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Category Archive: Made by You

American Girl Doll Outfit – Cinnamon


Cinnamon, the marvelous craftsperson and designer behind Liberty Jane Clothing made this summery American Girl doll outfit from delicate, flowery Britex Fabrics sheer silk fabric. I love the tiny neckline ruffle! (And Cinnamon and her cohorts also make très cute American Girl doll clothing patterns, including a selection of free patterns and fabulous seasonal fashions.)

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Glorious Butterfly Tote – Constance


Constance lives in the beauteous Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, and made a charming tote from fabric purchased from Britex Fabrics. We love the stunning over-sized butterfly printed linen, and the way she picked up the papillon wing color in the muted green of the straps and trim. This mid-weight home decorating linen is found on Britex Fabrics 2nd floor.

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Striped Dress by Jamie & Pattern by Angela


Jamie wrote that she finally got to cut into this striped wool that she bought from Britex Fabrics! She made a dress out of it, which is featured as BurdaStyle’s project of the week (where she is currently doing her internship). She says, “I have always been inspired by the simplicity and playfulness of children’s clothing, particularly from the 1950s and 1960s. Working with a classic pinafore pattern, I added a Peter Pan collar to sweeten up the dress a bit….. “ This charming creation is based upon Angela’s free dress pattern that she posted on BurdaStyle! We love the inclusion of both front and back pockets.

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Over 127 Bow Ties Later……..


127 dandies strutted away with clip-on bow ties at last Thursday’s CRAFT BAR. To our pleasure, there were a plethora of first-time craftsters. This infamous collaboration between Britex Fabrics, The Museum and Craft and Folk Art, Bretts and Avery from Whippersnapped, and Etsy was a hotbed of mad stitchery, and there have been requests for a repeat performance. Can we say Guinness World Records for community bow tie making?

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Liberty of London Dress – Sadie


Sadie made this delicious springtime frock in one afternoon using Simplicity #2472, and from Liberty of London cotton lawn. She says, “Last year I treated myself for my 40th birthday with a trip to SF. I left my family alone for a long weekend and headed to your beautiful city. First on my list was a visit to Britex. I purchased the most beautiful Liberty fabric with a plan to make myself a simple spring dress. Well, I finally finished that dress! Here is a picture of it. Thank you for all the assistance in picking out the fabric. I love your store and can’t wait for my next visit! Maybe again this year for my 41st birthday.”

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Octopus Armchair – Conner


It is ocean madness week! Conner sent us a photograph of an armchair that he reupholstered in Britex Fabric home decorating cotton. We love the eight-armed octopus in the center of the back. To make this even more amazing, this is Conner’s first reupholstering project. This spectacular fabric is found on our 2nd floor.
“I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’ garden in the shade
We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’ garden near a cave”

(By R. Starr)

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Bespoke Shirt


Peggy’s husband has a hankering for brightly colored shirts, and she enjoys amusing him with new duds. We adore the juxtaposition of colors and patterns with this bespoke shirt! The striped sleeve fabric is from Britex Fabrics 2nd floor shirting department, and the varied-colored buttons are from Britex’s 3rd floor notions department. Notice how the shirt front fabric is also picked up in the sleeve cuffs….and the collar is the same stripe as the sleeve; it is detailing like this that make this shirt fabulously unique!

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Ribbed Sweater with Britex Buttons – Risa


We have a soft spot in our hearts for libraries…..and of course librarians. Risa of LibrarianKnits is a knitter and a librarian, so we want to give her double the love! When she finished this lovely ribbed sweater she chose over-sized, shiny Britex Fabrics buttons to complete her ensemble, and emphasize the asymmetrical front. We adore this sweater’s mock turtleneck and the warm coffee-colored yarn! The free pattern is called by Gilet chaussette asymétrique and can be found on the community knitting site, Ravelry.

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Men’s Shirt – Wil


This fetching plaid shirt was sewn by Wil. He has been sewing for a mere 60 days, and this is a modified and re-fitted version of his initial effort. Wil admitted that he very much enjoyed matching the plaid, and his meticulous results show it! He used a down-loadable pattern, and the fabric is a smooth pima cotton tartan. It is imported from England, 45” wide, $18.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor. Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric. If you are out of town and wish to buy another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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Victorian Attire – Natalie and Chris


We couldn’t wait to post this teaser of Natalie from Britex’s 3rd floor, and her husband, Chris en route to the Dickens Christmas Fair. Natalie made her beautifully simple ruffled mauve dress and Chris’s gentlemanly plaid vest herself, and has promised to give us details. We think the two of them look charmingly suave and fabulous!

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