‘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!
Category Archive: Sewing
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.
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!!
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)
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.
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.
Avery from Britex made this dapper clip-on bow tie last night from Britex Fabrics’ necktie silk fabric. We love the wee silvery grey donkeys. A selection of necktie silk fabrics are available on the 1st floor and in our online store.
The folks at the Costume and Textiles Department at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)worked with Thomas John Bernard, a theatrical costume designer, to draft several men’s clothing patterns, including this man’s coat. Originally made in France of silk and cotton plain weave and silk satin stripes (c. 1790-95), we crave this in rich purple matte iridescent silk satin fabric….marvelous for a starry late night riverside tea party. Download this PDF for an annotated pattern.
Originally published in the BurdaStyle July 1952 issue, this car coat pattern 10/2012 #134 is both elegant and comfortable! Retro detailing included gathered raglan seams, a gathered back yoke, and snappy angled slashed pockets. We love the sweet rounded collar. Make it in this casual yet chic Italian black and winter white wool tweed, and get ready for relaxed Sunday afternoons whale-watching while sipping hot spiced cider and cruising the bay. Reminder: all Britex Fabrics’ online wool coatings are on sale through October 22nd!
A mock fur collar is an elegant and dashing way to spiff up a cloth coat. Whip it up with this luxurious foxy orange faux fur from Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, line it with sleek satin, and snuggle in for a fashionable fall. This shawl collar pattern is made with BurdaStyle 08/2012 #103.