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31 Jan 2014

Hoodie to Cape

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Things have been a little slow around our household with all the school closings due to arctic temperatures.  To survive the cabin fever, we needed a new addition for the dress up box. A couple quick modifications to our Raven Hoodie pattern and here we are!


A few months ago I came across a florist/party planning shop that was going out of business.  As part of the sale, there were gobs of textiles used to dress banquet tables.  After digging through dusty detritus, I found 3 yards of lovely red velvet.  It’s polyester, which I would usually avoid like the plague, but what’s not to love about FREE??!?


Changing the Raven Hoodie to a fabulous cape requires some simple adjustments: a new shoulder seam and a lengthened hem.

Starting where the Front and Back shoulder seam meet at the neck, redraw the shoulder by coming out about as far as the original sleeve and curving down parallel to the Center Front and Back. Make sure this curve matches on both the Front and Back pieces in length and curvature.  


The hood is attached in the same manner as described in the instructions.


My daughter is thrilled that she can now be either a wizard or little red riding hood…

Cape1…or maybe even a velvet super  hero!

Cape4Stay warm and keep sewing, friends.


~ Carla


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!


16 May 2012

Vintage May PJs

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Vintage May by Skirt as Top and Craftiness is Not Optional

 Have you been following all the Vintage May fun over at Skirt as Top and Craftiness is Not Optional?  I just couldn’t resist joining in the fun with a little vintage sheet project that I already had planned for Nora’s summer wardrobe–light and airy PJs for hot summer nights.

I love working with old sheets–surprisingly, they have a soft drape that makes them ideal for billowy projects, like skirts, full tops and, of course, pajamas!  I also keep the uglier ones on hand for muslins.

I actually used two different sheets for this project–both are incredibly soft to the touch, though the colors on one set have been substantially worn out. Luckily, the contrasting scalloped trim at the top of the flat sheet was still in great shape, so I was able to salvage that for the deep cuffs on the pants.

The pants are a cropped version of the Raven Pants, sans front pintucks but with slightly widened legs.  I kept the basic waistband, but modified it to add a drawstring tie in the front. There’s still elastic in the back WB, but I attached two fabric ribbons to each end of the elastic and secured them at the side seams by stitching in the ditch.  The ties are pulled out the front WB through a buttonhole I added before attaching it to the pants.

The elastic does most of the work to keep the pants on, but the drawstring is there to for a little extra security and a fun splash of color.  

The top is this pattern from a Japanese sewing book (the name of which eludes me): 

It uses bias tape to finish the edges around the neck and straps.  Very neat and tidy, though I found it to be very tricky when finishing the armholes–I am still not sure I got it right.  I also guessed at the Nora’s size because I couldn’t figure out the size chart.

I love the illustrations in these books–so darn precise, which is good with the text nearly all in Japanese (thankfully, numbers are not–you have to add in seam allowance and it can differ within a garment).

Anyways, here’s my version up closer:

I love the print on these sheets–a unique color and good mix of big and small flowers.

Do you have any Vintage May projects lined up this month?

Happy Sewing!


16 Apr 2012

Surf and Sun

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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!

15 Mar 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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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!


01 Mar 2012

The Boy Raven: Sew on a Cargo Pocket

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Today’s post marks the last day of our Winter Wolle blog series!  It is also our 100th blog post!  Never thought we’d get this far!

I had wanted to complete this post yesterday–it seemed very fitting to end the wool series on the last day of February.  In my mind, March marks the transition to spring, and I’ve already started to shift my thinking in that direction.  But more on that later…

This final wool project is also the second installment of The Boy Raven Pants.  Today we’ve styled another boy look featuring our Raven Pants (here’s the first pair)–this time with cargo pockets and using a heathered brown wool suiting.  I loved working with this wool–it is soft and drapey and yet you can steam a very crisp seam.  The pintuck on the front of these pants looks so polished, doesn’t it? Ladies, your husbands will be asking for a pair of these to wear to work (without the elastic waist, of course!)…

Though sewing on a cargo pocket is not hard to do, I thought we’d  show you a quick trick for assembling the pants to make it all the easier.  You can also use the same trick for any type of side seam embellishment (like a satin tuxedo stripe).

Ordinarily, most pants patterns, including our Raven Pants, call for sewing up the inseam of the front/back panels together first (see left, below) and the side seams last.  The reason for this is to make sewing the crotch seam much easier.  However, in this case, sewing the side seams last means you can’t sew on the cargo pocket since you’d sew the other side of your pant leg underneath.  

So, to begin, sew the outside seams first (see right, below).

Now sew on your cargo pocket*:

Sew the inseam of each pant leg next.  This results in two, stand alone pant legs.  To join the two pant legs at the crotch seam, turn one leg right side out:

Insert the right-side-out-leg into the wrong-side-out-leg (so that the rights sides of both are facing one another), matching the inseams and side seams. The crotch seams should line up perfectly.  

Sew the crotch seams from front to back.  For added reinforcement, you may want to sew a second stitch line a few inches along the bottom of the crotch by sewing a 1/4″ away from the first stitch line inside the seam allowance.  

Clip the curves and finish the seam as you normally would (I pinked all my edges).  Pull the inside leg out and voila!  You’re ready to finish the waistband and hemming, as instructed.  

Though this wool is pretty soft, I thought I’d be safe by using an even softer material for the inner waistband. Here’s a shot of the plaid cotton flannel that I used for the inside waistband. So cozy!

* I haven’t shown you the step by step for sewing the pocket itself–but briefly for those of you who care:  The main part of the pocket has a narrow (1″ total) inverted pleat in the center front.  I turned under and pressed 1/2″ around all sides of the pocket, then basted those seam allowances in place (hence all of the extra, wonky stitch lines you see in the photo below!).  For the pocket flap, I doubled the height of the finished flap, folded it in half lengthwise with wrong sides together, sewed the short ends, then turned it to the right side.  I turned the remaining raw edges to the inside of the flap and pressed everything flat.    

I aligned the center pleat with the pants’ side seams then sewed both parts of the pocket in place using a 1/8″ edgestitch. When sewing the flap to the pants, I placed the long, open edge toward the top and topstitched it in place, thus closing the opening at the same time.

We hope you have enjoyed all of the different wool projects we’ve featured these past few weeks.  Look for some bright spring colors from us in the next few weeks!

Happy Sewing!