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Category Archive: Hand-Crafted Items

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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Tips on Sewing Shorts – Windowpane Pleated Duo by Jamie

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I’ve kicked off the new year with a pretty busy schedule here at the Jamie Lau Designs studio. I just wrapped a photo shoot of my new textile designs and also added my latest Britex project to the shot list. With this post, I wanted to branch out from dresses and into the world of separates. I designed a pair of pleated shorts in one of my prints a few months ago and wanted to make the same cut, but in a different fabric. For this project, I selected the cream Windowpane Check Black and Carmine Wool Crepe for my checked ensemble. This wool crepe does not wrinkle and has a nice pebbly texture and soft weight. For the overall look, I found the smaller scale of checks appealing and was partially inspired by the geometric designs of André Courrèges and the playful, mod aesthetic of Foale and Tuffin.

 

Britex020314_640x427_1(Left) Dress by André Courrèges, 1968; (Right) Marion Foale at the sewing machine, 1963 Click here to read more »

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Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake Recipe

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All this talk of the brand new, welcome-to-Britex store tours at Britex Fabrics has unleashed a torrent of Britex memories about Union Square in the 1960s and 1970s…with Blums bakery being the top contender of heartfelt sighs, teary eyes, and desperate jaunts to local bakeries for cake, however we understand that nothing can touch the towering deliciousness of Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake, created by master baker Ernest Weil, renowned baker from Blum’s and later Fantasia Confections. In honor of the launching of our store tours and San Francisco’s bygone glory days, we present the recipe for Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake! (The full cookbook can be bought here) (photo by Mr. Ratto)

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Professional Coat-making Tips from Jen

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Hi everyone, Jen from Grainline Studio here to talk a little bit about winter coats. I know that sewing a full on winter coat can seem a bit intimidating but they really are a most rewarding project, and one of my favorite things to sew! In this post we are going to talk about choosing the right fabric as well as construction tips to get a professional and long lasting coat. The pattern used in this tutorial is my Birchwood Toggle Coat pattern, which will be available in my shop shortly, paired with this unbelievably beautiful and warm Double-Faced coating from Britex. I’m also kind of freaking out about the toggle closures as well. So beautiful and actually made from quality materials. The colors really are a perfect match with this wool! Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: Silk Slip with Small Bust Adjustment

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Hello!  Nicole at Home, here.  Even with the onset of colder weather in California, I’ve not wanted to give up on wearing dresses.  But tights with dresses, and the static that clings them together, make me completely crazy.  So, with an opportunity to use some of Britex’s beautiful silks, I just had to make a slip.   Click here to read more »

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Part 4: Transferring Beading Pattern to Fabric by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks,  Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial and Part 3, a reinforced gusset tutorial.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]

 

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Part 3: Reinforcing a Gusset by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks and Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]

 

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