Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Tutorial Tuesday: Gymnastics/Ballet Leotard

With the GB Olympic gymnastic team getting an incredible 6 medals and hopefully inspiring young boys and girls to take up the sport, how about making a leotard for the special girl in your life?

This brilliant tutorial from Dana of Made Everyday with Dana is perfect.

Using an existing swimsuit as a template, Dana guides you through the process of making a leotard with just a metre of Spandex (you could also use Jersey Rayon or Cotton Lycra) and some fold over elastic.

As you can see, the finished leotard looks amazing, and Dana's daughter certainly put it through it's paces...I'm sure we'll see her at Tokyo 2020!
You can use Spandex/Jersey Rayon Spandex or even Cotton Lycra for your leotard.  A few of my favourite picks below - 


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Happy Sewing!
~ Jen & The Girl Charlee Team

Friday, 26 August 2016

New Fabric Friday + August Knit Picks + New So Zo Pattern!

New Fabric Friday is here again and we have 3 beautiful new knit fabrics in stock available to buy right now - 
1.  Another beautiful floral for our collection, this time a cotton jersey in minty green with stunning  pink, coral, blue and yellow roses.  Perfect for a cute Girl's Striped Swallow Designs Boheme Sky Dress (there is also an adult version here).  See our full floral fabric collection here.
2.  A lightweight cotton jersey with plum grey stripes.  Why not use it to make a cute Zsalya Top or Dress from Kate & Rose?
3.  White and blue anchors on a navy cotton lycra, very nautical!  This would work great for a So Zo Cordelia Maternity Camisole (see below)! 

Click on your favourite above to be taken to the site, or click here to see all our latest New Arrivals.
It's also time for our August Knit Picks and once again we have so many wonderful makes to choose from!  Every article of clothing you can think of - shorts, dresses, tops, skirts, jackets, leggings, it goes to show how versatile knit fabric can be!

Keep sharing your pics via Instagram / Facebook / Twitter (don't forget to tag @girlcharleeuk or #girlcharleeuk), or email them to us sales@girlcharlee.co.uk

If you see something you like here, why not make your own!

By: @the_vintage_cake_


By: @rach_wain

Blog:  Rach Against the Sewing Machine


By: @nancysews

Item: Aurora Tank Top by Seamwork

By: @picperficuk



Today we have a new pattern release from the wonderful 

So Zo patterns are the creation of Zoe Edwards, an established blogger, creator of the popular 'Me Made May' challenge and sewing teacher for TIlly and The Buttons, MIY Workshop and The Village Haberdashery. Zoe has been sewing for 20 years, her passion is to inspire people via her clear instructions to make their own stylish, wearable clothing and develop their own handmade wardrobes.

The new Cordelia Maternity Camisole is beautiful, comfortable and simple to make. Perfect for the final trimester of pregnancy.  

We love this version, made in our Stag fabric!
Check out these and other beautiful patterns at GirlCharlee.co.uk.
(This time we promise!)
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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team