2013 February

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21 Feb 2013

Bon Jour!

2 Comments Charlotte's Story, In the Craft Room

Bon jour!

Yes, I finished a project!  Remember this cute Charlotte?  Well, here’s my version.

She was such a delight to put together–all by hand.  Felt has to be one of the most forgiving crafting mediums to work with and the results so rewarding. Which is not to say that I didn’t have a few oops moments, but I learned a lot on my first attempt and think the next one will go even smoother.  I made a small change to the dress by embellishing it with three delicate Mokuba ribbon rosettes I picked up from Nan’s shop, très magnifique!

I think Charlotte’s almost as cute from behind, and her tail acts as a convenient tripod, allowing her to self-stand.


Cynthia has added some very cute details to the dress, like the felt button that holds Charlotte’s dress together below her tail. And yes, those handmade buttons are working buttons!


In honor of Carla’s trip to Paris in a few weeks, Charlotte is posing in front of la tour eiffle, courtesy of the lovely ladies of Chartreuse.


Got any Paris recommendations for Carla–places to eat, shop, visit?

Au revoir!


15 Feb 2013

Online Fabric Resources

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Guide to Online Fabric Resources // Craft Test Dummies

We wanted to share with you a guest post we recently did for Craft Test Dummies, a wonderful resource of craft product reviews hosted by a super crafty, creative cousin of mine, Jenny Rohrs.  Check out her site for unbiased information about the newest craft gizmos and products and use our curated list of online fabric resources to find the perfect fabric for your next Clever Charlotte pattern!


13 Feb 2013

A Valentine’s Post, Part 2

4 Comments Starling Dress & Shirt

Last week we showed you the first of two Valentine’s looks — here are some of the details of our second outfit. 

Starling Dress for Valentines - Clever Charlotte 2

This Starling Dress is made of a cream-colored fine wale corduroy with a ruffle in a quilter’s cotton coordinating with the prints our first V-Day look.

Starlling Dress for Valentines - Clever Charlotte 1

Finally, I added this hand embroidered and lace embellishment to really drive home the message–

Starling Dress for Valentines - Clever Charlotte 3

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

 Happy Sewing!


08 Feb 2013

A Valentine’s Post, Part 1

2 Comments Chickadee Blouse & Skirt, Raven Hoodie & Pants

In tribute to Valentines Day next week, Carla and I created not 1 but 2 warm and cozy looks for wintery V-Day. First up is this one:

Valentines Day ~ Raven and Chickadee Patterns by Clever Charlotte

In this ensemble, we’ve paired our complete Raven look (hoodie + front pintucked pants) with our Chickadee Blouse.

The hoodie is soft and scrumptious in this faux rabbit fur, aptly lined in a delicate white + red dotted Swiss. You remember when we used the same fur for the lovely little cape featured here?

Valentines Day ~ Raven Hoody Pattern By Clever Charlotte

The tie on the hoodie is a simple wide grosgrain ribbon sewn into the seam (rather than on the outside of the fabric), and a small purple glass button closes the collar on the blouse.

Valentines Day ~ Raven Hoody and Chickadee Blouse Patterns By Clever Charlotte

Normally, we do not use quilters cotton for our kids clothes but here we made an exception for the perfect mix of Valentines colors of this pattern.

Valentines Day ~ Chickadee Blouse Pattern by Clever Charlotte

Finally, the Raven Pants are a fine wale corduroy (yes, they really are that red).  We added some coordinating fabric on the back pockets to tie it in with the blouse.

Valentines Day ~ Raven Pants Patter by Clever Charlotte

Happy sewing!


03 Feb 2013

A quilt for e.

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Here’s an older project from my crafting archives.  This was only my second–ahem, completed–quilt and took only 9 months to plan, assemble and quilt!  I chose my favorite color combination–pink and coral with small sunny bursts of yellow.

I love interesting quilt backs as much as I love the letter “e”.

Here’s the recipient, the third child of good friends  (and, incidentally the sister of our first Charlotte model as seen on the Finch pattern cover).

Here’s the more of the frontside:

Happy quilting!

~ Erin