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Answers to “Basic Sewing with Patterns” – Crossword #1

ACROSS
2. DART—“V” shaped sewing technique used to make garments fit the body
4. BODICE—the part of a garment or pattern that covers the torso
5. FINISH—serge or use pinking shears to the fabric edge
11. FACING—finish armholes and necklines with fabric that is turned under
13. ALTERATION—changes to assist in fit
15. ARROW—symbol that indicates grain in a pattern layout
16. TISSUE—commercial pattern paper
17. CLIP—how to get curved edges to lay flat

DOWN
1. BASTE—temporary stitch
3. LINING—fabric on the interior of the garment that hides the seams
6. SEAM—5/8” stitching line
7. NAP—direction of fabric with pile
8. SELVAGE—finished edge of fabric
9. BIAS—at a 45 degree angle to the edge of the fabric
10. INTERFACING—gives body to sections of the garment, including collars and cuffs
12. NOTIONS—sewing supplies that are not fabric
14. GRAIN—parallel to the edge of fabric

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Vintage Embroidery Transfers from Floresita

I am much enamored with Floresita’s vintage embroidery transfers. I’d like to make some tea towels as a Valentine’s day gifts for all my special friends. I know a certain someone who would like the sailor boy, another pal who would roll over for these naughty puppies, and a third chum who would be coo-coo for this coffee time sparrow Britex has both plain and striped tea toweling that would be dandy to use for this project!

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Embroidered 1920’s Linen Dress by Julie

Julie Gallegos emailed us a picture of this graceful and lovely embroidered linen dress that she made from Britex Fabric linen. She says, “I was in Britex today, working with the delightful and very knowledgeable Melody, who referred me to you. The dress I am attaching photos of was made using sky-blue cotton-linen fabric I purchased at after working with Gigi, who was a wonderful salesperson and helped me in choosing the right fabric with a quick understanding of what I needed. I brought the original 1920s garment from my collection into Britex and she really nailed the right fabric choice for me. The originals are nearly always too small through the shoulders, so I just decided to use the original as a template, and make my own. It turned out wonderfully and I’ve worn this to Gatsby Summer afternoon two times now and get nothing but compliments. I hope to someday market these kits either for adult women, or for little girls. This blue dress is the #1 prototype. All the sales representatives at Britex have been really helpful and I look forward to each time I need to shop at Britex.”

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Toddler’s Fork Pants by Secretary

Secretary from Britex’s 4th floor made these easy-peasy two piece pants for her nephew, “Little Hog”. He likes to wear these while gumming and sucking down Brazilian barbeque. Yum!

(We think children’s pants would also be super cute in this retro-looking dotted mushroom or this swingin’ birdcage fabric)

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Linen Settee with Butterflies by Mary

Mary from Emeryville fell hard for our stunning butterfly-ed linen….you know how it is when you develop zombie lust for a particular luscious fabric! So she had her cozy settee upholstered with the object of her affection. Now, flocks of dragonflies, caterpillars, beetles, ladybugs, and butterflies cavort in her living room.

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Wool Knit Top & Yellow Leather Jeans by David

David started sewing with a Kenmore, and has been sewing since 8th grade. The years spent honing his skills show in the fine beauty and verve of his clothing. He is wearing a self-drafted wool knit shirt with velvet trim running down the extra-long sleeves, and black stretch trim finishing the edges. His buttery yellow leather slacks were also self-drafted from a pair of favorite 1970’s bell-bottoms. He also constructed his bag….and everything is made from Britex “ingredients”.

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Vintage Cross-Stitch Sampler for Valentine’s Day

This free vintage DMC cross-stitch sampler pattern is adorned with love-birds carrying a wee banner of four-leaf clovers between their beaks. The heart-shaped leaves and charming bird silhouettes make this an ideal piece to work up as a hand-crafted Valentine’s day card for a special someone. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Britex Weddings – Luis and Rachelle

Love is blooming in Britex! Here is Britex Fabrics’ stock man, Luis, with his lovely bride, Rachelle. We wish them all the best as they feather their love nest.

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Tea Cozy – by Mollie Johanson

Wet, chilly days like this make me think of sharing gossip and cups of hot chamomile or Darjeeling tea with a pal. Mollie Johanson at wildolive.blogspot.com designed this exceedingly simple and cute tea cozy, so that your tea stays as lively as your witty banter. All you need are 1/3 yard or so of outer fabric, lining, and cotton batting, along with felt scraps for the appliqué and embroidery floss to add detailing.

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Purple Plaid Mohair Coat by Yolanda

This fabulous and fuzzy purple plaid mohair coat was made by Yolanda. The coat pattern was self-drafted and she also made covered buttons. You can see her skill as a seamstress in the meticulous matching of the plaids. Douglas from Britex’s first floor was instrumental in assisting in her fabric choice. Yolanda has sewn for folks in Hollywood (including actress Doris Day) and Disney. If you look carefully in Disneyland’s Small World exhibit, you will see her handiwork!

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