Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CKC Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this is a topic that is very near and dear to our hearts here at CKC.  We have a very special and fun blog post for you today and we hope you know that we do it with compassion and love for all those of you (and us) who have been touched by this struggle.   We hope you enjoy our little PINK tribute today -- there are some really cute outfits ahead! (And even some sneak peeks...) 

First we want to share Morgan's sweet mom with you. If you're new to CKC, Morgan is one of our fabulous pattern designers and this is her adorable daughter and gorgeous mama above. Morgan's mom is a FIGHTER and an inspiration to all of us. I have never met her but I know how much her family loves her and that her smile speaks volumes. The courage! 

There are no words. 

This month Morgan has been sewing a pink outfit every day in honor of her mom and to support Breast Cancer Awareness.  She has set up an Instagram account for this little project/challenge, and you can come see all the cuteness here!  If you want to show your support for Morgan and her mom, this is a great place to do it! 

We also want to make quiet mention that there are some CKC fans we know of who are battling breast cancer right now, some in very advanced stages. We won't mention their names out of privacy and respect, but we want you to know that they are here.  ** We love you and we pray for you. **  We hope our sewing group continues to be a positive place for everyone to help out and support each other. <3

And now, our staff at CKC has a little treat for you!  We each made a pink-inspired outfit for the occasion and here they are!!















Thanks for taking a few minutes with us to support Breast Cancer Awareness! I think we can all look at how blessed we are and ask ourselves, "What more can I do to help?"

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekly Wound-Up

With less than two weeks until Halloween, how are all those adorable costumes coming along?! I am personally working on a Maleficent, an Angry Bird, and a pirate costume this weekend. The two older boys are still arguing over who gets to be "TNT" (as in, a red stick of dynamite) so I'm not sure where that will take me!  For now, let's take a look at all that's been going on at CKC this week! 

New Releases

 Tatum's Tunic Top is a new tunic design that is fully lined for comfort and features the use of tulle, chiffon, or lace to get this adorable 2-toned look! Tatum's is a great beginner pattern to get you comfortable with new fabric options and also to try out some of those fun holiday sheers!

We have four new Tween patterns this week!  In the photo above we have Dawn's Darling Fitted Top, with a variety of options -- and it pairs perfectly with with our new Stacy's Sassy Ruffle Skirt! Stacy's is full of girly, twirly ruffles that she is sure to love! 

 In Tweens we also released Clarissa's Belted Pants and Capris! This pattern has a special tween upgrade of added pockets and slimmer legs! Both the unique ruffle version and the simple (no ruffle) version will have you making many of these for your girl to wear. And finally we have Valerie's Shirred Bolero, another versatile addition to your tween's closet. This can be worn over tanks or dresses, and with multiple sleeve lengths it will be perfect for all seasons! 

 Cameron's Cape Set For Dogs was released just yesterday and it is perfect for small to medium breed dogs (sizes XS-XL). This adorable cape set has so many different options to create unique looks for your perfect little pooch! The cape is built into the harness and includes an option to add a D-Ring Loop so you can attach your leash. This year you'll be able to take your fur-baby Trick-or-Treating with the rest of the family! The Velcro enclosures make it easy to put on and take off and it’s perfect for both long and short haired dogs. Hurry & grab it while it’s 30% off (only $3.50!) through Sunday.

On the Blog

Look at this fun technique for embellishing your favorite patterns! Come join us on the blog where Nikki shows how to do it and you can even print off templates to make it a hassle-free project. Just think of all the possibilities!

Weekend Sale

This weekend we have two patterns on sale for 50% off that pair perfectly together for Fall! 

For the top we have chosen Maisy's Ruffled Peasant Tunic. Aside from its adorable tiered ruffles and tunic length, we also love that Maisy's has a built in sash that ties in back and three sleeve lengths to choose from! And look at that adorable sleeve-hem ruffle!  Maisy's is perfect for the playground, school, and even more formal affairs. 

And why not pair that adorable top with a new pair of Jenna's Lace Ruffle Pants and Capris?!  Jenna's can be made out of a variety of fabrics, from denim and corduroy for cool weather, to softer flannels or wovens if she prefers. Our weekend half-off sale on Jenna's includes dolls, babies, girls, and tween sizes too!  They will be on sale for 50% off all weekend long. 

We hope you have a happy weekend of sewing, and don't forget to share your creations with us in our patterns group! We love to see what you're making. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Embellishing with Felt Flowers

Now that the weather is cooling off here and it is starting to look more like fall, I thought I would share a fun embellishment for peasant dresses. Of course you can do this on any type of dress or top, or even on the leg of some pants! I love to embellish things and make them unique for my kids. This technique is perfect for this time of year in fun Fall colors or you can also do bright colors for Spring. Today I used Merideth's dress (minus the center ruffle) and Jenna's pants, but again you can use any patterns that you'd like!

Materials Needed
Peasant dress or item you want to embellish 
Multiple pieces of different colored felt 
Scissors or pinking shears (Or even a rotary cutter and mat) 

First you will print the template and cut out the pieces. The flower template is different size circles and they are labeled from #1 to #5 from smallest to largest. The leaves are also labeled from smallest to largest. Once you have the pieces cut out, select your colors of felt. I have chosen 5 for the flowers and 1 green for the leaves. 

