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Friday, February 17, 2017

Weekly Wound Up


The entries have been coming in for our two big contests and it's so fun to see all your creativity coming through.  You sure have been super busy!  The little Valentine outfits are my favorite. <3  This week we have two new patterns that released, and they are both gorgeous and unique!  Here they are... 

New Releases


If your little girl is dreaming of fairy tales and happy endings, this ball gown is perfect for her! Every detail will make her feel stunning enough for the big screen. Brielle’s Ball Gown features three tiers of layered skirts that are split in front, with gorgeous cascade details in back. The bodice is embellished with optional center pleating for an authentic princess look. The sashes cross in front and drape over the shoulders, creating a sleeve effect just like the original, and continue on in back to create trailing ends from the waist that perfectly compliment the skirt cascade. But don’t worry, all these gorgeous layers are securely attached, allowing your little diva to play and twirl all she wants! Plus, the pattern includes instructions for both pleated or draped sashes, so you can use just about any fabric combination you want! Whatever colors or themes you choose, Brielle’s is the perfect beginning to your little girl’s dream come true!


CKC Designer Sewing Swap

We have a fun team of designers here at CKC Patterns and something we love to share with you is our diverse set of styles and personalities. It may seem like there are a zillion of us working here, but when it comes down to it, we are simply a small group of hard-working mamas who love to design and teach new techniques!  But we don't just design patterns to sell.  We also *use* them on a daily basis for our own families.  We thought it might be fun to show you an inside look at some of our style-swapping shenanigans with our first ever Designer Sewing Swap here on the blog!


We began our designer swap by employing this scientific method of drawing-names-out-of-a-cup.  We're just all fancy like that!  So we divided up in to pairs, and then each pair did a little design swap.  For example, my partner is Brooklyn, so I chose one of her designs to sew up and then she chose one of my designs to sew up.  Easy peasy and so much fun! 

In the time frame we set out, some of us were able to get great photos while others did a cell shot or flat lay. We're all cool with that!  Also, some of us chose to swap designs that have not released yet so you may see some sneak peaks and you may need to wait to see some until a little bit later. No worries. With all that said, here are [most of] the resulting outfits from our 2017 Designer Sewing Swap!




Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekly Wound Up


Have you had a chance to see inside any of our new patterns yet?  They have a fresh new look starting with the cover and all the way through to the end. The format is the same easy-to-follow style and we hope you get a chance to see it soon if you haven't already!  We have some really fun new releases this week, so be sure to check them out!  There are also TWO big contests going on this week, as well as a fabric giveaway on the blog.  Let's get started so you don't miss anything!


New Releases



First up this week is Murphy's Trapper Cap! It fits all sizes from newborn to adult and can be made of a variety of materials. Use faux leather for a fun aviator hat, faux furs for a fluffy warm cap, or cottons and minky for an everyday look to match your outfits. Murphy’s is reversible, sturdy, and truly a beginner pattern. You’re going to love sewing it just as much as you love wearing it!




Wisteria's Wings will whisk your little one's imagination into the world of flight! This one size pattern is great fun for many ages. Your little will love to become a fluttery butterfly or a zippy dragonfly. Both patterns are included and provide easy to follow steps! You will have gorgeous wings that they will love to show off, in no time!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

CKC BOYS Can Wear Pink!

Hey, it's Kristen here from CKC BOYS and we're super excited to be a part of the Boys Can Wear Pink Season 3 Blog Tour by Handmade Boy Blog! As you know, I am a big fan of sewing cool designs for our boys of all ages.  A lot of what makes a certain style "trendy" is the choice of fabric. You can take an average design and make it look fabulous by using the right materials; likewise, you can take an exceptional design and make it look frumpy by using the wrong materials. (I think we've all seen examples of both!)  So of course colors are a big deal to me as I plan out each style set for my boys.

So can boys really wear pink?  Of course they can.  They put one leg in, and then the other.  But that's not the real question here.  I tell my kids all the time, "Just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should."  (i.e. jumping off the roof). 

 So of course boys can wear pink. But should they? 


Sneak of today's feature outfit. Scroll down for more views!

My older brother was always my hero, a big athletic guy who nobody messed with. And guess what I remember him wearing all the time in high school... You guessed it.  Pink.  I'm pretty sure he wore more pink than I did!  And he didn't look dorky; he didn't look wimpy; he didn't look feminine; and he certainly didn't look like a girl.  

He looked like himself -- a great guy -- wearing what he wanted to wear. And that's that! 

