Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Get Ready for Black Friday!


Are you excited for our ginormous Black Friday sale at Create Kids Couture!?!  This event usually brings up a lot of questions so we thought it would be a good idea to answer them ahead of time before all the crazy excitement begins. So here's the scoop! 





On Friday, early early morning at 12:00 midnight EST we will announce a coupon code that will give you 50% off ALL patterns! That's right, ALL patterns! The coupon code will be valid ALL day long, from midnight to midnight, so there's no need to stay up late and beat out the other shoppers!  (But if that makes it more exciting for you, go ahead!) 


Here are a few other details you will want to know: 

  • All other coupon codes and tiered pricing will be turned off during the sale, so you can expect 50% off regular prices across the board on all patterns, including new patterns. Yippee!
  • Please note that November's Monthly Mixup bundle ends on Thursday, before the Black Friday coupon code begins. So if you want to get our awesome bundle, don't wait too long for the additional sale because you will miss it! The bundle is available through Thursday only.
  •  On the website, you will save yourself trouble by signing in before adding items to your cart. If you forget and sign in afterward, you will be fine but you will probably have to do a password retrieval, even if this is your first time on the site.  
  • If you get a message saying that your email address is already in use, it is because your password did not switch over to the new website for security reasons. Simply do a password retrieval and you'll be all set to check out.
  • If you have problems on the website that are not addressed on this blog, please email createkidscouture@gmail.com and we will help you out as soon as possible.  
  • If you have questions that are not addressed here and you want to ask on Facebook, please ask your questions on the PINNED post in our patterns group by commenting there. Please do not make a separate post with your questions because it creates confusion and we probably will not be able to answer them in a timely manner! Instead, our staff will go down the line on the pinned post and answer your questions. Don't be afraid to read through the previous questions on that pinned post because many of your questions will probably already be answered! 
  • If you do not immediately get an email confirmation with your download codes, you can download them directly from the website right after you order! They are available instantly. Just look in your account info and there are links there for download. 
Here's what it should look like when you view your Order Details in your account: 


Notice that after each of the pattern names it says "(Download Files)".  Click that and it will take you to this screen:



Now in the yellow highlight you can see the pattern name as a PDF link and you simply click on that name to save it to your own files. We highly recommend that you download all patterns immediately so you don't forget! You are purchasing a copy of the pattern and not lifetime storage on our website. :)  It is also a good idea to save your email when it does come, for proof of purchase down the road if you need it. 


I think that covers all of it. Keep in mind that this is our BIGGEST sale of the year!  You might want to start looking over your wishlist and browse for more patterns that might come in handy this next year. You can never have too many patterns, right? 




Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Little White Gloves Tutorial


Hello, CKC Family!  Kristi here with a darling how-to that will surely add style and the perfect accent to any of your CKC dress photo shoots, a tea party or just for fun!  And the best part?  It’s SUPER easy and you can make them ANY size!




A few weeks ago, with the Nicole’s Party dress sneak peek, the retro-inspired photos of my daughter in her dress were shared in the pattern group!  When searching for a pair of little white gloves to complete her props for the shoot, I couldn’t find any tiny enough around town and it was too late to have them shipped.  So, I decided to make a pair myself!  And today, I’m going to show you how I did it!




Materials you will need:
·         1/4 yard of 4-way-stretch knit fabric
·         Paper or felt
·         Sharpie
·         Scissors
·         Pins
·         Sewing machine



Step 1:
Using a sharpie, trace around your child’s hand onto a piece of paper or felt, being sure to stay 3/8” away from their little fingers for seam allowance!




Step 2:
Have your child move their hand and freehand the glove opening a couple of inches longer.




Step 3:
Cut out your hand-drafted pattern piece.  Take your 4-way-stretch knit and fold it over so there are two layers.  Fold it over again so there are four layers of fabric.  Pin your pattern piece in place and cut.  You will now have four glove pieces.




Step 4:
Take two of your glove pieces and pin them right sides together.  Sew around the glove as indicated in red, using a 3/8” seam allowance.  Take your time and be careful around the curves of the finger tips.  Lift your presser foot while the needle is in the down position often, turning and guiding your fabric.  Repeat with the other two glove pieces.




Step 5:
Once you have both gloves sewn, you can now trim 1/8” around your stitching, being very careful not to cut INTO your stitches!




Step 6:
Turn your gloves right side out and fold back the openings 1/2".  Sew 1/4” away from the openings all the way around.




And look at that!  You just made the perfect-sized gloves in 6 easy steps!





There are so many possibilities to customize them by adding lace or ribbon to the openings or trying different printed fabric!  All in 15 minutes and less than $5.00!  Your little will definitely give you a high five in those pretty, new gloves!

Be sure to share your Little White Glove creations in the pattern group!

Love, Kristi




Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekly Wound Up



Thanksgiving is coming up this next week and we all have so much to be thankful for! Hopefully you have accomplished as much as we have this past week so you can have time to spend with family and friends when the holiday rolls around. 

