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New Pattern: Elskan Dress & Top

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Elskan is a batwing style dress or top and it has a short and long sleeve option. The Elskan pattern is a great addition to your handmade wardrobe if youlike to wear drapey tops and tight skirts, the dress combines both. The shape of the pattern might surprise you, but it's actually quite an easy garment to make. 

Fun fact: Elskan means sweetie in Icelandic and if you use the code sweetie at checkout you'll receive 25% until monday 23.59 cet. Sew your Elskan

You might be wondering what this dress looks like in different materials and how the different versions look like. Well take a look at some of the tops and dresses the pattern testers made.

Diana [ instagram]

Elskan dress pdf sewing pattern

Diana (by_mooglii)

Dana [instagram] [blog]

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan
Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Henna [blog]

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Jessie [instagram] [blog]

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Lien [instagram] [blog]

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Maria [instagram] [blog]

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte KanBatwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan
Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Melyana [instagram]

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Sylvie [instagram]

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Tinne [instagram] [blog] [facebook]

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

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Introducing: Kitsune Strapless Dress

Kitsune is an easy to sew strapless summer dress. With only three pattern pieces it´s a quick sewing project with maximum effect. Perfect for the beach or the city when dressed up with heels and a cropped blazer. Kitsune (Japanese for fox) got it's name because I feel foxy wearing it ;)

PS: To celebrate the introduction use code foxy at checkout and receive 25% off of your purchase until monday 23:59 CET quick sewing project: strapless summer dress, only three pattern pieces! Kitsune Strapless Dress PDF Sewing Pattern by Charlotte Kan
  • DIFFICULTY
    Beginner

    PATTERN FEATURES
    - Seam allowance is included
    - Layered sizes, print only the size you need
    - Lengthen / shorten lines
    - Clear and easy to follow instructions
    - Copyshop Files included

    FABRIC SUGGESTION
    Use lightweigth woven fabrics with lots of drape, such as Tencel, double gauze, silk, rayon challis, cotton voile, modal or linen.

    Width 150CM/60”
    All sizes > 160 cm / 2 yrds

    Width 135CM/54”
    All sizes > 160 cm / 2 yrds

    Width 115CM/45”
    All sizes > 310 cm / 3 yrds

    * Please note that if you use a patterned fabric you might need more fabric than suggested.

    NOTIONS
    - Thread
    - 1" wide elastic

    TECHNIQUES
    - Curved seams
    - Top stitching
    - Encased elastic band

    TOOLS
    - Sewing machine
    - Universal needle
    - Iron & ironing board
    - Pins
    - Measuring tape
    - Fabric scissors
    - Serger (optional)
    - Tailor's chalk

    ZIP FILE INCLUDES FOLLOWING PDF FILES

    - Instruction booklet - 10 pages
    - Print at home pattern - 20 pages suitable for A4 and Letter
    - Copyshop 36"- 1 Page
    - Copyshop A0 - 2 Pages

    *the files are all PDF files and come packaged as a zipfile


  • Charlotte Kan Sizechart
  • PHOTO/VIDEO TUTORIALS
    - How to fold and sew mitered corners
    - Quick Tip: Sewing corners

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Tester Call: Kitsune Strapless Dress

Kitsune Strapless Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

[update: Kitsune is ready for the beach. Use the code foxy at checkout for a 25% discount on the Kitsune PDF pattern. Valid until monday 23:59 CET]

The Kitsune dress is almost ready for testing and I would love your feedback on the pattern, the fit and the instructions! The Kitsune strapless dress is almost ready for testing and I would love your feedback! The dress looks chic but is simple to make, only three pattern pieces! Perfect for hot and sunny days on the beach or for the city combined with a cropped blazer. And because I feel foxy when I wear it, the name is Kitsune which means fox in Japanese.

Testing starts Friday and the deadline for your feedback and photos is 31th if may.

Click here and sign up to test

If you are selected to test you will receive the pattern on Friday.


 

PS: Yes! It's inspired by the Tie Dress, but has a different construction and slightly different fit (even less shaping ;), but if you have some pattern cutting inspiration you could hack your Tie Dress into the Kitsune

Introducing Garçonne Shirt | Dress Sewing Pattern

digital sewing pattern for women, garçonne shirt | dress
Bonjour! La Garçonne has arrived and is ready for your handmade wardrobe. It's a great pattern for you if you like a boxy fit and a dropped shoulder.The shirt | dress features back gathers, a back yoke, minimal button band (optional topstitching), no bust darts and hardly any waitshaping and plenty of ease at the hips.

