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.
With the chill of Fall settling on the Bay Area, a new jacket was definitely in order. With the classic double-breasted Anise pattern by Colette in mind, I selected this incredible Rose Madder and Plum Tweed Wool fabric from Britex. I loved the striking color and texture of the fabric and it seemed both modern and classic at the same time. Click here to read more »
When I discovered the beautiful and vintage-y modern plaid at Britex, I knew I had found the fabric for which I had been searching. I had in mind a short sleeve button-up shirt for my husband, but wanted something different than classic dress shirting. This fab plaid completely fit the bill! However, once I laid out the fabric and went to cut out my pattern, I realized I had a big challenge ahead of me. Plaid. Matching plaid is one issue; deciding in which direction the plaid should be arranged and the overall layout was the other. Should the plaid on the yoke be diagonal? If the yoke is on the straight grain, could the pockets be diagonal? What about the placket?? I was completely paralyzed by indecision for a while, but after looking at some ready-to-wear men’s tops, I opted to go for a straight-laced version with no diagonally arranged plaid pieces. Really working the 70s vibe of the fabric might look great, but I wanted to be sure my husband would actually wear the shirt!
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 mitered corners. For formal, special occasion linen napkins, I use a wider hem and the traditional sewn mitered corner. This tutorial shows you how to make both! Click here to read more »
Hello fellow fans of Britex Fabrics! My name is Nicole from Nicole at Home, and I’m so excited to be sharing one of my projects with this community today. As a resident of the Bay Area, I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be collaborating with Britex as a Guest Blogger.
Since I’m a part-time instructor at a local community college, I try to step up my wardrobe a little bit; I’m young-looking and a small person, so I have to make an effort to not look like a student! I had wanted to recreate a ready-to-wear top that fit well, and this partnership with Britex provided a great opportunity to work with one of their incredible solid-colored silks. Click here to read more »