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Orchid Top & Skirt

Clever Charlotte partners with McCalls, Brings patterns to Jo-Ann Fabrics Stores!

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We are so pleased to announce our partnership with The McCall Pattern Company to bring Clever Charlotte patterns to JoAnn Stores across the nation!  We've been working with the fine folks at The McCall Pattern Company to expand our reach to sewers across the Nation.  Not only are our patterns available on the McCall's Website, they are also available at your nearest JoAnn Store!

 Our patterns can be found on the JoAnn Store's Green Pepper Rack, next to some other fun pattern companies.  We think they will catch the modern sewist's eye as he or she walks by, no?

Our patterns can be found on the JoAnn Store's Green Pepper Rack, next to some other fun pattern companies.  We think they will catch the modern sewist's eye as he or she walks by, no?

 Now these patterns can be purchased on your next stop to your local, convenient JoAnn Store!

Now these patterns can be purchased on your next stop to your local, convenient JoAnn Store!

Halloween at Hogwarts

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 Halloween is nearly upon us and with a second grader fully entrenched in the Harry Potter series, I needed to figure out a Hermione Granger halloween costume ASAP. 

Halloween is nearly upon us and with a second grader fully entrenched in the Harry Potter series, I needed to figure out a Hermione Granger halloween costume ASAP. 

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Lucky for me I had to look no further than Clever Charlotte's Raven and Orchid Patterns! I used a modified Raven Hoodie to create the Hogwarts Cape, similar to a cape I made and blogged about a few years back. In addition to the modifications outlined in the previous blog post, I added a 2"center back pleat to add fullness to the garment. This was super easy to accomplish by adjusting the layout of the center back pattern piece 1" away from the fold. 

 I added patch pockets inside and out to store ingredients for special potions and a magic wand. Our "wand" happens to be a chopstick, but Evelyn is excellent at making magic with it. I purchased the Griffindor patch on Etsy.com to complete the cape. 

I added patch pockets inside and out to store ingredients for special potions and a magic wand. Our "wand" happens to be a chopstick, but Evelyn is excellent at making magic with it. I purchased the Griffindor patch on Etsy.com to complete the cape. 

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Making the skirt for the costume required no modifications to the Orchid Skirt Pattern. While Hermione's costume in the movies is much more heavily pleated, I thought the Orchid was close enough. 

 I found the men's tie on amazon.com and tailored it to fit her small frame. Really, though, this was unnecessary as so much of it is hidden by her cardigan sweater. 

I found the men's tie on amazon.com and tailored it to fit her small frame. Really, though, this was unnecessary as so much of it is hidden by her cardigan sweater. 

 My little Hermione couldn't me more pleased with how the costume turned out and can't wait to hit the streets on the 31st!  Happy halloween!

My little Hermione couldn't me more pleased with how the costume turned out and can't wait to hit the streets on the 31st!  Happy halloween!

Back to School 2015

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Someone is excited to start Kindergarten!  To celebrate the occasion I sewed up an Orchid Top & Skirt this week. 

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I chose a nice sky blue corduroy for the skirt and paired it with some vintage fabric I found at a house sale over the summer.  Love those house sales.

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I love the classic look of this outfit for back-to-school.  My daughter loves it too since it doesn't inhibit her balancing act. 

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I chose simple white buttons for the back placket so as not to distract from the bold pattern in the blouse.

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Now that schooldays are upon us, are you, too, back at your sewing machine??

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Skirt Fixation and Seasonal Sale

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Happy holidays from the ladies of Clever Charlotte.  It has been a busy season for us, though you wouldn't know it by the lack of blog posts.  Here is a quick update on some terrific reviews of our skirt patterns by Skirt Fixation

 Audrey and her gals at Skirt Fixation have been busy elves sewing up our  Orchid  and  Chickadee  patterns. Using  Mabel Madison  and vintage fabrics, they have created some really stellar outfits. 

Audrey and her gals at Skirt Fixation have been busy elves sewing up our Orchid and Chickadee patterns. Using Mabel Madison and vintage fabrics, they have created some really stellar outfits. 

What lovely outfits modeled by super sweet Annie. As the holiday season wanes, we know you'll be ready to get back to your sewing machines. Use this inspiration, along with the 20% off coupon below, to get sewing!


Peony on the Prowl

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I finally found a moment to sew up a Peony Party Pattern Shrug for my little Wren. I so wish she would have been invited to be a flower girl at a wedding this summer, but alas, her uncle remains unhitched. Nevertheless, I thought it a good idea to show you all what a nice little shrug it can be for any dressy occasion this summer and fall.

I embellished the pattern with a little pleating detail around the edges. To go with it, I also made a linen Orchid Skirt, also trimmed out with a little pleating detail. 

This skirt will be white and relatively wrinkle-free for another 5 minutes.  I had high hopes to finish the front closure with a cute little metal toggle I found, but the photographic opportunity presented itself before I could finish that final touch.  I sewed Wren into the shrug. 

Aside from the pleating, the shrug really only takes a half hour to cut and sew!  

Wren says, "Take our Peony Shrug out for a spin!"

Pre-Order Orchid and New Year's Sale (A little early)

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Our New Orchid Pattern is Up for Sale
Our New Orchid Pattern is Up for Sale

We are happy to announce that our newest pattern, Orchid, is now in the shop and we are accepting pre-orders.  

Now through January 5th, you can also get 20% off all other Clever Charlotte patterns!

See our original post announcing Orchid by clicking here.

Orchid Top & Skirt Back View
Orchid Top & Skirt Back View

For our cover look, we used a plum poplin for the top and a quilting cotton for the bow.  The top has raglan sleeves and if you look closely at the photo above, you can just see the shoulder dart we've added to provide a nice soft curve.

The skirt is a medium weight poly brocade in a funky gold and silver weave for an overall sophisticated look. When selecting a fabric for the skirt, we recommend choosing a medium-to-heavy weight fabric that will hold a good crease.

Orchid Skirt Close Up
Orchid Skirt Close Up

A few things about Pre-Orders and Our New Year's Sale:

1. We currently anticipate mailing out the first shipment of patterns the week of January 6th, but we cannot guarantee the exact ship date yet. We pride ourselves on fast turn-around times for all our orders and pre-orders are no different. We will do our best to communicate any notable shipping delays.

2. Since all of our orders process through PayPal, payment for any pre-orders will be processed at the time of order and not at the time of shipment.

3. If an order includes the new Orchid pattern, we will ship all other items at the same time. If you want other items sooner, you will have to place a separate order.

4. Don't forget to use the Code "Happy2014" at check out to save 20% on all our other patterns.

We hope you have a happy holiday and a great start to your (sewing) year!

~Erin & Carla