2011 February

Archive for February, 2011

23 Feb 2011

Dreaming of Spring

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Oh these cold, dreary days are wearing out their welcome. If you’re like us, by now you are lining up your spring and summer sewing projects you hope to have ready by the time the weather breaks for good. One-half of the Clever Charlotte team is currently escaping the cold on the beaches of Mexico and has brought along our Capri pant to test-drive on little “E”, who is happy to be modeling if she is simultaneously building sand castles. Here’s a little teaser on the soon-to-be-released Capri pant pattern and the weather….

18 Feb 2011

Tallyho, Fox!

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Foxy Fashion

{The fox as a fashion statement, via}

15 Feb 2011

Test Sewing Our Upcoming Patterns

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We are putting the final touches on our patterns, due out later this spring.  As part of this herculean effort, we have been sending out packages to test sewers to get real-user feedback on the designs and instructions, as well as sewing up various sizes of each pattern ourselves.

Last week, as I was preparing to sew up the shorts in our S/S2011 collection, I just could not bring myself to sew another test garment in the 1970s-era dotted Swiss fabric from my stash that I have been using for so many of these sample garments.  These shorts are just too darn cute to be made up in a sickly shade of tan or mint green.  What I wanted most at that moment was an early-spring variation of the shorts and the gorgeous lavender herringbone tweed fabric that lay at the top of my collection of “good” fabric was screaming loudly at me.

I can’t recall whether I have sewn with wool before, but I am thoroughly hooked after this experience.  This tweed is soft and the needle on my machine worked its way through it like it was butter.  Hand sewing the buttons and the cuffs of the shorts was so satisfying as the fabric made it easy to work through multiple layers at once and the hand stitches practically melt away into the fabric.  I am hooked.

As I said, this is not the variation of the shorts you’ll be seeing from us as we approach summer—we have selected some linens, poplins and cotton sateens that will make these shorts ideal for mid-summer cartwheels on the front lawn and hop-scotching on the sidewalk.  But just wait for fall—these shorts are sure to be a must-have in tweed with warm leggings.

14 Feb 2011

Happy Valentines Day

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Valentines Day from Clever Charlotte

04 Feb 2011

Preview the S/S2011 Fabric Collection

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Preview of Our S/S2011 Fabric Collection

Color has been on my mind a lot lately.  Partly because there is such a lack of  color in Northeast Ohio this time of year.  I am talking grey, grey, grey.  I once was told that Cleveland has fewer sunny days than Seattle and frankly, I believe it.

But the real reason color is on my mind so much these days is that we have just finalized the selections for our first fabric collection to accompany the upcoming release of our S/S2011 patterns (read about the patterns here).  Theses lovely fabrics, featured above, will be available for sale in the shop as soon as the patterns are ready to go.

Color Swatches

So now as I dream of warmer days and sunshine, I have these fresh colors to tint my thinking.  I am feeling warmer already.