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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
CleverCharlotteJoAnns

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!

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

Olivine Dress Kits in the Shop

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olivine dress kit
olivine dress kit

The Olivine Dress Kits have been posted in the shop for those of you planning ahead for the holidays or needing a special birthday girl dress.

The kit is available in two sizes (2T-4T and 5-8) and currently features the fabrics in our cover look: a wonderful, eggplanty dupioni silk and the lovely Liberty of London Tana Lawn print, Becci. Here's a better shot of that Liberty fabric, which has a great mix of red, fuchsia, and blue and adds such a nice contrast to the purple.

Liberty Becci in magenta
Liberty Becci in magenta

Look for additional Olivine kit options from us soon featuring more colors of silks and Liberty fabrics!

On a related note, I am working on the Olivine Dress tutorial I mentioned a few weeks ago. It will highlight some of the trickier parts of the construction. Look for that to begin this week!

Happy Sewing!

Erin

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

A New Team Member

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We had a special delivery from Jay, the Printer Fairy, last week and look what he brought, on an old hospital gurney, no less!

New Printer of Epic Proportions
New Printer of Epic Proportions

Now residing in our guest bedroom  studio, against what might have been the last 5' strip of unadulterated wall space remaining in my entire house--

New Printer of Epic Proportions2
New Printer of Epic Proportions2

It's a new printer, very nearly the size and weight of any employee we could have hired, so it is easy to think of it as such.

This new printer will print our patterns in full-scale, which should make test sewing and the like a much faster process for us.  It is but one of several very noteworthy changes we've been making behind the scenes at Clever Charlotte over the last few months, all in anticipation of the debut of our next collection.  

Speaking of new patterns, we are into the nitty gritty of finalizing all the details of the new Autumn/Winter collection, but we are still a little way's off. Postings will be light until then as it feels every waking minute is consumed by these patterns and general midsummer fatigue.

What else does Charlotte have up her sleeve?

Well, for starters, the new collection: it consists of 3 looks in all. One is a dress, and not just any dress--one that will really get your heart rate up (couldn't we all use a little more aerobic sewing?)  The other two outfits are pants/separates just right for back to school sewing.  They will integrate well with patterns from our prior collections.  Fingers crossed that we'll have some pictures/ordering details available on our blog come August!

We are also adopting a new nomenclature for these patterns to replace the avian theme used heretofore and will likely continue changing it up every so often in the future. Surprisingly we were able to  get a lot of life out of the bird names used for our first two collections.  But finding suitable names was becoming increasingly harder (Nuthatch, Titmouse, and Killdee will have to wait). We've reached into one of our former lives for inspiration to name the upcoming patterns.

The final thing I am excited to share with you today is that, after the release of our 3 new Autumn/Winter patterns, we will be moving away from semi-annual releases of pattern collections and instead, we'll be releasing single patterns more continually throughout the year, as the mood strikes us, more or less. We feel that this will enable us to nimbly react to new trends and our own creative impulses and to move patterns from concept to our store much more quickly.

So lots more to come soon.  Until then, happy sewing!

~Erin

New Labels in the Shop

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clothing lables
clothing lables

Just a quick note to say that we've received our new woven clothing labels.  These are the same that are included with our patterns.

By the way, if you recently purchased a pattern from us that did not have a label--we apologize that we were temporarily out.  Send us an email at: contact@clevercharlotte.com and we'll gladly drop one in the mail for you!

Here's a shot of one of the newly-designed labels sewn into the Finch Shorts I finished up last weekend...

Clever Charlotte Woven Labels
Clever Charlotte Woven Labels

Happy Sewing!

~Erin

Our Stitch Winner

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Fingerprint by Ky Anderson
Fingerprint by Ky Anderson

Congratulations to our Stitch giveaway winner, Erin, who said:

 I would love to win the magazine and pattern in it. Love your patterns and hope to invest in them all one day:-)

Doesn't she sound lovely? Happy Sewing, Erin!

PS The fine art print above is by Ky Anderson found via 20x200 and has nothing to do with this post; it is just something that makes me smile.

A New Year's Sale

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Winter fabric sale
Winter fabric sale

What better way to celebrate the start of 2012 than with a Fabric & Notions Sale?  Now through Jan 22d, you can get up to 30% off on all fabric, notions and One-Click Sewing Kits in our shop.

Plus, for those of you signed up for our email updates, a special offer for further savings will be emailed out in just a few days--so be sure to sign up on the top right sidebar if you have not already!

Looking forward to many fun projects in 2012!

Happy Sewing!~ Erin

Sewing Pattern Giveaway Winners & an Update

In the Workroom, Shop NewsErinComment

Good morning!  Firstly, thanks to everyone who has placed an order for the new patterns--it looks like this season is going to be a popular one! As promised, we are sharing the 3 winners of our Pre-Order Giveaway this morning. Each winner will receive a free Clever Charlotte pattern.

1. Karen of Victoria, Australia

2. Monica of San Jaun, Puerto Rico

3. Melissa of Frederick, Maryland

Congratulations to each of you--we'll be contacting you by email to find out which pattern you'd like.

In other news, we are on track to begin shipping the new line by the end of the week, and even though the giveaway has ended, the shop is still accepting pre-orders.

We are behind on getting the fabric and notions for AW11 up for purchase, but we promise this week!!

Lastly, because no post is any fun without a picture, I thought I would preview what I worked on this weekend--Nora's costume for Halloween (complete with smudged windows and a view of our very soggy backyard as backdrop). Can you tell what she's going to be?? Carla and I will be sharing more photos of our recent Halloween sewing endeavors later this week.

Halloween preview
Halloween preview

Happy Sewing! ~Erin

Pre-Order Our New Patterns + Special Pre-Order Giveaway!

Shop News, Raven Hoodie & Pants, Eider Tunic, Chickadee Blouse & Skirt, Kestrel CoatErinComment
Raven Cover
Raven Cover

The day has arrived! We are happy to say that our four new A/W2011 patterns are now in the shop for pre-sale!

To celebrate this kick-off event, we are hosting a giveaway/drawing open to everyone who pre-orders the new patterns. Three lucky winners will be chosen at random from all eligible orders placed by next Friday, Oct. 21st.  Each winner will get a free Clever Charlotte pattern of her or his choice.  See complete details below.

A few important notes about pre-orders:

Eider Cover
Eider Cover

1. We currently anticipate mailing out the first shipment of patterns the week of Oct. 24th, 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.

Chickadee Cover
Chickadee Cover

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.  This is not our preference, but we are at the mercy of PayPal and we hope you understand.  Again, our commitment to you, the sewing public, is strong and we value your repeat business.

3. We are in the process of uploading the A/W2011 Fabric Collection and notions to the shop. Everything should be available for purchase by Monday.

A few important notes about the giveaway:

Kestrel Cover
Kestrel Cover

1. We are happy to be offering three lucky winners one of our sewing patterns of their choice.

2. US & International customers are eligible.  To enter, you must place an order in our shop for any of our new A/W2011 patterns (that is, the Chickadee, Eider, Kestrel & Raven patterns) by 11:59 pm EST, Friday, October 21st. Each eligible order will count as one entry.  The winner will be selected from all eligible orders by random drawing & will be announced here on Monday, October 24, 2011.

3.  Good luck!

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Have a nice weekend everyone and, as always, happy sewing!

~Erin & Carla

A Raven Hoodie + A Shop Update

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I am happy to report that a few of the projects on my to do list were completed, or nearly completed, today.  Here's the first of several new items that I am sewing for my daughter from our latest pattern collection.  Speaking of new patterns, I wanted to mention that we are very close to opening up the shop for pre-orders.  Fingers crossed for this Friday!!

Raven Hoodie from the Front/Echino Fabric
Raven Hoodie from the Front/Echino Fabric

This Raven Hoodie features a 2009 Echino print on linen/cotton.  For those of you not familiar with this fabric (though I am sure most of you are), it has a lot of striking colors and distinct design elements to it.  It is also the perfect fabric to pair with the Raven Hoodie because the Hoodie has such clean lines--it doesn't compete with the fabric.  Here's what the fabric panel looks like in whole:

When I bought this fabric on sale, I had no specific plan for it in mind.  In my typical fashion, I purchased only 1 yard of it and, of course, I needed about a quarter more for this project.   So, channelling Tim Gunn, I made it work.  In most cases, a yard would have been just fine for the size 3T, but this is quirky fabric. I really had to think through the layout carefully to capture all of the elements just right.  So what you don't see in this version is a stealth seam running under the belt on the back piece where I pieced together the fabric. Clever, eh?  Good thing the Hoodie is completely lined!

Raven Hoodie from the Back/Echino Fabric
Raven Hoodie from the Back/Echino Fabric

I have another look planned to show you tomorrow.

Happy Sewing!

~Erin

Summer Shut-Ins

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I probably don't have to tell most of you, but today is HOT.  As in, so hot you could fry an egg on the dashboard of my car.  Not surprisingly, I don't have much sewing or crafting to show for it right now.

Map3
Map3

For the foreseeable future, the kids and I are holed up in our bedrooms with the AC units blasting, trying to stay occupied until cooler weather prevails.  Please help me remember this moment when next January rolls around and I am complaining that it's too cold to leave the house!

But never fear, we've made the best of it.

My son turned 6 last week and received two poster maps from his grandparents to cover one wall in his bedroom.  We decided to spend the afternoon mapping out some of the places to which we've shipped our Clever Charlotte patterns and, in the process, we've discovered places with unfamiliar, exotic-sounding names such as Wollongong, New South Wales in Australia.

MAP2
MAP2

As for the markers, we decided to use some plasti-tack to afix 1x1 Lego pieces to the maps, which is quite appropriate for my son whose sole reference point in life, it sometimes seems, are Legos.  As another example, when we were fixing a marker to San Diego, JR decided it should be named San De-Lego instead.  Isn't that the home of Legoland in Southern California?

Map1
Map1
legomom
legomom

[Oh, and by the way, this is "Lego Mom Mary" from Legoland's website. Are those Mom Jeans she's wearing?  I think we mothers of the world should start a letter-writing campaign for a better looking mini figure.  But I completely digress...]

After we mapped for a while, we sneaked downstairs to have a piece of cold chocolate birthday cake (in keeping with the Lego theme it happens, see below) and a large glass of lemonade. Now that's what I call a great afternoon.

JR Cake
JR Cake

Keep chilled everyone & have a nice weekend!

Happy sewing!

Summer Pattern Giveaway Winner

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Spring Giveaway Winner
Spring Giveaway Winner

Well, that was fun!  Thanks so much for the great feedback on our new pattern collection.  It appears everyone was evenly split between the four summer looks!  Along the way, I also discovered a few great blogs from among our entrants.  The creativity that's within all of us is something pretty great, don't you think?

For those of you who didn't win, we are currently offering free shipping on all our patterns until June 15th.  I hope you are all inspired to sew up a summer look or two for the little ones in your lives!

Summer Pattern Giveaway Winner
Summer Pattern Giveaway Winner

Now for our winner, and folks, I couldn't make this up if I tried!  Sadie Fox, commenter #89, is our lucky winner! A sewing Fox, you say??  I wonder if she's a relative of Charlotte?? Congratulations, Sadie, who will receive the lovely Wren Dress.  We hope you'll come back to share with us what you sew up!

Thanks again to Sew Mama Sew! for sponsoring this great giveaway day.

Summer Pattern Giveaway!

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Sandpiper Cover
Sandpiper Cover
Finch Covers
Finch Covers

Welcome!  If you are joining us from Sew Mama Sew's May Giveaway Day, we are happy to have you and to showcase our brand-new Spring/Summer Pattern girls sewing pattern collection. Each of our patterns is for girls, sizes 2T-8. We've written the instructions with the advanced beginner sewer in mind.  To help sewers of all skill levels, we offer tutorials, inspiration, and pattern variations for all of our patterns right here on our blog.

Wren Cover
Wren Cover

In our shop you will also find the fabrics and notions featured on our pattern covers so that you can recreate our looks at home.  To make getting started even easier, consider one of our companion One-Click Sewing Kits designed for each of our patterns.  In each Kit you will receive everything you'll need to complete a look with a simple click of your mouse--from the fabrics to the interfacing, thread and other notions, all in just the right amounts. You choose the fabrics, we'll do the rest!

Please take a look around our shop and blog, but first, be sure to enter our giveaway!

Giveaway Details:

Starling Cover
Starling Cover

We are happy to be offering one lucky winner 1 of our new sewing patterns. Enter below by leaving a comment in the Reply box. Make sure to tell us in your comment which of our 4 looks you would like to win: Finch Shorts & Top, Sandpiper Capri & Top, Starling Dress & Shirt or Wren Dress!

Other Giveaway Notes: U.S.+Canada mailing addresses only.  You must submit your comment by 11:59 pm EST, May 25th. The winner will be selected from all eligible comments by random number generator & will be announced here on Thursday, May 26th.