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Category Archive: Sewing

Dapper Dog Attire Tutorials

Don’t let Santa forget your faithful pooch! The ever helpful Tipnut posted this pack of dog attire tutorials. Sew a studious tweed jacket for rover, and don’t forget the mousers! There are also directions for altering a child’s shirt to make a dapper-licious collar for your favorite puss-in-boots.

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Sew a Doll Bassinet

Do you need to make a gift for a youngster who loves toting dolls to and fro? An from Antwerp, and the creative hands behind Straight Grain: A Blog About Sewing, made a tutorial for a charming doll bassinet – perfect for carrying dollies to tea parties and play dates!

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Tutu-orial for a Swirly Skirt

This tutu is perfect for twirling to the Dance-Along Nutcracker® or sipping mulled hard cider at a holiday shindig.  Elisalex of By Hand: London made this tutu-orial for a swirly skirt; the “top of Elisalex’s party priorities list is to get that vintage ball gown dry cleaned, shine up the heirloom diamonds, stock up on lavender hair dye, and, of course, gather layer upon layer of tulle to make the flouffiest, pouffiest fairy princess tutu there ever was.” She succeeded.  We’d like to see it made up in layers of palest ballet pink and airy dove grey for a smidgen of élégance.

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Coat Giveaway by Poppy Von Frohlich

Giving season is here and Britex Fabrics in collaboration with Poppy Von Frohlich has a big present for you! Tell us about your biggest sewing blunder-turned-triumph to enter to win this one-of-a-kind coat by Poppy Von Frohlich. Win it for yourself or gift it to a very special someone.

Submit entries here or email to service@britexfabrics.com by midnight on December 19. Winner will be announced on December 21.

The talented designer and owner of Poppy Von Frohlich, Trudy Hodges, shares with us the many blunders that have led to an impressive San Francisco business.
Click here to read more »

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How to make a Vintage Frock without Sewing

‘Specially for those of us who have a stupendous fabric stash, a festive shindig to attend, and little time, The Great Drapo shows us how to construct a vintage frock without a lick of sewing…or even any straight pins! The Great Drapo, AKA Alphonse Bergé and an ex-London window display designer appeared as the Great Drapo for millions of visitors to the New York World’s Fair. You can read more about him in this LIFE Magazine article circa August 1940. We adore the last gown; an elegant, one-shouldered bridal gown for any last minute city hall shotgun wedding!

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Make a Red Walking Cloak!

As Jane Austen will attest, everyone needs a red woolen walking cloak, and Britex Fabrics just got in a new shipment of cardinal red wool coating. Laura from The Jane Austen Centre graciously created a tutorial for a full-length hooded cloak – perfect for a chilly afternoon stroll to your favorite tea shop, or a midnight saunter to a romantic moon-lit assignation. She says, “Beautiful, bright red cloaks were common countryside wear for several decades during extended Georgian era. Well-established garb by the onset of the Regency, they lasted well into the 1830s, although they were somewhat out of style by then. They were made of wool and often had large hoods.”  We adore this.

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Hand-Sewn Victorian Welted Pockets

Andrew from the sewing blog Victorian Tailoring loves making things; He says, “Two years ago I started making historical clothing for my wedding – I made a Victorian suit and top hat for myself, and I made my wife’s Victorian dress and top hat.” He is hooked on the meticulous and meditative process of sewing garments by hand, and provided this tutorial on sewing welted pockets. This is the method most often after 1850, and set out in The Victorian Tailor by Jason Maclochlainn, available on the 3rd floor at Britex Fabrics. It took Andrew four hours to complete his first welted pocket…unfortunately; we aren’t privy to his accompanied colorful language, although we’re sure that it was appropriately Victorian! Arrah now!!

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How to Shorten a Metal Zipper

Rachel from Nest Full of Eggs found herself in a metal zipper quandary while sewing her son’s yellow pants, but successfully shortened two metal zippers from the top, and then made this tutorial to show you how to do the same! We love the completed project; the zippered pockets, glorious quantities of yellow, and her son’s nonchalant attitude are inspiring. (photo taken in the Guthrie Theater ‘Yellow Room’ 9th floor in downtown Minneapolis)

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Felt Fox Mask for Tiny Foxes

Louise from the craft blog, I’m Feelin’ Crafty, made a tutorial for this uber adorable fox mask for her son and his pack of animal pals. Now they’re ready for a wild game of Mr. Fox. She says, “Watch out for foxes lurking about the house…. They’re sly ya know!” We love her use of top-stitching to accentuate the fox facial markings…and of course Britex Fabrics has plenty of felt on our 4th floor.

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Free Friday – Men’s Double-Breasted Coat Pattern from BurdaStyle

Yay BurdaStyle for free pattern Fridays, and this absolutely terrific free menswear coat pattern! We love the stand-up collar and double-breasted styling, with eight buttons parading up the front.  Make it in Britex Fabrics’ midweight Shetland wool coating, in a classic forest green and black large scale Shetland plaid. 100% wool, 58″ wide, and on sale for $31.99 per yard until Monday, October 22nd. This pattern is free from BurdaStyle through Friday, October 19th.

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