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Category Archive: Projects

Tutorial: Silk Slip with Small Bust Adjustment

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Hello!  Nicole at Home, here.  Even with the onset of colder weather in California, I’ve not wanted to give up on wearing dresses.  But tights with dresses, and the static that clings them together, make me completely crazy.  So, with an opportunity to use some of Britex’s beautiful silks, I just had to make a slip.   Click here to read more »

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Furoshiki Gift Wrapping with Fabric

Use fabric instead of throw away paper this season! The Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan published a guide on Furoshiki, an origami-like fabric folding technique for wrapping gifts. Combine beauty, creativity, and sustainability when wrapping your gift. And, of course, Britex Fabrics has scads of beauteous fabrics!

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Decorate With Pom-Poms!

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We love the alliteration of pom-poms…precious, plump, puffy pom-poms! The talented Dana from the craft-liscious blog, Dana Made It presents this handy tutorial for making pom-poms. Pom-poms are perfect to add a little pizzazz to holiday gift wrapping. Don’t stop with just red, green, and white, but use any loose bits of yarn in your stash and cut loose with all the colors of the rainbow…or be all seeing with this eyeball pom-pom tutorial from Mr. P of Mr. Printables.

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Make a My Little Chickadee Felt Ornament

chickadee-felt-ornament-500x333Susan from the blog Downeast Thunder Farm designed oodles of felt bird ornaments….so many that we had fits of indecision over which to pick. The puffin? The owl family? The robin? The blue jay? My little chickadee won, due to their snuggly grey cuteness…and the possibility of quoting from the Mae West classic My Little Chickadee. Wool felt is available both in our online store and our SF store!
“Cousin Zeb: Is this a game of chance?
Cuthbert J. Twillie: Not the way I play it, no.”

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Free Vintage Swing Jacket Pattern

SM slip-on coat drawingShay from the blog Little Grey Bungalow  graciously added this vintage 1950s lined swing jacket sewing pattern to her Flickr site.  We love the gimongous 7” wide cuffs, plaid lining, and graceful shoulder pleats. Easy to sew and simple, yet elegant to the fingertips…this jacket would make a charming holiday gift. Make it in wool times two for extra toastiness!

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Part 4: Transferring Beading Pattern to Fabric by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks,  Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial and Part 3, a reinforced gusset tutorial.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]

 

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Part 3: Reinforcing a Gusset by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks and Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]

 

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Wee Gnomes are Everywhere

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Wee gnomes are a perfect family and friends craft – make a little family or make a dancing pack of squishy gnomes! Made of wool roving, these bearded fellows are ready to perch on a wreath, decorate gifts, sew onto stockings, or even swing on a tree branch! Laura from Laleebu Toys is responsible for the gnome madness tutorial! All supplies are available on Britex Fabrics available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd and 4th floors, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910.

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Tutorial: Festive Tie and Pocket Square

With the holidays quickly approaching, the season of get-togethers and parties with family, friends, and co-workers is nearly upon us!  Whether it’s as a gift for your sweetie or a unique statement to be worn yourself (you budding tailors out there!) sewing a special tie and coordinating pocket square is actually surprisingly easy.

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How to Wrap a Turban

Turbans are the new beret. Chic and creative – they can even keep your ears toasty in blustery conditions. Let the squalls squell, and tie on a glamorous turban. In this 1942 video from British Pathѐ, Anne Edwards promises that you’ll become a “natty little pussycat” by following her directions…and we don’t doubt it for one hot minute! So, grab a few yards of fabric from Britex Fabrics and get wrapping!

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