Monday, July 27, 2015

Embellishing a Sailor Collar

Hey, everyone! This is Shannon, from the CKC tester group. I’m here today to show you how to add ribbon or ric rac to the adorable Sybil Sailor Dress's collar. If you are anything like me, you love all things nautical. I had the privilege of testing the Sybil Sailor Dress for the amazing designer, Emily. My first thought was that it needed details along the collar because, really, you can’t have too many embellishments, right? 

Let’s get started, shall we? 

You will need:

Collar pieces printed out and shoulder seams sewn together

1.5 to 2 yards of 3/8" ribbon (grosgrain works best) or ¼" ric rac in the color of your choice

Thread to match your ribbon or ric rac


Sewing machine

Disappearing ink pen, tailor's chalk, or something similar. 

Ruler or measuring tape

Step 1: First, you are going to grab one of your front collar pieces (with the shoulder seams already sewn). With your measuring tape or ruler, you want to measure ½ inch from the outside edge. I find it’s easier to make small marks along the edge then “connect the dots” to make my line. You will follow the curve of the front collar piece, over the shoulder seam and down to the end of the back collar piece. Do the same for the other collar pieces. 

Step 2: You are now going to take your grosgrain ribbon or ric rac and pin it to the collar. If using the grosgrain ribbon, you want to line up the outside edge of your ribbon piece to the line you just made. If you are using ric rac, you will center the ric rac over the line. Being careful to follow the curve of the line, pin the ribbon down. You cannot have too many pins because the ribbon and ric rac are going to want to wiggle all around while you are sewing. Do the same for the other front collar piece. When you get to the end of your collar, trim any overhanging ribbon. 

Step 3:  Next, you are going to take one of the collar pieces to your sewing machine. Beginning at the outside edge, you want to start sewing the ribbon to the collar piece. **Note: If you are using ric rac you will do a single stitch down the center of your ric rac.** You want to get as close to the outside edge as possible and go VERY SLOWLY around the curves, making sure your trim doesn’t move. Do the same with the other front collar piece.

*If using Ric Rac, skip to step 5*

Step 4: You will now stitch the other edge of our ribbon piece. Repeat step 3, sewing down the other edge of the ribbon, getting as close to the edge as possible and going very slowly around the curves. Do the same for the other front collar piece. 

Step 5: Next, you are going to take your ruler or measuring tape and measure ¼ inch from the inside edge of your ribbon. This will be the placement for our next piece of trim. Again, I find it easier to make dots as I measure then “connect the dots” to form the line. 

Step 6: Like you did in step 2 and 3, you will line up the outside edge of our ribbon directly on top of the line you just made. Pin well, trim any overhang, and sew the outside edge, going slowly. Once done, sew the inside edge of the ribbon. Repeat with the other front collar piece. ** Again, if you are using ric rac you will line the center of your ric rac directly over the line.**

Your collar pieces should now look like the photo above. 

Step 7: You will now be adding the trim to the bottom portion of our pieces. Like the picture, make a horizontal line, ½ inch from the bottom edge of your collar piece. Do the same for your other collar piece. 

Step 8: Much like you did with your other trim pieces, line the outside edge of your ribbon (or center it if using ric rac) with the line you just made. Pin and trim any overhang then, staying close to your ribbon edge, stitch your trim piece down. Repeat with the inside edge of your ribbon piece. Do this for the other collar piece, as well. 

Step 9: Next you will make another line ¼ inch from the inside edge of the trim piece you just sewed down. Repeat with the other collar piece.

Step 10: You will now take your next trim piece and stitch it down, again lining up the outside edge of the ribbon (centered if using ric rac) with the trim line you just made. Repeat with your other collar piece. 

You are now done adding trim to your collar pieces, in just 10 easy steps! You are ready to continue on with the steps in the Sybil's pattern. 

Enjoy!  ~ Shannon

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

It has been cool and stormy here all week. That's not normal for July in this area and my neighbors are complaining a bit. I feel a little bad realizing how much I enjoyed this week though, because I was able to stay indoors and sew instead of doing yardwork and making trips to the pool!  We can all take a little break from the hustle and bustle of life, and sewing is my happy place. Can you relate?  With all our new patterns this week, we have a lot to be happy about!

