Charming Necessities Blog

Monday, April 25, 2011

Summer Girls Clothing Collection Feelin Groovy - 70's Retro Mod Inspired Knot Dress, Pillowcase Dress, Ruffle Pants, Sunsuit and more!

I am completely in love with the newest collection here at Charming Necessities!  A mod 70's inspired collection, Feelin Groovy is fun, funky, and the perfect bright colors for summer!

Since the Vintage Beauty Sunsuit was added to the collection a bit late - I have extended the Launch Promotion until tonight! (Monday April 25):

Feelin Groovy Launch Promotion
Extended until Monday Night! April 22-24 or while supplies last.

One Free Headband per order.
 Purchase $50-75 worth of product from Feelin Groovy and receive a free Frilly Pop Flower Headband in Coral ($7.75 value).

Purchase $75 or more worth of product from Feelin Groovy and receive the matching Duchess Elyse Flower Headband, for free! ($18.50 value).

The collection includes a Knot Dress:

Ruffle Pants:

A Vintage Beauty Sunsuit:

And matching hair accessories, including a Mini Top Hat Headband and Duchess Elyse Flower Headband:

These beautiful pictures are courtesy of Natalie Kimball - and Feelin Groovy is modeled by the gorgeous Miss Madison!  <3

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Backstage Saturday Series - Week 2

Welcome to Backstage Saturday - week 2!  Whew.  What. a. week.  Lots of sunsuits, dresses and hair accessories went out this week!

This is from the beginning of the week: 7 pillowcase dresses, 3 ruffle pants, 1 peasant dress, 1 pouf neck peasant dress, 3 knot dresses, 4 sunsuits, and 2 diaper covers cut out and ready to be sewn.

There were a bunch of orders for the Yesterday Collection, and I just love the fabrics, how sweet are these?

I also had some orders for the Carnival Ride Collection, I love the bright summery colors from this line.

Lots and lots of straps for sunsuits and knot dresses, and ruffles:

A bunch of sunsuits:

A few orders tagged and ready to be packed.

And last but not least, some adorable knot dresses.  :)

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Summer 2011 Girls Clothing Collection Haute Couture - Peasant Dress, Knot Dress, Sunsuit, and matching Hair Accessories!

The Haute Couture Collection launched today!  Its a beautiful, french shabby chic inspired collection of fabrics in pinks, blues, cream, lime green, and brown.  The beautiful photography is by Kate Moss

Check out the launch promotion - good through Sunday, or while supplies last:

Purchase $50-75 worth of products from Haute Couture and recieve a FREE Frilly Pop Flower Headband

Purchase $75 or more in products from Haute Couture and recieve a FREE Duchess Elyse Flower Headband M2M Haute Couture.

There is a Peasant Dress, with a double layer skirt and ruching detail:

A Duchess Elyse Flower Headband

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Backstage Saturday Series - Week 1

Welcome to a sneak peek behind the scenes here at Charming Necessities!  It was a very busy week here - and while I worked I snapped a few pictures.

I made lots, and lots of Vintage Beauty Sunsuits.  This pile doesn't look like much - but will end up looking like this:

A few finished knot dresses and ruffle pants:

I also made a newborn pillowcase dress and ruffled diaper cover in the Parisian Rose collection - I had to take a picture, it was so tiny and adorable!

A customer requested an Apron Peasant Dress in the Springtime in Paris collection, and it turned out so pretty!  I hope to list this dress on my site this weekend.

My ironing board with a few pieces in the works.  Usually the stacks of things to make are much higher than this.  :)  The stack to the right is Feeling Groovy (coming soon).

I talk about my twin girls a lot - but I also have two sweet boys.  :)  They don't get very excited about my dresses and hair accessories.  LOL

I have a few new hair accessories coming soon, including the Old Hollywood Feather Headband.  These are stunning curly najorie feathers on a double ruffle elastic headband with a large rhinestone encrusted pearl embellishment.  LOVE!

Don't freak out......

