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Category Archive: Sewing

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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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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Free Men’s Shirt Pattern & Tutorial

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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.

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Hollywood Vest by Wanett

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!!):

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Wall Planter Tutorial

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.

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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.

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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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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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