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Category Archive: Fashion Tips

Celebrate Royal Ascot Week!

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This week, the UK is celebrating it’s love of fashion, horse racing, and hats with the annual Royal Ascot racing event. We’ve perused the glorious photos from last year, as well as the official Guidelines, and have put together a fun little Ascot accessorizing list. Have at it, racing lovers!

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Britex Does Pantone S/S 2015

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With summer approaching, we’ve been busy finding warm weather inspiration. And what better way than with Pantone’s S/S 2015 color guide? We’ve scoured each of our four floors to find lovely items to match each of the 10 colors. Whether it’s gorgeous Strawberry Chantilly Lace from our 3rd Floor, or Marsala wool from the 1st, we’ve got some suggestions for your color palette!

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Tutorial: Hemming with Rayon Seam Binding

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Hello everyone, it’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace here to share a tip using my favorite sewing notion . . . rayon seam binding! Hemming a garment is generally one of, if not the last, steps in the construction process – this means it is often rushed. But a bit of extra time and effort can make a huge difference to the quality of a garment. It really is all about the little details!

 

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May The 4th Be With You!

Today, in honor of the 4th, we are celebrating our fellow Star Wars fans by showing off an array of fabrics that speak to the costumes of our beloved series.

 

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Tutorial — Silk Linen Curved Seam Midi Dress

Silk Linen Curved Seam Midi Dress + Tutorial by Jamie Lau Designs

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In my latest design, I chose to work with a slubby textured silk linen blend. One of my top-selling dresses is a relaxed fit ikat midi dress with short kimono sleeves. I wanted to create a new midi style with three-quarter sleeves in a slightly heavier weight fabric.

 

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New Workshop — Drafting Collars with Jamie Lau

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One of our lovely guest bloggers, Jamie Lau of Jamie Lau Designs, is traveling from the East Coast next month and will be hosting a workshop while she is here. We are so excited to have her in the store, and we hope that you will join us for her demo. Jamie will be here on May 21st to show us how to draft our own collars, including Peter Pan and Mandarin collars, and also how to alter pre-exisiting pattern pieces. Make sure you sign-up soon to reserve your spot!

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Cyber Monday Scalloped Wool A-line Dress

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With winter approaching and temperatures dropping, I wanted to create a wool dress to keep warm for the season as an alternative to just wearing sweaters. For this project, I selected an aubergine wool blend with embroidered scallops. I cut the dress on the cross grain and found this fabric fairly easy to work with. The only challenge was lining up the scallops at the side seams, which took a bit of patience. The double rows of scallops were about an inch apart. Click here to read more »

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High Fashion Inspiration from 1951


Cull your fall and winter sewing inspiration from these clips of a fashion show at the Savoy Hotel, London in 1951, taken from the legendary British Pathe. This elegant show features amazing coats, suits, and gowns of the early 1950s. We are particularly enamored with Sheila in her fern-like feathered antenna hat and black wool coat, then again in a wool jersey three piece suit with a hip mounted umbrella sheath. These women really knew how to wield an umbrella for great effect!

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Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit by Jamie Lau Designs

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I’ve been busy designing jumpsuits this month, including a style with a drawstring waist in embroidered Japanese cotton. For my latest edition of Fashion Travelogue, I selected two beautiful fabrics from the Britex linen category for a bolder jumpsuit look – a colorblock palazzo pant style with short kimono sleeves. For the yoke and necktie, I chose a lightweight linen that is a cross between hunter green and teal green. And for the volume-heavy part of the garment, I selected a midweight linen that is a lovely mix of warm copper and terracotta tones. The width on both of these fabrics is quite generous (58”-59” wide), perfect for wide leg pants. Click here to read more »

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Tips on Sewing Shorts – Windowpane Pleated Duo by Jamie

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I’ve kicked off the new year with a pretty busy schedule here at the Jamie Lau Designs studio. I just wrapped a photo shoot of my new textile designs and also added my latest Britex project to the shot list. With this post, I wanted to branch out from dresses and into the world of separates. I designed a pair of pleated shorts in one of my prints a few months ago and wanted to make the same cut, but in a different fabric. For this project, I selected the cream Windowpane Check Black and Carmine Wool Crepe for my checked ensemble. This wool crepe does not wrinkle and has a nice pebbly texture and soft weight. For the overall look, I found the smaller scale of checks appealing and was partially inspired by the geometric designs of André Courrèges and the playful, mod aesthetic of Foale and Tuffin.

 

Britex020314_640x427_1(Left) Dress by André Courrèges, 1968; (Right) Marion Foale at the sewing machine, 1963 Click here to read more »

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