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Category Archive: Sewing

Sweet Panty Tutorial

As soon as we spied this pair of bloomer-esque panties, we knew that we needed to make a clutch of them for our favorite panty aficionados…and Cate from Australia and the craft blog Go Make Things obliged with a tutorial and pattern for these delectable bits of frippery! We love the sweet gathers and perky bows. This would be a lovely Valentine ’s Day project; sew them using silk from our online silk fabric sale, and lingerie elastic from our online lingerie selection! (sheer silk fabric category on sale through 1/31 and print silk fabric category on sale 2/1/13 – 2/14/13)

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Flocking Bird Silk Shirt by Kristin

Hello again, I’m Kristin from skirt as top and today I’m here with a pretty silk shirt. This navy and ivory flocking bird print was completely irresistible to me, and I was so excited to make a beautiful flowy top out of it for my sister.
flocking bird silk shirt (sleeve tutorial)
I started with one of my favorite patterns, the Wiksten Tank. As I’ve done before, I decided to add three quarter sleeves, which gives the shirt a bit more substance and slightly more formal look, while maintaining the ease of the pattern.
flocking bird silk shirt (sleeve tutorial)
Today I’ll show you my method for adding the sleeves. Click here to read more »

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How to Change a Jacket Button

San Francisco preppy well dressed man and fashion blogger, From Squalor to Baller, made this handy guide on updating jackets by replacing tawdry buttons with stylish ones, using classic horn buttons from the Britex Fabrics (and wrote about it.) We love that he carefully uses a needle to create some slack with the exterior button, and adds a back button for neatness and durability. He says, “A lot of people pay big bucks for things like hand-stitched horn buttons and you just did it yourself. Nice job.”

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Sewing Delicate Insertion Lace!

Lauren at Wearing History wrote a tutorial on preparing, designing, and machine sewing insertion lace onto garments. As she points out, delicate heirloom insertion lace is a delectable addition to Edwardian garments and undergarments. Prepare for the romance of the first days of spring by sewing a waft of a slip, or snappy tap panties with heirloom lace and silk chiffon (sheer silk on sale until 1/31/13) from Britex Fabrics.

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Tassel Scarf Tutorial by Jen

Hi, I’m Jen from Grainline Studio and I’m super excited to present my first project in collaboration with Britex Fabrics, a tutorial to make this super cute polka dot chiffon scarf with tassels! This scarf is the perfect thing to throw on with your sweaters this winter, it dresses things up a bit and also adds a new texture to a typically knit heavy season. The silk was a dream to work with, softer and silkier than any chiffon I’ve worked with before and with a most beautiful sheen. Also can we talk about the color and print? It’s not just ivory, it has a subtle blush hint to it that makes it super flattering on everyone who’s tried it on so far and I’m a huge fan of the scattered polka dot. It’s a perfect way to throw an updated polkadot into your wardrobe. This was actually my first time working with silk thread (other than needle turned applique) and it really added a subtle polish that probably only I will notice, but isn’t that the best kind really? I think so. Make this scarf with or without the tassels, I think they’re pretty fun but unfortunately so does my cat who tried to steal one right before we took these finished project photos. You can follow the instructions below to make your own, click on the project supplies to order your own scarf materials!

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How to make Functional Sleeve Plackets

Sherry from the New Zealand sewing blog, Pattern Scissors Cloth, created a clearly written tutorial on making tailored jacket sleeve plackets. We’re all about the mitred corners and buttonholes, and although she notes that one does not need to make the buttonholes functional by cutting them open, we believe that you should go for full-on luxurious ostentatiousness and hand sew your vent buttonholes in imported silk buttonhole twist.

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Free Pleated Skirt Pattern

Do you need a project utilizing the sale fabric in our current Mid-Lightweight Wool category? Wenlan of Twinkie by Wenlan and BurdaStyle team up to give you a free pattern and tutorial for this gently pleated skirt. We would love to make it in this oh-so studious skirt in our cardinal red twill wool fabric, then burn the midnight oil researching textiles…and for all you library fans, the Dewey call number for wool fabric is 677.31.

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Baby Bow Tie & Booties Tutorial

Shwin & Shwin: sisters that create, have a plethora of free children’s patterns and tutorials on their sewing blog. We are particularly enamored with these dandy baby bow tie and bootie instructions.  Make them from scraps of plush plaid flannel for a mini-lumberjack look!

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Yun Yun in her Cat Bus Costume

What can you create with some scraps of felt and a hot glue gun! Betty, local blogger with sweet ipomoea, made her cats two costumes. This simple declarative sentence does not begin to do her feline frippery project justice though! Betty clothed the ever patient Yun Yun as the Catbus from Miyazaki’s animated film My Neighbor Totoro, and Bumbe as Totoro. Yun Yun is the clear diva of the pair…check out the glittery eyed mousie headlights! Betty is an inspiration to us all.

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Child’s Wintery Cape by Kristin

Hello Britex readers, I’m Kristin from skirt as top and I’m so thrilled to be here today! I have wanted to sew a cape for my 4 year old daughter for about a year now, and partnering with Britex Fabrics was the perfect opportunity for me to sew a soon-to-be-released cape pattern by Oliver + S with some truly wonderful wool.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

I chose this peacock blue midweight wool for a playful twist, since my daughter is only four years old and I always aim to make her clothing both beautiful and fun. Sewing with this gorgeous wool was a dream, and in person it almost shines. My husband even remarked on how nice it looked – it’s a level above the fabrics I typically sew with and the fabric quality is apparent at first glance!

forest path cape in britex fabrics Click here to read more »

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