New Releases

Our first new release this week is all about Summer! This one will take you from the ball field to the bike trail and everything in between! Summer's Sportswear Set is perfect for all those outdoor activities you love! This pattern includes woven shorts and a knit shirt that are so comfortable you will want to make a set to use everyday of the week. Available in girl, tween, women, and plus!

 Coraleigh's Reversible Pinafore is now available in both baby and girl sizes!  Coraleigh's puts a spin on the classic pinafore with its optional scallop trim and back tie closure. Pair it with her favorite bloomers or shorts and she will be all ready to go! Coraleigh's is adorable on warm summer days and also perfect for layering when cool weather comes around. 

 Wren's Shorties, Bermudas and Pantaloons are the perfect addition to your little girl's wardrobe! With 6 different length options and 2 different waistbands, the possibilities are endless! Grab your copy today while it's on sale for 30% off! 

On the Blog

You have probably seen upcycling tutorials that have you use a t-shirt or woven top to make a kids' outfit. Well today we're going to show you how to take a pair of adult *pants* and use them as the fabric for your pattern pieces! It works great with jeans, khaki's, pj's etc! Come learn how on the blog! 


We are so super excited to announce our very first Tween Sew-Along! If your girl wears tween size clothing or if she is tween aged, please tell her about our newest sewing group, which is all about clothes sewn by tweens, for tweens! We are starting our first sew-along in the special tween group this Monday, and we can't wait to see what your young, aspiring seamstresses will make! To celebrate, we have EVERY SINGLE tween pattern on sale for 50% off, this weekend only! Use the code TWEENSAL on our website for the discount (7/25-7/26). 

Weekend Sale

It's sale time! This weekend we are featuring a fun knit pattern that is great for summer and fall. Clairbel's High-Low Capris are super cute and add instant interest to her outfits with minimal effort on your part! These unique bottoms can be paired with store bought tees or her favorite CKC tops. Here's your chance to get Clairbel's pattern for 50% off!

Our second half-off pattern this weekend is Anniston's Dress in both girl and tween sizes! Anniston's is a modern take on a CKC classic. We've taken the much loved Paris bodice and modified it to be double-shouldered with a fun criss-cross design on the back. It also has a cute peplum and banded skirt, making it a perfect dress for many occasions!  

And with all these fantastic sales, don't forget the bonus of our tiered pricing! The more you buy, the more you save! 

That's all I have for you in this Weekly Wound Up! I hope you have an enjoyable weekend of sewing! I know I will.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Upcycling Pants Fabric Using Pattern Pieces

There's a lot of talk in our patterns group about upcycling adults' clothing into kids' outfits. It can be a lot of fun to do and it makes those little creations extra special -- and of course it can save us money on fabric!  On the blog here we have made several tutorials for upcycling tees and woven tops. But for today's tutorial we're going to show you how to take a pair of adult pants and use them as the fabric for your pattern pieces!

 I do this type of upcycle fairly often because my husband wears khaki dress pants and shirts/ties to work every day, so as they get worn out I have a lot to work with!  I have made his once-nice clothes into kids' dress pants, bows, dress bodices, etc. There are a lot of uses! Today I will demonstrate by cutting pieces for shorts. The same method today works for adult jeans and pajamas too, so don't throw any of those out either!  Here goes:

I will start with a pair of men's dress pants. They are worn at the hems and pockets and deemed unusable by my husband. First I lay them out and check to make sure the largest areas are free of stains or tears that will be a problem. 

Then I print out the pattern pieces I need and lay them on the pants. If I am making a pattern that calls for mirrored pieces, I can lay the piece right on the leg because there are already two layers to the leg, as shown above.  I just pin the piece in place and cut around it.  It's that simple!

Then I follow the sewing instructions as written. That's how I made these cute Patrick's Dress Pants

Notice that they even have that center crease down each leg, because of how I carefully placed the pattern pieces. 

The above method is how to do it if the pattern pieces fit on the leg and if the pieces are mirrored.  However, if you need a larger piece or if you only need one layer, you can first cut the pants open at the seams and lay them out flat so you have one larger piece to cut from. 

But what if you are making a pattern that needs the pieces cut on the fold? 

Well, that's even easier!  Simply lay the pattern piece down so that the fold line of the pattern piece is on the fold of the pants.  For today's example, I am making Jakob's Cuffed Shorts, which are cut on the fold. 

