Clever Charlotte

Sandpiper Capri & Top

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

Community, Patterns, Shop News, Uncategorized, Tulip Top & Bermuda Short, Sandpiper Capri & Top, Raven Hoodie & Pants, Orchid Top & Skirt, Olivine Dress, Chickadee Blouse & Skirt, Kestrel Coatcarla macklinComment
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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!

Donning and Doffing Our Sandpiper Capris

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Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 7
Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 7

So you followed our tutorial on sewing our Sandpiper pants and now you are thinking, "How do I put them on my kiddo?"  Here’s a little step-by-step that will have your little one donning and doffing these pants with ease.

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capri 1ab

Step 1: Position the front of the pants (where the buttons are located) at the navel level of your child.  Tie the twill tapes in a bow around the back. Step 2: Pull the back of pants (where the button holes are located) through the child's legs to the back.  Straighten the waistband and position center back seam at the center of the child’s back.

Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 2
Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 2

Step 3: Pull the tabs with the button holes around towards the child's front along the waist, fastening them to the buttons on the front.

Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 3
Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 3

Step 4: Once the pants are secure at the waist, you can loosely tie the cuffs around the child’s leg.

Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 4
Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 4
Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 5
Wearing the Sandpiper Capri 5

Step 5: Your child is now ready to romp down the beach!

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1 doff (dôf, df)

tr.v.doffed, doff·ing, doffs

1. To take off; remove: doff one's clothes.

2. To tip or remove (one's hat) in salutation.

3. To put aside; discard.

A Special Monday Treat (Note: This IS a Big Deal!)

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dill2

We have a special treat for you this Monday morning!  Katy, of NoBigDill fame, has posted her renditions of two of our patterns on her website.  We knew Katy would find interesting twists on our patterns and she hasn't disappointed!  Be sure to check out her beautiful and fun variations of our Finch and Sandpiper looks, modeled by two of her little girls.  There's also a special little something from us for those who stop by her site (a giveaway, perhaps?).

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dill1

Whether she's reworking a simple idea or tackling something really ambitious (her Avalanche skirt comes to mind), Katy is known for using lots of color, fun trims and great fabrics. What's more, her sewing skills are equally matched by her skills with a camera.

Did I mention she has small obsession with the color orange??  Need I say more? I didn't think so.

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dill3

A big thank you to Katy and her daughters for this little Monday morning pick me up!

Sandpiper Capri Tutorial

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Sandpiper Tutorial
Sandpiper Tutorial

Our Sandpiper Capri is a unique pant design that leaves the side seams open to the breeze. While different from the standard pants patterns you have probably sewn, the Sandpiper Capri is extremely easy, if not easier, to sew.  Once you understand how this pant is assembled, you will find it a quick and rewarding project and your little girl will love dancing in the results.

In this tutorial, I walk you through the basic construction of the pants so that you can follow along with your printed pattern.  To help you with this, I've cross-referenced the steps by number from the written instructions.

The Sandpiper Capri basically consists of 4 pattern pieces: Front, Back, Front cuff, and Back cuff.  In this example, I’ve chosen a striped cotton fabric for the main fabric and polka dot print for the lining. To start, I adhered the interfacing to the wrong sides of the lining waistband.  Next, I sewed the Front to Back pieces along the inseam of both the lining and the main fabrics (Step 4A).

Sandpiper Tutorial 2
Sandpiper Tutorial 2

Once the seams are pressed, line up the crotch seams for each side of the pant.  The picture below shows the main fabric being joined at the crotch seam (Step 4B). Repeat for the lining fabric.

Sandpiper Tutorial 3
Sandpiper Tutorial 3

Now the Fronts and Backs of the lining and main fabrics are sewn (at inseam and crotch) and it is time to sew the main and lining pieces together. Before doing so, place the twill tape where you have marked at the tabs of the Front waist (see pattern piece for placement). Sew the twill tape just inside the 1/2" seam allowance as shown below (Step 5A).  Once the twill tape is secure, I like to pin it to the right side of the fabric away from the seam allowances so that it doesn’t get caught in the seams I plan to sew in the next step.

Sandpiper Tutorial 4
Sandpiper Tutorial 4

With right sides together, sew the lining pieces to the main pieces all around the edges of the garment. (Step 5C)  You see below that I pinned the Back main fabric to the lining fabric starting at the bottom left, continued up the pant leg to the Back waistband, across the waistband, and down the other pant leg.  In the photo, you can also see that I have repeated this pinning on the Front leg pieces.  After pinning in this manner, sew these seams.

Sandpiper Tutorial 5
Sandpiper Tutorial 5

Trim all seams just sewn to approximately 1/8”. (Step 5D)

Sandpiper Tutorial 6
Sandpiper Tutorial 6

Next, reach into one of the pant legs and pull the entire garment right sides out. (Step 5E) You are left with a garment that has no raw edges except where you will attach the cuffs.  Press around all the edges of the garment for a crisp finish and topstitch to secure the main fabric to the lining.

