For an extra-special version of the lovely Myrtle dress by Colette Patterns, I used the most incredible stretch silk from Britex (unfortunately no longer available). I washed and dried the fabric (on gentle and low heat) and it looks just as good as it did when before pre-washing. The stretch is significant and the fabric has an easy-to-sew texture and weight. It’s a gorgeous fabric and was a pleasure to sew. Click here to read more »
I’ve been sewing a lot of silk underwear lately; I’m positively addicted. There is something thoroughly satisfying about making something that is beautiful, useful and a quick sew. And it might even be cost effective, considering how little fabric is needed. In this post, I’ll show how to sew the picot edging and straps to make camisole and panties. For my matching set, I used this sophisticated tiny Houndstooth stretch silk charmeuse, with hot pink picot elastic and matching 1/2″ lingerie strap elastic. For the patterns, I used the Clara camisole and Grace panties from Ohhh Lulu. Click here to read more »
Remember my cowl neck top from last week? I finally finished drafting, grading and writing up the instructions for the pattern, and here it is, free (and in multiple sizes!). In this post, I’m going to walk through the steps for sewing this very simple top, but please contact me if you have any questions (nicole[at]nicoleathome.com).
When scanning my syllabus at the start of the pattern making course I took last semester, I was most excited about learning how to draft cowl neck tops. When we finally got to it toward the end of the course, I was surprised how simple they actually were! Using a basic bodice sloper, it’s just a matter of lowering the neckline and slash and spreading to create fullness. The self-facing in the front keeps it pretty no matter how the cowl falls! Clearly, putting my new knowledge to use was in the forefront of my mind when I had the opportunity to use one of the fabrics from the Novelty category at Britex. This unusual ruby and black sheer viscose fabric seemed like a fun and modern choice for a fairly classic cowl shape. Click here to read more »
Here, fellow sewists, is the culmination of my semester-long pattern making class! Throughout the semester, we did a few guided full-scale garments (such as my button-down shirt and an unblogged bias-cut skirt), but this assignment was to draft a garment of our own design, then sew it in fashion fabric. We were allowed to make our final project in our own measurements, and being the pragmatic that I am, I designed a fairly basic work-appropriate outfit. Perhaps I should have made something a little more exciting, but this way, I’ll get a lot of use out of my hard work! Both fabrics are from Britex, and I selected them for just such an outfit. Click here to read more »
Despite popular belief, it really isn’t that bad being short. At 5’1″, I’ve got step stools all around the house and I can manage just fine, thank you very much. My biggest beef with being petite is that non-petite clothing just doesn’t fit. It’s one of the main reasons I sew my own clothing: with some small adjustments, I can shorten bodices, rises, sleeves, and pants to suit my size. You can imagine my excitement, then, a few months ago, when I did a search for “petite Indie sewing patterns” and stumbled upon Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick! So when given the chance to participate in Sewing Indie Month with Britex, I immediately knew I wanted to make a whole outfit from SBCC. What fun! Click here to read more »
It’s only fitting (though coincidental!) that it’s the start of Sewing Indie Month and the garment I’ve sewn up is from the incredible indie company, Victory Patterns! Here, I’ve interpreted their Chloe dress, a 60s inspired fitted sheath, in colorblock with lovely stretch grey and plum velveteen. While velveteen isn’t the easiest fabric to work with (I’ll give some tips to make it easier in this post), it gives an unexpected and (in my opinion!) fabulous twist to this dress.
When the opportunity came up to work with some of the beautiful Britex knits AND use a pattern from one of the independent patternmakers newly affiliated with Britex, I jumped on it. Not only did I already have my eye on this dotted viscose/lycra blend fabric, but I had the perfect pattern in mind, too: the Renfrew cowl neck from Sewaholic. I’ve made the top a few times, but love the fit and shape so much, that I was excited to sew it up again in this lovely, drapey fabric.
Hello! Nicole at Home, here. Even with the onset of colder weather in California, I’ve not wanted to give up on wearing dresses. But tights with dresses, and the static that clings them together, make me completely crazy. So, with an opportunity to use some of Britex’s beautiful silks, I just had to make a slip. Click here to read more »
With the holidays quickly approaching, the season of get-togethers and parties with family, friends, and co-workers is nearly upon us! Whether it’s as a gift for your sweetie or a unique statement to be worn yourself (you budding tailors out there!) sewing a special tie and coordinating pocket square is actually surprisingly easy.