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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!

 

23 Jan 2013

Totally Smitten

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Meet Charlotte Fox.  I’m smitten, aren’t you??

Since my sewing machine will be in the shop for a while, I’ve been on the lookout for some projects to do from the winter comfort of my couch.  You can imagine my excitement when I came across this clever Charlotte!

This Charlotte Fox is the creation of talented designer, Cynthia Treen, a delightful Rhode Island artisan who sews, crafts, quilts, you name it.  She has a whole line of felt animal patterns and kits under her brand, threadfollower. Here’s her adorable lineup of animals sold individually in kits:

These kits are a perfect afternoon-cuppa-tea-in-hand-project and would also make a great craft to make with an older child. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, which would you sew up first?

So, back to Charlotte–she’s stands just 6.5″ tall. On this inside, she has pipe cleaners for arms so that you can pose her and, with the help of her tail, she stands all by herself.  The PDF pattern has very detailed instructions and illustrations. I can’t wait to gather all my materials to get started.

Check out Charlotte’s little hand-sewn cape!  It’s currently 14 degrees (Fahrenheit) in Houndstooth Falls, so she’ll need this to keep her warm!

Oh, and Charlotte has a “friend” too (or is it a beau??). Say hello to dashing Felix.

Be sure to check out all the fun at Cynthia’s blog, follow her on Facebook, and oh, did I mention she  has a new book out too of small gift-related sewing projects??

Happy crafting on the couch!

~Erin

27 Mar 2012

Where’s Charlotte, You Ask?

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The Short Answer:

Here, there, somewhere and everywhere!

Sandpiper Top by Traci of Stolen Moments

The Long Answer:

Thanks to you, dear readers, Charlotte’s showing up all around the globe–Maine, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, Australia.  Today we’re featuring some of the wonderful things you’ve sewn up the last few months but you can always see more in our Flickr group.   A big thank you to all of you!

Flutter Top and Raven Pants by Cindy of Siestas and Sewing

Secondly, a number of you have been asking when we’ll be introducing our next set of patterns.  We’d love to tell you that Charlotte’s been busy preparing the final details on a spring/summer collection.  But the truth is, we took a little break after the 2011 Fall/Winter collection came out.  But I am happy to tell you that we are deep in the throes of putting together our 2012 Fall/Winter collection & we have a lot of great ideas percolating.  We also are hoping to have it go live much earlier than last year (Aug vs. Oct).

Sandpiper Top by Peta

Carla & I  are very committed to introducing modern, trendy looks that appeal to your older children as well as the younger ones and we know you won’t be disappointed come August.

In the meantime…

Charlotte wants to hear from you!

Because we value your opinions and we want desperately for our collection to stay relevant to you, Charlotte has put together a short (anonymous) survey that she hopes you all will see as an opportunity to tell us what you’d like to see/what you think is missing in the pattern world (such as specific types of looks, more patterns for knits, for boys, digital patterns, etc).  

The survey is just 7 questions and should take only 3-4 minutes to complete.  The link to the survey is below, and we’ll be posting it on the sidebar of the blog for a while so you can easily find it.  To get the most out of the survey, we’d like your help to pass the word on to your friends and family who sew asking for their input–the more, the merrier!

Take the Survey

Of course, we’d like to hear from you anytime, so you should always feel free to send us an email with ideas and suggestions for us.

Chickadee Blouse & Skirt by Nicole of Five and Counting

Happy Sewing!

~ Erin

14 Nov 2011

Once Upon a Thread, Take Too

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Erin and I weren’t quite ready to be done with Halloween so we have taken up the Once Upon a Thread challenge over at No Big Dill this week:

For those of you not already familiar with “OUT”, the challenge is to make clothes inspired by children’s literature.  We’ve added our own requirement to incorporate our own Clever Charlotte patterns in the chosen look (of course!).  Erin’s look will be coming up later in the week.

One series on high rotation in our household is Mo Willems’ Knuffel Bunny (one, too, and free).  Recreating Trixie’s eclectic look was a no-brainer for my daughter, Evie.

To recreate Trixie I had to venture no further than my own fabric stash.  I pulled an off-white quilters cotton with a little paisely print to use for our Chickadee skirt.  After cutting it out, the skirt took me less than a half hour to sew (it is extremely easy!).

The long sleeves of the ‘undershirt’ is made from this bizzare mesh knit with embroidered plastic circles that came from the now defunct Haight Ashbury fabric store where I used to work.  Full disclosure:  I didn’t make a shirt–I just made a tube to slide over each arm…Cheating?  Not when you have two young children, a small business, a household to run, and an endless list of holiday sewing to accomplish.

The green T-shirt is from Target. Since it’s hard to find a short sleeve shirt in Cleveland in November, I had to hem the sleeves of a long sleeve shirt.   The star fabric on the shirt also came from the stash.  Due to a non-functioning zig-zag stitch on my machine, I used a straight stitch to adhere it to the shirt. The Knuffle Bunny sidekick and leggings came from Evie’s own stash.

Evie makes a great Trixie, no?

 

Happy sewing!

~Carla

PS don’t miss Design Mom’s recent interview of Mo Willems!

16 Sep 2011

KCWC: Are you up for it?

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In case you haven’t heard, elsie marley is gearing up for her fall Kids Clothes Week Challenge.  With a whole month to plan, are you up for it?

Next up on this here blog, another fall rendition of our Starling Dress…stay tuned.

Happy Sewing!

~Erin

15 Jun 2011

Charlotte’s Summer Reading List

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Hello! From my Pinteresting Finds post a few weeks ago, a number of you were interested in seeing my complete list of books I will be attempting to read this summer.  These books are great for readers in the 2-3-4th grades or read aloud by an adult to younger children.  Quite a few of them have only recently been re-released.

For optimal reading enjoyment, I highly recommend spreading out a picnic blanket in a breezy spot along the edge of the Tweed River, with a tall glass of strawberry lemonade in hand.  I hope you’ll pick one or two of these great finds to read along with me!