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Category Archive: Sewing

Facing Silk-o-Phobia with Silk Charmeuse Pants

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Hi everyone! Sophie, from Ada Spragg here, with my first contribution as a Britex guest blogger! To say I’m excited is an understatement. Today’s post is pure inspiration but I also hope to take some of the fear out of sewing silk so you too can DIY yourself a pair of gourmet silk pleated pants! Britex has a jaw-droppingly beautiful selection of silk solid fabrics that would be perfect for this project and I couldn’t resist this ’gleaming emerald green silk charmeuse‘. I’ve been wanting in on this pleated pants trend and hunting around for a good pattern for while. This one, the Antoinette pants by Style Arc, with its pleated details, hidden pockets and tapered leg is just what I had in mind.   Click here to read more »

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Make an Origami Pocket

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We adore this clever origami inspired pocket created by Sanae, a Seattle base blogger and graphic artist…and she even made a tutorial for this sweet, yet practical accent. Now I want to add pockets to everything!

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Tutorial: Tote Bag in Two-Tone Linen

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Hello all!  It’s Tori from One Eleven Studio here to teach you how to make a tote bag that’s roomy enough to pretty much fit whatever you need for your summer outings! For this project, I used a beautiful two-toned heavy weight Belgian Linen fabric that has an amazing texture and is soft to the touch. I wanted to create a tote bag tutorial that was super simple and relatively quick to make so let’s get started! Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: sewing picot elastic

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I’ve been sewing a lot of silk underwear lately; I’m positively addicted. There is something thoroughly satisfying about making something that is beautiful, useful and a quick sew. And it might even be cost effective, considering how little fabric is needed. In this post, I’ll show how to sew the picot edging and straps to make camisole and panties. For my matching set, I used this sophisticated tiny Houndstooth stretch silk charmeuse, with hot pink picot elastic and matching 1/2″ lingerie strap elastic. For the patterns, I used the Clara camisole and Grace panties from Ohhh Lulu. Click here to read more »

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Welcoming Polka Dot Rayon Dress

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Britex Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace welcomed another polka dotted dress to her wardrobe. She chose a beautiful and very popular rayon from our online store for this design. Fortunately, she ordered the fabric in time, because it’s all gone now! Click here to read more »

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Tutorial + Free Pattern! Cowl Neck Top

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Remember my cowl neck top from last week?  I finally finished drafting, grading and writing up the instructions for the pattern, and here it is, free (and in multiple sizes!).  In this post, I’m going to walk through the steps for sewing this very simple top, but please contact me if you have any questions (nicole[at]nicoleathome.com).

Cowl Neck Top pattern and instructions.  (For best results when printing, download the file to your computer, then open in “Preview” or “Adobe Reader“.)

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French Cuff Modification!

French cuffs add a smidgen of suave to any dress shirt, and you’ll find yourself effortlessly reciting Emily Dickerson, writing sonnets with fountain pens, and dancing the tango. Mark created this dandy video tutorial on how to turn a plain Joe button cuff dress shirt into an elegant French cuff shirt, and then make winsome cufflinks from metal shank buttons to polish off your look! (Psst…..Dad’s day is Sunday, June 15th)

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Make an Abstract Expressionist Doggie Raincoat!

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Noppa’s Sewing Club made a reversible waterproof jacket for her speckled pooch, and then shared her tutorial and pattern. We think Janet Sobel would sew her dog a dapper raincoat from this drip painting influenced nylon water repellent fabric from Britex Fabrics. Oh, how marvelously chic it will be to bark and frolic in the rain!

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Cowl Neck Top in Sheer Viscose

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When scanning my syllabus at the start of the pattern making course I took last semester, I was most excited about learning how to draft cowl neck tops.  When we finally got to it toward the end of the course, I was surprised how simple they actually were!  Using a basic bodice sloper, it’s just a matter of lowering the neckline and slash and spreading to create fullness.  The self-facing in the front keeps it pretty no matter how the cowl falls!  Clearly, putting my new knowledge to use was in the forefront of my mind when I had the opportunity to use one of the fabrics from the Novelty category at Britex. This unusual ruby and black sheer viscose fabric seemed like a fun and modern choice for a fairly classic cowl shape. Click here to read more »

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Sewing Indie Month: Voting Time

Somehow I doubt that Chuleenan of C Sews was the only one sewing into the AM hours of the night in order to meet the Sewing Indie Month deadline last week. We are glad she stuck with it because she made it to the short list with a gorgeous cotton print from Britex. She stopped by the store today, and we could not help but snap a few pictures.

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