It is time to return to school, and we thought of Lizzie and her special San Francisco book bag! Nancy emailed us with photos of her and her granddaughter Lizzie’s Britex Fabrics summer vacation visit. Lizzie is 7 years old, learning to sew, reads the Britex blog faithfully, and was delighted to visit Britex in person. Nancy says, “We came home with a lovely stash of fabrics, and the first thing we made was her book bag (McCalls 6176) from your “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” fabric. She’ll put that to use when she starts 3rd grade in Denton, TX. Thanks to all of you, especially the 4th floor ladies who gave her a nice sampling of shiny fabrics. We look forward to visiting you again.” Lizzie, email us photos of your sewing and craft projects using Britex materials…we’d love to feature them on the blog!
Category Archive: Made by You
Britex Fabrics, Susi and JustCraftyEnough are now strutting down PPR, Project Project Runway! Challenge #3 is met by the House of Cornish with this silvery grey silk ball gown. Suitable for any red carpet (including the Emmys), this gown owed the inspiration for its color from the Lexus car color, Nebula Pearl Grey. We love the dress’ graceful folds as the gently cascaded diagonally to the floor! This lightweight 54” wide silvery silk fabric is now on sale in Britex fabric’s online store; regularly $29.99, now $23.99 per yard!
Melody, Britex Fabrics’ quilting second floor mistress, sent us an email with a photo of this stunning quilt. Priscilla made this lovely compass rose quilt from fabric from Britex Fabrics. The wider outer border is a Liberty of London fabric that she had saved for many years in anticipation of using it for something marvelous. We love Priscilla’s finely detailed trapunto work!
Britex Fabrics, Susi and her talented sewing cohorts, and the super crafty blog JustCraftyEnough are now strutting down Project (Project) Runway! Each week they’ll create an outfit for their doll-sized model based on that week’s Project Runway challenge. The Challenges will be posted on Friday and the finished outfits on the following Wednesday, allowing themselves the same amount of time to work as the designers on the show are given…whew, the pressure! The first collaboration between Britex Fabrics and Susi is the casual, yet fashionable House of Cornish. We love how Susi combined the delicate Italian paisley bandanna cotton voile with jaunty Italian stretch cotton. Molto di moda! You can see more from this Runway episode at the PPR Flickr group!
We can’t resist writing more about the collaboration between Britex Fabrics, BurdaStyle and Amy; Amy’s meticulous work on her skirt’s waistband is what tipped us over the top! Her tailoring makes our heart beat quickly, and we sigh. Jenny is modest, and talks about her technique with scientific precision, “A structured waistband is not an essential part of the pattern, but I think it adds a lot of elegance to this high-waisted skirt. Marina von Koenig, BurdaStyle’s expert in all things couture, recently wrote about her experiences making a structured waistband for a high-waisted skirt. What I’ve done here is very similar. My waistband is essentially a sandwich of Rigilene, a plastic boning found in many sewing shops. The bottom layer of the sandwich, the facing, is made up of a layer of the fashion fabric, a layer of silk organza, and a layer of horsehair canvas – all quilted together. On top of this layer are silk organza channels into which the Rigilene strips are threaded. The top layer of the sandwich, which becomes the outside of the waistband, is made up of a layer of the fashion fabric and a layer of cotton flannel interfacing. The flannel helps give the waistband a smooth look from the exterior. The two halves are stitched together along the top and then the seams are graded and understitched so that everything looks lovely and stays put.”
Britex Fabrics’ store manager Dina, retrieving refreshments for our Designer Spotlight Series: Costume & Corsetry event in July. Dina’s enchanting deep purple corset was made from Guatemalan cotton from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor collection by the talented folks at Dark Garden. We love the rich plum-tastic colors and the unique chevron pattern formed by the fabric’s stripes!
Amy, from the blog Sew Well: as by reflection, is a bioorganic chemist, cat lover, BurdaStyle member, and sewing enthusiast. Amy describes her interest in sewing as a gratifying balance to her science research; she enjoys the relatively immediate results she gets with a sewing project, compared to the often less timely results with scientific research.
Douglas from Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor assisted Elizabeth for several months a few years ago as she created and sewed her wedding gown. She writes, “As promised, here are a couple of pics of the white LED wedding dress…Thank you so much for your help on this wonderful and very fun project. We got married at Vizcaya in Miami, just after dusk, on a warm beautiful evening in March 2002. The dress worked perfectly and was a great hit with all the engineers.” Elizabeth’s brilliantly lit dress is based upon a vintage frock designed by Charles James, with bias-cut lace gores, and adorned with sparkling firefly-like LED lights!
What a glamour-puss! Karen from the blog Fifty Dresses: Sewing classic fashions from mid-century patterns made a sophisticated raincoat using Vintage Vogue pattern 9232 (circa 1957), and imported rainwear fabric from Britex Fabrics’ online store. The fabric is a chic winter white, made in France, an acetate/rayon blend, and water-resistant. We love the detailing that Karen included, including the bound buttonhole, the glass button, and the clever hidden tap closure.