Feature Friday: Create Kids Couture Patterns!

Create Kids Couture, also known as CKC Patterns, has been around the sewing world for many years, and it's easy to see why. Their fun, creative, and stylish boutique- inspired designs set them apart from the pack, and we here at So Sew English are huge fans! 

Founders Shannon and Tiffany became friends in 2008 and quickly bonded over their love of sewing. There's a saying in business that is, "find a hole in the market, and fill it." Shannon and Tiffany set out to do just that. They loved the "over-the-top" children's styles that were available at boutique shops, but that niche had yet to be filled in the growing PDF pattern market at the time. After opening their own boutiques and continuing to work together for some years, they opened CKC Patterns in 2011 and the rest, as they say, was history! 

While they started small with only five patterns, their passion for design quickly enabled them to grow to a company that boasted over 90 patterns in their first year. That rate of growth by any standard is incredible, and is a true testament to their love of what they do. Fast forward to the present day, and CKC is looking forward to celebrating their tenth year in business! Their incredible team now consists of 19 designers and boasts nearly 2,000 PDF patterns and 11 paper patterns. They've grown to not only include children's wear, but also patterns for tweens, adults, dolls, pets, and home goods. 

There's so many reasons to love Create Kids Couture Patterns, and we here at So Sew English definitely count ourselves as fans! CKC was one of the very first PDF pattern companies I used when first starting out sewing clothing for my little girls, and their patterns were invariably easy-to-follow and most of all, fun! I recently made myself a Lisette's Lace Up Sweater using sage triblend, and I absolutely love it. I have been seeing these types of trendy sweaters pop up all over Pinterest and Instagram lately, and I love how easy it was to create! I'll be honest, I usually avoid v-neck sweaters because I find them so hard to get right, but the pattern tutorial was wonderful and I soon realized I had nothing to fear! 

Here's another example of CKC's amazing pattern catalog. Tara made a gorgeous mommy and me set for herself and her little girl using the Adult and Youth Kaitlyn Tank Top and Dress patterns, and they both look amazing! 
Another example of their sweet boutique-inspired children's patterns is this Frankie's Fur Vest that Elda recently made. In keeping with the spirit of CKC Patterns inspiring creativity, Elda used French Terry instead of faux fur to create something that was not only unique to her, but something that her son loved! 
Heidi used the Sydney's Raglan Pattern to make this darling dress a few years ago, but she absolutely loves it and still wears it today! And that's another thing that is so great about CKC: their patterns may be trendy and stylish, but they're designed with a timelessness in mind that will have you reaching for them again and again! 
At the end of the day, the team at CKC love their jobs and enjoy using their creativity in a way that helps others to not only be creative themselves, but to make beautiful pieces for their children, loved ones, or customers to wear. They strive to make beautiful patterns that are easy to follow whether one is brand new to sewing, or has been sewing for many years. When asked what she is most proud of, Shannon says it's all of the people who have learned to sew using their patterns. She continues, "The greatest compliments have always been people raving about how EASY our patterns are. We aren't classically trained seamstresses, we were just moms who wanted boutique clothes and couldn't afford the price tag...Our customers have made and shared tens of thousands of pieces using our patterns, and that has always been the driving force for us. Our customers through the years have become friends, and we have loved watching their skills grow!" 

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