I'm sure by now in this blog post series, you're likely to agree with me. That discussion is over. So let's get on to the awesome PINK outfits that we made for our boys using CKC BOYS patterns! 


Slate's Henley made by Lauren Steinfels for CKC BOYS
First up, we feature Slate's Woven Henley-Style Tunic in solid pink cotton. I think sometimes we may be afraid to put too much pink into our boys' outfits. Like, "maybe I can add a little here and there and nobody will notice." Um, not here! When we want to wear pink, we WEAR pink. Solids are rockin' on masculine styles! I think they take the class up a notch. This shirt design is one of our favorites too, because of the all-boy sleeve tabs and the neck design. It feels like a collar shirt but doesn't need the collar! 

What's also great is the versatility. You can pair a solid top like this either with neutral bottoms like khaki shorts or jeans for a high end look, or a patterned set of skinnies for a more edgy vibe. Either way, you can't go wrong with solids. More on that in a bit!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Adult Sized Fabric Panels + a Giveaway!

Hello there!  Today we're going to talk about custom knits.  And if you're looking for the awesome fabric giveaway, YES you came to the right place!  We'll get to that in a bit. 



But first --  If you have looked into custom knits at all, you are sure to have seen some cute "panels" out there. They are often a background with a main image in the middle, and the idea is to use them as the main focal point of an outfit you're making. Knit panels generally come in small sizes that are ideal for kids' clothing. But what about when your kids start to outgrow them?  Well, about a year ago I did a blog post showing how to use a panel that is smaller than the size you're making. It's not difficult but it does require some math and colorblocking.  Like this: 



It turns out super cute, but it always makes me wish that the panels would just come larger in the first place. 

Well, today I have something super exciting to show you! 




Adult sized knit panels! YESSSS! I was so excited when I heard that Fabric Obsessions (a custom knit group) is now carrying adult size panels! The adult panels measure about 27" x 33". That's plenty of room to fit a tween or adult size pattern piece on there! In my photo above, you can see a *women's* pattern piece laid on there, with plenty of room to spare! Woo! 

I was super excited to get my hands on some of the first Wizards' Academy Collection fabric.  It's available for pre-order right now and it could not be any cuter!  These prints and panels are unique to Fabric Obsessions and there are several other images available too.  (Snape has always been a favorite of mine...)  And if you're not into wizards, there are several other themes in this round, and many others in rounds to come! 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Weekly Wound Up


This week brought a ginormous change for us, as we re-branded to become CKC Patterns! How do you like our new look?!  Our little pattern company has grown to include such a variety of styles and categories that we decided it was time to include it all in our branding. Along with the new name comes a fresh look on our website, blog, logos, cover photos, and even the template for our new patterns.  Yes, we've been busy!  Now you will have all the details you have always loved about Create Kids Couture, brought to you even better as CKC Patterns! 

And if all that wasn't awesome enough already, guess what... Our first new release below can be downloaded for FREE! 


New Releases



That's right!  To celebrate our new branding, we are giving you this FREE pattern available in baby and girl sizes! Trixie's is a cute little tunic or dress with a fitted bodice and lace embellishments. Its short bodice and full twirly skirt makes it a flattering dress for all ages. Trixie's is a very fast and easy sew, which makes it great for those late night, last minute outfits! Download Trixie's now for free



Monday, January 30, 2017

How to Shorten a Zipper

I love the look and ease of an outfit that uses a zipper for the closure. Sewing a zipper may sound intimidating at first, but they really aren't that bad if you use the method I do!  It's basically just pinning in place and sewing a few straight lines!  So let's say you're ready to start your first zipper project.  The first step is to BUY the zipper, right?  The pattern you're using will tell you what kind of zipper to buy and how long it needs to be.  No problem.  But what happens when your pattern calls for a 10" zipper but all you can find are 8" or 12" zippers?

Can you make one of those sizes work or do you have to keep searching?  

Well, today we have an easy answer and solution to that problem!  The great thing about zippers is that you can always buy a longer zipper than you need and just shorten it!   So the answer to the question above, is that you would want to buy the longer zipper.  A 12" zipper can easily be shortened to 10", but an 8" zipper cannot magically get longer.  Got it?  




There are different kinds of zippers, of course.  Dresses usually use standard closed-end zippers, where the zipper stays together at the end.  On the other hand, jackets or coats usually use a "separating" zipper that comes apart at the end.  Both types can be shortened, but there is an important difference.  Separating zippers must be shortened at the top, while dress zippers are better shortened at the bottom. I will show you both today! 


