Friday, 11 May 2018

April Knit Picks

April saw so many stunning Girl Charlee makes, probably aided by the terrible weather keeping everyone indoors!  

Keep your pictures coming and don't forget to tag us on Instagram (@girlcharleeuk) or email us your pics (
By: @adventuresinfabric

Fabrics: Black Triangle Squares on Off White Ponte De Roma Knit Fabric  (also available in Black/Stone)

By: @grannysuemakes
Item: Emma Dress by Sew Over It

By: @hshandcrafts

Fabric: Navy Blue Solid Ponte de Roma Fabric (see the full range HERE)
By: @itchycoopark23

Fabric: Grey Rose Bouquets on Black Cotton Spandex Blend Knit Fabric (only 3m left!)

By: @sewing_and_bubbles

Fabric: Slightly Flawed White Ethnic Diamond Burnout Cotton Jersey Knit Fabric (only £3.95 p/m!)


Item: Unknown batwing top!

By: @madebyseos

Fabric: Blue Coral Ikat Cotton Spandex Blend Knit Fabric (also available in Purple/ Magenta)

By: @handmadebylizziefisher

This weekend only, we have reduced the price of this amazing Black on Grey Navajo Rows Double Knit Fabric by over 55%, to just £4 per metre!

This fabric is a good medium weight with 4 way stretch and can be reversed for an almost solid grey colour.  It would be perfect for a Tilly Coco DressZierstoff Melissa Cardigan or some comfy Reef Walker Shorts by New Horizons.

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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

Friday, 4 May 2018

Book Review: Sewing With Knitted Fabrics by Wendy Ward (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Continuing our reviews of our favourite books about sewing with stretch fabrics, today we have the wonderful Wendy Ward and her book "Sewing with Knitted Fabrics".

Sewing with Knitted Fabrics (SWKF) is a bible for both inexperienced sewists and experts.  Wendy has 26 years experience sewing with knit fabrics!  Wendy has worked as a designer on her own fabulous patterns and for the fashion industry, and is also a renowned teacher under her MiY brand so she has an amazing array of experience, technical knowledge and practical know how! 

SWKF covers all aspects of sewing with knit fabrics and as you would expect from such an experienced sewist, Wendy has lots of useful hints, tips and tricks to help you easily perfect your knit sewing skills.

The book starts with techniques, tools & equipment, sizing & measurements, knit fabrics (identifying, choosing, prepping, along with a really handy guide to copy and use when shopping for fabrics), how to read and prepare your patterns, and setting up your machine.

Wendy also shares her knowledge of specific aspects of sewing with knits, such as seams, stripe matching, hems, different stitches, edging, interfacing, elastics, shirring, and pressing.  This really is a comprehensive guide, written in clear, easy to understand language, with excellent illustrations and photos to guide you.

Alongside all this, the book contains 6 full size printed patterns with 20 different options/variants covering UK sizes 8 to 26.  With the book only costing £12.99, that's just 65p per design!

The six core garments are the Peak T-Shirt, Derwent Wide Leg Trousers, Winnats Tank, Monsal Lounge Pants, Kinder Cardigan & Longshaw Skirt.  If you are wondering where the names for Wendy's patterns come from for this book, they are all areas/walks in the Peak District!

Wendy's instructions are easy to understand with clear numbered stages and coordinating images (and really great tips boxes in grey!).  Wendy guides you through the basic make first, and then when your confidence is increased she shows you more intricate features, for example with the Peak T-Shirt you are shown the basic pattern, then the shirring detail, then the patchwork panel option.

Sewing With Knitted Fabrics is the perfect book for people new to sewing or new to sewing with knits, but also has enough advanced techniques for the more experienced sewist.  We love it!
Wendy's patterns cover all types of knit fabrics so you really can use any of our fabrics! A few of our favourite picks below which copy the classic muted tones used in Wendy's book - 


We have 2 prizes for this giveaway! Each winner will receive a copy of Sewing With Knitted Fabrics, plus 3m of any of our beautiful knit fabrics.  Thanks to Wendy and Cico Books for providing copies of her amazing book!

To enter, simply add a comment below with your email address and state which fabric you would like!  You can see them all HERE

We will draw two names at random on Friday 11th May at Midday and announce them in the comments of this blog.

Only one entry per person, comments must contain an email address and a chosen fabric to be entered into the draw.  

All entries will be added to the Girl Charlee Fabrics Newsletter.

Good luck!
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Happy Sewing!

~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team