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Category Archive: Sewing

POP-UP BRITEX Photoshoot at Photobooth

It’s not everyday that Britex has teachers, and even more rare, that a Britex teacher gets a pro bono Tinype portrait taken at Photobooth in the Mission. This rare moment is due to the fact that Photobooth will be hosting POP-UP Britex taught by Jamie Lau on May 16.

It was an awesome experience. We arrived, were made comfortable and had great conversation about art, photography and our current projects. Within about 15 minutes the plates were set and our photographer was ready to shoot.

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Tutorial: Shoulder Pads are not the Enemy

Hello, again. Here is the shoulder pad tutorial I mentioned in my Sunglasses and Sunshine post. These days, shoulder pads have a bad reputation.  They really are not the enemy, but rather an excellent way to balance out a silhouette!

SUPPLIES:

Paper (to draft your preferred shoulder pad shape)
Scissors (one pair for the paper, one for the fabric)
Cotton Quilting Batting
Thread
Chalk or Fabric Pen
Lining Material (to cover batting)

Most shoulder pads are shaped as half of an ellipse.  I have seen a few triangular shaped pads in vintage patterns, but the pointed edges can create problems with lighter-weight fabrics.  And, of course, raglan armholes require a different shape entirely. Click here to read more »

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Sunglasses and Sunshine by Laura Mae

Hello Britex fans!  My name is Laura Mae and I blog over at Lilacs & Lace.  I am absolutely thrilled to be the latest Britex Guest Blogger, and am even more excited to share my first project with you.  And here it is!

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Linen Tunic Dress by Sonya Philip

If you haven’t met Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing, here’s your chance. She’ll be teaching our very first Pop-up Britex on March 14 where she’ll demonstrate all the skills necessary for making an a-line tunic dress. Here’s a peek into her creative process using two pieces of linen from the our online selection.

Why did you choose these fabrics for your project?

I adore linen. It is wonderful to work with and has a beautiful hand. Living in San Francisco, I find I can wear linen almost year-round. I chose the main fabric (Golden Wheat Linen/Silk Blend) primarily for the color–mustard and curry yellows just really speak to me right now. I wanted a strong contrast color and was taken by the richness of the Two-tone Raspberry Linen. Click here to read more »

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Peplum Silk Top

Hello fellow fans of Britex Fabrics! My name is Nicole from Nicole at Home, and I’m so excited to be sharing one of my projects with this community today.  As a resident of the Bay Area, I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be collaborating with Britex as a Guest Blogger. 

Since I’m a part-time instructor at a local community college, I try to step up my wardrobe a little bit; I’m young-looking and a small person, so I have to make an effort to not look like a student!  I had wanted to recreate a ready-to-wear top that fit well, and this partnership with Britex provided a great opportunity to work with one of their incredible solid-colored silks. Click here to read more »

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How to Understitch for Neatness

Tasia from the fabulous Canadian sewing blog, Sewaholic: Sewing Projects, Tips and Inspiration for the Modern Seamstress made this step by step tutorial on how to understitch garments for neat facings and linings. Often this kind of attention to detail is what separates the cats from the kittens (so to speak!)

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Cover a Hip Flask in Leather

Jenni from the blog I Spy DIY made this easy-peasy tutorial for covering a hip flash in leather. We love the bold stripes…make one in your favorite colors. We’ll be sipping our mocktail from a flask covered in silver lizard, maroon, cobalt blue, and black stripes with all the leather bought on the 4th floor at Britex Fabrics.

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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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Tutorial: Adding Sleeves to Wiksten Tank in Flocking Bird Silk

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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