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Category Archive: Hand-Crafted Items

Sewing Indie Month: Voting Time

Somehow I doubt that Chuleenan of C Sews was the only one sewing into the AM hours of the night in order to meet the Sewing Indie Month deadline last week. We are glad she stuck with it because she made it to the short list with a gorgeous cotton print from Britex. She stopped by the store today, and we could not help but snap a few pictures.

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Self-drafted Outfit in Khaki & Silk

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Here, fellow sewists, is the culmination of my semester-long pattern making class!  Throughout the semester, we did a few guided full-scale garments (such as my button-down shirt and an unblogged bias-cut skirt), but this assignment was to draft a garment of our own design, then sew it in fashion fabric.  We were allowed to make our final project in our own measurements, and being the pragmatic that I am, I designed a fairly basic work-appropriate outfit.  Perhaps I should have made something a little more exciting, but this way, I’ll get a lot of use out of my hard work!   Both fabrics are from Britex, and I selected them for just such an outfit.   Click here to read more »

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Sewing Indie Month: Bamboo Jersey Maxi

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Did you enter one of the sew-along contests for Sewing Indie Month?  I just finished my entry using the Out And About dress pattern from indie pattern company, SewCaroline, and a wonderfully soft and drapey bamboo jersey knit from Britex.  I made a number of alterations to the pattern (since I’m entering my dress in the Pattern Hacking contest) and am really happy with how the dress turned out!

The Out and About Dress has two sleeve options – elbow length and full length – but Caroline has also made a tutorial to create a sleeveless version.  I thought a dress with full sleeves and a full length skirt in a distinctive stripe would be a bit too stripey and I am glad I went with this sleeveless version as ever since I finished the dress it has been so hot that there has been no need for sleeves!

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Sewing Indie Month: An SBCC and Britex outfit

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Despite popular belief, it really isn’t that bad being short.  At 5’1″, I’ve got step stools all around the house and I can manage just fine, thank you very much.  My biggest beef with being petite is that non-petite clothing just doesn’t fit.  It’s one of the main reasons I sew my own clothing: with some small adjustments, I can shorten bodices, rises, sleeves, and pants to suit my size.  You can imagine my excitement, then, a few months ago, when I did a search for “petite Indie sewing patterns” and stumbled upon Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick!  So when given the chance to participate in Sewing Indie Month with Britex, I immediately knew I wanted to make a whole outfit from SBCC.  What fun! Click here to read more »

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Sewing Indie Month Review

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Sewing Indie Month is going strong. If you’ve been missing some of the activity, check out our previous post to find out what pattern companies are participating. Also, don’t forget about the sewalongs. Here’s an update from each of our sewalong leaders…

Wanett of Sown Brooklyn just posted this summery look last week. She chose a blue Britex linen (so sorry, it’s all gone). This drop waist pattern by Pauline Alice would also look mighty fine in our Sweet Wine Linen or Rust Linen & Viscose blend.

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Jenny of Cashmerette will be posting this project on May 22 using our super fun Perky Floral Silk and this pattern by Sinbad & Sailor.

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Colorblocked Chloe in Stretch Velveteen by Nicole

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It’s only fitting (though coincidental!) that it’s the start of Sewing Indie Month and the garment I’ve sewn up is from the incredible indie company, Victory Patterns!  Here, I’ve interpreted their Chloe dress, a 60s inspired fitted sheath, in colorblock with lovely stretch grey and plum velveteen.  While velveteen isn’t the easiest fabric to work with (I’ll give some tips to make it easier in this post), it gives an unexpected and (in my opinion!) fabulous twist to this dress.

 

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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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Tutorial: Invisible Zipper Tips By Lilacs & Lace

Hello everyone!  It’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace here with a few tips to help you tackle invisible zippers.  For this project, I am working with Colette’s Parfait Dress and this yummy textured basket-weave linen blend.

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Tutorial: How to Sew a Set-In Sleeve – Vermilion Gathered Top

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One of my favorite color combinations is a red with a little bit of orange in it mixed with a nice pop of blue (think Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise). When I was in San Francisco last month for the opening of my Hayes Valley pop-up shop at Makeshift Society, I picked out a Swiss Vermilion Orange Cotton Jacquard Shirting fabric. This fabric has a nice texture to it and I envisioned designing something with a dramatic sleeve given its body.

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Knits: 3 Tips for Easier Sewing by Nicole

When the opportunity came up to work with some of the beautiful Britex knits AND use a pattern from one of the independent patternmakers newly affiliated with Britex, I jumped on it. Not only did I already have my eye on this dotted viscose/lycra blend fabric, but I had the perfect pattern in mind, too: the Renfrew cowl neck from Sewaholic.  I’ve made the top a few times, but love the fit and shape so much, that I was excited to sew it up again in this lovely, drapey fabric.

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