Erin finally unshackled me from my drafting table long enough to tell you about our inaugural collection of girl’s clothing patterns that we plan to release this April. Our Spring/Summer 2011 collection includes four looks with six total pieces which we feel can form the staples of every girls’ warm weather wardrobe: two dresses, a capri pant/top combo and a short/top combo.
Each look has been created for the inspired sewer who wishes to create unique garments for their favorite girl. Our collection is rich in design elements that we think makes each garment stand apart from what you would find at a big box retail store and, what’s more, FUN to sew!
The design process began in September 2010 when our vision for an original pattern company started to take real shape in the form of Clever Charlotte. Erin and I sat down and sketched loads of possible designs and narrowed them down to a few of our favorites. I translated these favorites into pattern form by hand drafting, with the help of our 3T dress form. Next,we sewed up countless muslins to make sure that each pattern worked on real little bodies. Though our ‘fit models’ (our daughters and the daughters of very gracious friends) were not always so willing to participate in fittings, we found candy bribes improved their willingness tremendously.
The pieces in the collection have been inspired by many things, but mostly our daughters and our desire for them to be confident, creative individuals. With a nod to current trends, we have designed with our own closets in mind. While we knew we had to narrow down the looks to just a few core components, we are excited to use this website to introduce additional embellishments and variations for each piece that we hope will expand on the design options available to you and further inspire you to keep on creating.
We can’t wait to share our inaugural collection with you, which we hope, together with our tailored fabric selections that will also be available for purchase, will provide people who sew with exciting new options for modern children's’ wear. Stay tuned for more details and pictures of the S/S11 Clever Charlotte looks in the upcoming weeks.