How beautiful is this mini top hat headband?  It will be available on my site soon!  :)

Thanks for stopping by and taking a little look behind the scenes at Charming Necessities!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Backstage Saturday Series - starts this weekend!

I've had a lot of great feedback about my blog post of my new studio and thought that it would be fun to share something on a weekly basis. So, I'm excited to announce a weekly series where I will be posting pictures and blogging about what I have been working on during the week! I will include some fun pictures of clothing in production and also throw in a few peeks at new products in the works! First post will be this Saturday, April 9th.  See you then! 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New studio for Charming Necessities!

Charming Necessities has grown by leaps and bounds over the past six months.  I used to be able to keep up with orders working at night after my four kids go to bed.  Not so much anymore!  It has gotten to the point where I work on something relating to Charming Necessities, whether it be making headbands, sewing dresses, packing orders, printing shipping labels, etc., all through out the day while I am with my kids, and then usually at night too! 

I was so happy a couple weeks ago when my husband and I decided to move all of my things downstairs into our barely used living room.

Before, my studio took up half of my kids playroom.  Now I have a whole room to myself!  The only thing I used the living room for before this was to pack and ship orders.  Now I can do everything in one place.  AND its downstairs so I can work on small things while my kids play.

Want to see where all the magic happens?  Here is my lovely new studio!  :)

This is the view into the room from the entry.  My husband painted the big letters pink for me (huge points for this!) and also bought and put together two more bookshelves to stack on top of my existing bookshelves so I could keep all my fabric bolts organized.  I took some of my favorite decorations from around my house and used them to make the room "mine".

These are the front windows on my house.  I get lots of natural light, and I love being able to sit near the window while I work!  The middle table is my cutting table, also where I keep my ipod and speakers, order sheets, and sewing stuff (scissors, etc). 

The sewing area!  Where all the dresses, pants, diaper covers, and sunsuits on my site come from.  :)

Ahhhhhh, isn't it pretty?  Its not quite this organized and neat all the time, but I try to keep it this way.  I love looking at all the pretty fabrics, I have a bit of an addiction.  LOL

This is the ugly part of my room.  The packing and shipping area.  All the boxes and shipping supplies are to the right.  To the left is the entry to our family room - so its easy to keep an eye on the kids if I am in my studio.  I take the baby gate down while I'm in this room too, so the kids can go back and forth if they choose.

The white cabinets hold all my flowers, headbands, tights, chiffon, feathers, etc.  The tall drawers have my rhinestones, ribbon, hardware, and things like that.  The area in the lower right hand corner in the hallway is what my hubby calls the "outgoing mail department".  LOL

Thanks for taking a peek at my new space!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fallen behind on blogging...

again!  I have been so busy I have had NO time to blog.  But thats ok - there will be three new collections coming out in the next month or so - so stay tuned!

I cannot wait to post and share all three collections.  The first will be Haute Couture, the fabrics are French postcards/script, floral,  and paisley prints.  There will be a Peasant Dress, Knot Dress, and Vintage Beauty Sunsuit with matching headbands.  It all turned out so lovely, I can't wait to get the pictures back!

I have a few other things in the works, including a new feather headband.  The Old Hollywood Feather Headband is curly najorie feathers and an extra large pearl/rhinstone accent on a stretchy headband.  They are sooo very elegant!

Also I will be getting some lace petti rompers in soon!  I can't wait for these either - they are super trendy right now, PERFECT for pictures.  I'm thinking they would be ah-dorable paired with a Couture Mini Top Hat!

A couple weeks ago my husband and I made the decision to move my studio (used to take up half of my kids playroom) downstairs to our never used living room.  I will blog more about it and post some pictures soon - it is so amazing to have my own space!  Since I work on orders and pack/ship them during the day while I'm with my kids, its so nice to have everything downstairs and not have to run up and down the steps 100 times a day!

I will leave you with a candid shot of my girls.  They love to sit in the chair and look at my sewing machines (and push buttons when I let them, LOL).  They also love to look at all of my fabrics and tell me which one is their "faybrit" (favorite).  I'm teaching them early.  :)

Please excuse the just-woke-up-from-naps hair!