Laura is wearing an enchanting handmade double-tiered wedding veil. The veiling is made of silk tulle, and it is adorned with silk ribbon and vintage silk lace edging. The edging lace has a pyramid motif that is reminiscent of the Art Deco era, and is lightly embellished with glass seed beads. One veil is 21” long, and the other one is 24” long ($345).
We have paired it with a stunning, understated silk from our 1st floor. This gleaming ballet pink silk is scattered with luminous white pearls. It is $49.99/yard and 45” wide.
Britex Fabrics has a 2 5/8 yard piece of this amazing silver metal-embellished black chiffon! This beaded fabric was used by the designer Katie Simone as a simple mini-skirt in her 2009 collection, and featured in InStyle magazine. We love the delicious contrast of the heavy cold metal, to the airy and soft chiffon. It is $350 for the piece, 4.25″ wide (metal to metal), and 2 7/8 yards in length.
Estee and Judd spent a weekend a few weeks ago constructing a fabric-covered headboard from Britex home decorating fabric. We love the creative ingenuity they displayed when arranging the sea creature montage. Estee and Judd were fabulous enough to document this project from start to finish, so look for more on the headboard project later this week!
This enchantingly rustic home decorating cotton is perfect if you have that seasonal itch to change things around, but prefer understated florals. Strewn with dragonflies, butterflies, Morning Glories, bumble bees, Honeysuckles, and Daisies, in shades of rust, cream and ocher, this is a minimalist floral fabric. It is available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor.
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.
(All seersucker fabrics pictured are cotton/polyester blends & 45″ wide. Violet/white seersucker is $8.99/yard, orange-red/white seersucker is $6.99/yard, and grey/white seersucker is $10.99/yard)
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!”