New Releases


 On Monday we released two new patterns that go perfectly together!  Blaycie's Skinny Pants are made from woven fabrics and have optional pockets, piping, and center crease details. She will love the fitted style! And then to complement them, Delaney's Bib, Band, and Bow Top is made from knits and has so many options that each new top you make for her will quickly become her favorite!  



 Tween Cheyenne's Perfect Party Dress can be made in a simple or fancy version with added tween options for short and long dresses. Options include two lengths, halter ties or cross back, bodice ruffle, bodice overlay, and dress ruffles. Your tween is sure to find a combo that is perfect for her!



Just yesterday we released LaRae's Scalloped Dress For Dogs from CKC's dog clothing line. This pattern is perfect for small to medium breed dogs and comes in sizes XS-XL. (It also fits Build-A Bear 4-Legged Animals!)  Look at those adorable flutter sleeves! The pattern also features comfy Velcro closures and an optional D-ring for your leash. Hurry & grab it while it’s 30% off, at only $3.50 until Sunday at 7pm est.


On the Blog


This week on the blog you can come learn how to add long sleeves to a sleeveless dress. Look what we did with Maggie's for the holidays! 


Announcements


Are you getting excited for the Create Kids Couture Black Friday Sale?  It will begin next Friday, NOT Thursday! We are so thankful for our fans and we would never dream of making you take time away from your families on a holiday in order to get a great deal on our patterns! But you can start making your wishlist now if you haven't already! 




Did you know that Create Kids Couture has a FREE app for your phone? No more stalking us just on Facebook, you can stalk all of our sites anywhere, anytime right from your phone! Never miss another pattern release or sale again. Follow this link on your computer to preview the app. Or on your phone you can search for "Create Kids Couture" in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, or Amazon!  If you'd like, you can also take a tour of the new app on our blog!



Weekend Sale



Tori's Bustled Princess Dress is on sale for 50% off all weekend long!  Just look how perfect it is for the upcoming holidays! Tori's features a sweetheart bodice with adorable sleeves that can be short, 3/4, or long sleeve length.  Tori's also has double ruffle skirts with unique pickups that create that eye-catching bustled look.  Your little girl will love Tori's so here's your chance to get it for 50% off! 



Also on sale this week for 50% off is Bianca's Reversible Bolero! Bianca's is the perfect piece for layering over your favorite CKC dresses and tops because of it's pretty boutique style. Plus it is completely reversible and has two sleeve length options.  Bianca's is on sale in all sizes from dolls all the way up to Women's Plus! Just think of all the cute outfits you can keep using in the cooler weather just by adding Bianca's! 




This brings us to the end of our Weekly Wound Up! We hope you have enjoyed what we have shared with you today. And even more than that, we hope that you have a fabulous weekend and a special Thanksgiving holiday. We are thankful for you! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Adding Sleeves to a Dress


Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21st this year, but boy does it ever feel like it is already here! Even in the good ol’ Sunshine State we are feeling the effects of Jack Frost. As I type this, it is a very wet and windy 48°F here in Central Florida. This Southern girl and her mini-me ain’t used to those kind of temps!  I am here today to show you how you can add sleeves to the newly released Maggie’s Perfect Colorblock Tunic & Dress. Let’s get started!




Materials Needed:

·         Fabric – You will need the fabric requirements listed in the Maggie’s pattern, plus the fabric requirements for the sleeves and cuffs in the Sally’s pattern.
·         Coordinating thread
·         1 button
·         1 - 2-3” piece of 1/8” elastic


STEP 1: Cut out all pieces as directed in the Maggie’s pattern. Cut out just the sleeves and cuffs from the Sally’s pattern. When you are finished it should look something like this:




STEP 2: Assemble the Maggie’s bodice as directed in the pattern and stop at Step 7. You will NOT complete the armholes as directed in the pattern. Instead you will sew a basting stitch along both armholes about a ¼” away from the edge. (To sew a basting stitch, increase your stitch length to the maximum length.) This will hold the lining and bodice fabrics together to eliminate shifting when you attach the sleeves. 




STEP 3: While you still have your machine set on the basting stitch, grab one of the sleeve pieces and sew a basting/gathering stitch across the top of the sleeve. You only need to sew along the top just before it slopes down the shoulders.  See picture below for an example. Repeat this step on the other sleeve.



STEP 4: We are going to need to ease the sleeve into the armhole opening since the Sally’s sleeve is slightly larger than the Maggie’s armhole. To do this, we will need to gather the top of the sleeve using the basting stitch we created in Step 3. 
First lay the sleeve on top of the Maggie’s armhole with the right sides of the fabric together. Match up the ends of the sleeves with the ends of the armhole opening and pin in place. (I use Clover clips in lieu of pins and I highly recommend them!) Also, put a pin in the center of the sleeve and the center of the armhole opening. Then begin matching up the rest of the sleeve with the armhole opening and pinning in place until you reach the center pin. You should have some extra fabric that doesn’t match up on either side of the center pin. 




STEP 5: To eliminate the extra fabric that didn’t match up in the previous step, you will need to gather it. Gently pull on the threads of the basting stitch you created in Step 3. The fabric will begin to gather. Gather the excess fabric until it will match up with the rest of the armhole opening and pin in place. 



