Melissa of the awesome sewing blog Melly Sews has a passel of charming free sewing patterns, with so many that I had a difficult time picking just one to feature. We chose this free men’s casual shirt pattern and tutorial, where she talks about how she used a pattern-making technique called the rub-off, that she learned from the book Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit in order to make a bespoke pattern for her husband (and a Math gEEk shirt for her little brother.) We adore this photo of her seriously studious brainiac brother modeling his shirt, and channeling John Forbes Nash from A Beautiful Mind by recreating mathematic formulas on glass.
ONLINE WOOL SALE! Our entire online Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabric categories are on sale until November 30th! From Friday, November 15th to Saturday, November 30th, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Mid and Lightweight Woolen Fabric categories, including stretch mid/lightweight wools! Get toasty with winter sewing projects — find quality light and medium weight wool fabrics in stunning colors such as warm cardinal red, spicy Dijon mustard, soot black, peacock blue, persimmon, and deep cappuccino brown. All wool and wool blends in our Mid/Light Weight Wool Fabrics category are 20% off for two weeks – from draping woolens for dresses (and even blouses), to worsted suitings for perfect pencil skirts, to flannels and gabardines for fitted trousers. We all aspire for artless elegance, and woolens help us make the trip! For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices quickly. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! This sale is good for our online Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabric categories only – in-store Mid/Lightweight Wool and Stretch Wool Fabrics are not included in this sale. (photo by the illustrious Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1895-1989)
Emma from the British sewing blog, SewWhatAreYouWaitingFor visited Britex Fabrics, picking up a length of this vibrant Missoni knit fabric. She wrote about her process of making a muslin, and then sewing her dress. She says, “I’ve made a rather nice sweater dress good for the British weather. It got a bit hair raising at the beginning as after carefully cutting out the pieces, a pin got stuck in my overlocker and essentially ‘chewed’ off the shoulder! The cuffs and hem were overlocked and then hand stitched in place to form neat edges, the neckline is banded with royal blue woolen binding.” Emma fretted that this made her look like a frumpy librarian, however we think her frock makes her look like a cozy and brainy Emma Peel! Britex Fabrics has a selection of Missoni knits available on our 1st floor. If you cannot make it into the store, then I recommend that you buy our Customized Fabric Swatch Shopper Service.
Baby, it’s cold outside! Britex is here to keep you toasty; we’ve extended our wool coating (and lining sale) until Monday, November 18th! Get 20% off all fabrics in the online Coating and online Lining categories from Friday, November 1st to Monday, November 18th. We all need a little warmth, and Britex turns up the heat with a plethora of soft wool coatings that will keep your limbs toasty even in the gloomiest weather. Maintain glamour both inside and out while stalking the chilly night streets, tramping through snowy parks, and sipping hot chocolate in outdoor cafes. We have herringbone weaves, elegant bouclés, butchly plaids, alpaca/wool blends, and so many more. To make your new coat project easier to assemble, we’ve included our linings in this sale! Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! This sale is good for our online Coating Wool category and online Lining category only – in-store coating Wool Fabrics and Linings are not included in this sale.
Another beautiful project by Wanett of Sown Brooklyn brings us closer to the inevitable truth that winter is approaching. In her second Guest Blogger post, Wanett tells us how she modified a jacket pattern to make a quick wooly and wintery vest. For inspiration, take a look at our online wool fabrics currently on sale; Coating sale ends November 14 and Mid/Light Weight Wool sale runs from November 15-30.
For this, my second Britex project, I got to work with one of my FAVORITE fabrics (again!!):
What better way to learn about fibers and textiles than with a tactile magnetic experience. Follow these steps for a simple no-sew d.i.y. magnetic alphabet fibers gift project.
Here’s a quick holiday gift idea from the GDS Cloth Goods workshop across the bay. It’s a burlap mini wall planter perfect for your green thumbed friends. Pack this little guy with succulents and it’s a great gift for your not-so-green-thumbed friends as well.
The supplies listed below are for making one mini planter, but keep in mind that you’ll be able to get 4-6 planters (depending on fabric width) from one 1/4 yard cutting of fabric. All materials can be found at Britex except for the mallet, which can be found at any hardware store.
Kalleen from the crafting blog, At Second Street made a tutorial for a leafy table runner! Reuse it year after year, bringing the beautiful colors and shapes of autumn leaves into your home! We love the vein and stem delineation that she made of ocher thread, and since she used faux leather you don’t even need to finish the edges. These leaves would also be delightful made of organically textured wool felt. Britex Fabrics sells wool felt both online and in our San Francisco store. We sell a variety of faux leather on the 4th floor of our San Francisco store.
The talented Betz from the craft blog, Betz White: stitch beautifully…tread lightly, created this tutorial for a beautifully serene ogee ornament made of wool felt. It is simplicity itself; created from a square of felt, a few straight line cuts, and clever origami-like folding. She made this one from a 6″x 6″ square of green felt, but it would be simple to scale up or change colors with the season! There is an air of festive mistletoe to this ornament….easy to imagine exchanging tender kisses beneath its graceful arches! Britex Fabrics sells wool felt both online and in our San Francisco store.
Long-time customer Belinda is hard to miss. She has great style, is hilarious and vivacious—the sort of person you notice from a distance, quite literally. She is especially hard to miss at Del Mar. Here are her fabulous designs for the last two years using all Britex fabrics.