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Category Archive: Tutorial

Tutorial: Portside Duffle + Blanket in True Designer Wool

As the leaves begin to change color and Autumn evenings become shorter and more crisp, I have been longing to head out to the local beaches and forests for picnics.  I know many people might think of a picnic as something to enjoy in the heat of summer with lemonade and watermelon, but my favorite sort of picnic is of the fall variety – sitting on a windswept beach or amid crunchy burnt orange leaves at the park with a blanket wrapped cozily around me and a cup of hot apple cider in my hand.


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With that image of an ideal picnic hovering in my mind, I was very excited for the chance to turn this lovely Etro Olive & Pumpkin Plaid Wool, into a Fall picnic set!  This Italian wool is a unique mix of colors that are cheery individually (teal blue, bright orange!) while still decidedly autumnal over all.  It is a large weave and it is quite light but strong – perfect for a blanket, and, with interfacing, as a bag! Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: All-in-One Hong Kong Finish + Underlining

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Even made with such lovely and soft fabric as this wool/silk tweed, a slim fit skirt such as the Charlotte by By Hand London really begs to be lined.  Adding a layer of smooth and slippery fabric makes a wool skirt more comfortable to wear (especially with tights) and extends the life of the garment. Sewing a lining is fairly simple, however, there’s another technique that serves the same purpose: underlining.  Since I’ll be showing exclusively images of the inside of this garment for this tutorial, I wanted to remind you of what it looks like on the outside (you can find many more at Nicole at Home):

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Tutorial: Drafting a kick pleat for the Charlotte Skirt

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I was so thrilled to receive this gorgeous wool/silk tweed from Britex to sew my own version of the Charlotte Skirt from By Hand London. The Charlotte  is a lovely high waisted, slim fitting pencil skirt, with a below-knee length.  It’s a great shape for work, but with all the walking and stairs I have to do around campus, it’s a tad narrow around the legs.  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draft a simple kick pleat, which would work for any skirt or dress with a back seam and I’ve written the instructions to coordinate with a special underlining method that will be posted soon. Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: Scuba Curious, Scuba Wise

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Hi friends of Britex! Sophie here from Ada Spragg, with a brand-spankin’ new outfit made from this glorious Chinese dragon & Lotus scuba knit from Britex. You might have seen this scuba fabric trend making an appearance lately, perhaps even considered buying into it yourself? Well, don’t buy…DIY! If, like me, you are scuba-curious, I’m here to shed some light on this somewhat mysterious fabric & hopefully inspire you into sewing action. In short, Scuba fabric is a knit (stretch) fabric and not unlike wetsuit material, it comes in many different weights and thickness. As you would expect, it has a body and fullness to it, which lends itself to fun experiments with voluminous silhouettes—think peplums and circle skirts! For the skirt, I decided Vogue 9031 (version A/C) would make the perfect canvas for this pretty printed scuba with its snug fit through the hips and giant flounces around the sides. For the top, I started with Simplicity 1366, aka, the perfect boxy crop pattern, which I made a couple of mods to, including the addition of a chunky statement exposed zipper (tutorial below). Okay, so like this revival of two-piece matching sets we’re seeing, maybe scuba fabric is destined to become one of those trends we all look back and wince at but for now Scuba is HERE… and here and here and here! Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: Attaching a Zipper to a Lined Clutch

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Hello everyone!  It’s Tori again from One Eleven Studio and I’m back with another tutorial!  This time I’ll be teaching you how to make a foldover clutch with an emphasis on how to install a zipper.  Now, I know zippers can be very intimidating, but I assure you it’s not bad at all.  There are a few different ways to install zippers into bags but I find this way to be very simple, and because I produce bags in bigger quantities, installing a zipper this way helps me cut back on time.  I love a good print so for this project I used a beautiful Woven Ikat Striped Cotton fabric and for the lining I used this extremely soft Reversible Two-Toned Rose and Chocolate Cotton Twill fabric.  That being said, let’s get started!

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Tutorial: Tote Bag in Two-Tone Linen

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Hello all!  It’s Tori from One Eleven Studio here to teach you how to make a tote bag that’s roomy enough to pretty much fit whatever you need for your summer outings! For this project, I used a beautiful two-toned heavy weight Belgian Linen fabric that has an amazing texture and is soft to the touch. I wanted to create a tote bag tutorial that was super simple and relatively quick to make so let’s get started! Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: sewing picot elastic

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I’ve been sewing a lot of silk underwear lately; I’m positively addicted. There is something thoroughly satisfying about making something that is beautiful, useful and a quick sew. And it might even be cost effective, considering how little fabric is needed. In this post, I’ll show how to sew the picot edging and straps to make camisole and panties. For my matching set, I used this sophisticated tiny Houndstooth stretch silk charmeuse, with hot pink picot elastic and matching 1/2″ lingerie strap elastic. For the patterns, I used the Clara camisole and Grace panties from Ohhh Lulu. Click here to read more »

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Tutorial + Free Pattern! Cowl Neck Top

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Remember my cowl neck top from last week?  I finally finished drafting, grading and writing up the instructions for the pattern, and here it is, free (and in multiple sizes!).  In this post, I’m going to walk through the steps for sewing this very simple top, but please contact me if you have any questions (nicole[at]nicoleathome.com).

Cowl Neck Top pattern and instructions.  (For best results when printing, download the file to your computer, then open in “Preview” or “Adobe Reader“.)

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Tutorial: Sewing a Strathcona Henley Placket

Hi!  This is my first post as a Britex Guest Blogger and I look forward to writing many more in the future!  I’m Morgan, who, along with my husband Matt, owns Thread Theory Designs, a menswear sewing pattern company.  You can read more about us on my Britex Guest Blogger profile or on our blog.  You’ll likely be seeing a number of menswear projects from me but I’ll be sure to throw in a smattering of tutorials for the dresses and things that I sew for myself too!

 

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For my first tutorial using Britex Fabrics, I have selected the sumptuous Midweight Tweedy Fern & Taupe Wool Blend Knit in order to make a Strathcona Henley for Matt and to show you how to sew the Henley placket.  This fabric is wonderfully unusual – I know I wouldn’t find anything of this weight and gorgeous texture, let alone with a lovely wool content, at any of my local fabric shops!

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Tutorial: Invisible Zipper Tips By Lilacs & Lace

Hello everyone!  It’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace here with a few tips to help you tackle invisible zippers.  For this project, I am working with Colette’s Parfait Dress and this yummy textured basket-weave linen blend.

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