Josh Rotter has dreamt of wearing a wine-colored fedora with a pink silk ribbon and black lace veil à la Prince, ever since watching the classic “When Doves Cry” video when he was a precocious child of six. Tricia of House of Nines Designs provided personal hat-making instructions, and Britex Fabrics provided the black tulle for the veiling, pink silk for the brim ribbon, and black lace trim. We think Josh did a splendid job making this marvelous chapeau.
Category Archive: Made by You
Lynne from Sacramento stopped by Britex while visiting her sister. She made this simple, yet lovely loose shirt from floral print linen bought at Britex. Linen is perfect for hot summer days. She used a Vogue pattern, and we particularly liked the detail of the topstitching on the collar. This 100% linen print is 56” wide, $29.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Heidi from Oakland School for the Arts whipped this chic high-waisted black skirt together overnight. Really…overnight! She did not use a pattern; it is essentially a sewn rectangle with an attached sash and pockets. We love the style’s combination of carefree insolence and practicality. It is made with 1 ½ yards of 55” wide cotton. The cotton she used cost $5.99 a yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Patricia made this colorful quilt from Britex cottons for a friend’s birthday. Her friend loves vibrant colors, and this fills the bill! I love the floating hot-air balloons, the orange giraffe silhouettes, and how the striped fabric brings all the colors together. These quilting cottons can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Kelly and her good friend (and sewing mentor) Joke made this stunning wedding gown for Kelly’s daughter, Tiffany. The classic long-sleeved jacket was made from 6 ¼ yards of delicate cream colored silk taffeta from Britex Fabrics, and has a beautifully beaded train. Sewing adventures were shared, with Kelly hand-beading one side of the jacket and train, and Joke hand-beading the opposite side! Both professionalism and love shine through in this exceedingly special dress!
Bow-wow! An admirer made this howlingly delicious clip-on bow tie out of a wee bit of Britex Fabric brocade. We adore the Spaniel’s little pink tongue and the golden paisley background. You can buy clip-on bow tie findings on Britex Fabric’s 3rd floor, and brocade fabric on both the 1st and 2nd floors.
Audrey made these throw pillows to complement her grey sofa. We love how the antique silver and gold in the graceful Arabesque print picks up the rich slate tone of the sofa. The pillow fabric is cotton/linen, 55” wide, $27.99/yard, and available in the home decorating department on Britex’s 2nd floor.
Jacquie from Perth, Australia made this glamorous biker jacket using a pattern from BurdaStyle Magazine (Dec. 2009), and smartly fastened with a decorative metallic zipper from Britex. I love her workmanship and style.
Nathalie from mais pourquoi tu brodes made this charming handbag from Britex Fabric and notions. The supply list for this classy tote includes black linen, brown silk, cord-wrapped teardrop trim, and sheer polka-dotted ribbon. This bag would be a perfect accessory for a simple black linen shift, bare legs, a wide-brimmed black straw hat, and Italian strappy bronze sandals. The dangly teardrop trim is found on Britex’s 3rd floor ($19.95/yard), and the heavy-weight linen on the 2nd floor (55’ wide/$45/yard).
Chloé looks summery in this coat made of pale lavender daisy-strewn cotton from Britex Fabrics. The coat is trimmed with purple ruffles and appliquéd flowers, bought at Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor. Chloé’s dad, Sam, explained that she was difficult to fit and that this sweet outfit was made for her by a friend.