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Category Archive: Hand-Crafted Items

Tutorial: Reinforcing a Kimono Sleeve Like an Expert

Hello everyone! Today I have a few tricks to help you reinforce the curved edge of a kimono sleeve using this wool and mohair boucle.

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I love a kimono sleeve. The design feature is classic, easy to wear, and very easy to construct. As a fan of vintage silhouettes, I have made quite a few dresses and blouses with this design feature over the years. But I have never liked the fact that it requires clipping into a seam that sees a lot of movement and potential wear. Click here to read more »

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Block Printing at Britex w/ The Recoverie

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Our first block printing workshop of the year was, as suspected, a complete blast. Our teacher, Danielle Broder of The Recoverie, knows her craft. But, even better than that, she loves sharing her craft with others so that everyone can experience the satisfaction of creating their own surface designs.

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Adding Buttonholes to Lightweight Knits

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For my first Britex blog post of 2015 I was excited to work with the beautiful selection of silks that Britex carries!  I chose to sew our new Camas Blouse pattern using a drapey and incredibly soft silk jersey knit.  I added a contrast panel to the back of the blouse using a floaty grey silk chiffon.

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Tutorial: How to Sew a One-Piece Flat Collar

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For this garment, my goal was to create a color block resort-inspired look. Linen seemed like the perfect choice for a relaxed fit, lowered-waist shirt dress. I chose a midweight blue linen for the primary body of the dress and combined it with a semi-sheer natural linen for the color block elements. I thought that the embroidered polka dots would work great for accent features on the collar, button placket, and skirt and sleeve hems. I most recently wore this dress to my art exhibition in Kyoto, which featured my hand dyed, handwoven, and handsewn kasuri (ikat) fashion designs. Click here to read more »

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2014 Blog Re-Cap: Nicole at Home

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The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap continues—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way and we’re 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 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 their individual style.

 

In the last few years Nicole of Nicole at Home has contributed everything from outerwear to underwear. She’s also created a ton of awesome tutorials and has even created a Free Cowl Neck Top Pattern exclusively for Britex and Nicole at Home blog readers. Nicole’s fabric choices are fun and sophisticated—a good balance for her job as a college level biology teacher. The other thing you can trust Nicole with is a perfect small bust adjustment (a.k.a. SBA). So, if you often find yourself in the situation of having to minimize the bust, follow Nicole. Really. She works with great indie patterns, and blogs about her alterations all the time. You can thank us later.

 

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2014 Blog Re-Cap: Jamie Lau Designs

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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’re 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 their individual style.

Jamie of Jamie Lau Designs contributed a total of 5 projects this year—busy bee, she is. If you haven’t noticed, she loves fabrics with structure like linen and cotton, and has a special interest in colorblocking patterns, which pretty much guarantees beautiful and uncommon garments.

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Here’s a perfect example. Jamie’s Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit is a favorite of ours. The linen choices are perfect with just the right amount of drape. For those that love linen but aren’t big fans of the wrinkle factor, Jamie recommends using fusible knitted tricot interfacing for collars and other areas you’d like to keep crisp.

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Collar Confection Silk Blouse

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For my last-of-the-year Britex blogger project, I chose the pattern first: the unusual and lovely design from Decades of Style, the Collar Confection blouse. The blouse design is interesting and a bit more challenging than a basic top, but still very doable. The blouse style dictates a fabric with drape, but it also must be fairly opaque because there are facings along the armholes. This midweight dotted ivory silk fits the bill and, in my humble opinion, is the ideal fabric for this top! Click here to read more »

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2014 Blog Re-Cap: One Eleven Studio

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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’re 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 their individual style.

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Let’s see…we have bloggers contributing from Australia, Canada, Portland (OR), Chicago, Brooklyn and around Northern California (of course). Today’s featured blogger is from across the continent where the sun always shines, except for when it pours. Tori of One Eleven Studio is a bag maker from Florida with a love for simple design and quality textiles. Click here to read more »

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Double Sided Wool Jacket

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Hey, Shams here with a project made from another gorgeous wool fabric from Britex! This time, I started with a 100% wool from the Mid/Light Weight category:

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Midweight Reversible Navy & Teal Wool Click here to read more »

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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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