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.
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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.
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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.
Franklin from Knitty.com brings you the story and pattern for an adorable, floppy-eared nursery elephant. This charming creature named Flo comes with an even more charming tale! Designed in the 1930s; the pattern was transcribed in the 1950s by Franklin’s mother Sue, who eventually made a variable herd of these delightful Pachydermata. If you start knitting now, you can too make a pack for holiday gifts!
Here is another back to school project! Petchy at RandomnessByPetchy made up this tutorial for making elastic waist children’s pants. She calls them 10-Minute Trousers, and they truly are easy-peasy. They would be super stupendously scholastic made up in this Japanese alphabet cotton. This fabric is 43” wide, $14.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Get ready for school with an art smock! Here is a tutorial from Shelly Figueroa at Sew,Mama,Sew! for a charming cover-up. We think it would look particularly fabulous in this vibrant Japanese print emblazoned with bicycles, circles and stripes. This fabric is available on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, and is 45″wide/$29.99 a yard. Now you can protect all of the new clothes you’ve been sewing with a cute smock, so the wee ones can make a creative mess. Get out the tempera paints, and make like Georgia O’Keefe or Ellsworth Kelly.
Here are two tutorials for how to make a hoodie from a tee-shirt and some fabric, this one from Mezzi at Craftster, and the other one from Katia from Hollywood Renegade via Threadbanger! This is ideal for jazzing up your autumn or back-to-school wardrobe. All you need is a tee-shirt, some knit fabric for the hood and pockets, and a zipper. Britex has a plethora of thermal, jersey, tee-shirt, terry, and velour knits on the 2nd floor that would be fashionably snuggly for this project, and loads of unique zippers and zipper pulls on the 3rd floor to further personalize your new hoodie. This would be terrific for any age person….from nervous kindergartners, to surly youth, to adventurous grannies.
Here is another pattern courtesy of Morag at VintagePurls. Sometimes we need a doily (or several) to accentuate our sitting room décor, and the Cobweb Doily fills the bill. This enchanting circular crocheted doily is pictured in bubblegum pink, but I’d make it up in sophisticated black. Doilies are perfect strewn over the armrest of your favorite overstuffed velvet reading chair.
Although this knitted tea cosy is shown in a kitcheny citrus color scheme, I want to make it in a colorway that will go with my Arzberg Silver Flight tea service, so think a black and white scheme with silver edging will gave it a très moderne look. Pour some English Breakfast tea, nibble into a warm ginger scone, and gather around for some witty banter. This vintage knitting pattern is brought to us by Morag at VintagePurls in New Zealand. (Cosy Knitted in Daffodil Stitch: from Cushions & Cosies by Madame Weigel, c. 1945)
This boyishly chic vintage double-breasted vest was originally published by Spinnerin Bulky Classics in 1962, and has been revived by Jenna from glamarama.net. We adore the vest’s deep u-shaped neckline, and how it is worn over a flowered button-down shirt. Wouldn’t this outfit look adorable with the addition of a little string tie? A word of warning: Please review this size chart – check your measurements for the proper size! A vintage size 12 is not a modern size 12.