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Peony Party Patterns

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!"

Hey Dude!

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It has been a very manly week around Clever Charlotte's design table.  Following on the heels of our boy's post, we are saluting the fathers out there and showcasing our new manly bow tie.


After some persuasion, my husband kindly offered to model one of our new Men's Bow Ties. He is wearing the Bachelor Bowtie in a gorgeous orange and cream Liberty Print.

The Bachelor Bow Tie is the more modern take on the bow tie where the points at the end of the ties provide a slightly asymmetrical look. This tie would be the perfect choice for the single groomsman in the wedding party: the one dressed in a narrow-cut suit who hails from Valencia Street in San Francisco.

The Bond (at right) is the traditional bow tie with a vertical finish at the end of the ties. Favored by all dapper versions of James Bond, this traditional tie is the perfect choice for the groom.

Both ties work well with light to medium weight fabrics such as cotton poplin, twill, linen, and silk, though come winter I will be giving velveteen a try.

Happy Fathers Day to all those dad's out there reading this blog!


Meet our little Peony Gentleman

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We are pleased to announce that we are now shipping of our new patterns, the Peony and Tulip!  These two fun summer patterns run the gamut between romping casually on the playground and attending a formal family wedding.  And best yet, sewing these looks will not chain you to your sewing table while the swimming pool beckons.  


These are simple projects that are a cinch to sew (except maybe that welt pocket...but we will soon have a video to help you speed right through what otherwise may be a daunting step).

Recently I had fun sewing this combo look: Tulip Shorts + Peony Vest and Boys Bow Tie. Adorable, eh? Many thanks to Sir I. for modeling this combo look.  Erin and I are guilty of favoring girls patterns but what do you expect since 75% of our children are female. However it was refreshing to put together a boy's outfit for this photo shoot.

For Sir I's outfit I started with a heavy olive linen for the vest. The buttons are a fun faux leather that would also be perfect on a college professor's tweed jacket.

The shorts are also linen highlighted by a tuxedo stripe of sky blue grosgrain ribbon.  I chose these colors as I envisioned him attending his cousin's outdoor summer wedding in Horse Country, Virginia.

The bowtie is fashioned out of Suzanna Liberty fabric.  I'm in love with all colorways of this Liberty print, especially this one with shades of yellow, green, and sky blue.  If you look closely, you will see this is the "Jack" bowtie: a bit more avant garde with its asymetrical bow than it's partner the "Junior". The Peony pattern includes both, with corresponding self-tie bowties for Dad.

Sir I. says, "Have a terrific summer and enjoy one more week of 20% off our older patterns, fabrics and notions with the coupon code: welcomesummer!"