Greetings friends of Britex! Sophie here from Ada Spragg. I’m very excited to share this hand-make with you because it is fabulous. And yes I’m allowed to say so myself because I still can’t believe it worked out. Plus after hand-pleating 4.2meters of fabric you kind of become your own hero! Let’s start with the fabric, because it is something very special. When I first saw the Brilliant Metallic Gold Stretch Linen & Cotton Blend I thought hey, that could be fun to play with. Then it turned up and I realized I had no idea what I was going to do with it.
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!
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!
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!
Silk Linen Curved Seam Midi Dress + Tutorial by Jamie Lau Designs
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.
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!
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 »
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!
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 »