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27 Jan 2012

Charlotte Gets Published & a Giveaway!

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Clever Charlotte is excited to announce that you can find our newest pattern at your local bookstore in the Spring 2012 issue of Stitch Magazine!

Our Phoebe Flutter Blouse has delicate little pintucks on the front that can be accented with those cute little buttons you’ve been storing at the bottom of your button drawer for just the right occasion. The gathered raglan sleeve is a cinch to sew and provides a little volume to catch spring breezes. We think this blouse will pair perfectly with our Raven Pants for inspecting spring’s emerging daffodils or with our Finch Shorts when summer dials up the heat index.

For the version featured in the magazine, we finished the bottom hem of the blouse with rose velvet trim. The fabric is this terrifically lovely Liberty print, Sarah’s Secret Garden, available through PurlSoho:

Get Your Copy of Stitch!

The issue is out in bookstores now and is available to purchase online at the link above.  Lucky for you, we also have an extra copy to give away! Just leave a comment below for an entry into a random drawing for a copy of Stitch’s Spring issue. “Like” us on Facebook and we’ll give you another entry into the drawing (if you are a new or current Facebook friend be sure to note that in your entry for an extra chance to win!). The giveaway closes next Wed. at 11:59 EST. We’ll announce the winner on Thursday.

**Update, here’s a quick link to our Facebook page!

Good luck and happy sewing!

~Carla & Erin

All magazine images Copyright Stitch Magazine 2012. Photograph by Joe Hancock Used with permission. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted.

26 Jan 2012

A Valentine’s Sneak Peak

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We have been really busy here in Charlotte-land, though  the blog has been relatively quiet, project-wise.

One of several things we’ve been working on lately is a trunk show for a brick and mortar shop down South.  We will share the full looks with you in a bit, but for now, these photos show some of the smaller details.  As the palette probably gives away, the show is a Valentine theme.

We had such fun using Moda’s new Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott.  Its pink-red-purple palette is perfect for the holiday and is sure to have broad appeal to the under-8 set.

And what says “winter holiday” more than a little faux fur?

Happy Sewing!


16 Jan 2012

Resolution Success #1: Birthday Party Dress

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Following holiday craziness, I’ve settled back down to my sewing machine, creating a new birthday dress for my favorite 4 year old.

The Birthday Girl

We celebrated last weekend at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.  When I approached her about making a birthday dress she specified that it must be mostly pink and have a twirly skirt. She then helped me pick out the main fabric at a local quilting store that has little print of pink, red and green.  I paired it with a pink and cream print to accent the hem (Amy Butler I think) and a bit of green cotton at the waist, both from my stash. The pattern is Simplicity 2559, which is intended to be a fairy costume, but I used it as a basic pattern for the armhole and bodice.  Next time, I will take it in at the waist but I don’t mind the ease too much…. it reminds me of a 1930′s frock.

A bit saccharine perhaps, but perfect for a four year old.

One New Years resolution down, several more to go…..

Happy Fourth Birthday, Little Girl!

Happy Sewing!
~ Carla

P.S. There has been a lot of other Clever Charlotte sewing going on these past few weeks, we promise. We’ll start sharing soon!

10 Jan 2012

Charlotte’s Creative Predictions for 2012

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Hi everyone!  Today we have asked our resident fashionable fox Charlotte to bring us her predictions of what will be big in the creative world in the year to come.


Tally ho, readers! 2012 is going to be a great crafty/design year, brought to you by the wide world of internet.   So many fun things to be inspired by, it will be hard for me to stay focused on my homework and other activities.  The Mushroom Society is taking its long winter’s siesta right now, but the Handwriting Club will be in full swing soon.  A steady hand not your thing?  Don’t fret, Ms. Joy’s “Mastering the Two Letter Words of Scrabble” workshop has extended its engagement for several more dates this winter season.  Season 2 of Masterpiece Theater’s Downton Abbey started last Sunday night and Eek! is it good!   I am itching to get some serious costume design under my belt soon!

So, now on to the main event–

Charlotte’s 2012 Trendy Predictions

Color: I’d be remiss to not mention Pantone’s color of the year–Tangerine Tango–a delightful tribute to orange with an overtone of coral.

As a long time orange fanatic, I’d just like to say it is about time.   If  you love orange as much as I do, then be sure to check out these TT Pinterest boards that are part of Pantone’s related color contest.

Motifs: Mustaches and robots give way to Yetis, Vikings and bow and arrows:

Sources: Top from Herzensart; Middle from HollowShells; Bottom from Anemone Letterpress

French Knots: I am so glad embroidery is only gaining followers–what a fun, versatile way to embellish any number of projects or just enjoy on its own.  In particular, I have seen a lot of french knots popping up here and there:

Sources: Top from Myrtle and Eunice; Bottom from sometimesiswirl

Girl’s Attire: Simple bows seemingly are everywhere this year–and I am not talking about the carefully tailored structured bows we’ve been seeing.  Apparently, something your 3-year old tied tacked haphazardly to the neckline of an otherwise lovely frock is all the rage.

Sources: Top from Bonpoint; Bottom from Olive Juice Kids

Also, look for lots and lots of pintucks!

Source doe c doe

Hand Lettering: Apparently, fonts aren’t just for computers anymore…

Sources: Top from How Joyful; Bottom from Lisa Congdon

Typewriters: Everything old is new again…look for all things vintage to continue to be a source of creative inspiration in 2012.

Sources: Top from FilmintheFridge featuring Melody Miller fabric; Middle from Tascha; Bottom from AnnaLouVintage

Happy Sewing!

~  Charlotte

05 Jan 2012

Resolved, Part 2

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Do I dare follow Erin’s comprehensive resolutions list with my own?  I would bet that she not only accomplishes all the items on her list, but completes them before the first crocus peeps from the frozen Ohio soil.

Here’s what is on my list following a deep cleaning of the sewing room to relieve it from a dust bunny invasion.

Carla’s 2012 Sewing Project List

1. A party dress for the birthday girl in my life (she turns 4 this week).

2. A new party dress for me based off an old pattern I created for a week long intensive couture sewing class (here’s a peek at a previous version):

3. Some utilitarian wardrobe items for me including skirts, pants, and possibly a vest

4. Recreating this top:

Vogue Daily —

5. Reupholstering this ugly and faded chaise lounge:

I created the current slipcover while in San Francisco and it promptly faded in the California sun.  My next attempt is certain to be protected by Cleveland’s permanent low-level cloud cover.

A view from my snow-covered backyard. Ugh.

Happy Sewing!

04 Jan 2012

Resolved, Part 1

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After a full week of quiet introspection (read: “cooped up inside with family for days on end”), I have lists for my lists, including many a resolution for 2012. Since my ONLY resolution in 2011 was to make sure I had genuine resolutions for 2012, I can now relish having brought 2011 to a close with resounding success!

Here’s my list of [non-Charlotte related] sewing and craft projects that I have resolved to attempt this year.  Yes, they may seem ambitious, but my hopes are committing them to written–and now a very public, digital–form will inspire me when that inevitable ”what next” moment hits later in the year.

Do you have any craft related resolutions this year?  Big or small, let us know in the comments below!

Erin’s 2012 Sewing and Craft Project List

1. New sewing/craft area–I am happy to report this one is already in progress.  See the blank slate from which the hubster and I started last week:

2. Sewing for me! Specifically:

- Pants!  Already in progress is my quest for the perfect wool trouser for “nice” events.

- At least 1 design from this awesome Japanese sewing book presented to me by my partner in crime, Carla. Thanks, Carla!

- Full pleated skirts in fun airy fabrics for the spring/summer.  I always forget how cool a skirt feels to wear in July/August and I am determined to not wait until July/August to remember this fact.

- A coat…or two. First, I would love to make a nice jaunty topcoat (a la JCrew) with the same beautiful teal wool coating that I used for Nora’s Or-Kestrel Coat last month.  I am also intrigued by this new sporty spring/fall coat from Sewaholic:

- Knit wrap dress (here’s the pattern that I have in my stash)


3. Sweater Knits! This one will probably intersect with #2 above–maybe a dress like this one?


4. Upholstered headboard for Miss N’s new “big girl bed”–another joint project with hubster.  I am thinking something like this:

5. Decorative pillows–for Nora’s new “big girl bed” (see #4) & for our family room


6. A baby quilt for a little girl who just squeaked into 2011 this past week.  Design TBD, but perhaps something inspired by this or this…or possibly this!  [Tara, no peaking!]

7. A large pendant light to illuminate a very dark corner of our family room.  For inspiration, I have my eye on this literary version and for VERY ambitious inspiration, here’s a gorgeous maple veneer pendant:
Can I make it a hat trick of cross-collaborative projects with hubster in 2012?  Will we still be talking to one another? Stay tuned to find out.

8. Stenciling the front entryway of our home. This seems like an easier DIY option than putting up wallpaper–will my theory pan out?  Here is an example of what we are considering.

Hope your 2012 is off to a pleasant start!  I am off to take care of a few things on my list!

Happy sewing!