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Category Archive: Hand-Crafted Items

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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Embrace Fall, Make Your Own Cardigan

Hi it’s Kristin from skirt as top and I’m back with a project that has me ready for fall.  The changing of the more “extreme” seasons (winter and summer) to the more “transitional” ones (spring and fall) always cause me to want to refresh.  The temperature dipped into the 60s here for a couple days and suddenly I was very excited for it to be cardigan and jeans weather again.  So for my project today, I chose this heathered gray and navy stripe cotton knit for a lightweight cardigan to ease me into the new season.

britex stripe julia cardigan Click here to read more »

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Bias Cut Top Engineered from Border Print

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Hi, Britex readers! I am Shams, and I blog over at Communing with Fabric. I am excited to join the ranks of Britex bloggers, and I am happy to share my first project as guest blogger!

There is a bounty of riches to be found on britexfabrics.com. Where should a newbie guest blogger begin?

As I love border prints, and I also have a soft spot for paisley fabrics, it didn’t take me long to settle on this beautiful 100% viscose panel and border print from Italy. I made a bias, V-neck top using view C of Vogue 7906 (an out-of-print Vogue Basic Design) as a starting point.

You might ask (and rightfully so), “Is this fabric a panel print? Or is it a border print? Which is it?”

It’s BOTH! Click here to read more »

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The Comfy/Classy Myrtle Dress in Stretch Silk

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For an extra-special version of the lovely Myrtle dress by Colette Patterns, I used the most incredible stretch silk from Britex (unfortunately no longer available).  I washed and dried the fabric (on gentle and low heat) and it looks just as good as it did when before pre-washing.  The stretch is significant and the fabric has an easy-to-sew texture and weight.  It’s a gorgeous fabric and was a pleasure to sew. Click here to read more »

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Moonwalk Tartan

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This tartan gives new meaning to the phrase “blue moon”, with it’s marvelous combination of moonwalk smoke greys and earth ocean blues.  This was inspired by the superbly iconic image of the earth rising above the moon and designed by Steve Sim of Arbroath, Scotland. Steve says, “I designed it on the actual anniversary of the photo being taken in December,” Steve said. “I was prompted to launch it publicly as it was the anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon a week ago.”  Of course, Britex carries wool tartans on the first floor and cotton tartans on the second floor…but sadly, no moonwalk tartan!

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