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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


New Releases

We're getting all jazzed for spring here at CKC Patterns! This week's new pattern releases feature five special patterns just for you and your loved ones:



1. Lady Stardust Unicorn Stuffie




2. Andrea's Women's Off the Shoulder Top and Dress




3. Winlee's Girls One Shoulder Dress

Friday, April 13, 2018

DIY Hair Scrunchies

The scrunchies are back!  

I tend to consider myself a borderline 80's girl because I was born in the 80's, but I was pretty young at the time so I didn't fully experience it like others may have. One of the fads that really stuck around in my house, though, was the hair scrunchie!  I have three older sisters and we all had long hair and were pretty active, so scrunchies were an everyday part of life.  We had a big blue bin of hair scrunchies we all shared (although we'd kind of stash our favorites in other places), and I even remember my sisters teaching me how to make them. 

So imagine my delight (and surprise) when I saw hair scrunchies are on trend again!  It's pretty common now to see teen girls wearing them in a low, loose ponytail. That's not how we used to wear them, but it works!  And if you're reading this blog post, there's a good chance you know a girl or two who is wanting some fabulous hair scrunchies of her own.  So let's get started! 


The first task is to decide which method you want to use:  1) Using a purchased hair elastic, or 2) using 1/4" wide sewing elastic.  Both work just fine and I grew up using the second method so it's definitely fine. However, the first method is one I came up with on my own just recently (although I probably wasn't the first person to do it) and it's by far my favorite. Because I had long thick hair, my scrunchies were always sagging so I always had to put in a hair elastic underneath my scrunchie - or wrap two of them together to get them to stay up.  But this first method does away with that!  I took my favorite hair elastic that is nice and stretchy but still tight, and I sewed the scrunchie fabric right around it. (No, I didn't have to cut the elastic! I'll show you how... )  It stays in my hair much better!  But if you're a traditionalist and want to make a scrunchie using supplies in your sewing room rather than your makeup bag, you're welcome to choose the second method!  They're very similar and end up looking about the same. I'll go through both way step-by-step so you won't have to do any flipping back and forth.  Here goes! 


Using Your Favorite Hair Elastic



First of all, grab one of your favorite large hair elastics. My favorite is the Goody Ouchless found in most local stores and online. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


Did you miss our newsletter last week? I must confess that I was on vacation with my family!  We made it to Disneyland and we had all kinds of fun wearing our CKC tops and shorts. People noticed our outfits everywhere we went and we even had someone offer to buy my husband's shirt off him right then. (He was wise and said no.) Well, now we're back home and into reality, so let's get all caught up on this week's happenings at CKC: 

New Releases

This week we released seven new patterns including two women's patterns, two girls patterns, one dance wear pattern, one baby pattern, and one doll pattern! Wow! 


First up is Frances' Pleated Dress. This amazing dress has it all, with a pintuck bodice, hemtuck skirt, button closure, ruffled neck, and pleated sash. The classic lines of this dress will ensure that your little lady is looking her very best! 



Next up is Qiana’s Keyhole Leotard, the newest dancewear design of 2018! This fun number features the popular neckline keyhole, both legband and elastic leg options, both full front and peekaboo front options, as well as a fun cut back! 


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Adding a Neck Placket to a Knit Outfit

Today we have a versatile tutorial for you that can be used on a bunch of different knit patterns!

Rainey's Top, as written
Neck Placket included in Mason's Romper

You have probably seen our adorable Rainey's pattern that came out recently in Girl, Doll, and Baby sizes.  Isn't it adorable?  It's made of comfy soft knit so it's easy to get on and off. 

That is, at least, for "most" kids. 

My kids seem to have larger-than-average heads though, so even stretchy knit neckbands can be hard to get on and off. (This is the case with storebought shirts especially!) I did figure out long ago though, that this can easily be remedied by adding a neck placket!  So when a tester came to me with the same issue, I knew just the thing that would help her out.  



Look at this adorable little cutie in her modified Rainey's!  You can see that her mother added a snap placket in back so the outfit is easier to get on and off. It turned out super cute!  (The placket can be done in front instead, if you prefer.)  Today's tutorial photos come to us from our fabulous tester Audra Chapin - yes, that's her darling model above. The instructions were adapted from our Mason's romper pattern, if you prefer to get that and have the calculations done and all in one place.  But for now, we'll show you how to do it on whatever pattern you choose!

