One of our sewing goals in 2014 was to learn to sew with knit fabric. Girl Charlee gave us the opportunity to sew with knit fabric again when they asked us to be pattern testers for their very first pattern, the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern.
We’ve done pattern testing for several companies now but this is probably our favorite pattern test to date because not only did Girl Charlee provide us with the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern but also with the fabric to sew it! This pattern was a delightful & quick sew.
Besides sewing with knit we conquered another skill while doing the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern; sewing with elastic thread. Years ago we tried a fun DIY tutorial that used elastic thread. The end result was a total flop because the elastic thread didn’t work.
But do you see that ruching around the collar and sleeves? That is the result of elastic thread, thanks to Girl Charlee’s super easy to follow instructions. The Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern comes in both tunic and dress lengths, and we will definitely be sewing some more in the near future.
Girl Charlee’s pattern says this is a vintage look and we love the way it turned out. To mimic the vintage look Allegra styled Annie’s hair in little rolled waves like those of bygone bombshells.
Because of the little birds on the fabric, we gave Annie a birdcage and found birdnest to play with.
Although we loved sewing this pattern with knit fabric, our next version of this pattern could very well be from woven fabric, because 90% of the fabric in our stash is wovens.
If you want to try the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern, click here! And while you’re at Girl Charlee, pick up some of that fabulous knit fabric to make your tunic or dress! We think Girl Charlee’s first foray into pattern making is a resounding success, and we are excited to see what they create next.