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Category Archive: Sewing Techniques

POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop 5/16

Our next pop-up is right around the corner (rumor is that there are still a few seats left). This workshop will be taught by Jamie Lau, a designer, sewing instructor, fashion editor, and author. Jamie is no stranger to Britex—maybe you’ll remember—in December of last year Britex hosted the SF launch party of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, of which she is the co-author. On Thursday, May 16 she’ll teach POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop at Photobooth in the Mission.

Here is a little color blocking preview…

Click here to read more »

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Tutorial + Scoop Top Pattern

Hello, Kristin from skirt as top here again! I was really excited to see that Britex is now offering knit fabric online! For this project I picked out a super cool Japanese tissue knit with scribbles all over it. I thought it’d be a great fabric to turn into a simple t-shirt using my favorite J.Crew shirt as a launch point, with plenty of my own modifications to get the perfect fit. And because I want to share the love of my new favorite shirt, I thought I’d offer a free pattern along with the tutorial today!

scoop top pattern & tutorial Click here to read more »

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Finish Your Seams with a Coordinating Fabric

It is an elegant seam finish twofer! Gigi from Daryl Lancaster, fiber artist and blogger from Weaver Sew put together this simple tutorial on making a Hong Kong seam finish. This finish is one of the easiest couture finishes you will ever learn. And here is another tutorial on this lovely finish; Cenetta from The Mahogany Stylist put together a complimentary tutorial on making your own bias tape. Cut your own bias strips, and at 1.25″ to 1.5″ wide, you should be able to manage most seams without piecing. As a bonus, you don’t have to finish the hidden edge since the bias cut prevents the fabric from fraying! This is perfect for finishing pants side seams, when you’re going for that casual rolled up look, and we’re planning on using it to finish the sleeve seams of our newest Liberty of London shirt; with a contrasting print, it will make rolling up ones shirtsleeves a dapper fashion statement rather than a fashion faux pas!

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Sew a Shirred Knit Dress!

As the all the best dressed tigers know, stripes are the bee’s knees! Kristin from Kijo Designs and Rachel from Family Ever After posted this nifty tutorial on making a striped knit dress using the technique of shirring with elastic thread. Make it with black and white jersey knit from Britex fabrics.
The zebra’s stripes are lacking hues,
So they don’t compare to you-know-whose.
Orange, black, and white is what to wear!
It’s haute couture for those who dare!
It’s camouflage, and stylish, too!
Yes, tigers look the best, it’s true!

(From The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes)

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How to Sew a French Fly

Carolyn of Perth, Australia made this nifty tutorial on how to sew a French fly, or waist stay by fitting a French fly to a pair of shorts with a waistband. We think that this waistband finish is perfect for always suave pleated and cuffed cream linen slacks – pull up the porch swing, loosen your bow tie, and take a sip of sweetened mint ice tea.

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Tips & Tricks: Button Up Shirt

Hi everyone, Jen from Grainline Studio here again! Today we’re going to talk tips & tricks for making one of those amazing silk button up shirts you see popping up everywhere. From the French brand Equipment to J.Crew and Madewell and everywhere in between these shirts scream spring, and while the silk may seem intimidating it’s really not bad if you’ve got the right tricks up your sleeve. For this tutorial we’ll be using my recently released Archer Button Up pattern paired with this super dreamy Britex knotted rope print habotai, but these tricks will hold true for any shirt pattern. 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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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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