I will start by demonstrating how to shorten a standard dress zipper using just a sewing machine and scissors.  It's super easy!  Here goes: 


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Weekly Wound Up



You can tell by our new patterns and events going on that it's COLD outside for many of us!  This week we have snuggly new designs for you, a helpful tutorial, a free pattern, and even a big sale going on! Are you ready to get the details? 


New Releases



To start off, we have three new baby releases for you this week! 

First up, put on something fun and comfy with Baby Eisley’s One Piece! This simple design is perfect for your baby girl or boy! Choose simple with hemmed sleeves and without ruffles or go all out with ruffled neck, wrists and circle sleeves. Quick and easy, baby Eisley’s is the perfect addition to your pattern collection! This pattern is designed for use with knit fabrics. 

Next we have Baby Marsha’s Flared Leggings. They are super quick, easy to sew up and have the cutest little flare! Marsha’s is also available in girls, tween’s and women’s so you can now get baby in on that matching set! 

Last but not least, what is better than a new pattern for that little cutie in your life? How about a free pattern? Baby Nella’s Knit Hat is a free turban style hat that will match so perfectly with your Eisley and Marsha. We can’t wait to see what you create with these!

Friday, January 27, 2017

How to Hem a Curved Edge with a Sewing Machine

One of the first sewing skills I learned was how to hem.  A little ironing and pinning and patience, and voila!  I have a beautiful hem.  It didn't take me long into my first curved skirt, though, to realize that the regular hemming method wasn't going to cut it.  If you've ever tried to straight-hem a circle skirt or A-line dress, you know what I mean!  But there's good news -- a very simple technique will help solve that! 


Today I will show you how I hem on a curve -- it's a very precise method and takes only one step more than you're used to with straight hemming.  Today's tutorial works for both rolled hems and folded hems.  It's good on subtle curves such as the bottom of an A-line dress, or more dramatic curves like a circle skirt, and even the most round-and-small projects like those cute pockets in the photo above. No matter what curve you're trying to hem, this tutorial should help you get it done! 

For today, I'm going to use Jillian's A-Line Snap Dress as our example. The instructions for curve hemming are already in the pattern, and today you kind of get a sneak peek on the technique so you can use it on all your projects.  Let's get started! 




First, sew your dress/skirt/project up to the point where it is ready to hem.

Then use a long gathering stitch, with the tension set at 5 (halfway), to sew along the bottom raw edge of the fabric, 1/4” from the edge. Be sure not to backstitch at the beginning or end -- you need the threads to be loose at both ends. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Weekly Wound Up


I spy a lot of pink, red, and purple popping up in our sewing groups. That's a sure sign that Valentine's Day is around the corner!  It's inspiring to scroll through and take in all the creations. Be sure to come check them out and show us yours too!  In our Weekly Wound Up I'll show you some new releases that will help out with your holiday sewing too. 


New Releases


Look how adorable!  Now you can sweeten your Valentine projects with three new embroidery files! They are "Love Birds" Applique, "Love Ninja" Applique, and a "Decorative Heart" Embroidery design, which includes three versions.  You can use them on all kinds of creations, from frilly outfits to basic tees, to pillows or blankets, you name it! 




We have SIX new doll releases for you this week, and guess what -- they all include sizing for the new Wellie Wisher's dolls!  That's right, they now come with 15", 18", and 14" sizing.   The new styles that are available are Aleya's, Jewel's, Perla's, Shiloh's, Tenley's.  They're all super adorable!

And then to make it even better, we also have a new doll carrier pattern too.  Moses' Take-a-long Doll Bed is perfect your little one to tote her doll everywhere she goes! 

 You can purchase one or all of these doll patterns for 30% off through Sunday!  And don't forget about our automatic Tiered Pricing. The more you buy, the more you save. Go ahead and grab the girls' sizes to match while you're at it! 


On the Blog


"How many outfits does my kid need?  Shirts? Pants? Underwear? What about for the next season?"  

Come download our handy Kids Wardrobe Checklist (it's free!) to help you know exactly what to buy/make for each of your kiddos!  



Announcements



If you're still trying to decide on which pattern to use for that perfect outfit, be sure to check out our Designer Deals for this month! Some of our very favorite patterns have been marked down to half price, and you can find them all in one place


That's it for this Weekly Wound Up!  We hope you have a fantastic weekend. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen