Meet The Designer – Charise Randell

 Meet The Designer   Charise RandellMeet Charise Randell the designer behind the fabulous “Casual Chic” jacket on page 44 of the Dec/Jan 2014 issue of Sew News. Charise has been designing women’s clothing for over 20 years for clients such as Nordstroms, Eddie Bauer and Union Bay to name a few. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two children and you can learn more about her at her blog Charise Creates. The jacket she designed for the Dec/Jan 2014 issue of Sew News is one of my favorites and you can get the pattern for it here for free and make your own stunning jacket you’ll wear season after season.  1401 jacket 500 Meet The Designer   Charise Randell But before you get to sewing let’s learn a bit more about Charise. Read the post and answer the question in the comments section below and you’ll be entered to win the book Christmas Home-Made and a cute fusible web tape dispenser. What is your sewing pet peeve? The task that I find most annoying is removing stitches made by mistake.  It is inevitable but I try my best to take my time and pin, pin, pin!!!  What were the early days of learning to sew like? I started sewing when I was about 6 years old.  My mother taught me how to hand sew clothes for my dolls.  It opened up an amazing creative world! When I was 12 my uncle purchased my first electric sewing machine!  I loved making clothes from patterns.  I taught myself to sew clothes by reading the pattern instructions. What was it that made you want to continue?  I have always loved clothes and fashion and the ability to pick out fabrics and design my own clothes!  The creative process is such a joy for me. Stepping into a fabric store presents an incredible world of possibilities. What do you do when you are not sewing?  Well… I spend most of my free time sewing : )  When I’m not sewing I spend time with my boys and husband.  I also love to garden, draw and read. What is your favorite thing to embellish your projects with? I like to use fabric trims – ribbons and laces for most embellished projects.  Embroidery is also a favorite way to embellish. Who taught you how to sew?  My mother taught me to sew when I was six years old. What’s the oldest piece of fabric in your stash?   I started collecting vintage feed sacks about a year ago.  The oldest feed sack I have is from the 1930’s. Do you have a favorite item or project to make?  My favorite items to make these days are handbags and pouches.  I love combining fabrics and coming up with new designs.  Do you find the change of seasons inspires you to sew and do you have a favorite season? Yes, definitely! I love sewing for the holidays – mostly gift items.  I also love to plan sewing new clothes for the coming season.  When shopping for sewing supplies, I always buy too much…Fabric! Are there any sewing techniques you are trying to perfect? I have been dabbling a bit with smocking.  I purchased a vintage book on smocking and look forward to incorporating it into some of my projects. What future projects/plans are in store for Charise Randell? I’m currently working on some hand bag patterns as well as some patterns for home goods items. Any tips you would like to share with the Sew News sewing community? Step outside your comfort zone and try new techniques.  You never know which will become your new sewing passion until you try! Thanks so much to Charise for taking time out to be apart of our Meet The Designer series! We love learning more about and from the designers featured in Sew News!  Question: How do you step outside of your comfort zone? What things do you do or try to not get in a sewing rut? Have your stitched up Charise’s jacket that was featured in the latest issue? Would love to see it if you have! Please answer below and you will be entered to win our featured prize. gift 1401 Meet The Designer   Charise Randell

 Meet The Designer   Charise Randell

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30 Responses to Meet The Designer – Charise Randell

  1. Mary Hayes says:

    I just recently retired, so now I can sew as long and when ever the mood strikes me. This is all so new, so it feels like I am outside my comfort zone.

  2. Mary W says:

    I’m doing a mystery quilt right now, which is totally outside of my comfort zone!

  3. Debbie says:

    I’ve sewn for years and years but had never tried quilting. Quilts were pretty but not something I really wanted to do until I came upon modern quilting. Loved it and wanted to learn it. Learning it, I am. It is fun and actually easy. It was the FMQ part that had me stumped and frustrated on a home machine. So I made my own midarm machine and now I’m a happy little learner.

  4. Page says:

    I like to try any design that inspires me even if it is way over my level of experience. As long as it excites me I can see it through. This jacket is definitely on my to do sewing list bc it reminds me of one at Anthropologie. I love the design!

  5. Piroska says:

    I tend to go outside of my comfort zone a lot, in my sewing. I tackle projects that I have to learn while doing! Most of the time, it works out! With my new baby grand-daughter (my first) there is an endless stream of want-to-dos!! :o )

  6. Margaret Schindler says:

    I love to challenge myself to do things that are out of my comfort zone. Just this year I have learned to paper piece and am now learning fmq. I hope next to start sewing dresses for my little grandaughter

  7. Rhonda Desgranges says:

    I like to try new techniques, and will join in a new swap. This pushes me to complete the task. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Delaine says:

    I am a fairly new quilter so almost everything is outside of my comfort zone. But I do keep trying more complicated blocks and new techniques.

