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.]
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 email@example.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910.
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.
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!
Melissa of the awesome sewing blog Melly Sews has a passel of charming free sewing patterns, with so many that I had a difficult time picking just one to feature. We chose this free men’s casual shirt pattern and tutorial, where she talks about how she used a pattern-making technique called the rub-off, that she learned from the book Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit in order to make a bespoke pattern for her husband (and a Math gEEk shirt for her little brother.) We adore this photo of her seriously studious brainiac brother modeling his shirt, and channeling John Forbes Nash from A Beautiful Mind by recreating mathematic formulas on glass.
Another beautiful project by Wanett of Sown Brooklyn brings us closer to the inevitable truth that winter is approaching. In her second Guest Blogger post, Wanett tells us how she modified a jacket pattern to make a quick wooly and wintery vest. For inspiration, take a look at our online wool fabrics currently on sale; Coating sale ends November 14 and Mid/Light Weight Wool sale runs from November 15-30.
For this, my second Britex project, I got to work with one of my FAVORITE fabrics (again!!):
Here’s a quick holiday gift idea from the GDS Cloth Goods workshop across the bay. It’s a burlap mini wall planter perfect for your green thumbed friends. Pack this little guy with succulents and it’s a great gift for your not-so-green-thumbed friends as well.
The supplies listed below are for making one mini planter, but keep in mind that you’ll be able to get 4-6 planters (depending on fabric width) from one 1/4 yard cutting of fabric. All materials can be found at Britex except for the mallet, which can be found at any hardware store.
Kalleen from the crafting blog, At Second Street made a tutorial for a leafy table runner! Reuse it year after year, bringing the beautiful colors and shapes of autumn leaves into your home! We love the vein and stem delineation that she made of ocher thread, and since she used faux leather you don’t even need to finish the edges. These leaves would also be delightful made of organically textured wool felt. Britex Fabrics sells wool felt both online and in our San Francisco store. We sell a variety of faux leather on the 4th floor of our San Francisco store.
The talented Betz from the craft blog, Betz White: stitch beautifully…tread lightly, created this tutorial for a beautifully serene ogee ornament made of wool felt. It is simplicity itself; created from a square of felt, a few straight line cuts, and clever origami-like folding. She made this one from a 6″x 6″ square of green felt, but it would be simple to scale up or change colors with the season! There is an air of festive mistletoe to this ornament….easy to imagine exchanging tender kisses beneath its graceful arches! Britex Fabrics sells wool felt both online and in our San Francisco store.