Because the pants I'm using have a side seam, I was careful to be sure they were laying completely flat with the seam exactly on the side.  The side seam of the adult pants will become the side seam on the kids' shorts -- and look really sharp! 

After cutting out the first leg piece, I moved the pattern piece over to the other leg, flipped it, and cut the piece on the fold again. 

After cutting out both leg pieces and opening them up, this is what I have. 

I also needed cuff pieces for the shorts so I used the measurements from the cutting chart and was careful to cut them using the fabric directly below the shorts pieces so the seams and lines would match up after attaching them. If you don't have enough fabric below where you cut, you can cut fabric from anywhere else on the remaining pants' scraps. 

And finally, don't forget to harvest that button from the pants!  It will make a cute accent, even if the pattern doesn't call for it. 

At this point I had my pieces all cut and ready to go! I just followed the steps I always do when making these shorts.  

Just twenty minutes later, here are my super cute size 4T Jakob's shorts!  I decided to sew the cuff in place since they were already a little worn at the edges. And of course I added that cute button to the waistband.  

And the little man approves!  He couldn't wait to show off his daddy-upcycled shorts that cost us nothing but half an hour of my time and a negligible amount of thread! And -- I think there's just enough of the khaki pants scraps left to make a Christopher's cap to match!  How incredibly adorable will that be?!

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

I think I need a CKC tote bag, don't you?  I have been browsing through our CafePress shop and there is some seriously cute stuff in there! If you haven't had a chance to check it out, I think you'll have some fun! I'm a big fan of the fuzzy pink footed pajamas myself. And how cool would it be to get the CKC wall clock and set it to "CKC time" so we are all in sync?!  So many ideas here. Anyway, I should probably get back on track and take a look at this week's happenings! Here goes. 

New Releases

On Monday we released Loretta's V Neck Ruffle Top, Dress and Maxi! You can mix and match the simple or ruffled bodice with a simple or ruffled top, dress, or maxi skirt. So many gorgeous looks in one pattern! Your daughter and/or boutique customers are going to love it!

Then on Wednesday we released Karrington's Romper! It has multiple options, so you can make it for your most ruffle-loving girl with the bodice ruffles and a curve ruffled hem. Or if she wants to dial it down, you can make the simple version with no ruffles on the bodice and a straight hem! Either way, this romper is fun to sew and easy to wear! 

Then on Friday we released several upsizes
 First is Harlow's Infinity Dress for tweens, women, and plus size! This dress is amazing and you can tie it a different way every time you wear it. Next is Brenna's Bubble shorts in women's sizes! They are such comfortable shorts and you will wear them all the time. Finally, we have Poppy's Peekaboo dress in women's sizes. We added a special elastic strip back option that sits at the perfect spot to cover bra straps or it has the classic tie back option from the original Poppy's design! Grab all of these amazing patterns while they are on sale for 30%!


July's Monthly Mixup is now available! This one is all about having a full summer wardrobe! From bathing suits to sun suits, this mixup has it all! You can get Delilah's, Arielle's, Mariah's, Kristine's, Ginger's, and Rayna's -- all for just $15 total.  That's only $2.33 per pattern! 

Weekend Sale

Jaclyn's Jumper Dress is my daughter's absolute favorite pattern for school, and this weekend it is on sale for 50% off!  Jaclyn's features snaps or buttons on the straps for easy dressing, as well as roomy inseam pockets, an adorable bow on the front bodice pocket, and a simple knee length skirt that is great for showing off fun fabric prints! The separate layering peasant dress is even included in the pattern! Be sure to grab Jaclyn's while it is half-off this weekend. 

Also on sale for 50% off this weekend is Wendy's Knit Yoga Skirt in all sizes!

Wendy's has three different skirts to choose from - bubble skirt, tiered skirt, and simple skirt. And they all have a comfy yoga waistband! Wendy's is a quick sew and you're going to love whipping up a few at a time. They pair nicely with a knit top pattern or even a store bought shirt! Don't forget that all sizes of Wendy's are on sale -- Toddler, Tween, Women, and Women Plus. 

Our Weekly Wound Up is now complete!  Thanks for reading! We wish you a safe and happy weekend.  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen