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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Weekly Wound Up


December has arrived and it definitely feels like Winter around here. Brrr!  I know a lot of you are in warmer climates though, so please enjoy a little sunshine for me, okay?  I'm trying to focus on my Christmas projects and sewing so I don't think about the fact that it's FREEZING outside. Yesterday I went out and did a photo shoot with myself as the model and my teenage son as the photographer. He thought it was hilarious that *I* was the one stuck modeling without a coat for once.  I think maybe it's time to break out the backdrops and indoor lights! Anyway, whether you're sewing for cold weather or the holidays coming up, we have some great new patterns for you to enjoy! 

New Releases



Gretchen's Godet Dress & Bertie's Bolero are the perfect pair!  They both have a coordinating triangular flare -- Gretchen's has godets in the skirt and Bertie's has them in the sleeves. Put them together and you have magic! Both patterns are available in Girl Sizes 2T-14 and Baby Sizes Newborn-18/24 month and are ideal for special holiday occasions!




Pamela's Princess Dress features our very first princess seam bodice with an adorable dainty neckline and faux bow sash. Other options include a simple or elegant tulle skirt, and sleeveless or cap sleeves. Try adding piping to the princess seams for an added elegance or pop of color. This is the perfect dress for any occasion and you will fall in love with Pamela's over and over again!

Friday, December 2, 2016

"Make an Ugly Sweater" Contest + Tutorial

Are you ready for a fabulous CKC contest?!   If you came to read the rules for our Make an Ugly Sweater contest, you have come to the right place!  



We have been talking about this contest for months and we're so excited it's finally here! It's time to break out your inner tacky and create something awesome!

First of all, I want to say that I think deep down inside, none of us really think they're ugly sweaters.  I think we love how they put a smile on our face and calling them ugly just gives us an excuse to wear them with pride.

Yeah? No? 

Either way, we absolutely cannot WAIT to see the sweaters you all come up with!  

We do want to keep this contest family friendly and fair to everyone, so let's set down a few rules: 


RULES:

1 - All themes and images must be family friendly and child appropriate.

2 - You must use a CKC pattern as the base for your sweater. (Tutorial below.) You may use any CKC pattern you'd like as long as it ends up looking like a sweater. To help you out, our fantastic York's sweater pattern is on sale at 50% off  for the duration of the contest. (It's a great one to have in your collection anyway!) 

3- You can decorate the sweater however you'd like: pretty, ugly, cute, funny, Christmas, random, etc.  Anything goes as long as you follow rule #1. 

4 - Embellishments can be sewn, glued, stapled, taped, or whatever you want to do, as long as you follow rule #2 and sew the actual sweater itself.

5 - To enter, post a modeled photo of your awesome ugly sweater to our CKC Facebook Page (click here).  Be sure to tag Create Kids Couture and use the hashtag #uglysweaterckc.  Entries are due at 11:59 pm est on Sunday, December 18.  Winners will be announced the following day. 

That's it!  If you have any questions, you can email kristen@createkidscouture.com. 



If you want some tips for making your sweater, continue on below!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Detachable Bow Sash

Did you see our new Pamela's dress that just released?  


It's stunning!  I love all the details, from the unique neckline to the princess seam bodice to the gathered twirly skirt.  It's so pretty in solids like this one or even if you use your favorite prints.  And today we have the perfect free accessory to pair with Pamela's -- our Detachable Bow sash!



This bow sash can be used with just about any dress pattern of course, which makes it super versatile too. The bow is securely sewn in place and the sash comes on and off using velcro. No more fussing over tying the perfect bow every time! Plus it's simply adorable. Are you ready to learn? 










Now you're all set to dress up those dressy dresses even more! How cute are these kiddos of Elizabeth's?!  I don't know about you, but I think she knocked it out of the ballpark with this pattern.  

We can't wait to see what you make now!  Please come share your photos in our patterns group when you're done. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 





Saturday, November 26, 2016

Weekend Sale


We hope you're having a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend!  If you had a chance to get out and shop some of the amazing fabric sales for Black Friday, you're definitely going to want some new patterns too! We have our sitewide sale going on through Sunday evening. 





Here's your chance to stock up on all those patterns you've been eyeing.  Don't wait too long though, because the THANKFUL30 coupon code ends at 9 pm est on Sunday night. 




Remember to shop patterns for everyone on your list! Babies, Girls, Boys, Tweens, Women, Men, and even patterns for Dogs, Dolls, and Home Goods.




Happy Shopping! 

~ Create Kids Couture ~

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

CKC's Black Friday: The Sooner You Buy, the More You Save!

It's time for our biggest sale of the year!  Here's your chance to stock up on those amazing patterns you've been adding to your wishlist.  We want you to spend the holiday weekend focusing on family/friends, so we decided to start our sale early! And there is a perk to shopping early too -- the sooner you buy, the more you will save.  Here's the breakdown:




Use code "THANKFUL50" on Tuesday and Wednesday, "THANKFUL40" on Thursday and Friday, and "THANKFUL30" through the weekend. 



That's right!  You definitely want to shop Tuesday-Wednesday if at all possible. But if not, we still have great savings all weekend long.  Don't forget to shop patterns for everyone on your list!  Babies, Girls, Boys, Tweens, Women, Men, and even patterns for Dogs, Dolls, and Home Goods. So much creative potential here and we can't wait to see what you make with them. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Create Kids Couture ~ 



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Weekly Wound Up


Less than a week until Thanksgiving! I love the holidays so much; I can hardly stand it! That's not to say that I have all of our stuff prepared for it. Are you still sewing things up for Thanksgiving, or are you ahead of the game and already moving on to the next holidays? We have a poll going on in our patterns group and it's so fun to see all the answers! You'll have to drop in on it at some point if you haven't already so we can get your vote too! In the meantime, we have some great projects to show you here in our Weekly Wound Up, plus some BIG news about our *early* Black Friday sale!  (Hint: It's not even going to be on a Friday.) Here goes!

New Releases



Just when you thought joggers couldn’t get any trendier, along comes Isaac’s Dino & Roo Pants for Boys and Babies! Dino spikes on the legs and a full-width kangaroo pocket in front? Yes, please! Your little guy will not want to take these off, and he’s guaranteed to get compliments everywhere he goes! The fit is spot-on, with a comfy knit waistband and optional drawstring, seams at the sides of the legs rather than the center of the pants, separate rise for front and back with a lower jogger-style inseam, plus slimmed legs and comfy leg bands at the bottom. You can make Isaac’s using just the kangaroo pocket, or just the dino spikes, or both together, or even leave all the options off for a basic pair of joggers. Your trendy guy can pair these with his favorite hoodie, muscle tee, or t-shirt and be ready for anything! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fall Harvest Pillow ~ (Crochet)

Here on the CKC blog we love sharing free projects, and today we have one for those of you who like to crochet.  Kara A. created this project tutorial and it's perfect for Fall:


This Fall Harvest Pillow is so pretty and cozy looking!  You have plenty of time to get it made up before Thanksgiving, plus I'm sure these can be done in other color themes for other holidays and year-round decor. Here's Kara!


I love granny squares. They’re one of the most versatile crochet things you can make. One great big granny square can be a blanket, or you can sew a bunch together to make a scarf, a hat, or a blanket. Grannies are usually one of the first thing someone learns to crochet, because they’re built on a repeating pattern. This is another reason I love them; you don’t have to be super careful counting stitches or rows. This pillow is a great first project for anyone who wants to learn crochet, or who has just started. All you need to know to make this pattern is a chain, double crochet, and slip stitch. If you haven’t used these stitches before, make sure you check out our YouTubetutorial on how to crochet- it will teach you everything you need to know!

Supplies: 
Worsted Weight yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice from Lion Brand yarns)
Size G or 4 mm hook
Yarn needle
Square pillow form in any size (NOT a rectangle)




To start your granny square, you’ll first make a chain of 3. 



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Place Mat with Silverware Holder

Thanksgiving is coming up and the main event for many families is the big meal. When I was young that was one of the few times each year when my mom would have us get out the fancy dishes and silverware to dress up the table for the occasion.  It was always so exciting! 

Today we have a free project that will help dress up your table for this Thanksgiving or any occasion. Tiffany A. put this tutorial together for us and I absolutely love how it turned out: 


Isn't that cool?!  I love how there's even a place for the silverware, tied back with a button. The OCD in me wants to give Tiffany a big hug for doing that!  The place mat is also quilted and the seams are fully enclosed, making it a classy piece for your home. The steps look like they're pretty straightforward, so no stress even if you're a beginner! Here's Tiffany with the full tutorial: 



Materials Needed to Create 1 Place Mat:

2/3 yard main fabric
1/4 yard silverware holder fabric
1/4 yard reverse side silverware holder fabric
1 button
2/3 yard Quilting Interfacing (Sew-in)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Roll Hem Flowers and More!

Just like there are thousands of different kinds of flowers in the world, there are also that many different ways to make them with fabric! Today we have a guest here with us to show some fun techniques for making fabric flowers using a rolled hem; plus she threw in some others that are just as adorable! 


Aren't they pretty? Erica Watt from MikMak Bowtique is one of our fabulous pattern testers and I just adore the whimsical touch she created with these. The flowers can be used on dresses, tops, headbands, hair clips, backpacks, leg warmers, and more.  Each one above is a little unique and if you have a favorite then you're in luck because they are all demonstrated below!  You can learn different techniques from each one and then mix and match them to make your own versions.  Here's Erica: 


Flower #1 


First, cut out your pieces:
Smaller center flower piece -- Cut one piece 2 ¼” x 3 ¼”
Larger flower petal pieces  -- Cut two pieces 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” 
Leaf shapes can be cut out from felt or you can do a rectangle shape 3” x 4” and run a gathering stitch down the length in the center, creating leaf petals on the ends.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Weekly Wound Up

What a week it's been here in the U.S!  First the elections and then finishing off with a fabulous Veteran's Day to honor those who have served. Plus, a bunch of us are sewing like crazy people to get ready for the holidays. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a weekend!  What do you say we ease into it by taking a look at the latest goodies from CKC?


New Releases


 One of our favorite knit patterns is now available in baby sizes and doll sizes! Trista's Pixie T-shirt is packed full of options: three sleeve choices, with or without a hood, and two layered trim bands. Your little one is going to be so cute in it!  And for the doll size, you also get Eloise's Knit Ruffled Leggings! 




Are you looking for that perfect over-the-top dress for the upcoming holiday season? Look no further! Ellie's Scalloped Party Dress has all the bells and whistles you're looking for to create that one of a kind special occasion dress! The pattern includes both short and long sleeve options, as well as a simple or scalloped neckline finished off by crochet trim bias tape. Check out the scalloped ruffled skirt too! Oh-so-perfect for those special occasions.