2012 July

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23 Jul 2012

A New Team Member

8 Comments Design Updates, Of Note, Shop News

We had a special delivery from Jay, the Printer Fairy, last week and look what he brought, on an old hospital gurney, no less!

Now residing in our guest bedroom  studio, against what might have been the last 5′ strip of unadulterated wall space remaining in my entire house–

It’s a new printer, very nearly the size and weight of any employee we could have hired, so it is easy to think of it as such.

This new printer will print our patterns in full-scale, which should make test sewing and the like a much faster process for us.  It is but one of several very noteworthy changes we’ve been making behind the scenes at Clever Charlotte over the last few months, all in anticipation of the debut of our next collection.  

Speaking of new patterns, we are into the nitty gritty of finalizing all the details of the new Autumn/Winter collection, but we are still a little way’s off. Postings will be light until then as it feels every waking minute is consumed by these patterns and general midsummer fatigue.

What else does Charlotte have up her sleeve?

Well, for starters, the new collection: it consists of 3 looks in all. One is a dress, and not just any dress–one that will really get your heart rate up (couldn’t we all use a little more aerobic sewing?)  The other two outfits are pants/separates just right for back to school sewing.  They will integrate well with patterns from our prior collections.  Fingers crossed that we’ll have some pictures/ordering details available on our blog come August!

We are also adopting a new nomenclature for these patterns to replace the avian theme used heretofore and will likely continue changing it up every so often in the future. Surprisingly we were able to  get a lot of life out of the bird names used for our first two collections.  But finding suitable names was becoming increasingly harder (Nuthatch, Titmouse, and Killdee will have to wait). We’ve reached into one of our former lives for inspiration to name the upcoming patterns.

The final thing I am excited to share with you today is that, after the release of our 3 new Autumn/Winter patterns, we will be moving away from semi-annual releases of pattern collections and instead, we’ll be releasing single patterns more continually throughout the year, as the mood strikes us, more or less. We feel that this will enable us to nimbly react to new trends and our own creative impulses and to move patterns from concept to our store much more quickly.

So lots more to come soon.  Until then, happy sewing!


07 Jul 2012

Romper Room

9 Comments Finch Shorts & Top, In the Workroom

Have you seen the tutorial of our new Finch “variation” over at Imagine Gnats for Rachael’s Shorts on the Line series?  But enough of the Finch Romper…

This one turned 4 last week.  She’s a storyteller, a folk singer, an all around entertainer.  She’s also my cheerleader, giver of endless kisses and master of one-liners.  I tell her often, “You make me happy everyday.”  And she does.  

What’s with the fascinator, you ask? 

On an utter whim last summer, I signed up for an online craft class with Princess Lasertron. Yes, the Princess Lasertron.  I haven’t had many any opportunities to wear the fascinator, but Miss N found it right before we headed out for the photo shoot (read: it was lying on the table after I pilfered a matching button from it for the Romper cuff).  It was a perfect touch to the Romper, I thought.

She didn’t care much for the birdcage veil, but her sense of theatrics is still evolving, after all.

Happy Sewing!

~ Erin and Miss N

06 Jul 2012

Block Party

1 Comment Of Note

Our street has one of the longest continuous running block parties in the city (54th Annual this year!), celebrated each year on the 4th of July. It was an extremely hot and sticky day, but no lack of fun for the kids–Flower the Clown, the Euclid Beach Rocket Car, the local fire dept., and there were lots of water blasters on hand for the kids to stay wet and cool.

Earlier in the week, we held a pre-block party Red, White and Blue Tie Dye Party. I ordered kits from Dharma Trading and all the moms crowded together in a corner of the yard for a creative moment.  It was a lot of fun and the shirts turned out really crisp and vibrant!

Hope you enjoyed a lovely 4th wherever you are!

~ Erin

PS We have a fun project to share via Imagine Gnats’ Shorts on the Line tomorrow, so be sure to check that out!