I found this vintage cross-stitch playing card when on a search for vintage nautical cross-stitch patterns. I eventually found what I desired over at The Antique Pattern Library and Tantes Zolder. Moderne Stickvorlagen: Dessins de Broderies [c. 1880] contained charts of amazing art nouveau anchors and fonts, and Le Filet Brodé: 50 Modèles Inédits Collection DAe Album No. 5 Les Dentelles De Lin. Lille [c.1900] has playing playing cards, mythological & astrological motifs, Louis IV era designs, and more. My nefarious plan is to embroider this spiffy King of Diamonds on the corners of a tablecloth for my next board game night. One king in rosy red, one in marine blue, one in espresso brown, and the last in midnight black. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
Category Archive: Projects
Mikmik from Ljubljana, Slovenia designed this free child’s highchair seat cover pattern for BurdaStyle. It fits the Ikea ANTILOP highchair; all you need is some fabric and batting….the instructions include a PDF printable pattern. We think it would be super cute in a frisky Japanese cotton print or a bright block-print fabric.
Like bushy-tailed squirrels burying nuts in the yard, it is time to start getting ready for the cold winter months ahead. Here are three brightly colored and blooming flannel prints would be perfectly toasty and snugly sewn into pajama pants or a robe. Brrrrrr…….make a cuppa hot coca and watch the snowflakes fall! These flannels are $12.99 a yard, 42” wide, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Kathie of RaMonsterWear and SewMamaSew has ganged up to present this tutorial on making a shirt collar with a collar stand. And if anyone can slap together a collar with stand, it is Kathie….check out these pictures of custom-made glitzy Western wear shirts that she made! Now there is no excuse not to fashion a glorious new shirt for yourself (or your favorite dandy)
It is often the minutiae that separate bodacious hand-sewn garments from the rest. Mary Beth from TheStitchery developed these fabulously clear and explicit illustrated directions for making a sleeve placket for a dress shirt. I adore the stitching detailing.
It is a deliriously scorching day in San Francisco. In honor of our wee heat wave, here is an Instructable by the talented Carly or Antibromide on how to make a felt ice cream sundae plushie, complete with tuile cookies. Yum!
Here are several very basic hand stitches, the running stitch, basting stitch, and the gathering stitch, all illustrated and written up by the wondrously talented Gail, at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos. Hand-sewing is perfect for making smaller items such as doll clothing or clip-on bow-ties, or for mending tears or hem mishaps. Hand-sewing is also invaluable for finishing more finely constructed or tailored garments; nothing can beat the art of a hand-sewn hem!
It is official; we are head-over-heels in love with Gail Art, at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos. Here she gives step-by-step instructions with photos on how to make leather 1750′s fly-front (or French Fly) hand-sewn Braintan breeches. Being a bit button-crazy, I am particularly enamored with the carefully constructed button-fly and the buttons running down each leg. So you can plan ahead….Britex Fabrics carries leather hides on the 4th floor that are suitable for this amazing project.
I want to make a window seat, and cover it with this amazing kelim-inspired home decorating fabric. I love the diamond-shaped serrated medallions and the bold colors. The seat would be oh-so-cosy piled with bolsters and pillows in lush paisley velvets and stuffed Kurdish saddle bags. This gorgeous home decorating fabric is 54” wide, $95.00 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.
If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.
Gail Art, clothier and blogger at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos has made wonderfully clear tutorial on how to make hand-sewn buttonholes. Sarai comes through with reproductions of vintage sewing book buttonhole directions; three styles are depicted including plain, with a bar, and with a corded edge. We love how delicate, yet elegantly sturdy hand-sewn buttonholes look. Hand-sewing is an art that deserves to be rediscovered for everyday use. Remember, practice and silky buttonhole twist thread makes all the difference in the final quality of your work.