STEP 6: Sew the sleeve to the armhole opening and finish the raw edge with your serger or a zigzag stitch to prevent future fraying. Then flip the sleeve and take it to your ironing board. Iron the seam so that it will go in the direction of the sleeve opening. This will help give more support to your sleeve and show off the beautiful gathering at the top of the sleeve. 


STEP 7: Now you will pin the sleeve and side seams of the bodice with right sides together. I recommend first matching up the seams at the armpit. This is especially important if you used contrasting fabrics like I did. You want the seams at the armpit to match as perfectly as possible. 


STEP 8: Sew down the sleeve and side seam of the bodice. Make sure you sew with the armhole seam facing toward the sleeve opening. Once again, this will just result in a much better looking finished product. If you forget, it isn’t the end of the world. ;) Finally, finish the raw edge with your serger or a zigzag stitch to prevent future fraying.


STEP 9: Sew the cuffs to the bottom of the sleeves as directed in the Sally’s Fitted A-line Dress pattern. (Steps 16-21.)

STEP 10: Once the bodice is complete, sew the rest of the dress according to the directions in the Maggie’s Perfect Colorblock Dress. (Skip Steps 7-9 and pick back up at Step 10.)



 That wasn’t so bad, was it? Now you’ll have a pattern that can carry you through any season and offers a multitude of combinations and looks! I know my lil’ sunshine loving girl appreciates that I added some sleeves to her Christmas dress.  I hope your lil’ one will appreciate it, too!

~ Jessica Fulton, CKC 


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekly Wound Up



Outside my window right now there are ginormous snowflakes drifting down. It's that time of year, ready or not, and it looks like everyone in our patterns group is in full swing preparing for the holidays ahead. Whether you are sewing for Thanksgiving or the holidays after that, we have some fun patterns and tutorials that can help you out! 

New Releases


 Noah's Knee Patch pants are a new must-have for your little guy! Make them with or without the trendy patches. The waist is a flat front with elastic back for a classy look, and the pants have an option for elastic at the bottom of the pant legs. Our testers were hesitant about the elastic hem at first but ended up LOVING them! They're so cute and the boys love how they feel. (Don't tell the boys, but they are adorable on girls too.) 



On Wednesday we released four new doll patterns!  First, there is Blair's Bustled Knot dress. It is all business in the front with a party in the back but seriously cute all the way around! Secondly, there is Grace's Twirly Knot Dress. It also has the option to make it the length of a top to go with her favorite pants. Third is Demi's Ruffled Peasant Dress. It has three sleeve lengths and is such an easy outfit to sew! Lastly, there is Annabelle's which is perfect for dressing your doll up as your daughter's favorite princess. Just in time for Christmas!



Just yesterday we released our Priscilla's Ruched or Cuffed Leggings, with a ruched side option or buttoned cuff! It does include a full cut line if you want to make just simple leggings without a cuff or ruched side. These leggings are a SLIM cut so you must use a 40-way lycra fabric with at least a 75% stretch to ensure they will fit properly. These are not a loose fit like our other legging patterns. Priscilla's is on sale for 30% off for just a little bit longer so grab it while you can! 


On the Blog


If you have never made an outfit with a zipper because you are afraid to try, this blog post is for you! We chose the EASIEST way to attach a zipper and made a step-by-step tutorial for you so that you will have the confidence to sew a zipper on, no problem! You'll be glad you came!



Look at this super fun upcycle tutorial! Come learn how to take ONE women's sock and make it into perfect doll tights by sewing just a few lines; no pinning or pattern pieces necessary!  You won't believe how fast they are to make. (It's even a little addicting.Your daughter will like that.) 


Announcements


Have you taken a close look at our Monthly Mix Up bundle for November? It features Claire's, a pillowcase dress with a solid or patchwork skirt and optional key hole back; Autumn's, a great one-piece romper that is perfect for fall and winter; Caroline's - such a unique peasant top/dress pattern with its split double layer and bodice ruffles; Bonnie's, our great split ruffle pants to go with Caroline's; and of course Willow's, a terrific coat pattern! Your girl will be all set for the colder months. Each pattern comes to just $3.60 each - talk about a steal! This deal is good through all of November.

Weekend Sale



 Shirley's Fabric Petti Top and Dress is on sale for 50% off all weekend long! As you can see, it is gorgeous in both the top length, paired with her favorite bottoms, or as a dress length worn all on its own!  Just think of the pretty holiday outfits you can dress your girl up in using Shirley's! 





Teronia's Reversible Sweetheart Apron is on sale all weekend too!  This unique apron is fully reversible and comes with lots of embellishment instructions, so you can make two different looks all in one apron!  Teronia's is available for Girls, Tweens, and Women sizes, and all three versions are on sale for 50% off this weekend only!  Look how fun it is to have a reversible apron for the holidays - this is all one apron: 




So fun, right?!  I think these would do really well as a boutique item! 




This wraps up our Weekly Wound Up. Stay warm and enjoy the weekend! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen