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Category Archive: Sewing Techniques

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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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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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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Tutorial: Silk Tassel Scarf

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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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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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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