't this quilted bed scarf just beautiful? I love how the fun prints bring a lot of Christmas to the bed without needing an entirely new bed cover.  And it looks very classy! 



 The construction for this bed scarf is sturdy and easy to follow with Jessica's tutorial. I bet you will fall in love with it and want to make one for every bed in your house and for every season! 



And if you need a little extra help with the binding as the last step of your bed scarf, you can use our blog tutorial for binding a quilt here


A bed scarf isn't just for holiday decorating, of course. You could sew up a fun one to match any theme you want to decorate with in your house! I also love this one that Jessica made:  


So fun!

We would love to see the bed scarves you make using our free tutorial so please share your photos with us when you're done. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12th Day of Christmas: Shell Topped Boot Cuffs

It's the 12th Day of CKC Christmas and you are in for a TREAT today!  This free pattern comes to us from Kristi Fitzpatrick, who has an amazing women's pattern coming out later this week AND she is opening up our brand new category of crochet patterns in January! 




So what better way to celebrate the new line than with a free crocheting tutorial today?  If you haven't bothered to learn crocheting in the past (like me), I'm pretty sure this next photo is going to inspire you to learn asap!




Aren't these boot cuffs amazing!?! 


 You can download our free crochet PDF pattern for Shell Topped Boot Cuffs here


 This pattern is rated Beginner and you just need to learn a few basic crochet skills before jumping in. Kristi assures me that I can learn the basics on YouTube with just a little patience, and we will also be having lots of helps here on the blog in January when our first official patterns release. Are you as super excited as I am?!  

Of course many of you already know how to crochet, and we would love to see your adorable boot cuffs you make with this free tutorial. Please model and share them in our patterns group on Facebook!! They will look fantastic with all different styles of boots so don't hold back!




 And that's not all!  Speaking of our big release in January, we have a giveaway for you today, to share the excitement! 



All you need to do to enter the giveaway is comment below (on the blog) and tell us your thoughts on our upcoming crochet patterns. What are you most excited about? What would you like to see?  One lucky fan will win their choice of one of our brand new CKC Crochet patterns on the day they release! Mark your calendars for January 5, 2015!!  (A few sneak peeks are in the image above!) 

We would also LOVE for you to share this with your friends on Facebook and pin it on Pinterest!  We can't reward you for it (new Pinterest and Facebook rules) but we can see when you pin it and it makes us so happy! All you have to do to pin from here is hover your cursor over the image and click the Pinterest icon that appears. (You can do that with any of our blog images and posts for easy access from your own Pinterest board!) Please share! 

Alright, that's enough talk for now.  Don't forget to download the free Boot Cuff Pattern above AND to comment below to enter our giveaway!  

Let's Create!  ~  Kristen 

Monday, December 15, 2014

11th Day of Christmas: Fabric Bead Necklace

For the 11th Day of CKC Christmas we have another fabulous FREE tutorial for you!  This one comes to us from Susan Smith, one of our girl size pattern designers. (Just wait until you see the dress she's working on right now! So pretty!)  Today Susan is going to teach us a fun new accessory to go with all those adorable CKC outfits we're making. 



Look at this trendy fabric bead necklace!  It's much easier than it looks (with help from Susan's tutorial, of course), and all you need to make it is fabric strips and wooden beads!





You can make these for girls by following the tutorial as written, and I bet it would also be fairly easy to add more length and more beads to make it long enough for women! I would love to wear these pink and silver polka dots. Oh, the possibilities!  Here is the girl size PDF pattern that Susan has put together for us to download for FREE:   









 And that's all there is to it!  Merry Christmas! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weekly Wound Up


I have always felt especially creative this time of year, between making handmade Christmas cards for friends and family, baking up some special goodies with my kids, and sewing up those secret gifts to open on Christmas morning. I have also noticed, though, that the days in December fly by twice as fast as the rest of the year! So in case you missed anything in the whirlwind of this past week, here's all that's been happening here at CKC: 

New Releases



On Monday we released Nicole's Party Dress in both girl and tween sizes! Nicole's pattern features a fitted bodice with three sleeve options, a gorgeous button-down back, an attached sash, a built-in pettiskirt, and that adorable split-front skirt. We have simplified the design for this style of dress and you are going to LOVE how it turns out the very first time! Be sure to look in our photo gallery on the website to see all the amazing dresses our testers made with just one pattern! 



On Wednesday we released three new doll patterns! First is Maggie's with it's unique color block design. The dress has Velcro at the shoulders to make it easier for kids to dress their dollies. Next is Elliette's Apron Skirt. Pair it with a long sleeve shirt, leggings, and ankle boots for a stylish winter outfit! Third is Merideth's Center Ruffle peasant dress/top. Such an easy, fast outfit to sew and such a cute style! 



Yesterday we released Tween Porter's Button Up Shirt and Tween Josh's Knit Pajama Set! Just like the smaller boy sizes, these two patterns have lots of options and are sure to please!  Both are perfect for the upcoming holidays (think fun prints) and beyond! They both include sizes 7/8 to 15/16 and are on sale for 30% off!


On the Blog

This was our second week of free patterns on the blog for the 12 Days of CKC Christmas. Rumor has it that we're not going to stop at twelve days, but continue right on until Christmas Eve! How does that sound? Stay tuned! Here are this past week's freebies, from Days 6-10:   



6th Day of Christmas:  Fabric Bowl Cover



7th Day of Christmas:  Stuffed Animal Scarf



8th Day of Christmas:  Hanging Hand Towel




9th Day of Christmas:  Tablet or Phone Bean Bag



10th Day of Christmas:  Christmas Doll Stocking


Announcements




December's Monthly Mixup is finally available! Get these six awesome boutique patterns for just $18!!! These patterns are perfect for mixing and matching together no matter what season it is. They really are must-have, basic patterns for every boutique owner or pattern collector alike! These were some of our first, best-selling patterns so don't miss out on this fabulous pack to add to your collection.



We have a super exciting announcement! Create Kids Couture is expanding into a NEW market for the NEW year! Mark your calendars now because we will be releasing the first four patterns in our brand new CKC Crochet division on January 5, 2015! We have some amazing crochet patterns out to testers already that are true to CKC's style in both their bold designs AND the simplicity of the patterns. A few sneak peeks are in the photo above! 



Weekend Sale



This weekend we have all sizes of Primrose's Ruffled Princess Corset Dress on sale for 50% off! Primrose's is one of our best sellers, with it's gorgeous ruffles and sweetheart halter top. Primrose's looks amazing with everything from fun character prints to fancy satin and lace. Be sure to look at all the size ranges you can get to match your Primrose's:  Doll, Baby, Toddler, Tween, Women, and even Dogs!  And all are on sale for half off all weekend long!  Happy shopping! 





Well, that's all for this week!  We hope you have a great weekend and find time to do the things that matter most.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen