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Category Archive: Sewing

Très Cute Measuring Tape Pouch!


The ever clever Jodie from VintageRicRac made this zippy little pouch out of spare tape measures, a scrap of cotton and a zipper..and then posted instructions on how to make one ourselves. It would make a dandy pencil, knitting needle or luncheon utensil case! (Perhaps you could even make a matching bag to carry your sandwiches)

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Chiffon Dancing Skirt Pattern


Elaine from the SelfishSeamstress made up this classically simple ballet skirt pattern for grown-ups: a simple and elegant ballet skirt with no frou-frou! It is practically tailored. This floaty skirt only needs about a 1 1/2 yards of polyester georgette or polyester chiffon, and about 2 1/2 yards of narrow grosgrain ribbon. This skirt would be lovely in this Italian lemony floral silk chiffon…perhaps with a charcoal leotard and leggings.

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Free Drivers Cap Pattern


Ashley from BandyCanyon created a pattern and tutorial for this spiffy drivers cap on her blog and on SewingCrafts! Make it out of a scrap of suiting or vintage fabric for a swank retro look. This is perfect for summer; just tilt this chapeau to one side, take a long draw of your sweetened iced coffee, and hunker on down for an afternoon of doing absolutely nothing.

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Japanese Twill Shirt for Father’s Day!


Are you looking for a handsome fathers’ day gift for that special guy in your life? This downloadable men’s shirt pattern from the folks at BurdaStyle sews up into a shirt that would be stylin’ on any bloke. Make it up in this beautiful deep tea green and milk chocolate brown, Japanese cotton twill fabric for a shirt that could be dressed up with a dapper bow tie and vest, or down with a pair of favorite worn jeans!

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Free 1873 Paletot Pattern


The folks at Ladies Treasury and Tudor Links have reproduced a slew of free patterns to ensure that we never are forced to gad about unfrivolously. The patterns are reproduced from original period patterns and from cutting diagrams found in English, French and American publications of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This one is for a vintage 1873 women’s beribboned paletot. We adore the dramatically wide cuffs and excessive rows of cording. This would be a lovely fall jacket in black wool melton with black velveteen trim, and perfect to wear while feeding bread crumbs to ducks in the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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Make a Kindle Case of Wool Felt!


When I was three, my favorite book was “I Can Fly”; “I can squirm, like a worm” I’d gleefully hiss as I flailed about on the Persian rug. Now I snuggle up with books by Agatha Christie and Paul Monette… lounging rather than flailing. Reading’s charms have not dissipated, even if books have taken a leap into the future. Laura from Brooklyn and the blog TheLittleHouseInTheCity made a pleasingly simple case of wool felt for a Kindle (or any portable electronic reader). We love the colorful contrasting thread and vintage looking pinked edges! Of course, Britex Fabrics is fortunate to carry a plethora of gorgeous heathered and plain wool felt fabric in their San Francisco store! http://thelittlehouseinthecity.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-make-diy-felt-kindle-case.html

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Free Skirt Tutorial from BurdaStyle


Britex Fabrics is pleased as punch to be able to work with BurdaStyle and their Project of The Week tutorial – a summery two-tier skirt. BurdaStyle made it up with 2 ¼ yards of 45” wide silk; we love the vivid peony pink and chartreuse combination of this silk charmeuse from Britex.

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Make a Clip-On Bow Tie!


It is Britex Fabrics mission to rescue the clip-on bow tie from fashion disgrace! Here is an easy-peasy tutorial on how to make a clip-on bow tie, using under ¼ of a yard of fabric. Britex now carries metal hardware clips for both adult’s and child’s clip-on bow ties online. The foppish clip-on bow tie is one of the quickest methods of dandifying and dignifying an otherwise dull outfit. They add swagger to every collared shirt, whether made of quirky cotton fabric, menswear suiting fabric, or more formal necktie silk. Anyone can sport a bow-tie; hard-boiled detectives, bookish academicians, girlish debutants, or the always fashionable Beau Brummels!

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Button Fly Instructions


The ever talented, charming and handsome Peter from the sewing blog, MalePatternBoldness features these giddily detailed instructions for making a button fly. These directions are a small part of his current men’s jeans sew-along!

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Make a Vintage Scalloped Collar


Casey, the creative marvel behind ElegantMusings posted a delightful and detailed tutorial for making a two-tone 1930s scalloped collar. We love her clear directions for drafting the neckline and the curves! Can’t you see this collar with a navy polka-dot silk blouse with this daffodil yellow polka-dot sheer silk organza forming the contrast.

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