 

  • DIFFICULTY
    Intermediate

    PATTERN FEATURES
    - Seam allowance is included
    - Layered sizes, print only the size you need
    - Lengthen / shorten lines
    - Clear and easy to follow instructions
    - Copyshop Files included

    FABRIC SUGGESTION
    Use lightweigth woven fabrics such as poplin, cotton voile, chambray, lightweight denims, modal or linen. Look for fabrics with a tight weave and and a little bit of drape or soft handle.

    Width 150CM/60”
    Shirt 150 CM / 1 3/4 yrd (All sizes)
    Dress 190 CM / 2 yrd (All sizes) 
     
    Width 135CM/54”
    Shirt 190 CM / 2 yrd (All sizes)
    Dress 250 CM / 2 3/4 yrd (All sizes) 

    Width 115CM/45”
    Shirt 230cm/2 1/2 yrd (All sizes)
    Dress 300 CM / 3 1/4 (All sizes) 

    * Please note that if you use a patterned fabric you might need more fabric than suggested.

    NOTIONS
    - Thread
    - Buttons
    - Fusible interfacing

    TECHNIQUES
    - Curved seams
    - Pleats
    - Top stitching
    - Sewing buttonholes & uttons
    - Using fusible interfacing

    TOOLS
    - Sewing machine
    - Universal needle
    - Iron & ironing board
    - Pins
    - Measuring tape
    - Fabric scissors
    - Serger (optional)
    - Tailor's chalk

    ZIP FILE INCLUDES FOLLOWING PDF FILES

    - Instruction booklet - 17 pages
    - Print at home pattern - 41 pages suitable for A4 and Letter
    - Copyshop 36"- 1 Page
    - Copyshop A0 - 2 Pages

    *the files are all PDF files and come packaged as a zipfile


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  • PHOTO/VIDEO TUTORIALS  Coming soon!

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PDF sewing pattern for women shirt | dress Garçonne
PDF Pattern minimal shirt dress


 

Check out some of the tester results on instagram #ckgarconne

 

 

Tester Call: Garçonne Shirt / Dress

The Garçonne shirt / dress is almost ready for testing and I would love to hear your feedback on the pattern, the fit and the instructions! The Garçonne is based on a men's shirt, has mandarin collar, a boxy fit and the option to make a shirt or a dress. The sizing has been changed and expanded slightly on both ends.

Testing starts after the weekend and the deadline for your feedback and photos is 18th of April.

Click here and sign up to test (testing is closed, but you can sign up for futures tests).

If you are selected to test you will receive the pattern after this weekend.

[UPDATE: Garçonne has arrived, use the code ohboy at checkout for 25% off until monday May 9th ]

PDF Pattern shirt dress

PDF Pattern Shirt Dress

Slow Fashion October Week 1: YOU

Confetti cutting on a lazy sunday morning

Makers gonna make...and that includes confetti cutting, on the table, whilst sporting undies and a T-shirt. Nice to meet you! My name is Charlotte and when I was a kid, I was a serial maker. I tried my hand at, embroidery, drawing, knitting, sewing, hand sewing, confetti, origami, macramé and what not. However, besides the drawing, nothing stuck.

It wasn't until I started my fashion education in 2003 that I got serious about making, and make, I did...Together with a small army of interns I have sewn over a thousand garments! And all that sewing made me understand that clothing should not be wasted by treating garments as a disposable commodity. I started reading articles, books, went to lectures and watched documentaries about the unfashionable side of fashion, on a quest for a more sustainable style.

Throw confetti in the air like you just don't care

However, when I started working as a fashion designer in a many ways I was following the system that had so many flaws. Two collections per year, overproducing, using fabrics without knowing anything about where or how they are made, and on top of that I overworked myself thinking it was how it's supposed to be. Well, it didn't work and I pulled the plug for almost a year. I used that time to think about how I to run a sustainable business that was also sustainable for me as a maker. I switched to organic cottons and fair fabrics and started making on demand, now I only make my designs to order and tiny batches for Groos (an amazing concept store where I sell my collection). This year I also started selling my designs as PDF sewing patterns so you can make your own. Did I figure everything out yet? Well...Let's just say it´s a work in progress. Baby steps, right?
 
swatching for a knit scarf design

A relatively new skill that I took up, is knitting. When I started my collaborating with Granny's Finest I decided to at least try to learn the basics. Fast forward 2 years later and I am not only still knitting...I love (kn)it! Making your own fabric by hand, stitch by stitch, row by row...it always amazes me to see a project slowly grow into a wearable piece. I also appreciate the pace of knitting, slow and steady, repetitive and meditative. Slow fashion at it's best.

