Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tutorial Tuesday: No Sew Knit Projects

We appreciate that over the summer there may not be as much time to sew as you'd like so here are some fantastic quick and simple no sew projects you can either do yourself or with children to keep them occupied over the holidays!
These projects are also great for using up left over fabrics scraps!
This tutorial is in Polish but the pictures make it very clear how to make this stunning necklace and you can also use Google Translate to get the instructions in English.

Use old scraps, one of our 1/4 Metre Mystery Mix packs or co-ordinate colours with our solid cotton spandex ranges!

This simple sunglasses pouch tutorial could easily be adapted to carry whatever small items you want!  Would work well with our vegan leather fabrics for a stunning shiny bag!

This tutorial uses an old T-Shirt but you could use your offcuts or one of our 1/4 Metre Mystery Mix packs 
If your dog gets through chew toys as quickly as our Rhodesian ridgeback, then this tutorial is definitely for you!  
Perfect for babies, children or adults, this Knotted Headband is quick, simple and stylish!

Turn an old glass/jar or bottle into a funky Candle Holder!  Or for a child friendly night light, you can get these cool LED Tea Lights.

For more ideas, patterns and tutorials, follow Girl Charlee's boards on Pinterest.

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Happy Sewing!

~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

Friday, 18 August 2017

New Solid Colour Cotton Spandex & GBSB Live Ticket Winners

Today we have added 6 new colours and restocked 4 popular colours in our Solid colour Cotton Spandex range.

We now have 27 solid colour Cotton Spandex fabrics, 12 Rib Knits, 7 Ponte De Roma, 5 Cotton Jersey, 4 Vegan Leathers, 2 French Terrys and 1 Rayon Spandex so we should have something for everyone!  You can see them all HERE.

Below are a few examples of the beautiful things you can make with our Cotton Spandex..
We will be adding more new fabrics each week, you can see all our New Arrivals HERE.

Congratulations to the following people who have each won a pair of tickets for the GBSB Live -

Hilarysp at gmail.com
sophie.swale at hotmail.co.uk
georgia_vasilache at yahoo.com
claudy.lm at gmail.com
Suzie_erskine at hotmail.com
lisa_Derrett at hotmail.com
emmajanie at me.com
hazel at tomesfamily.org.uk
Sandrajones221 at aol.com

jani10 at virginmedia.com
zoeflyz at yahoo.co.uk
insanepenguin at hotmail.co.uk
Sewdivasews at outlook.com
sallie.ferguson at ntlworld.com
jane.graham4 at ntlworld.com
Bigden5 at hotmail.com
Silvasix at yahoo.com
Susiecrago at hotmail.co.uk

We will contact everyone to get your addresses to send your tickets to!

Thanks to everyone who entered.  For those who didn't win, you can still buy tickets HERE.

We look forward to seeing everyone in September at stand F51.
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. 

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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tutorial Tuesday: Lounge Pants

Today's tutorial is for lounge pants which are so comfortable, you may not ever want to take them off! Whether you are wearing them around the house, in bed, or even out and about, they look great and are really simple to make so you can have mulitple pairs to suit all occasions.
Merrick of Merricks Arts has clear illustrations in her tutorial and also links to this great video tutorial showing you how to draft your own patterns from existing clothing that you love.

So now you can easily make clothing that you know you love and fit you perfectly!

Merrick used a Ponte De Roma for her lounge pants but you can use Cotton Lycra, Cotton Jersey or French Terry for differing weights/drapes. A few of our recommendations from the store -

For more ideas, patterns and tutorials, follow Girl Charlee's boards on Pinterest.

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Happy Sewing!

~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Knitriffic Blogs: Charlotte Newland

Today we have an interview with the truly wonderful Charlotte Newland!  Charlotte is one of our sewing heroes after winning the Great British Sewing Bee last year and we were delighted that she was wearing our Coral Peach Floral fabric when we met her (it will be back in stock this coming Friday so keep an eye out!)

Tell us a bit about yourself Charlotte...
I am a mum of three and live in London with my husband, kids, dog, cat and sewing machines. I’ve loved sewing since I was a little girl and learned dressmaking at primary school. I have a scientific background and worked as an editor for a medical journal until recently.

What inspired you to start sewing/your blog? 

I’ve been sewing my whole life, pretty much. I started with cross stitch when I was a tiny girl, and learned dressmaking at primary school. Sewing has always been really important to me.

What are your plans for the future?
I’m really lucky that I earn my living doing what I love - sewing and teaching. Winning the Great British Sewing Bee in 2016 really changed my life! I teach across the country, design craft projects, and sew pretty much all the time. I think my goals for the future would be to keep on doing exactly that.

What inspires you/what would you describe as your design aesthetic?
I sew all my own clothes, and I love to wear 1950s style dresses with fitted bodices and full skirts. It’s also really important to me that my clothes are comfortable and cosy, so knits are my favourite fabrics to sew with, especially for winter dresses.

What is your favourite thing about sewing?
Sewing is almost a form of therapy for me. I think creativity is a really important part of everyday life.

What is your least favourite thing about sewing or your biggest challenge?
Fitting is a bit of a pain sometimes. It can be really time consuming, and is so important that you can’t skip it. Another reason why sewing with knit fabrics is so wonderful – they are much more forgiving!

What is your favourite pattern?
I absolutely love the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns. It’s so versatile and comfortable, but also looks really put together. I’ve made at least ten of them and it is definitely my favourite pattern to sew and wear.

Any other hobbies?
I also love to knit – it’s the perfect way to round out your handmade wardrobe, and stops me snacking in front of the telly!

What are your current favourite Girl Charlee fabrics?

Thanks Charlotte!  You can see Charlotte's blog HERE.

Don't forget we have free tickets to the Great British Sewing Bee Live to give away.  Click HERE to enter!

If you'd like to be featured in either our Customer Spotlight or Knittriffic Blogs features please email sales@girlcharlee.co.uk, we love sharing your stories!
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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team