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Category Archive: Projects

Make a Bookish Clutch!

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Pick a tome; are you a Wuthering Heights, Leaves of Grass, Nightwood, or Member of the Wedding kind of gal? Kelly from Brit & Co. made this awesome tutorial for how to turn a hardcover vintage book into a clutch. Toss your ebook reader into your book clutch for a literary matryoshka doll effect! She is using a blue geometric home decorating cotton from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor for her version, however any heavy cotton would work. We’re particularly fond of our new Swedish prints…make on in these tiny green apples and become teacher’s pet!

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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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Make a Lace Infinity Scarf!

lace scarfKaty of the sewing and craft blog Sweet Verbena is a school teacher from Texas with a great sense of old-fashioned DIY style. She made this tutorial for a deceivingly easy to sew single loop lace infinity scarf – perfect to see you into spring and warmer weather. Make one with lace from our online store, and then line it in a contrasting color for added verve!

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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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Sew a Flirty Lace Skirt for Springtime!

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Despite ice, snow, cold, and slush abounding, we hear rumors that spring is just around the corner. To celebrate the promise of warmer weather, bluebirds, and daffodils, here is a free pattern for a flirty lace skirt from BurdaStyle…and to make sure you don’t need to leave your cozy home to shop, Britex Fabrics now has lace fabric in our online store. I’m imagining our black floral lace fabric underlined in delicate bud green silk!
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Indie Patterns Come to Britex Guest Bloggers

For about a year, our team of Guest Bloggers have been sampling and offering tons of tips on working with a variety of fabrics from our online selection. They have also been sharing their personal tricks on using and altering existing patterns. Here’s where the really awesome news comes in—our guest bloggers will now be test driving some of your favorite (or soon to be favorite) independent pattern companies. The list is pretty long, but here are a few. Find the entire list of collaborating pattern companies on our Guest Blogger page.

 

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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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Embellishing with Rhinestones!

resize8Costumer, Angela from Rhode Island made this meticulous and gorgeous cosplay costume of Elsa the Snow Queen from “Frozen”, the musical fantasy-comedy film. We love the detailed behind-the-scenes tutorial at creating the ethereal and glamorous rhinestone embellished cape! She uses E6000 glue and Swarovski Elements rhinestone crystals, both which are available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910.

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Tips on Sewing Shorts – Windowpane Pleated Duo by Jamie

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I’ve kicked off the new year with a pretty busy schedule here at the Jamie Lau Designs studio. I just wrapped a photo shoot of my new textile designs and also added my latest Britex project to the shot list. With this post, I wanted to branch out from dresses and into the world of separates. I designed a pair of pleated shorts in one of my prints a few months ago and wanted to make the same cut, but in a different fabric. For this project, I selected the cream Windowpane Check Black and Carmine Wool Crepe for my checked ensemble. This wool crepe does not wrinkle and has a nice pebbly texture and soft weight. For the overall look, I found the smaller scale of checks appealing and was partially inspired by the geometric designs of André Courrèges and the playful, mod aesthetic of Foale and Tuffin.

 

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