Thursday, July 2, 2015

Reversible Woven Headband and Wide Stretchy Knit Headband

Hey everyone! It’s Nikki from the women/tween department and I have 2 headband tutorials for you today. These patterns are for doll through women’s size! Both are so quick and simple I am sure you will make tons!  Look at all of these that one of our amazing testers Audra made just last night!

First, we have a simple reversible woven headband that would be so easy to add embellishments to or just wear it plain. Here is a picture of one I made for my oldest girl! She wears headbands a lot. 

This style of headband is great because it stays right where you want it, unlike many other styles that slip out of place. Also, our instructions show you how to make the headband with exposed elastic or fabric-encased elastic, so you can decide which works best for you!  Here are some more views of the reversible woven headband:

The second headband we're sharing with you today is made with knit fabric and is so comfortable. I have made these for my daughters for years. Don’t let the fact that it is knit scare you; this headband doesn’t require much stitching at all. If you use fold-over elastic instead of sewing a casing for your elastic, it only requires sewing in two spots! Here is the one I made for my youngest:

And here is one I made for my oldest using stretch lace.

These knit headbands are really comfy! And because of the elastic in back, they stay in place better than other knit headbands you might have tried. If you're looking for a good headband for exercising, you can even make this pattern using swimsuit fabric for a quick-drying version! Here are more photos from our testers:

I hope you fall in love with both styles of these headbands like we have! Don't forget that the pattern includes sizing for dolls, girls, tweens, and women!  And after you make your own, please share your photos with us in our patterns group on Facebook

~ Nikki, Create Kids Couture

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Hide a Bodice Seam Inside the Lining

At CKC we like to keep our patterns easy-to-follow as well as super cute. Sometimes that means choosing the easier/quicker of two methods when we teach a skill.  For that reason, most of our dresses have the skirts attached to the bodice with the seam simply topstitched upward. It's an efficient way to do it! 

It is also possible to hide that seam completely if you want to take a little more time. Some of our fans have asked for a tutorial, so today I'm going to show you how to hide a bodice seam inside the lining!  This will work great with lots of our patterns, from dresses as simple as Amber's to more advanced like Melody's. As long as there is a bodice lining, it is the same method for all!  Today I will demonstrate using Tween Hattie's. 

First you will choose the pattern you want to make and follow all of the instructions for creating the bodice and gathering the skirt. You will get to this point where you have the skirt ready to attach to the bodice: 

Normally in Hattie's pattern you would pin the gathered skirt to both layers of the bodice. This time, however, you will fold the lining up out of the way, as shown below. 

Rather than pinning the skirt to both layers, you will pin the skirt ONLY to the main fabric layer.  Leave the lining folded up out of the way. 

In the photo above you can see that we pinned the skirt to the main bodice edge. 

 You can see that the bodice lining is NOT pinned to the skirt. It is still hanging free. Push it inside the skirt, down out of the way. 

Go ahead and sew around the pinned edge, attaching the skirt to the main bodice with right sides together using a 3/8" seam, as written.  

Note: When I choose to serge, I do NOT use my knife because I like to keep the full 3/8" seam allowance there. I sew the 3/8" using my sewing machine and then serge the edge without trimming. 

The main fabric is now attached to the skirt but the bodice lining is still loose.  Flip the lining out so it covers the seam, as shown above. 

See how the bottom raw edge hangs down over the seam you just made?  The next step is to fold that seam under 3/8", as if it had been in the seam, as shown in the photo above. You will use an iron to set that 3/8" fold all around that bottom edge of the bodice lining. 

Be sure to iron the fold to the wrong side of the fabric lining. 

On the inside of the dress, pin the fold in place so it covers the seam nicely, all around the dress. Take your time to get it pinned just right. Do not sew yet!  

Flip the dress right side out. You will be able to see the pins showing through.  Now place additional pins on the outside of the dress, securing the fold underneath. 

Now you are ready to topstitch on the outside of the dress, 1/8" above the bodice seam. Sew slowly and remove all the pins as you go, both on top of and underneath the fabric.  This may seem tedious, but it is important to keeping the fold in exactly the right place as you secure it. 

When you are done topstitching, the outside of your dress will look like the photo above!

Here's a closer look. 