  9. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    I’m a quilter, so any “sewing” in uncomfortable for me. I’m starting to learn to sew by sewing zip pouches, and I was making myself a simple purse when I broke my wrist. I can’y wait to get back to it!

  10. Kay says:

    I always like to try new things, and have learned so much from reading sewing blogs. My work has become much more professional looking since I have been reading other blogs. I haven’t stitched up the jacket, but look forward to making it. I have some beautiful sweater material that would be perfect for it.
    Thanks for the give-a-way.

  11. Patricia says:

    Alterations take me out of my comfort zone. Also like to try new things with different stitches on my machine.

  12. I try lately to dig into my “ever-multiplying” fabric stash and make quilts out of my scraps instead of going out and buying everything for the project. To my surprise, most of the quilts come out pretty well. I feel really good that I was able to use my imagination and some of the fabric that I already have.

  13. Nati says:

    I set goals every now and again to try learning new skills. This year ?I signed up to a clothes making class.thanks for the chance to win.

  14. Vicki H says:

    Right now, zippers and FMQ are out of my comfort zone. My goal for the new year is to practice my fmq on small pieces and turn them into zippy pouches. Two fears in one.

  15. Janice says:

    I am fairly new to sewing so I am hoping to get into a rut. Everything is so new and scary to accomplish. I will admit I have several unfinished shirts and not one completed yet.

  16. Lisa McGriff says:

    I am a person who honors my commitments, so if I sign up of a online swap I’m going to complete it. So I sign up for swaps of things I’ve never made and then I spend hours researching how to make whatever it is and I teach myself. I’m amazed how much I’ve learned in the last couple of years.

  17. Carolyn Montgomery says:

    whenever i see a new to me technique i have to give it a try. if i can make it with my sewing machine i will try it; hand not so much,

  18. Pattij says:

    I love to look for projects that are a little beyond what I am comfortable with. It is great learning new techniques and applying them to what I am doing!

  19. Betsy says:

    I look for new techniques with step by step pictures. I am very visual and picturesx help me more than words

  20. Jeanie says:

    First of all, thanks for the free pattern and the great giveaway! I love blog hopping and finding new ways to do things…. for instance, I now do my quilt binding differently. We’re never too old to learn something new!

  21. Jessica says:

    Sewing/quilting/making is all kinda new to me! I did not grow up in a house of makers and so everyone I do is out of my comfort zone. My kids are still young and because crafting was not something I did with my parents much as a child I really wanted “making/crafting to be a large part of my home! We learn mostly from the internet, thanks to wonderful people like you who take there time to blog and post wonderful infomation! We also learn from books and magazins!
    Thanks for the chance, Jessica

  22. Paula says:

    I like to face it. If a dread circle or triangle piecing, for instance, I try to face it and put hands to work, as soon as I can. It may be so rewarding at the end! many times it turns out way easier than you thought. Let’s face and overcome it!

  23. Debbie says:

    I like to challenge myself, and try to make my own patterns of mostly home decor items. At the moment, I’m making a computer desk wrist cover.

  24. Louise Gadbois says:

    I search non sewing magazines for color inspirations and ideas that can translated into a sewing projects.

  25. A. Romping around on the internet is always a challenge to NOT get started on tooo many projects – so sewing ruts and comfort zones are not the problem but rather – starting tooooo many projects.
    Q. How do you step outside of your comfort zone? What things do you do or try to not get in a sewing rut?

  26. Dinah Miller says:

    I try to pick a project every now and then that has a new technique in it, or a lining, or something I’m not 100% comfortable doing yet to stretch myself. I have Charise’s jacket pattern printed out and getting ready to start it!


  27. CharlotB says:

    My daughter, with her desire for costuming forces me out of my comfort zone all the time. I’ve learned patternmaking, pattern combining, and the basics of corsetry all from trying to get the look she wants/needs. Learned to work with fake fur, vinyl and other leather analogues, etc.

  28. Suzie says:

    To step outside of my comfort zone I try and participate in online Sew Alongs, so I’ve a support network if I get stuck trying a new technique. Having a Sew Along deadline is also a great way to stay focused and keep on trying, even when the going/sewing gets tough!

  29. Patricia Hersl says:

    I’m a quilter and have been for years. I gave up garment sewing completely when I just never had the results I wanted. Now with two little granddaughters, I gone back to garments for them! Until they get a bustline, MomMom is out of her box!

  30. MelodyJ says:

    I like to look for projects that feature new to me techniques.