Please note that we included a LOT of photos here to make the tutorial easy to follow.  It's really not a difficult or time-consuming project though. Just take it a step at a time and you'll be fine! For materials, you will need just a little more fabric (scraps will work) and a couple snaps or buttons.  Let's get started!




First, you will cut your placket piece and interfacing. They need to be 6" wide and however long you want the placket to be.  For example, a 4" x 6" placket will work for most baby and kid sizes. Cut that out of the placket fabric and interfacing. 

Then you also need to adjust the neckband from whatever pattern you're making.  Because the neckband needs to cover a little extra distance of the overlapping placket, you will need to add 2" to the neckband measurement.  (For example, if your pattern calls for a 2" x 16" neckband, you will need to cut it at 2" x 18" instead.)  

You will also need two 2" x 2" pieces of fusible interfacing to go on the ends of the neckband. 

Finally, you can cut all the remaining outfit pieces as instructed in your particular pattern. 

Now you're ready for construction!  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

How to Add a Modesty Panel to a Bodice

You may have seen our new Shannon's dress pattern for women -- it's super comfy and stylish!  My daughter wanted one but it's a little low cut for her, so we decided to add a modesty panel to the bodice.  Our readers have requested a tutorial like this in the past, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity!   


This is what the original Shannon's pattern looks like. (You can click here for more images too.)  It's super pretty and has several length options. 

And now with today's blog post, you can have a modesty panel option as well!  It's the perfect modification when you need to make a dress or top more appropriate for school or church: 



We love how it turned out!  She wore it allll day on Sunday and probably would have slept in it if I'd let her.  We opted to do a fairly high neckline but you can easily make it lower if you want. (I will tell you how.) 

This same technique will work on lots of patterns with a few adaptions but for today we're focusing on Shannon's.  Let's get started! 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Madam Sew Product Review + Giveaway!

If you're looking for a product review and giveaway for the Madam Sew Ultimate Presser Foot Set, then you have come to the right place! I am super excited to show  you all the awesome features of this product. It really does stand out from the rest.



First things first, this Ultimate Presser Foot Set is made by Madam Sew and it can be purchased directly from the Madam Sew website, or on Amazon. (Both have free shipping on it, so that's a win!) I don't work for the company or get any kind of commission from their sales.  I did thoroughly enjoy doing this product review though, because I love showing YOU  fabulous products that will make your everyday sewing experience more enjoyable and successful.


Are you ready to take a look?!  Here's a video that shows exactly what you get in the set, and I even let you in on a sneak a peek where I tried out some of the feet I hadn't used before.  Here goes!




https://youtu.be/MuZgmirDV24


Thanks for watching! What was your favorite part of the ultimate presser foot set?!

I love that it is so organized; easy to find, easy to understand, and easy to store! Plus it provides a bunch of new skill features that I never would have tried out on my own if I had to buy each foot separately.  I also have the confidence that they will all work on my machine easily.  (Yours too, even if you need the included adapter!) 


Now here's your chance to WIN this free Ultimate Presser Foot Set, provided by Madam Sew!


Good luck!  The giveaway deadline is listed on the Rafflecopter widget above. The winner will be announced the following day on the CKC Patterns page and notified by FB message or email. The prize will be sent directly to the winner from Madam Sew. 

A huge thank you to Madam Sew for this awesome product and for allowing us to host the giveaway on our CKC Patterns blog! 

As promised in the video, we have hundreds of fabulous FREE tutorials and patterns here on the CKC blog. Simply type your request into the blog search box (top left corner) or visit our Sewing Tutorials board on Pinterest!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Monday, March 12, 2018

DIY Comfy Pet Hammock

Today we have a free pattern that is going to make both you and your pet super happy!  


Introducing our Comfy Pet Hammock!  

This style of hammock is best used inside a cage that has bars along the top for hanging, and of course you want to use it only for animals that are able to climb inside on their own. Safety first!  And YES, the adorable monkey in the photo is real!  (You'd be amazed how many people have asked that.)  Tosha's squirrel monkey Julian is super fun, and probably super spoiled too. (As he should be.)  So today Tosha will show you how to make a comfy hammock for whatever little critters you may have at your house. 

