With the turning of the leaves, it is vest season, although M. Du Jour claims that every season is waistcoat season! Katherine from Bloom’s Fabric Obsession wrote and photographed a beautifully clear tutorial for making a lined vest. She has included instructions how to turn the lining through the side seams. This method practically guarantees a smooth finish to your bespoke garment….and as we all know, being smooth is essential to all well-bred dandies.
Category Archive: Projects
It seems like everyone we know is in the midst of a creative flurry of home-cooking and virtuous thriftiness. Dorie from TumblingBlocks has a great idea for holiday gifts; super-duper easy to make lunch totes. We think they would be perfect packed with a bag of make-it-yourself brownie mix. You can sew this lunch bag of the suggested oilcloth or any sturdy fabric. We have a pal that made one of a scrap of heavy herringbone wool lined with bandanna fabric for a chic urban feel. Oilcloth can be found on Britex Fabric’s 4th floor.
Pleats and autumn go together like ducks and bread crumbs! Here are clear directions from the folks at BurdaStyle on how to make box and inverted box pleats. These would be equally wonderful with an ankle-length smoke grey wool skirt, or perhaps a snappy tartan plaid hip-hugging mini-skirt.
Winter is coming, and with it long snowy moonlit ambles at midnight. Faux fur muffs are a genteel and fashionable way of keeping your paws warm, snuggly, and free from chilblains. Muffs were introduced to woman’s fashion in the 16th century and were worn by both men and women in the 17th and 18th centuries. BurdaStyle and ElaineMay have developed this step-by-step tutorial on working with faux fur and making a lined muff.
Here are hacking shenanigans from Limor at LadyAda, and Becky from SternLab! They have written instructions on how to talk electronically to a Brother KH-930e knitting machine, then create unique custom patterns and load them from your computer to the machine. Did you want to knit a portrait of your favorite bowser? A tastefulArt Nouveau pattern? A Dia dos Mortos motif? A groovy Pop art image? Now you can.
We think that bunnies are the new black. Straight from stylish New Zealand and the ever brilliant HazelnutGirl, comes a tutorial for making wee felt bunnies. She says that she was keen to resurrect this pattern because her grandmother used to make similar bunnies back in the 1950s. I’d like to see a festive flock of felt bunnies in autumn shades of warm browns, surrounding a cornucopia of pumpkins and dried corn
Rachael at Sew, Mama, Sew made up this easy to follow tutorial for making basic lined curtains. She demonstrates by sewing up a pair of charmingly classic gingham kitchen curtains. This method could be used for any simple lined curtain; I would love to make them up in luxurious mustard velveteen, lined with violet cotton sateen.
Meg from elsiemarley.com has posted this handy tutorial on cross-stitching a faux citrouille. All you need is patience, creativity, a fake pumpkin, thick yarn, a bamboo skewer (the ones you use for kebabs) or an ice pick or something similar, a yarn needle, and a pencil. We love the wonderful vintage feel of this Halloween project…and of course, one could also cross-stitch a pattern to any faux item! I imagine a Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpiece of happily grinning vegetables! FYI: Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
We have peered into our glittery glass ball, and predict that detachable collars are making a come-back! Here are over a dozen patterns for men’s and women’s detachable collars from the 1850s to the 1930s – update: you must log in to see these now! These are copied from collars in the collection of Tara Maginnis, and brought to us courtesy of the fine folks at The Costumer’s Manifesto. One culd make starched and snowy white linen collars, paisley Liberty of London collars, or a plethora of colored collars to match ones mood. I am quite enamored with the “Lido” gent’s wingtip collar…..now all I need is a dove grey frockcoat and an ebony cane! Of course, Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor has many luxurious cottons, linens, and shirtings that would be eminently suitable for your next detachable collar.
How could anyone not eat their veggies! These embroidered vintage vegetables were originally published by doe-c-doe and are from The Vitamin Ball. Love is all around, with adoringly smooching squash and radishes, and carousing squash playing a squeezebox of peas. All brought to us by the wondrous Cherie of French-Knots: All Things Stitchy.