Nani Iro Floral Fabric

Some plans for the coming month...Look at my own wardrobe and analyze what I wear and how I can get more wear from what I already own. Maybe do a little play&pose session remixing and dressing up with my own wardrobe. Konmari the dust bunnies, find the gaps and start to fill them with handmade pieces using my stash.

Slow Fashion October is a great initiative started by Karen from Fringe Association, to spark discussion and explore the wide range of topics related to sustainable fashion. You can read more about it on her (fabulous) blog.

Since it is a theme close to my heart I decided to join in, and I have already been inspired by reading all these stories (and and and ;) and I am looking forward to reading even more in the coming weeks. Thanks for stopping by and reading my (late) story for week 1 of the #slowfashionoctober / @slowfashionoctober

Drop a link to share yours below, I would love to read it!

Welcome to the Studio

 

I took some photos of my current studio set up...and I say current since I like to change my house/studio/bedroom around every six months or so. It's  compulsive and there must be a medical name for it....procrastination ;) Anyway I just wanted to show my workspace.

There is one table where I have my; sewing machine (pfaff 1525 classic), serger (Juki 734DE) and coverstitch (Janome 1000cpx) permanently set up. My sewing machine is close to an old iron board, for easy acces while sewing. Left of my sewing table you can see a glimpse of the shelves where I store my fabric rolls and fabric swatches. The shelves are from IKEA and are called GORM, but they updated the design and now it´s called HEJNE.

I have my desk facing the window/windowsil garden and next to it I have a big laundry basket filled with rolled up patterns. The wooden pinboard was made from a piece of wood I found in a container. I added a few nails and I use it to hang images, tools, knit swatches, patterns I am working on, etc.

I have three tables of the same size and height. They are second hand office tables that are perfect for rolling out and cuttin fabric. I use one as a desk, but when I need a little extra space I can slide the other two against the desk. The shelves behind the table are where I store all the buttons, yarn, thread, serger thread cones, sketchbooks, patterns and my Rolykit

Work in Progress: Shirt + Shirt Dress

If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen some glimpses of the Shirt + Shirt Dress I am working on. I am happy with the basic shape I have, the next step is to fill in the details. This is really the fun part for me. I think about the different steps, the order in which to sew and little touches that make the design more interesting.

Some ideas are freestyled behind the sewing machine other ideas are inspired by what is out there. Pinterest can be a great source for new techniques! I have a  board where I collect sewing techniques, sewing tutroials, free sewing patterns and more sewing related stuff. Go ahead and take a look

 

Introducing the Pocket-T

 Earlier this week I released my second pdf sewing pattern, the Pocket T! I had a lovely group of testers and I wanted to show off some of the results. It wasn't necessary to change a lot in the pattern so their makes will give you a good idea of what the top looks like. Only the pocket was moved more towards the centre front. 

 

 


Reyna
did a stellar job making the top in a knit fabric. She wanted a more relaxed fit so she added an extra inch to the center. Check out her other sewing projects, patterns and podcasts(!) on her website

 

 

 
Anya  actually made two tops. One in a bright coral polyester and a denim like cotton gauze. Check out her blogpost on the Pocket-T

 

Jess made a dreamy version of the Pocket-T in a lovely cupro by Feral Childe. Go over to her blog or Instagram 

 

Diana added a little something extra by using a contrast colour Pocket! Such a cool idea. Check out her sewing blog

 

Annick had an extra challenge when somehow my email including the pattern never arrived...oops! In a race against the clock she still managed to make the sweetest version with golden birds. Read about her Pocket-T testing adventure.(in Dutch) 

 

 Beth chose a stunning printed linen by Feral Childe. Make sure you start stalking Beth on Instagram for more beautiful makes.

 

 

 Jessica used a gorgeous deep blue poplin to make a lovely version of the Pocket-T. Btw she makes some amazing prints 

 

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