Britex Fabric’s second floor is blooming with a new shipment of soft Liberty of London cotton lawn! Today my favorite is this one with grey and brown birch trees adorned with fantastical fleurs and paisley. As Nanki-Poo would say……
“The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra la,
Breathe promise of merry sunshine —
As we merrily dance and we sing, Tra la,
We welcome the hope that they bring, Tra la,
Of a summer of roses and wine, Of a summer of roses and wine.
And that’s what we mean when we say that a thing
Is welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring. Tra la la la la, Tra la la la la,
The flowers that bloom in the spring.”
(From The Mikado and by the immortal Gilbert and Sullivan)
Gertie from the blog Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing: A Modern Homage to Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (pub. 1952), has posted a fabulous tutorial on French seam construction. French seams are a classic method of seam finishing, making back of the item as attractive and neat as the front, and are an ideal finish for sheer fabrics. This is another bit of persnickety attention to detail that lends flair and beauty to hand-sewn garments!
It is bridal season! Sherry from the Auckland, New Zealand-based blog, pattern ~ scissors ~ cloth demonstrates how to use silk organza as underlining for a fitted cocktail or wedding gown bodice. She says that she uses it a lot in wedding gowns because it is lightweight, crisp, and is easy to cut, sew and press. Underlining adds body and stability to your shell fabric, and allows you to catch stitch hems and seam allowances invisibly. It is this kind of persnickety attention to detail that makes bespoke items fit with flair and beauty!
Amy was the winner of a $100 gift certificate in our spring sale raffle. Amy is from Santa Clara, and first heard about Britex seven years ago from a lady in her knitting group. She says that she loves going to visit Britex to pick out buttons, or to look for prints that she can’t find anywhere else in the area for sewing or quilting projects. Amy plans on using the Britex $100 gift certificate on fabrics and notions for making clothes for Caroline, her 18 month old daughter…and a dress or blouse for herself. We think Caroline is winsomely adorable in the blue playsuit that Amy made for her!
P.S. Amy also made the blue leaf-printed skirt that she is wearing.
MalePatternBoldness’s shirt sew-along has been so rowdily successful that Peter at is hosting another adventurous sew-along! This time Peter and company will be making bespoke jeans with an online jeans sew-along. The gates for this exciting community learning experience open on Monday, May 2, 2011. You may use any jeans pattern, and Peter has several suggestions…and of course, any gender may participate.
Kate at MadeMan wrote this dandy tutorial on how to turn buttons into cuff-links. One carefully cuts off the button shank, and then uses metal glue to attach the button to the cuff-link finding. Cuff-links add dash and vigor to any attire. I am taken with the idea of making a pair from a pair from a pair of domed midnight blue sparkly buttons to wear with a coordinating Liberty of London clip-on bow-tie. These would be unique and fabulous accessories for your wedding best man and groomsmen! Britex Fabrics carries Liberty of London cotton on our 2nd floor, cuff-link blanks, bow-tie clips, and a vast myriad of buttons on our 3rd floor!
Even babies love bell-bottom pants. The super Alison from TheBlueBlogPatterns developed this whimsical quick and easy pattern for cozy knit pants for her baby. She says that the garter stitch border at the bottom accentuates the slight bell shaping and the elastic at the waist helps keep the pants up. I imaging these made up in a softly variegated denim blue yarn, or maybe in a perky devilish crimson!
Britex Fabrics and Sandra Betzina team up again! Sandra will be presenting her amazing fitting seminar on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm! Call Britex Fabrics at 415-392-2910 to make your reservation. Space is limited, and the cost for the seminar is $60.
Are you often disappointed in the fit of your garments? Confused about what size to buy? Have you outgrown your old size in one area and not another? Are you intimidated by good fabric because you are afraid of yet another fit failure? Let Sandra Betzina explain her fit formula and how it will work for you!
- Lots of new pattern alterations, including altering the bust without affecting the armhole, downsizing for the short, upsizing for the tall, and high hip considerations.
- Learn how sizing differs from one pattern company to another, what size to buy, how to alter for narrow shoulders, full back, sloping shoulders, full hips, protruding or flat seat, full tummy, large waist, small waist, sway back, and more.
- Turn pant “hopefuls” into a thing of the past.
- Eliminate baggy seats, pockets and pleats that pop open, accommodate full thighs, and reshape crotch curves to mimic your body curves.
Gail Art, at the charming blog Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos, presents directions on sewing an 18th century ruffled jabot. Typically made in pristine white from lace, linen or a combination of both, there is no reason not to make one in other colors. This fabulously foppish steam-punk neck-wear would amazing made up in lace or silk-bamboo fabric ….perhaps in a moss green, coffee brown, or periwinkle blue to pick up the shade of one’s eyes.
Spoonflower, the personal DIY fabric printing company, in conjunction with Michael Miller fabrics have announced a textile design contest, with the winner debuting at the International Quilt Market – Fall 2011. Here is your chance to become a fabric designer for world-renowned Michael Miller Fabrics! This contest ends on March 24th, 2011.