Even made with such lovely and soft fabric as this wool/silk tweed, a slim fit skirt such as the Charlotte by By Hand London really begs to be lined. Adding a layer of smooth and slippery fabric makes a wool skirt more comfortable to wear (especially with tights) and extends the life of the garment. Sewing a lining is fairly simple, however, there’s another technique that serves the same purpose: underlining. Since I’ll be showing exclusively images of the inside of this garment for this tutorial, I wanted to remind you of what it looks like on the outside (you can find many more at Nicole at Home):
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It is another case of Britex Fabrics twinsies! Dina, Britex Fabrics’ manager, and Barbara from the first floor must have called one another before work to coordinate their clothing du jour. Barbara is wearing one of her own signature handsewn silk jackets and Dina is wearing a black and blue cocktail frock. We think their color scheme is reminiscent of peacock tails!
A long time customer at Britex Fabrics, Robin emailed us with photos and a scrupulously detailed description of a scrumptious garment that she made inspired by and for Stevie Nicks! Robin says it best:
“Less than a month before the deadline I saw in Rolling Stone that Stevie Nicks was holding a contest to design a shawl for her to wear in promotions for her upcoming tour. It was like a zing through the heart by cupid’s sartorial bow! I love Stevie Nicks, her songs, her aesthetic, and her longevity as a Troubadourian singer-songwriter. If you like it, vote here!
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I was so thrilled to receive this gorgeous wool/silk tweed from Britex to sew my own version of the Charlotte Skirt from By Hand London. The Charlotte is a lovely high waisted, slim fitting pencil skirt, with a below-knee length. It’s a great shape for work, but with all the walking and stairs I have to do around campus, it’s a tad narrow around the legs. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draft a simple kick pleat, which would work for any skirt or dress with a back seam and I’ve written the instructions to coordinate with a special underlining method that will be posted soon. Click here to read more »
We are enchanted with everything about this photo that was sent to us by Britex online shopper, Anne…the sweet smiles, the love, everyone’s elegant style, the summery roses, Anne’s incredible blooming chapeau, and the sophisticated silk frock. Laura Dyson in Chicago used Vintage Women’s Day Advance pattern 8440 (circa 1957) and a silk chiffon border print from Britex Fabrics when concocting this wondrous creation for Anne’s family wedding occasion. Pictured is Anne, her husband Mike, and their daughter, Emily. Anne also says, “A friend (and dress admirer) here has been to Britex in SF, when I mentioned Britex as the source of that fabulous find she raved about “4 floors of things you need and really knowledgeable people who work there”. I only knew that part :)”
In anticipation for fall, I designed a pleated dress with a little bit of sleeve coverage using a designer midweight wool in beautiful teal. I thought the subtle blue and green coloration would work great with the season change.
This fabric has a nice drape to it and was very easy to cut and sew. The generous width (59” wide) is perfect for a pleated skirt design – or even a circle skirt! Click here to read more »
Hi friends of Britex! Sophie here from Ada Spragg, with a brand-spankin’ new outfit made from this glorious Chinese dragon & Lotus scuba knit from Britex. You might have seen this scuba fabric trend making an appearance lately, perhaps even considered buying into it yourself? Well, don’t buy…DIY! If, like me, you are scuba-curious, I’m here to shed some light on this somewhat mysterious fabric & hopefully inspire you into sewing action. In short, Scuba fabric is a knit (stretch) fabric and not unlike wetsuit material, it comes in many different weights and thickness. As you would expect, it has a body and fullness to it, which lends itself to fun experiments with voluminous silhouettes—think peplums and circle skirts! For the skirt, I decided Vogue 9031 (version A/C) would make the perfect canvas for this pretty printed scuba with its snug fit through the hips and giant flounces around the sides. For the top, I started with Simplicity 1366, aka, the perfect boxy crop pattern, which I made a couple of mods to, including the addition of a chunky statement exposed zipper (tutorial below). Okay, so like this revival of two-piece matching sets we’re seeing, maybe scuba fabric is destined to become one of those trends we all look back and wince at but for now Scuba is HERE… and here and here and here! Click here to read more »
Hi it’s Kristin from skirt as top and I’m back with a project that has me ready for fall. The changing of the more “extreme” seasons (winter and summer) to the more “transitional” ones (spring and fall) always cause me to want to refresh. The temperature dipped into the 60s here for a couple days and suddenly I was very excited for it to be cardigan and jeans weather again. So for my project today, I chose this heathered gray and navy stripe cotton knit for a lightweight cardigan to ease me into the new season.
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Hi, Britex readers! I am Shams, and I blog over at Communing with Fabric. I am excited to join the ranks of Britex bloggers, and I am happy to share my first project as guest blogger!
There is a bounty of riches to be found on britexfabrics.com. Where should a newbie guest blogger begin?
As I love border prints, and I also have a soft spot for paisley fabrics, it didn’t take me long to settle on this beautiful 100% viscose panel and border print from Italy. I made a bias, V-neck top using view C of Vogue 7906 (an out-of-print Vogue Basic Design) as a starting point.
You might ask (and rightfully so), “Is this fabric a panel print? Or is it a border print? Which is it?”
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For an extra-special version of the lovely Myrtle dress by Colette Patterns, I used the most incredible stretch silk from Britex (unfortunately no longer available). I washed and dried the fabric (on gentle and low heat) and it looks just as good as it did when before pre-washing. The stretch is significant and the fabric has an easy-to-sew texture and weight. It’s a gorgeous fabric and was a pleasure to sew. Click here to read more »