Now, on to the cuffs. Sew the front cuff to the back cuff and press seam allowances open (repeat for both main and lining cuffs). (Step 6A)

Sandpiper Tutorial 7
Sandpiper Tutorial 7

Before attaching the cuffs to the bottom of the pant leg, you should choose whether you want your cuff to match or contrast with the pant leg. Here, I have chosen to contrast the cuffs/pant legs and, therefore, I pinned the polka dot cuffs to the striped pant legs (right sides together)a. (Step 6D)

Sandpiper Tutorial 8
Sandpiper Tutorial 8

Next, I match the striped cuffs to the polka dot cuff (rights sides together) with the end of the pant leg sandwiched in between. It is a bit difficult to see from the photo above that the striped cuff is under the polka dot cuff, but it is.  Now I am ready to sew around the cuffs from one edge of the pant leg to the other, pivoting at the corners of the cuffs, leaving that portion of the cuff that is atop of the pant leg open.

Once sewn, I trim the cuffs all around to approximately 1/4”, leaving a 1/2" allowance at the opening. (Step 6E)

Sandpiper Tutorial 9
Sandpiper Tutorial 9

Then flip the cuffs to the right sides. (Step 6F)

Sandpiper Tutorial 10
Sandpiper Tutorial 10

When you do this, you’ll be left with a hole at the bottom edge of the cuff where you turned it through. Press, then topstitch around the entire cuff from one edge of the pant leg to the other, making sure to catch the seam allowances to close this hole. (Step 6G)

Sandpiper Tutorial 11
Sandpiper Tutorial 11

The only steps that remain to complete the garment is the addition of buttonholes and buttons at the waist.

There you have it--the Capri pant!  Hopefully these pictures of an actual garment make it clearer to you how to tackle each step. I promise it is super easy and fun! Send us pictures of your finished Sandpiper Capri pants… we’d love to add them to our project gallery to inspire others.

Happy Sewing!

The Shop's Grand Opening

Patterns, Shop News, Finch Shorts & Top, Starling Dress & Shirt, Wren Dress, Sandpiper Capri & TopErinComment
Wren Cover
Wren Cover

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Sandpiper Cover
Sandpiper Cover

You've seen the previews, and now we are so pleased to announce that we've opened the doors to our new shop! Click on the "Shop Online" link at the top of this page to go to the store.  There you will find ready for purchase all 4 of our Spring/Summer patterns, the fabrics featured on the covers of our patterns and, to add even more convenience, sewing kits for each of the garments. {Note the patterns will ship the week of May 9th.}  In celebration of our opening, we are offering 20% off on patterns when you buy 3 or more (Be sure to use the code "Grand" when you check out).

Finch Covers
Finch Covers

We are really excited about our "One-Click" sewing kits, which include the fabric and notions needed, in just the right amounts, to create the garments in our Spring/Summer pattern collection.  You choose from among several (carefully coordinated) fabric choices, and we'll do the rest.  Think  how lovely it will be to open your front door and find waiting for you a box of everything you'll need to start sewing right away (note, the patterns are sold separately). We also offer all the fabric and notions on our site a la carte.

Starling Cover
Starling Cover

Another offering that we feel will simplify your sewing lives are samples of our fabric collection.  We will send you small swatches of all 6 of our current Spring/Summer fabric selections for $5--together with a $5 coupon to redeem on your next purchase.  We hope that you'll take advantage of this feature to be completely assured of the colors, weights and textures of all our fabrics before you buy.  We know you won't be disappointed.

So go check out the store and start planning your little girl's spring & summer looks!

Happy Sewing,

Erin & Carla

A Sandpiper Summer Holiday

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Sandpiper Capri and Top
Sandpiper Capri and Top

This outfit just seems to scream "Summer!"  The Sandpiper Capri and Top are both easy and breezy, and, let me just add, completely reversible!  When I was a little girl, the fact that something was reversible put it at the top of my favorites list.  I bet I wasn't the only one, was I??  Even if you don't make the garments reversible, lining each with a fun fabric allows for a small flash of color to peak through from the inside.

Sandpiper Front View
Sandpiper Front View

The Capri pants are open at the sides and have cuffs that tie just below the knee. The Top is a pinafore style with buttons at each shoulder.  We think both designs are perfect for brushing away sand and for letting in summer breezes.  Both are lined and sewn together in a way that requires no seam finishing or hemming!

Sandpiper in Reverse
Sandpiper in Reverse

We have shown the Capri pants here made in a mid-weight poplin that is a rich taupe color.  The inside is a great pink/white/mauve plaid that is a smooth shirting fabric.  The plaid can be used for the Sandpiper Top as well as any other shirts or dresses you may be sewing up for summer for yourself or your little girl.  We have also shown the Top with Alexander Henry's Larkspur Bloom cotton lawn.  Bloom is from the same collection as the Larkspur Meadow fabric that we'll also be selling in the shop, as featured with our Wren Dress a few weeks ago.

As the name suggests, we think these make for a great beach-comber outfit.  While there may still be a little chill in the April air where you are, to get you in the spirit, may I suggest a DVD on how to make the perfect sandcastle?  Do you have the patience for something like this??

Sandcastle
Sandcastle