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Tutorial + Free Pattern! Cowl Neck Top

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Remember my cowl neck top from last week?  I finally finished drafting, grading and writing up the instructions for the pattern, and here it is, free (and in multiple sizes!).  In this post, I’m going to walk through the steps for sewing this very simple top, but please contact me if you have any questions (nicole[at]nicoleathome.com).

Cowl Neck Top pattern and instructions.  (For best results when printing, download the file to your computer, then open in “Preview” or “Adobe Reader“.)

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French Cuff Modification!

French cuffs add a smidgen of suave to any dress shirt, and you’ll find yourself effortlessly reciting Emily Dickerson, writing sonnets with fountain pens, and dancing the tango. Mark created this dandy video tutorial on how to turn a plain Joe button cuff dress shirt into an elegant French cuff shirt, and then make winsome cufflinks from metal shank buttons to polish off your look! (Psst…..Dad’s day is Sunday, June 15th)

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Make an Abstract Expressionist Doggie Raincoat!

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Noppa’s Sewing Club made a reversible waterproof jacket for her speckled pooch, and then shared her tutorial and pattern. We think Janet Sobel would sew her dog a dapper raincoat from this drip painting influenced nylon water repellent fabric from Britex Fabrics. Oh, how marvelously chic it will be to bark and frolic in the rain!

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Cowl Neck Top in Sheer Viscose

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When scanning my syllabus at the start of the pattern making course I took last semester, I was most excited about learning how to draft cowl neck tops.  When we finally got to it toward the end of the course, I was surprised how simple they actually were!  Using a basic bodice sloper, it’s just a matter of lowering the neckline and slash and spreading to create fullness.  The self-facing in the front keeps it pretty no matter how the cowl falls!  Clearly, putting my new knowledge to use was in the forefront of my mind when I had the opportunity to use one of the fabrics from the Novelty category at Britex. This unusual ruby and black sheer viscose fabric seemed like a fun and modern choice for a fairly classic cowl shape. Click here to read more »

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Sewing Indie Month: Voting Time

Somehow I doubt that Chuleenan of C Sews was the only one sewing into the AM hours of the night in order to meet the Sewing Indie Month deadline last week. We are glad she stuck with it because she made it to the short list with a gorgeous cotton print from Britex. She stopped by the store today, and we could not help but snap a few pictures.

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Self-drafted Outfit in Khaki & Silk

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Here, fellow sewists, is the culmination of my semester-long pattern making class!  Throughout the semester, we did a few guided full-scale garments (such as my button-down shirt and an unblogged bias-cut skirt), but this assignment was to draft a garment of our own design, then sew it in fashion fabric.  We were allowed to make our final project in our own measurements, and being the pragmatic that I am, I designed a fairly basic work-appropriate outfit.  Perhaps I should have made something a little more exciting, but this way, I’ll get a lot of use out of my hard work!   Both fabrics are from Britex, and I selected them for just such an outfit.   Click here to read more »

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Sewing Indie Month: Bamboo Jersey Maxi

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Did you enter one of the sew-along contests for Sewing Indie Month?  I just finished my entry using the Out And About dress pattern from indie pattern company, SewCaroline, and a wonderfully soft and drapey bamboo jersey knit from Britex.  I made a number of alterations to the pattern (since I’m entering my dress in the Pattern Hacking contest) and am really happy with how the dress turned out!

The Out and About Dress has two sleeve options – elbow length and full length – but Caroline has also made a tutorial to create a sleeveless version.  I thought a dress with full sleeves and a full length skirt in a distinctive stripe would be a bit too stripey and I am glad I went with this sleeveless version as ever since I finished the dress it has been so hot that there has been no need for sleeves!

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Rayon, Polyester & Lace Online Fabric Sale!

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Online Fabric Sale! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Rayon, Polyester, and Lace Fabrics Categories from Friday May 30th to Monday June 16th. Rayon, Polyester, and Lace Fabrics Categories are the newest additions to Britex Fabrics’ online store – from cottony crocheted stretch lace, to drapey rayon prints, to imminently packable polyester these fabrics make great additions to your spring and summer wardrobe! For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Sale ends June 16th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Rayon, Polyester, and Lace Fabrics Category fabrics only – in-store fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Sewing Indie Month: An SBCC and Britex outfit

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Despite popular belief, it really isn’t that bad being short.  At 5’1″, I’ve got step stools all around the house and I can manage just fine, thank you very much.  My biggest beef with being petite is that non-petite clothing just doesn’t fit.  It’s one of the main reasons I sew my own clothing: with some small adjustments, I can shorten bodices, rises, sleeves, and pants to suit my size.  You can imagine my excitement, then, a few months ago, when I did a search for “petite Indie sewing patterns” and stumbled upon Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick!  So when given the chance to participate in Sewing Indie Month with Britex, I immediately knew I wanted to make a whole outfit from SBCC.  What fun! Click here to read more »

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Make a Flirty Tasseled Summer Scarf

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Elsie from the crafting blog A Beautiful Mess made this tassel scarf from a handful of embroidery floss and a 24” square of fabric. We love her easy peasy instructions for assembling the scarf and creating the tassels – this swishy shawl is perfect to keep off the chill during evening beachside cookouts and twilight ice cream socials. Daisy-fied black lace for the scarf is available online, and skeins of floss are available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910.

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