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Make Faux Fortuny Pleated Fabric!

afb9f840733a79d2b87f01994d2365ffTara and Lorraine with The Costumer’s Manifesto created this tutorial on making faux Fortuny style pleated fabric – it would be fun to have a pleating party with your most glamorous crafty friends, and then make your own sensuous Grecian gowns to perform the rites of spring!

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Online Silk Solid Fabric Sale Ends 1/30!

Sale ends Thursday 1/30! 410px-Silk_industry-_spinning,_winding,_doubling_and_throwing_machines._(_1858-_)Get 20% off all fabrics in the Silk Solid Category. Nothing says timelessness like silk solid fabrics, and we carry a charming range! Britex has silk solids with demure crepe weaves, textured matka, crisp taffeta, subtle jacquards, slithery charmeuse, and more. These silk fabrics would be superlative for many uses including vintage-inspired blouses, stunningly fabulous luxury linings, and spiffy summer jackets. Sale ends Thursday January 30th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection!

(This sale is good for online Silk Solid Category fabrics only – In-store Silk Solid fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Make a Retro 1960s Peter Pan Collar!

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Ami runs My Little Tailoress, a UK blog packed full of sewing projects, style ideas and vintage inspiration. Here she created a tutorial on drafting the ethereal Peter Pan collar, using beginner Colette sewing pattern Laurel and a fillip of creative ingenuity! Add a Peter Pan collar to a floral cotton shirtwaist dress for a pert retro look!

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1930s Button Dress – Decades of Style pattern #3007

1930s-xmas-dress-12-25-12Lauren of American Duchess: Historical Costuming made this cunning frock from Decades of Style pattern #3007 – 1930s Button Dress.  Lauren commented, “I gathered the butterfly sleeves into puffed sleeves, and set the waist ties at an angle instead of straight.  I hemmed the skirt at 3 inches…. Overall, I recommend this pattern. It’s easy to sew, looks nice when complete.” Get your perky on, and sew this dress up for spring in snappy red rayon plaid and sprinkle it with yolk yellow quadrilateral authentic vintage buttons!

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Celebrating PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid!

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Pantone has proclaimed that PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid is the color of the year for 2014! Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®  says this luscious color is “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Sew a pair of vibrant orchid lightweight wool slacks, a plum and rose madder tweed jacket lined in limpid navy blue silk charmeuse, and a beguiling floral silk blouse….and get ready for spring!

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Make Single-Fold Bias Tape with a Printable Template!

double1We love how contrasting bias tape can add a spunky accent to everything from collars to pot holders! Carla, the Scientific Seamstress crated this free PDF pattern to make printable 1” and 1/2” single-fold bias tape templates using cardstock and scraps of fabric. Go wild; trim an old-fashioned gingham apron or gussy up a dainty Peter Pan collared blouse!

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Decades of Style – Now Online!

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We are completely enamored with sewing patterns from small independent companies, so we’re expanding our online sewing pattern selection! In addition to Portland based Colette patterns, we now offer Oakland based Decades of Style patterns. Decades of Style is known for their authentic vintage reproduction patterns in sizes ranging from a 30” bust up to a 49” bust. Eras include the jazz baby 1920s, the glamorous 1930s, the war years of the 1940s, and the chic ladylike 1950s. Keep an eye out as we continue to add more patterns.

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In-Store Polyester & Rayon Remnant Sale!

sale2Save 50% off the remnant price of all solid color polyester or rayon 4th floor remnants during January. It is never too soon to daydream about warmer days! Fabric remnants run between 1/2 yard and 3 yards. In-store only.

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Free Necktie Tutorial – Make Like Mr. Astaire!

tumblr_m4mwrj2gat1qgxbs4o3_250Kristina created this free tutorial on Colette Patterns’ blog. Deconstruct an unwanted necktie for your pattern and interlining, and then use these clear instructions. Just like Mr. Astaire, we’ve been necktie crazy these days; going through our fabric stash and sewing neckties galore! Our favorites are made of plaid wool, kooky Japanese prints, or tiny floral cotton prints…you’re sure to have plenty of small pieces left over from holiday projects. If your stash is running low, just raid the 4th floor remnant section at Britex!

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Online Sheer Silk Category Sale Ends Wednesday, January 15

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Get 20% off all fabrics in the Sheer Silk category from Thursday, January 2 to Wednesday, January 15. From airy silk crinkled florals, to a rainbow of iridescent chiffons, you’ll find a silk sheer fabric for any occasion. Tease the imagination with draping layered skirts, or line a silk organza gazaar for a bold evening blazer! Sheer silk fabric makes elegant blouses, beautiful ribbons, and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie.  Sale ends January 15. For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Sheer Silk category fabrics only – in- Sheer Silk category fabrics are not included in this sale)

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