One of this season’s delightful fabrics is seersucker. Seersucker makes me think of crochet, bocce ball, drinking tall frosted glasses of icy beverages, and scintillating tête-à-têtes. Springtime is also a perfect time to make aprons for all your seasonal organizing and cleaning, and here are some lovely vintage apron directions from a Canadian sister, Tipnut. All you need is one yard of seersucker fabric and nine yards of coordinating rickrack, and you’ll be set to grab your feather duster and label maker to clean and organize all afternoon….and then you can relax with aforementioned tall frosted beverage.
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We love this taupe, cream, pink and maroon cotton home decorating fabric. Its giant wine-colored puffs remind me of cotton bolls. I want to cover wicker loveseat cushions with this, and then kick back with a glass of lemonade and an Agatha Christie novel, while listening to “Ol’ Man River” from the classic musical, Showboat.
“Ol’ man river,
Dat ol’ man river
He mus’ know sumpin’
But don’t say nuthin’,
He jes’ keeps rollin’
He keeps on rollin’ along.”
(By K. Kern and O. Hammerstein)
This Liberty of London Art Nouveau print has graceful flowing lines and clear muted colors. It is just the thing to segue from rainy winter mornings to the dewy newness of spring, and would make a luxuriously fabulous shawl-collared robe.
I long to make a pair of pajamas in this paisley Liberty of London print! I’d make a long sleeve pajama shirt with a button front and mother-of-pearl buttons, banded flap pocket, and banded sleeve cuffs, and drawstring pants. Then I’d lounge about reading “Cleopatra: A Biography”, by Duane Roller, nibbling on flat bread wrapped around feta cheese and mint leaves, and drinking sweet hot tea that I’ve brewed in my brass samovar, with the sun streaming in like honey over my bare feet.
Audrey sent us pictures of three elegant platinum silk dragonfly pillows her mother made for her, from a two yard piece that she bought on Britex’s remnant floor. She said, “They are very simple, easy-to-make items. They go perfectly with my linen covered couch.” We love how the pillow’s smooth texture complements the rougher texture of the linen couch!
Britex loves smocking! Along with other fascinating home-maker’s arts, heirloom sewing techniques are making a resurgence. This sewing technique involves making simple tucks to pleat fabric. More complicated smocking patterns include the introduction of scattered embroidered motifs using feather, honeycomb, wave, or diamond stitches. Vogue has several children’s smocking patterns for dresses, shirts and short overalls. Liberty of London cotton is ideal for this easy to learn heirloom sewing technique. Its soft drapability lends itself to the fine gathers that are characteristic of smocking. I can imagine a certain vivacious red-headed sprite swinging from tree branches, while wearing a smocked dress made out of this navy blue Liberty of London print!
“Oh little playmate,
Come out and play with me,
And bring your dollies three,
Climb up my apple tree,
Slide down my rainbow,
Into my cellar door,
And we’ll be jolly friends,
Forever more, more, more!”
The new Liberty of London is finally here! We have 32 bolts on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor. I’ve been told they will be ready by this weekend. There are several patterns that I am swooning to make into spring pajamas with contrasting collar and cuff piping.
A tiny tawny mouse whispered into my dozing ear that Britex Fabrics will be getting a new shipment of Liberty of London cotton lawn in the next week! Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. In 1975 Liberty celebrated its centenary, which was heralded by a major exhibition at the esteemed Victoria and Albert Museum. Direct from England, Liberty is taking the U.S. by storm! I yearn for a standing collar fitted shirt, with wide French cuffs made of this spectacularly soft cotton fabric in a peacock feathered print.
Springtime in March was just a teaser; pink-blossomed trees and warm sunshine as I eat my lunch sitting at a café table, and then spitting rain and chilliness. This home decorating fabric with leaf green tree silhouettes helps me make it through the tag end of winter. I want to build a tree-house out of tag ends of lumber, and then invite my special friends up for ginger tea and Persian cardamom biscuits. This 54” wide cotton is available on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor for $29.99/yard.
We have assembled a table-top of beautiful silk fabrics for you! Included are world-renowned designers Armani, Pucci, and Cavalle, along with silk fabric from Switzerland and Italy. These fabrics were originally priced between $22.99 & $175.00, and are now 50% off their marked price. This sale applies to in-store purchases only…..here is your excuse to make that spring-time trip to San Francisco! Just think, you could visit Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden and revel in the cherry blossoms, and then come over to Britex Fabrics for even more splendor.