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Category Archive: Guest Blogger

Aubergine 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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2014 Blog Re-cap: Ada Spragg

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The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap is here—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way this year and because we are so proud of each blogger’s ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you’ll be treated to exclusive re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We’ll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all of their individual style.

Today, we re-visit the very fashion-forward contributions of Sophie at Ada Spragg. Sophie is one of our newest guest bloggers, contributing all the way from Australia! Expect to see experiments with the newest trends in textiles and fashion at Ada Spragg. Expect color (because Sophie is not afraid of color), bold prints and unexpected combinations! While exploring her blog, don’t miss the opportunity to meet loads of other superb bloggers through the feature Makers in the Wild.

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2014 Blog Re-cap: Skirt as Top

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The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap is here—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way this year and because we are so proud of each blogger’s ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you’ll be treated to exclusive re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We’ll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all of their individual style. First up: Kristin of Skirt as Top.

If you haven’t already visited Skirt as Top, go now. You’ve got to check out Kristin’s Film Petit series where she replicates costumes from cult favorites such as Life Aquatic, Psycho and Back to the Future in miniature versions for her kiddos. Also, keep this blog in mind for awesome indie pattern recommendations—Kristin always knows about the coolest kids clothing patterns and the newest ladies patterns from independent pattern-makers.

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Outrageous Geometry: Hemlock Tee Tips + Pattern

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Hi all, Jen from Grainline Studio here with my latest Britex project to share! For today’s project I chose this large print, super graphic, black and white striped silk habotai with the goal of making use of the border print nature in a non-typical way. I wish I’d taken a photo of this fabric before I cut into it to show you more what the print looks like, but the large even stripes I used for the sleeve ran down one half of the fabric, and the section I used for the body of this shirt ran down the other half. This print definitely is an easy choice for a really cool maxi skirt, but I really wanted to get a bit more creative and also make something a little easier to wear in fall. Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: Portside Duffle + Blanket in True Designer Wool

As the leaves begin to change color and Autumn evenings become shorter and more crisp, I have been longing to head out to the local beaches and forests for picnics.  I know many people might think of a picnic as something to enjoy in the heat of summer with lemonade and watermelon, but my favorite sort of picnic is of the fall variety – sitting on a windswept beach or amid crunchy burnt orange leaves at the park with a blanket wrapped cozily around me and a cup of hot apple cider in my hand.


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With that image of an ideal picnic hovering in my mind, I was very excited for the chance to turn this lovely Etro Olive & Pumpkin Plaid Wool, into a Fall picnic set!  This Italian wool is a unique mix of colors that are cheery individually (teal blue, bright orange!) while still decidedly autumnal over all.  It is a large weave and it is quite light but strong – perfect for a blanket, and, with interfacing, as a bag! Click here to read more »

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Wool Coat with Knitted Sleeves and Collar

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My favorite season is fall, and favorites to make are jackets and coats, so I am excited to unveil my first coat project in at least six months.

I had a lot of fun with this one!

I started with two yards of a striking navy and turquoise coating (90% wool and 10% poly) from Britex. (You might want to note that Britex is having a 30% off sale beginning on Oct 13th, both online and in store.)

I love the interplay of navy with turquoise, and this fabric has the look of a handwoven. It also has a wonderful selvedge that I was determined to feature.

I wanted a lined coat, so I used a teal colored Bemberg lining. Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: All-in-One Hong Kong Finish + Underlining

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Even made with such lovely and soft fabric as this wool/silk tweed, a slim fit skirt such as the Charlotte by By Hand London really begs to be lined.  Adding a layer of smooth and slippery fabric makes a wool skirt more comfortable to wear (especially with tights) and extends the life of the garment. Sewing a lining is fairly simple, however, there’s another technique that serves the same purpose: underlining.  Since I’ll be showing exclusively images of the inside of this garment for this tutorial, I wanted to remind you of what it looks like on the outside (you can find many more at Nicole at Home):

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Tutorial: Drafting a kick pleat for the Charlotte Skirt

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I was so thrilled to receive this gorgeous wool/silk tweed from Britex to sew my own version of the Charlotte Skirt from By Hand London. The Charlotte  is a lovely high waisted, slim fitting pencil skirt, with a below-knee length.  It’s a great shape for work, but with all the walking and stairs I have to do around campus, it’s a tad narrow around the legs.  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draft a simple kick pleat, which would work for any skirt or dress with a back seam and I’ve written the instructions to coordinate with a special underlining method that will be posted soon. Click here to read more »

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Perfectly Fall Pleated Dress + Tips for Ironing Wool

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In anticipation for fall, I designed a pleated dress with a little bit of sleeve coverage using a designer midweight wool in beautiful teal. I thought the subtle blue and green coloration would work great with the season change.

This fabric has a nice drape to it and was very easy to cut and sew. The generous width (59” wide) is perfect for a pleated skirt design – or even a circle skirt! Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: Scuba Curious, Scuba Wise

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Hi friends of Britex! Sophie here from Ada Spragg, with a brand-spankin’ new outfit made from this glorious Chinese dragon & Lotus scuba knit from Britex. You might have seen this scuba fabric trend making an appearance lately, perhaps even considered buying into it yourself? Well, don’t buy…DIY! If, like me, you are scuba-curious, I’m here to shed some light on this somewhat mysterious fabric & hopefully inspire you into sewing action. In short, Scuba fabric is a knit (stretch) fabric and not unlike wetsuit material, it comes in many different weights and thickness. As you would expect, it has a body and fullness to it, which lends itself to fun experiments with voluminous silhouettes—think peplums and circle skirts! For the skirt, I decided Vogue 9031 (version A/C) would make the perfect canvas for this pretty printed scuba with its snug fit through the hips and giant flounces around the sides. For the top, I started with Simplicity 1366, aka, the perfect boxy crop pattern, which I made a couple of mods to, including the addition of a chunky statement exposed zipper (tutorial below). Okay, so like this revival of two-piece matching sets we’re seeing, maybe scuba fabric is destined to become one of those trends we all look back and wince at but for now Scuba is HERE… and here and here and here! Click here to read more »

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