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Category Archive: Hand-Made with Britex Materials

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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Couture Canine Collars – Nicia Pet Couture

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Britex Fabrics is going to the dogs! Deborah of Nicia Pet Couture fashions her canine accessories from ribbons from Britex Fabrics. Our dapper soft eared model is Nicia, an English Springer Spaniel, who is wearing both Martingale collar designs — the fuchsia pleat ribbon and the red ruffle satin ribbon.

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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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Floaty Silk Tunic by Rhonda

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The fabulous Rhonda is not only a pilot, she is also the talent behind the sewing blog, Rhonda’s Creative Life. We love this floaty loose silk top from fabric that she made from fabric bought from Britex Fabrics during a San Francisco visit. Check out her blog for hints on sewing this chic tunic, and of course we have lots of lovely silks online!

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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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Cocktail Dress – Nima Shiraz Couture

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We’re always excited when we hear from Britex customer and Persian couture designer, Nima of Nima Shiraz Couture. Here is a glamorous, sophisticated cocktail dress he designed of double-sided silk duchess satin and various lace trims that were acquired at Britex. One side is princess blue and the other side is lavender. The lovely embellishments are a combination of multiple Venise lace trims and beaded trim from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor. His designs are always glamorous, often sultry, and 100% stunning! (Photo by Scott Marrs and the model is Danielle Hartono)

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Knockout Wool Dress Variations by Laura Mae

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Many patterns include multiple views that whet the creative appetite by showing one or two variations on a theme.  But there are so many more possibilities!  Add or substitute a piece from another existing pattern or draft your own, and things get even more interesting. Click here to read more »

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Purple Velvet Belgian Chef’s Jacket – Duane

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Duane from the sewing blog Mainely Dad is one of our favorites, and we are one of his. He recently made a purple velvet jacket with velvet from Britex Fabric. He is a fan of hand sewing and does beautiful tailoring work; we love his detailed photos of lining the sleeve in this garment. He says, “I’m giving it it’s first outing at my nephew’s engagement party this weekend. I’m sure no one will be wearing anything like it. :) I must say this was a very challenging project, working with two pretty finicky fabrics.”, but we suspect that he is this handsomely debonair all the time.

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