Now determine which size flower you want to make and pin the pieces to the felt. If you are making a size 5 flower you will need 1 of each piece for that flower. Now cut out the pieces. 

 Repeat the last process until you have the number of flowers and leaves that you want cut out. For this dress I decided to make 5 multi-colored flowers with 4 leaves. 

After you have everything cut out, I suggest you lay your peasant dress out and lay the flowers and 
leaves on it to decide how you want them placed. It may be a good idea to take a picture of the pieces laid out to refer to later on. 

After you decide on placement, remove all flowers except the bottom layer of the top left one (If  there are leaves on that flower leave them on the dress too.)

Now we will sew the leaves on. I prefer to just sew down the middle of the leaves, making a vein type pattern. After the leaves are attached you need to attach the bottom layer of the flower. To do this, you will sew 3/8” from the outside edge all the way around the flower, using your presser foot as a guide. 

Now lay the next layer on top of the flower and sew 3/8” from the outer edge of that layer all the way
around it. 

Continue stacking and sewing until you finish that flower Then move on to the next flower, repeating the process. 

And now you're done. How easy was that?!? It is such a great embellishment and you can easily make it look different each time. Here are two that I have made this week! 

Now go have fun creating and don't forget to show us what you make! 

~ Nikki at Create Kids Couture ~

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekly Wound Up

It's time for our second Weekly Wound Up!  Don't worry, we won't keep counting the weeks. But we love our new theme and we're excited to let you know all that has happened this week at CKC! We have quite a few sales and events going on right now that you won't want to miss.  

New Releases

On Monday we released Lulu's Tiered Knit Jumper as October's Pattern of the Month! This cute and comfy jumper will be your go-to this fall as it is perfect for layering during fall and winter or worn alone during spring and summer. Lulu's has two skirt options: the simple skirt and the mega-twirly tiered skirt. We bet you can't make just one! 

We have three new doll patterns for you this week! First we have Teagan's Fitted Bubble dress! Look how gorgeous! Next is Dahlia's Double Flutter Sleeve Dress, which is a great "girly" pattern and comes in top, dress, and maxi dress lengths. Lastly, we have Cosette's, which features a knit bodice and woven fabric skirt and is definitely a fan favorite.

Just yesterday we released Brody's Baseball Tee in men's sizes! It is husband approved and rated Beginner - what more could you want for a quick and easy sew? You can use the pattern to upcycle tees from his closet and make them stylish, or you can start from scratch with comfy new knit! The size chart for men is included right in the listing pics and the pattern. Grab this great men's pattern while it is still on sale for 30% off! 

On the Blog

Come one, come all, to see the winners of our 1st Annual Virtual World Fair! Entries have been judged and ribbons awarded - now it's time for us to admire the cuteness and see who won! 

As we move into cooler months, minky and snuggle fleece are calling out to us! This week on the blog we posted a tutorial for making a simple minky or snuggle fleece blanket, including several tips that will make this project stress free. You'll have one sewn up and ready to snuggle in no time!  


 Our Monthly Mixup includes 5 fall-themed patterns in one little order! Monthly Mixup will run for the entire month of October and if it does well, look for another one next month! As long as our customers love it, we'll keep doing it! This is a great stash builder and a fun way to try out some new patterns. Even if you already own one or two patterns of these patterns, it's still a great deal to get the pack. (Please note that none of these patterns will be on sale for a half-off weekend anytime in the foreseeable future, so you won't want to wait!) 

Do you have a little girl in your life who is begging for a princess costume for Halloween? Then Annabell's Princess Dress Up Set is the perfect pattern for you and we are doing a sew-along! There are several option you can choose from with this set... flutter sleeves, on or off shoulders, trim or no trim on the bodice, and pleated or A-line skirt. Come join the fun in the CKC Sew-alongs group as we sew Annabelle's this week. It began yesterday (10/10) and ends Friday, 10/17.  

Don't forget about our amazing Halloween sale!! We have chosen FORTY great patterns that work for everyday wear AND for costumes!! You might as well get a few while they're on sale!  The sale ends Tuesday at 11:59 pm est.

Weekend Sale

This week we have chosen two coordinating patterns to be half-off all weekend and they go beautifully together! 

First is Hazel's Hippie Dress, a gorgeous peasant that features tiered bell sleeves and a tiered skirt, perfect for extreme twirling!  Hazel's is available in sizes all the way up to Women's Plus and they are all on sale!  Hazel's can be worn alone as a sweet dress, or you can go all out and pair it with adorable ruffle pants like Brianna's!  

Brianna's Tiered Ruffle Pants and Capris are clearly the perfect match for Hazel's Hippie Dress! Brianna's features more of those ruffly tiers and a pretty bias trim, all put together on comfy pants that she can wear even in cool weather. Brianna's can be paired with all of her favorite tops as well, not just the hippie dress! 

Both of these patterns are on sale for 50% off all weekend! They are perfect for mixing and matching funky fabrics for the fall weather, so we hope you enjoy! 

(Brianna's paired with Felicity's)

That's all for our Weekley Wound Up! We hope you have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the sales! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen