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Jasper Vest & Jodhpurs

Shop Update + In the Garden

Olivine Dress, Patterns, Shop News, Jasper Vest & Jodhpurs, Peridot Blouse & PantsErinComment

Thank you for your enthusiasm for our new fall collection! I am happy to report that the patterns are now in the shop and ready for pre-sale orders.  To celebrate, our older pattern collections are on sale for 20% off for the next two weeks, so now's the time to pick up some of the earlier looks that have been on your list.A quick note about the pre-orders: we anticipate shipping out new styles the week of 9/17.  All orders that have any of the new patterns will be held until the new looks are ready.  If you want to get something more quickly, we ask that you place a separate order.  As always, you'll enjoy our low shipping rates on all orders.

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With those announcements out of the way, Carla and I wanted to share some recent photos of our little ones wearing the cover looks so you can get a feel for the fit and the design details we have included with each pattern.  

Olivine Dress
Olivine Dress

The Olivine Dress has 3 pleats on the bodice that match up with the 3 contrasting pleats on the skirt to create a sunburst effect.  [PS Look for the fabric kit for this cover look to be in the shop later this week.]

Jasper Vest & Jodhpur Pants
Jasper Vest & Jodhpur Pants

Here's a little shot of the pleated side panel on the Jasper Jodhpurs:

In addition to the asymmetrical zipper on the front of the Jasper Vest, we've included an option to gather the back of the Vest to bring it in a little at the sides. We've covered the gathering with a two-buttoned tab, harkening back to our Finch Shorts.

Jasper Vest with Gathered Back Option
Jasper Vest with Gathered Back Option

We also added some contrasting pocket stitching on the front of the Vest for a little added interest. You can see a little of it here. Again, completely optional.

Contrasting Pocket Detail on the Jasper Vest
Contrasting Pocket Detail on the Jasper Vest

Here's a close up of the ankle placket of our aptly-named Peridot Ankle Pants.  

Peridot Ankle Pants
Peridot Ankle Pants

For the button loops, the Peridot pattern uses braided button loop tape with elastic loops spaced 1" apart (such as that used on bridal gowns). The tape typically comes in black, white and off-white.  

Peridot Ankle Pants
Peridot Ankle Pants

Glitter shoes not included, though wouldn't it be great if they were?

Peridot Blouse with Detachable Collar
Peridot Blouse with Detachable Collar

And one last parting shot of those wonderful Olivine pleats.  I am working on a full tutorial of this dress for all of you, coming up soon.  I think this will be a great way for any of you who may be leery of sewing pleats to see just how simple they can be!

Contrasting Pleats of the Olivine Dress
Contrasting Pleats of the Olivine Dress

A note about sizing: these clothes are all sewn in our 3T size except for the Jasper Jodhpur Pants, which are a 2T.  You can see that Miss E is quite a bitter taller than my Miss N, even though they are only 6 months apart. Both girls are 4 years old: Miss E is a 4T in most RTW sizes and Miss N is a 3T (2T in some pants).  So as a general rule, I'd say these patterns run slightly larger than commercial sizing.

We hope you'll hop on over to the shop and check it all out!

Happy sewing!

~Erin

Introducing Our New AW2012 Collection!

Design Updates, Peridot Blouse & Pants, Patterns, Olivine Dress, Jasper Vest & JodhpursErinComment

We are excited to share Clever Charlotte's three new looks for fancy affairs, school, and play! Look for a separate announcement in the next several days when the patterns are ready for pre-sale.So, without further delay--

1. Olivine Dress:  Our signature dress--lots of pleats really make the Olivine Dress sing and will have your little girl twirling on the dance floor.  Have fun selecting a special fabric (like the Liberty Tana Lawn we've used here) for the contrasting skirt pleats and pockets!

Olivine
Olivine

2. Peridot Blouse & Ankle Pants:  There is no shortage of special detailing in our Peridot Blouse & Ankle Pants--the detachable Peter Pan-style collar can be modified in any number of ways to embellish the Blouse or a ready-to-wear dress or sweater in your little girl's closet. The accompanying skinny Pants have a row of 5 buttons at each ankle. We've styled them here with covered buttons in a contrasting fabric, but this is the perfect opportunity to use other decorative buttons in your stash.

Peridot Blouse & Ankle Pants
Peridot Blouse & Ankle Pants

3. Jasper Vest & Jodhpur Pants: The modern lines of our Jasper Vest & Jodhpur Pants are perfect for boys and girls. The Vest has an asymmetrical zipper up the front.  We show it here with a gathered back and buttoned tab (harkening back to our Finch Shorts).  We think the Vest is a fun accent piece for any outfit as well as a warm, practical layer for chillier days. The Pants have an elastic back waist and pleated side panels that lend a comfortable feel of European styling. 

Jasper
Jasper

We hope you like the new looks as much as we do.  Here are a few other close-up shots of each new pattern in the collection.  

olivine details
olivine details

We hope you'll pin the looks you like on Pinterest!

Peridot Blouse & Ankle Pants - details
Peridot Blouse & Ankle Pants - details

As noted above, we'll be announcing the start of pre-sales soon--with a special offer for our other patterns.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter if you haven't already so you don't miss a thing!

Jasper Vest & Jodhpur Pants - details
Jasper Vest & Jodhpur Pants - details

Happy Sewing!

~Erin