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Category Archive: Projects

Part 2: Beautiful Bound Buttonholes by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous new 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. Part 1 offers tons of pattern handling tips. Part 3? You’ll just have to wait and see.

[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. All materials were selected in-store.]

 

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I am an avid fan of the bound buttonhole.  There are quite a few variations, but today I will focus on one of my personal favorites.

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Inscrutable Kitty Pillow Pattern

cat pillow 1Ama from the crafting blog Ohoh (named after her infant son’s first expression, “Oooh oooh!”, which translated into “there is a problem”) created this free quick ‘n easy throw pillow and elegant cat embroidery transfer pattern. A study in understatement, we love kitty’s dramatically expressive whiskers and inscrutable expression.  Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and hoops, needles, and floss are available on our 3rd floor.

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Anise Jacket in Wool Tweed by Nicole

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With the chill of Fall settling on the Bay Area, a new jacket was definitely in order.  With the classic double-breasted Anise pattern by Colette in mind, I selected this incredible Rose Madder and Plum Tweed Wool  fabric from Britex.  I loved the striking color and texture of the fabric and it seemed both modern and classic at the same time. Click here to read more »

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Make a Flapper Headband

Rice and Potatoes, two multi-talented gals who worked on the notions floor of Britex Fabrics stitched this up in time for Halloween. Using only a needle and thread, 3 items and our tutorial on Instructables, this easy to make flapper headband will transform you into a glamorous vamp in no time at all! Now you are well on the way to becoming the cat’s whiskers. Shimmy into a frock, pull up your silk stockings, get all dolled up, hussy on down to the Fairmont Hotel, and Bunny Hug the night away to the “Memphis Blues .”

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Tutorial: How to Sew a Dress with Attached Lining

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With this project, I decided to venture into a different color palette and try out a fabric with some subtle jewel tones—brilliant blue, emerald green, and purple. I was mostly drawn to the metallic characteristics of this French floral novelty blend (I particularly love working with metallic brocades for my dress designs), but I knew this polyester, acetate, and metallic combo was going to be a challenge. I knew two things going into this. First, serging was a must. This fabric has an incredibly soft, wool-like hand to it—super luxurious feeling—but it also has a tendency to fray given its loose weave. Second, I would definitely need to line the dress for breathability, and also to keep the loose threads from snagging. Click here to read more »

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Free 1935 French Vintage Halloween Costume Patterns

vintage crowFrom soldiers and fairies, and chickens and postmen, this open source vintage French children’s costume instructional booklet (circa 1935) of 38 costumes from blogger Pillpat has you covered for an adorable Halloween costume party, although we certainly would not tell if you sized up and made these for yourself! We’re very fond of this coy rooster. Patterns and instructions are both included…and costuming fabric is available at Britex Fabrics.

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Part 1: Retro Gala Dress Pattern Handling Tips

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous new 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. Part 1 offers tons of pattern handling tips. Part 2 is a thorough bound buttonholes walk-through. Part 3? You’ll just have to wait and see.

[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. All materials were selected in-store.]

 

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Free Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Embroidery Pattern

dia mortes copyJust in time for Dia de Los Muertos on November 1st through the 2nd, the ever creative Melissa at the hand sewing blog, Elemental Stitches made this free Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Embroidery pattern. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration to honor the life of those who are no longer with us and to remember our ancestors… honoring both death and the cycle of life. Stitch these sweetly adorned skulls in remembrance of your departed friends and family, using their favorite colors and colors that represent their spirit.  Muslin is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss are available on our 3rd floor.

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Make a Germ Costume for Halloween!

k2SOZwaNsj3Nc6ImIt is October…time to get your mad costuming skills together for Halloween! Mike from Make: made these awesome germ costumes for his children, and shares his construction tips for making the dreaded and frightening Pink Paramecium, which is typically found in freshwater, brackish and marine environments, such as stagnant basins and ponds. We love the practicality of making the macronucleus into the face opening, and the gullet and food vacuole into a pouch for treats! Milk Duds and Sweet Tarts never tasted better. Paramecia propel themselves by violently swishing their cilia, and we can tell that this one is especially speedy! Make your germs from fleece or felt, both found on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910.

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Woodland Stroll Cape by Wanett

Hello Britex blog readers!!! I’m Wanett (or Nettie, if you prefer) and I blog at Sown Brooklyn from…Brooklyn!! After I stopped squealing and jumping around when the good peeps at Britex asked me to join their team, I zoned in on the project I wanted to start with. Almost immediately the word CAPE!! (yes, all caps with !!!!) came to mind.  I love this Shetland pony wool plaid with a touch of mock Harris tweed, all in shades of blue accented with chocolate brown from Britex Fabrics – perfect for Brooklyn fall strolls!
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