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16 Apr 2012

Surf and Sun

4 Comments Eider Tunic, Raven Hoodie & Pants

We are freshly back from the beach, so I wanted to quickly share some shots of a few Clever Charlotte sewing patterns in action there. 

The weather couldn’t have been better and my little landlocked children maximized every minute they could of the sand and surf.

I showed you this Beach Eider a few weeks ago and the boy look will be coming up later this week.

Until then, happy sewing!

06 Apr 2012

Beach Bound

3 Comments Eider Tunic, In the Workroom

Recognize this?

If you guessed our Eider Tunic-turned-swimsuit cover-up, you win 5 points!  Spring Break is next week and we’ll be visiting my family in South Carolina.  A few of those days will be spent at the beach, and while the weather looks iffy for sandcastles, I am sure Nora’s new cover-up will be equally perfect for trips to and from the indoor pool.  

Here’s another view.  Can you spot the quick change?

The tunic is made with a white terry cloth:  very soft and fluffy, and, I discovered when ripping out a few seams, very loosely woven. So, rip with care.   I made very few adjustments to the Eider pattern itself, but several changes to the construction of the garment–

First, I shortened the length of the front and back pieces by 1.5″ (equal to the hem allowance, which isn’t needed with the bias tape trim). I omitted the yoke and finished all the raw edges with a colorful bias tape.

Because I wanted to use a separating zipper down the center front, the waist ties that are usually used to cinch in the waist of the tunic would have been somewhat cumbersome. However, I felt strongly that I still wanted to gather the waist a bit to avoid the bath robe look.  I tried several methods to recreate the cinching effect, but due to the relative bulk of the terry cloth, neither long gathering stitches nor elastic thread in the bobbin achieved sufficient gathering effect.  Instead, I sewed stretched pieces of 1/4″ elastic on the right side of the fabric along the waist channel placement line marked on the pattern. 

For this size 3T, I sewed approximate lengths of 3″ to the left and right of the center front (see below) and another 7-8″ along the back. The gathering effect was better than the first two methods, but I think for the next iteration of this tunic, I will opt to use a stronger (eg wider) elastic for an even greater effect.   I hid the elastic with the waist tie channel called for by the original pattern, adding some additional color to the tunic at the same time.

For the trim, I used  Sarah Jane’s Meadow in Soft Pink, which is covered with tiny flowers in pink and orange and makes for the cutest bias tape, and followed Katy’s method for making continuous bias tape.  

I intend to use the bias tape for another project as well, so I used a full yard of fabric, which makes A LOT of tape.  (It makes me so happy when I can double up on sewing projects!)  For this 3T tunic, I estimate I used 4  yards of the finished double-fold bias tape to bind all of the edges, sew the waistband and create the 2 buttons tabs (see below).

Finally, after debating whether to make the tunic with the original sleeves (sans pintucks) or shortened for warmer weather, I was pleased to find a compromise–a button tab to hold the rolled up sleeves in place (first used here) for cooler/windier days.  On the next iteration, I may try shortened sleeves but add a hood.

I have one more beach-bound sewing project to complete this weekend and I can’t wait to show you some “in action” shots of both later next week!

Happy Sewing and, for those of you celebrating, Happy Easter!
~ Erin

15 Mar 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?

3 Comments Chickadee Blouse & Skirt, Eider Tunic, Finch Shorts & Top, Raven Hoodie & Pants

We thought it would be fun to show some mix and match looks using our patterns from multiple seasons in spring colors.  It is so much fun approaching a project like this with a view to creating an entire wardrobe.  I think this shows off the versatility of individual pieces so fabulously.

We’ve already shown you this season’s Kestrel Coat, lined in the same fabric shown here for the Chickadee Blouse.

Of course we couldn’t leave well enough alone–the temptation was just too great to not throw in a few changes here and there.  Like the ruffle on the front of the Chickadee Skirt.   Or the short sleeves on the Eider Tunic, above (we kept the pintucks on the sleeves).  We also opted for a purchased belt to close the Tunic, rather than the cinched waist tie provided for in the pattern.

Or the fun, oversized cuffs on the Raven Pants (again, front pintucks intact)?

Lastly, for the Raven Hoodie–if you can still call it that since we dropped the hood just for fun–we used a contrasting thread color for a decorative touch, added a front pocket flap, sewed the waist ties into the side seams so that the ties could be tied off center (and allowing the front opening to overlap slightly) and left the outer edges exposed and frayed for, well, an edgier look (pun intended).


Happy Spring Sewing!


24 Nov 2011

A Heartfelt Thank You & Giveaway

6 Comments Chickadee Blouse & Skirt, Eider Tunic, Kestrel Coat, Of Note, Raven Hoodie & Pants, Starling Dress & Shirt, Wren Dress

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Carla and I have many things to be thankful about this year, Charlotte being one of them.  So we thought a special shout-out to you, our readers, followers, customers and fellow sewing enthusiasts, is particularly in order today.

We also wanted to highlight some of your wonderful fall Charlotte creations from around the www.  To see even more, head on over to our Flickr group.

Skirt As Top + Pattern Giveaway!

Kristin of skirtastop is graciously hosting a pattern giveaway to accompany her first Clever Charlotte project–the Kestrel Coat.  She even gives us a mini-tutorial on how to modify (i.e. simplify) the sleeves from 2 pieces to 1.  While you’re there, be sure to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on her blog by this Sunday. Gobble gobble!

Charming Charm Stitch

A great eye for fabrics is just one of Laura’s many sewing talents.  She seems to produce new looks on her blog in her sleep.  So far, she’s sewn up 2 Chickadee skirts and 2 Raven Hoodies!  See them all on her blog and make sure you check out her great online fabric store for a lovely selection of Japanese imports and other designer fabrics.  [PS She's got a 10% off sale going on right now.]

Madame Mother of 5

Nicole of Down Under has sewn up every one of our spring/summer patterns at least once for her (count them 4!) daughters and has many well-photographed tutorials to go with each look.   She just finished up 2 posts detailing different ways  to line our Starling Dress and she’s already scheming her look for the Kestrel Coat.  So stay tuned and visit her site often!

Queen of the Flies

Melanie from Queen of the Flies tries her hand at the Eider Tunic.  She does tiny prints so well, the Eider was a perfect choice for her.  Seems Melanie has also learned the critical photography skill of candy bribes for photo shoots!

Thank you all for a great inaugural year and have a great Thanksgiving!

Happy Sewing!
Erin, Carla and Charlotte

10 Nov 2011

Sewing the Eider Tunic Yoke

1 Comment Eider Tunic, In the Workroom, Tutorials, Uncategorized

As promised earlier this week, we’ve put together a tutorial for attaching the yoke of the Eider Tunic to the body of the garment.  Hopefully these photos help you better understand the process.**

**Please ignore the fact that the Yoke is already sewn to the Body– the pictures were taken a bit late.**

Here we have positioned the right side of the Yoke [here, the printed fabric] to the wrong side of the body of the Tunic [the mauve corduroy].   It may seem odd, but matching right side to wrong side is critical to the success of the Yoke attachment. Once the layers are aligned around the neckline, snip the seam allowance a full 1/2″. Again, this may seem strange since you are nearly snipping into the viewed part of the garment… just take care that you do not snip beyond 1/2″.

This photo shows in more detail how the garment will move at the snipped point. Snipping enables you to get the machine needle right in the crux of the Yoke opening.

Sew from the snipped point up the center front, around the neckline and back down the other side of the center front. Your start and finish points should be nearly the same point.

After trimming the seam allowance of the seam just sewn to 1/8″, flip the Yoke over the body so that the wrong side of the Yoke is then positioned against the right side of the Tunic.

Use a point turner to get crisp points where the center front of the garment meets the neckline. Because you have already pressed the seam allowance along the lower edge of the Yoke under 1/2″, you are nearly ready to top stitch the Yoke in place. Taking care that the Yoke lies flat along the body along its entirety, pin the lower edge of the Yoke to the body and topstitch.

Good luck and happy sewing!


08 Nov 2011

An Eider Duo

2 Comments Eider Tunic, In the Workroom

We’re back with some more looks from our new collection.  These are some before school shots of the Eider Tunic we sewed up for our girls last week.  Carla’s version is a great colder-weather version in a mauve corduroy (the same source as our dark teal corduroy).  The solid corduroy provides a nice backdrop for the patterned fabric used for the contrasting yoke and waist tie–

The version I sewed for Nora uses two of the fabrics from our fall collection–the Etchings fabric in mustard and the white herringbone for the yoke.  I like how the white shirting fabric visually breaks up the intensity of the mustard fabric.  For an added pop, I used a woven blue ribbon.  Unfortunately, in my haste, I didn’t zigzag the ends of the ribbon to prevent it from fraying, so Nora spent most of her morning at preschool shredding it.

I am putting together a quick pictorial about attaching the yoke to the tunic and will have that ready for you little later this week.


Happy Sewing!

~ Carla and Erin