As we all know, pressing as you sew is tantamount with heirloom and couture garment construction. Sewing blogtress, Kaitui Kiwi of The Curious Kiwi from Wellington, New Zealand posted this power tool heavy tutorial for making that most coveted of pressing equipment, a pressing and sleeve board. Sigh – what a lovely tool!
Father’s day is June 16th, which we see as an occasion to brush up on our oft neglected sewing-for-dudes skills. Tasia from Vancouver, Canada, and proprietress of the blog, Sewaholic produced this timely tutorial on making a fitting muslin for a men’s shirt, and then goes on to explain the process in which she alters the collar stand for a huskier neck. Although she used a McCaLLS pattern, we’re enamored with the Negroni Shirt by Colette; a slightly retro shirt with a more modern cut. The Colette instructions and booklet guide you gently through every step of creating a well-crafted casual shirt: felled seams, a lined back yoke, and sleeve plackets on the long sleeve version. Why not make two shirts – one in delicious party mint pink organic cotton , and the other in ride-em-cowboy county fair blue gingham?
These two go together like blinis and caviar! Pair Colette’s Sencha Blouse with this geometric silk from Britex Fabrics. Rated for beginners, the vintage influenced Sencha sewing pattern has a discreet je ne sais quoi that only flatters the sedately boisterous silvery silk. Sew this up over the weekend, and be prepared for moonlit adventures. To make it all even sweeter, this diamond patterned silk is now 50% off in our newly created half off fabric section!
We just got an email from Yun, who worked with Douglas from Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor to create this shimmering silk dress for her daughter, Nicolette. Yan says, “Nicolette loved the dress and the fabric choice was perfect! It definitely shows Douglas’ knowledge and experience.” We agree, and feel compelled to add that Nicolette’s poise and beauty complements the dresses’ stunning color combination and design.
We believe in summertime – spontaneous afternoon picnics, slow moving carousals, midnight row boat rides, and linen…..always linen. We also think that this linen disguised as denim would make the most marvelous biker jacket – perfect for all summertime shenanigans. Pattern is from the wonderful folks at BurdaStyle and available at Britex Fabric’ SF store (Biker Jacket 03/2013 #135 ) This chic denim look linen is available in Britex Fabrics’ online store, and is on sale through May 31st.
Get 20% off all fabrics in the Linen Category from Wednesday May 15th to Friday May 31st. We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, including new additions to this summertime favorite fabric category. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts. Sale ends May 31st. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Linen Category fabrics only – in-store linen fabrics are not included in this sale)
Mother’s day is this Sunday, which means a lengthy brunch noshing on tender raised yeasted waffles , minted fresh fruit salad, drinking brilliantly strong coffee, listening to Nina Simone and Eartha Kitt, witty familial conversation, and letting it all converge to make a little springtime magic. I’m getting ready by shopping for melon, mint, and mangoes at the farmer’s market, and wearing my dapper striped slacks of red and brown wool gabardine imported from Japan, a robin’s egg blue linen shirt, a red and brown foulard bow tie, blue ribbed socks, and black lace-up boots. - Monsieur Dandy Du Jour
Britex Fabrics May Online Knit Fabric Sale ends Tuesday, May 14th! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Knit Fabric Category from Wednesday, May 1st to Tuesday May 14th. This is an all new category with the softest eco-friendly bamboo jersey knits, loads of fashion tissue knits, nautical stripes, prints, and a few super special novelty favorites. Sale ends Tuesday, May 14th. Quantities are limited. (This sale is good for online Knit Fabric Category fabrics only – in-store knit fabrics are not included in this sale)
At our house, we’ve been exclusively using cloth napkins for a while now. I typically use quilting cotton for our “regular” napkins, so when I received the cotton and linen yardage from Britex, I almost felt guilty for using such incredible, beautiful fabric essentially for wiping dirty hands and mouths. But as I worked with the linen in particular, I came to the realization that I wasn’t making a throw-away, disposable item; well-made table linens, from high-quality fabrics are the type of item one might inherit. That thought made me especially happy since I chose the linen fabric to coordinate with a set of German breakfast dishes handed down to me from my grandmother. How fitting!
Napkins come in all shapes and sizes, for all occasions. For more “casual” napkins, I sew a narrow hem and little miter corners. For formal, special occasion linen napkins, I use a wider hem and the traditional sewn miter corner. This tutorial shows you how to make both! Click here to read more »