As Sherlock knows, we all need at least one Inverness cape in our wardrobe. Somewhat cobbled together but detailed none the less, here is a cutter’s guide for an Inverness cape, with instructions on drafting a quarter-scale paper version, and a vintage sizable pattern for an Inverness cape from Pumpkiny. Next is a photographic tutorial on tailoring an Inverness cape from Jim at The Sewing Academy at Home. I love the idea of making a model to test-drive the construction, and the antique Goodyear hard rubber buttons on his finished garment make me swoon. This cape would add a several cups of romantic dash to any gadabout’s attire during the upcoming chilly months.
Just in time for gift-giving, Lady Harvatine presents a tutorial for creating fabric fortune cookies. These would make inspired Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, or other holiday presents, and are a great way to use up scraps of fabric from your stash. I love the idea of personalized fortunes or notes; perhaps a camel herringbone cookie with “One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards” (Oscar Wilde), or a luxurious silk one with “Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves” (Dorothy Parker).
Melissa from Art of Sewing has detailed her process in sewing a lined vest with welted pockets for her friend, The Professor. This charming bespoke waistcoat was made with Britex wool and lining, and accessorized with favorite buttons from an old vest of The Professors. Her journey starts on August 26th and ends October 7th, with the welted pocket tutorial running Sept 20th to the 24th. I love the beautiful contrasting red top-stitching and buttonholes!
Ilana of Off the Hook Astronomy is a scientist of the finest tradition and a grad student in Astrophysics. She has designed these free patterns for double-knit potholders. One set is emblazoned with a Star Trek Next Generation sign, and the other with a Buffy the Vampire Slayer “B”, and the cartoon demon from the video game Zero Punctuation. These would be perfect gifts for your geek-tastic friends to prevent them from scorching their delicate digits while removing fresh-baked chocolate brownies from their oven.
This year Hanukkah starts in just 15 days, on December 1st! Britex (and Bretts) have made a tutorial with a pattern for a beauteous no-sew leather kippah (yamulkah). These are amazingly suave; it would be easy to whip up a clutch of them in one industrious evening. Make kippot as gifts…and then later fry latkes and sing “S’vivon Sov Sov Sov”. All are made with leather scraps purchased from Britex Fabrics.
The multi-talented Pip from Australia made this clever tutorial on how to make a Maurice Sendack Where the Wild Things Are holiday stocking. This would also be perfect gift bag for any wild and wacky child or adult. “And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
Cameron made this gorgeous green and white Irish dance costume for her daughter with fabric and notions that she bought at Britex Fabrics. I love the graceful Celtic-inspired front piece, Elizabeth’s cascade of spiral ringlets and her brilliant smile!
M. Du Jour is going on vacation for a week. I am off to play my accordion, loll in candle-lit hot tubs, traipse through art shows, sail the Bay, and cook lots of amazing and yummy food. See you in a week………
With the turning of the leaves, it is vest season, although M. Du Jour claims that every season is waistcoat season! Katherine from Bloom’s Fabric Obsession wrote and photographed a beautifully clear tutorial for making a lined vest. She has included instructions how to turn the lining through the side seams. This method practically guarantees a smooth finish to your bespoke garment….and as we all know, being smooth is essential to all well-bred dandies.
It seems like everyone we know is in the midst of a creative flurry of home-cooking and virtuous thriftiness. Dorie from TumblingBlocks has a great idea for holiday gifts; super-duper easy to make lunch totes. We think they would be perfect packed with a bag of make-it-yourself brownie mix. You can sew this lunch bag of the suggested oilcloth or any sturdy fabric. We have a pal that made one of a scrap of heavy herringbone wool lined with bandanna fabric for a chic urban feel. Oilcloth can be found on Britex Fabric’s 4th floor.