Let's get started! 


First, decide how big you want the hammock to be for your cage. It needs to have room to hang freely and loosely, so take that into account as you measure. For today's tutorial, Tosha cut her fabric 20" x 24".  


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


It's right around this time every spring when I am delighted to start waking up to daylight when my alarm rings in the morning. But then along comes Daylight Savings to throw me right back into darkness for our morning routines.  Sight. At least this year I am mentally prepared for it. Good luck to all of you too! Don't forget to set your clocks ahead. (Less sleep, d'oh!) 

Anyway, we have had a great week at CKC so let's take a look at what's new: 

New Releases



Chanel's Classic Fitted T-shirt, Tunic, Dress, and Maxi is a pattern that every woman should have in her repertoire! This pattern includes instructions and pattern pieces for t-shirt, tunic, dress, and maxi lengths, as well as, sleeveless, short sleeve, half sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, and long sleeve options. This pattern also includes 4 different depths of a scoop neck: crew neck, baby scoop neck, regular scoop neck and deep scoop neck AND 3 different depths of a v-neck: baby v-neck, regular v-neck, and deep v-neck. You can use this pattern for so many looks from business wear to beach wear to a night out on the town. It's the comfort of a t-shirt but can be dressier depending on the knit fabrics you choose!




Desirae's Romper is brand new this week too, in Baby, Girl, and Doll sizes. We know your little one is going to love it! Desirae’s can be worn alone or with a layering shirt underneath. It features a comfy bodice with straps that either button or snap in front, and ruffled pockets on both the chest and the sides of the legs. It comes in both shorts and pants lengths, with a pleated front that gives the perfect fit. The shorts/pants are finished off with cuffs at the bottom that give that adorable bubble romper look. Desirae’s romper is perfect for any occasion, all year long!



Chanel's and Desirae's are both 30% off now through Sunday night! Don't forget you can combine the patterns for an even deeper tiered pricing discount!


Announcements



This next week our sew-along is perfect for the upcoming holiday.  Please join us for our Floppy's Stuffed Bunny Sew-along!  You can grab the PDF pattern on sale anytime and then come on over to our CKC Sew-Alongs group.  On Monday we will all start working on Floppy's together, so you can ask questions, watch helpful videos, and try your hand at prizes!  Even if you've never made a stuffed animal before, you will love creating your own little Floppy bunny.  


That's all for this Weekly Wound-Up.  We hope you have a fantastic Sunday!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


It's been a busy week at CKC with four new patterns, a blog tour, a sew-along, and more!  We don't want you to miss out on any of it, so here's a quick rundown for you: 

New Releases



Your guy is going to love wearing this stylish and comfy shirt! Aaron’s Hooded Woven Shirt features a fully lined hood with two optional sizes of dino spikes, a front placket that allows easy on-and-off, buttons or snaps at the placket, and both short or long sleeve lengths. Aaron’s is a fun sew for you, and your kiddo will want one for every day of the week!  Sizes 2 to 14.



Haisley’s Blazer and Vest is a staple for your pattern collection! Written for woven, this pattern has two options. Chose from either a boho style or a cropped, ruffle version. The boho blazer has wide, boho sleeves and a straight front. The ruffle version is cropped and has ruffles galore! Add a button embellishment for extra detail! Haisley’s is the perfect spring blazer to wear with all your dresses! 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Boys Can Wear Pink - Season 4 - CKC Goes Dressy

Welcome to Day 5 of our Boys Can Wear Pink blog tour!  Today we are taking our Pink to a new place: Dressy!  We have two of our all-star testers helping us out with today's theme and I know you're going to love them! 


Am I right?!   Both of these looks are not only pink, but also super trendy and dressy.  We love the versatility of all these patterns -- it just takes a measure of thinking outside the box to create something over the top! 

Let's take a closer look at each:



This awesome pink blazer was made by Kimberly Methvin over at Kim's Kreations. I love all the sweet styles in her shop! Kim used our Logan's pattern to create the look you see above.  

Plus her son/model is too handsome for words!