And more importantly, when you take a look at the inside of your dress, the bodice seam will be completely enclosed! The topstitching should show through nicely and have the entire fold secured in place.  Pretty neat, huh!  It looks professional and makes a nice sturdy finish for any dress. 

Your little model and/or your boutique customers will be pleased!  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in our patterns group

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

The calendar tells us that it is officially Summer now, and the thermometer agrees!  Summer is the perfect time to show off all those cute mama made clothes while we're out and about -- plus the hot hours of the day are my favorite time to stay indoors and get some creative sewing done! Our new CKC releases this week are perfect for summer, and of course we have a big sale coming up for the holiday too. Let's take a look! 

New Releases

Madeline's Reversible Scallop Shorts are available in Girl, Tween and Women sizes!  You get to use not one, but two of your favorite fabrics to create two completely different looks with just one pair. Madeline's are completely reversible! And with clear directions to create a flat, low front, this will be your go-to pattern for shorties. They also look fabulous with the hem folded up and pressed for a cuffed look!

Our super popular Danika's One Piece Top and Dress is now available in toddler, tween and plus sizes! Just like the women's pattern, Danika's is great for displaying your favorite fabric, and construction is a breeze! It's so comfy and stunning at the same time! 

We released four plus size patterns yesterday! First, we have Lexie’s Retro Halter Dress; perfect for all you retro fans, and so flattering. Then we have Lyric’s Knit High Low Ruffle dress. You can shorten this one to tunic length or even just leave off the ruffle and wear it with leggings. Next, we have Amber’s Simple Halter Dress and Top. This one fits amazing with the elastic back. If you have been scared to wear halter dresses before, you should make an exception for this one. It has amazing support helping to keep the weight off of your neck. Finally, we have Faith’s Shirred Sundress, with and without a ruffle option. It also features a wider strap option to help cover straps. Because these four patterns released just yesterday, they're still on sale for 30% off! 

On the Blog

Last week we released Rosetta's Ruffle Neck Dress and Top and it has been a huge hit so far! Some of our fans thought it would also be really cute without the neck ruffle, to have a simple version and also to please kids with sensory issues. We knew that it would be a pretty easy alteration to make to the pattern, so we came up with this little tutorial for you


June's Monthly Mixup is now available! This Monthly Mixup is all about not having to print a darn thing! If you don't own a printer then this is the Monthly Mixup for you! It includes Amber's, Katy's, Destiny's, Izzy's, Lacey's and Teagan's. These six awesome boutique patterns will be a great addition to your collection for just $14! That's only $2.33 per pattern! 

It's time to get ready to celebrate CKC's 4th birthday, with our first ever 50% off all patterns all day birthday sale! Start filling up your cart because it's about to be Christmas in July! Our birthday sale will run from midnight to midnight on July 1st. Look for a coupon code when we get closer. It will be announced on our fan page and our in our patterns group

Weekend Sale

Elliette's Boutique Apron Skirt is so fun and simple, and this weekend it is on sale for 50% off!  Your little girl will be twirling all throughout the house in this one! Use one or two coordinating fabrics for a sophisticated look, or go crazy with four or more different prints for that one-of-a-kind girly boutique look you love! 

Tatum's Tunic Top is on sale for half off this weekend too!  This adorable tunic length top is fully lined for comfort, while showing off the dainty use of tulle, chiffon, or lace! You can make it all one color or go for this pretty two-toned look.  Tatum's is a great beginner pattern to help you play around with new fabric options, and your little girl will be so precious wearing it! Be sure to get these patterns while they're 50% off this weekend! 

That's all our announcements for this Weekly Wound Up.  We wish you a happy weekend full of sunshine and sewing. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Monday, June 22, 2015

How to Make Rosetta's Without the Neck Ruffle

Last week we released Rosetta's Ruffle Neck Dress and Top and it has been a huge hit so far! Some of our fans thought it would also be really cute without the neck ruffle, to have a simple version and also to please kids with sensory issues. We knew that it would be a pretty easy alteration to make to the pattern, so we came up with this little tutorial for you! 

The first thing you will need is the Rosetta's pattern from our website. 

Cut out all pieces as explained in the pattern. Then on the bodice portion, you will cut 1.5" off the top:  

Follow the next steps in the pattern until the piece looks like below. Then sew a gathering stitch along the top edge: 

Pull the threads to gather the neck edge:

Encase the top edge of the bodice in the neck tie: 

Sew in place: 

And you're done!

That wasn't too bad, was it?!   Here's a little video recap if you'd like: 


We hope you enjoy making both versions of Rosetta's! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

After being away last weekend, we are now back into the routine with our Weekly Wound Up! It felt like something was missing, so it will be nice for all of us to get on the same page again. Are you ready to see our new releases and announcements for this weekend?  Let's do it! 

New Releases

On Monday, we started off the week by introducing Tansy's Knit Pajamas for girls, tweens, and women! Be sure to flip through our photo gallery to see all the options AND the happy faces! It's like three patterns in one! Tansy's has multiple options for lengths, sleeves, ruffles, and even adorable new "bow cuffs." Sleeping and lounging has never been cuter!

Then on Wednesday our new pattern releases were all about the boys! Your little guy sized NB to 18/24 months will look super cute in Baby Brody's Baseball Tee and Baby Jakob's Cuffed Shorts! They make great baby gifts too. And if your tween boy is like mine, I bet he's ready for some trendy shorts  -- You will want to check out Tween Jakob's as well! 

You are sure to get compliments wherever you go in Rosetta's! This stunning dress and top features a unique new bodice with a ruffled neckline! No shirring required with an all elastic casing back. This dress is perfect for everyday wear or it can be dressed up for something more fancy! Grab your copy today for 30% off!

On the Blog

Who's ready for another upcycle tutorial?! Don't throw those jeans out. They still have some super cute use left in them! This technique is completely daughter-who-loves-frilly-clothes-and-climbing-trees approved!  Come learn how to do it on our blog! 

Ever since the release of our cute Danika's dress/top, we have had fans ask us how to turn Danika's into a stylish yukata…so today is the day! Follow the super easy steps on our blog and you’ll have a cute robe in less than an hour!


Our next CKC Sew-Along starts on Tuesday, June 23!  Skyler's dress has both a patchwork and a simple skirt option and we will all be working on the pattern together. Simply come join our CKC Sew-Alongs group to be part of the fun. To get ready for the sew-along, Skyler's pattern is on sale so be sure to get it this weekend for a big discount! It is such a sweet dress!

Next week we are also having a joint sew-along with BWD Fabrics beginning on Monday, and the theme is Family Jammies! That's right, you can sew comfy pajamas for the whole family! (Or just one pair if you choose.) The patterns we will focus on are Tansy's for the girls/ladies, Josh's for the boys, and Taylor's for the men! This sew-along will take place on a special event page we set up (not in the usual CKC Sew-Along group) so be sure to join the event now so you won't forget! You could win free patterns and even fabric! Join the "Family Jammies Sew-Along" Group here.

It's time for a *Daddy & Son* Father's Day Contest! Mom (or Dad) can sew it, and your boys are going to model it! The challenge is to use Brody's Baseball tee (available in NB to Men's XL -- all ages are eligible!) and get a photo of them together on or before Father's Day! And to put a fun little spin on it, we're going to call it a modeling contest! The winning entry gets to be a tester of our upcoming baby-to-men's sized pattern -- AND your guys will get to be on the website! How exciting is that? Brody's is a super quick sew, very easy, and works great even for upcycling old tees, so let's get on it and have some fun! Post your entries to the wall with the hashtag #daddysoncontest by Sunday night, 11:59 est. All sizes of the Brody's pattern can be found here.

Weekend Sale

Arielle's Tankini is the perfect swimsuit for your girl this summer! No more ill-fitting suits from the store! This tankini features a sweet circle skirt and bottoms with the perfect coverage.  And the best part of all -- it is on sale for 50% off this weekend! That's quite a bargain for such a cute suit! 

Also on sale for 50% off this weekend is Tanya's Tie-Back Dress in both Toddler and Tween sizes! This darling dress is a keeper! No more bunchy layering - this is an all-in-one dress! Perfect for every season, your daughter or boutique customers will love wearing it. Mix and match your favorite new prints, or use solid colors for a more sophisticated look. It is also adorable for costumes!

That's it for this Weekly Wound Up! We hope you all have a fun-filled Father's Day Weekend! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen