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Scarf Contest – Deadline Nov. 23, 2009

Scarf contest by Craftzine & Singer
Deadline November 23, 2009
CRAFT and SINGER® present the Me, My Scarf, and I Contest. The sew-tastic grand prize is a SINGER ProFinish Serger! To submit an entry, take a picture of yourself modeling your scarf, include a description of how the scarf describes your personality, and submit it to the Me, My Scarf, and I Contest Flickr Group.
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Soccer Ball Costume!

It will be Halloween in a couple of days! Jack and Olivia came into Britex Fabrics with Lindsey, their nanny. Jack is dressed like a soccer ball, and had a hard time restraining himself from rolling down our isles. His sister, Olivia likes to help Lindsey with her knitting projects, and graciously agreed to wear the kitty-cat crown that our cashier, Judy had on hand.
Jack and Olivia Halloween 2009

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Spooky Halloween Fabric

It is not too late to scoot on down to Britex Fabrics for some spooky Halloween fabric. Sew up an easy to make tote bag to carry your candy corn, caramel apples, and Sweet Tarts around. Compwalla posted easy directions for a beautiful and study bag on Instructables.com. You are never too old to eat candy while sitting under a tree in the moonlight. Devil-licious!
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½ Scale Madeleine Vionnet Gown

Monique Saviano made this ½ scale reproduction of a Madeleine Vionnet gown for the 16th Annual Educational Conference of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. This delicate confection is made with silk chiffon from Britex Fabrics. The fringe is made of rayon chainette. One may read more about Madeleine Vionnet , an innovative designer who worked intensively with the bias cut, in Betty Kirke’s book “Madeleine Vionnet”, or in one of many articles about her such as “A Dressmaker Extraordinaire: Discovering the Secrets of Madeleine Vionnet’s Creativity”, which was published in Threads magazine in 1989.
Monique Saviano Vionnet reproduction

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Wee Gnome Costume

Every home needs a lucky little gnome! Now you can outfit your shortest household member and have your very own wee mischievous gnome. Stavro from Instructables made up these delightful gnome Halloween costume directions. Find out more about gnomes by reading historian Thomas Keightley’s book “The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves & Other Little People”, a definitive tome on mythology and folklore published in 1880.
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Faux Wood Grain Buttons

It is 1970 in Teheran, I’m 16 years old, watching the musical Camelot at the Bowling cinema in Shimroon, and slouched in my seat. I spit another pumpkin seed shell onto the floor, take a swallow of grape soda, and fiddle with the buttons on my sweater. I’m wearing a chocolate brown cable knit cardigan with faux wood grain buttons, a black shapeless turtleneck, tan corduroy bell-bottoms, and my hair is tied back with a strawberry-covered ribbon. Guenevere and Arthur are singing “What Do The Simple Folk Do?”, while Guenevere is twirling and weeping in Arthur’s arms.
“What else do the simple folk do
To pluck up the heart and get through?
The wee folk and the grown folk
Who wander to and fro
Have ways known to their own folk
We throne folk don’t know
When all the doldrums begin
What keeps each of them in his skin?
What ancient native custom provides the needed glow?
Oh, what do simple folk do?
Do you know?”

(by Alan Jay Lerner)
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Jaleen’s Wedding Shrug & Hat

We just got this shout-out! We think Jaleen did a fabulous job on her shrug and hat, and that they make a super cute couple (and we adore how their photographer, Kyle Monk captured all this!): “THANK YOU BRITEX for helping me find a fabric that matched my dress so perfectly and trim that finished it so nicely. I recently got married in an awesome but tricky-colored version of taupe and I made the shrug and the hat all by myself, despite not having the slightest idea what I was doing. It worked out! Thanks so much for your help and patience!! Best – Jaleen”
Jaleens wedding copy

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Britex Costume Contest!

Halloween at Britex! Saturday, October 31st. Come see the crazy, fantastic costumes created and worn by our talented associates. And then vote for your favorite Halloween outfit and you could win a $50.00 Britex Fabrics gift certificate. Think about all the red velvet, gold lace trim, royal blue grosgrain ribbon, or ermine faux fur you could buy……just in time for all sorts of seasonal holidays.
Halloween Britex 2006

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Spanish Coin Button

One of my favorite musicians is playing tonight at Shakespeare & Company Booksellers. I need to spiff up my plain vintage white cotton/poly French-cuffed shirt, so quickly make a pair of cuff-links from two silver Spanish coin buttons. I put on a pair of brown leather chaps over my jeans, tuck in my shirt, and pull on my brown zipped boots. I toss a burnt sienna cashmere scarf that I’ve trimmed with wide French ribbon with Art Nouveau motifs over my shoulder, throw on my favorite brown plaid wool jacket, kiss my cat, and run out the door. I barely have time to scarf down a dinner of falafel and Orangina before the show. I don’t want to miss folk singer and accordion player, Marie-Josee Houle. I’m hoping she’ll perform “Shallow Breathing”.
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Denim Jeans Made by Ryan

Ryan-licious from the second floor of Britex made his jeans in Britex Fabric cotton denim. Notice the insolent fit and the custom “keyhole” stitching rear pocket design. This fabric can be found on the 2nd floor (please call ahead to verify stock).
Ryan's jeans copy

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