Meet Britex Fabrics’ spankin’ new guest blogger…Wanett, of the blog Sown Brooklyn! She describes herself as a reader. Writer. Wife. Watcher. Mama. Maker. Eater. Be-er. Do-er. Book lover. Librarian. Sewcialist. Native New Yorker. Brooklynite for life. Nocturnal being who crafts everything from stories, clothing, PowerPoint presentations and blog posts in the wee hours of the morning with hot tea, lots (and LOTS) of snacks, one ear on the kiddies and one eye on the clock as the minutes tick by. She is our kind of gal!
We’re pleased to present two new Liberty of London luxurious cotton lawns in our online store. Liberty of London is a distinguished English designer, producing fine cottons since 1875. The first is a fabulous digital design called Volcanism, which is inspired by Iceland’s active volcanoes. The second is called Kussman; inspired by Icelandic horses, which are born and reared from species dating back to the 9th and 10th Centuries. Both were influenced by William Morris’ poem; ‘Iceland First Seen’. Liberty cottons are durable, and nearly wrinkle-free when taken directly from the dryer. This fabric makes delicious pajamas, dandy tailored shirts, dapper bow ties, and is a joy for hand-smocking. 54″ wide. 100% cotton. Imported from England.
“Lo from our loitering ship a new land at last to be seen;
Toothed rocks down the side of the firth on the east guard a weary wide lea,
And black slope the hillsides above, striped adown with their desolate green:
And a peak rises up on the west from the meeting of cloud and of sea,
Foursquare from base unto point like the building of Gods that have been,
The last of that waste of the mountains all cloud-wreathed and snow-flecked and grey,
And bright with the dawn that began just now at the ending of day.” William Morris (1891)
The munchkins have returned to school, the nights are cooling down, and autumn is at least thinking about approaching. We love evenings of hibernation, cozily ensconced in our favorite broken in armchair, hot spiced cider by our side, our favorite fur baby at our besocked feet, and needlework in our lap. Sandra Rose has assembled a tidy collection of over 150 free vintage cross-stitch patterns, including samplers, alphabets, borders, corners, and all-over patterns…..there is everything from bats, to cranes, to Art Nouveau foliage and more. We are particularly enamored with this Arts & Crafts style floral border and these sublime bats. Now is the time to buy some linen, and make a set of hand embroidered napkins for your holiday dinners! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
Armin sent us this photo of a model wearing an exquisite one shouldered evening gown made of cable knit lace fabric from Britex Fabrics. Made by The Factory by The Evans Group, this couture gown is just one of six different styles in The Factory’s Custom Design collection. We love the combination of tailored cable knit, sensuous cling, and understated warm creamy color – perfect for warm summer nights and into the cooler evenings of fall.
Britex Fabrics Knit Online Fabric Sale! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Knit Fabric Category from Thursday, August 15th to Saturday, August 31st. Knits are wonderful for travel and summertime. Check out our soft eco-friendly bamboo jersey knits, imported fashion tissue knits, nautical stripes, sweater knits, and a few super special novelty favorites. Sale ends August 31st. Quantities are limited, so shop early and order swatches now for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Knit Fabric Category fabrics only – in-store knit fabrics are not included in this sale)
Paula emailed us photos of this elegant full-length evening frock that she made from silk bought at Britex Fabrics. She says, “I was very much influenced by the watching of Downton Abbey as I designed this dress, with large sleeves, scarf neck, right skirt, high waist, semi-fitted. The print has a touch of Japanese flavor, which was also common in that period. I found the dress to be perfect to wear during formal evenings in a recent cruise; the turquoise matched perfectly with the sea, and the pinkish color matched the sunset!” This dress is perfect for a romantic moonlit dance…try dancing the sliding and poetical Castle Walk to The Castle House Rag!
We’re happy to present Garment Trims, a brand new online collection! Here is a plethora of bouclé, braid, fringed, and chenille trims; these trims are perfect for accenting haute couture garments such as Chanel-inspired jackets. Layer your trims for a unique and special look! We have hand selected coordinating bouclé, tweed, and coating fabrics for each trim (just look for the Other Things You Might Love section below each trim), and we also carry silk organza online for your interfacing, stabilizing, and underlining needs.
Sale ends Wednesday, August 14th, the Mid/Lightweight Wool Fabric and Stretch Mid/Lightweight Wool Fabric Categories are 20% off. This is our largest fabric online category, with over 70 woolen fabrics! These midweight wools are just the right weight for almost anything – vintage-influenced dresses, tailored jackets, dapper vests, pleated skirts, and more. There are also stretch wools in this group – perfect to make travel wear for your favorite globe trotter! Sale ends August 14th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Mid/Lightweight Wool category fabrics – in-store Mid/Lightweight Wool fabrics are not included in this sale)
When we got the online order for Honeycomb Black & Ecru Cotton fabric from Judy we were super excited! Judy is the mother of Kristin, a Britex Fabrics’ employee, a photographer, and a roller skating fiend. We love helping our family create new items, and were wondering what Judy would sew from this sophisticated print. As it turns out, Judy was attracted to this because she loves anything that is black and white, and enclosed a photo including her cat Titus to prove her point. Judy used an older McCalls pattern, and happily reports that although the fabric is cotton, it does not wrinkle. She says, “There was an option for using a contrasting trim and belt – and luckily I had a piece of textured heavy cotton in my fabric stash and it was just the right amount. I lined the front and back – not the sleeves – and did not use muslin. I found I had a piece of ecru thin cotton lining fabric and I used it because it was soft and not as bulky. My stash finally paid off and I was able to use these fabric pieces that I had saved for a long time.” We love how the black trim and the simplicity of the kimono lines accentuates the geometric pattern of the fabric!
It seems like tissue knits are everywhere lately, and with good reason, they’re amazing for summer layering. They make a nice light layer for cool evenings or, if you’re in Chicago like I am, all these cool days we’re having lately. Tissue knits can be a bit intimidating, they’re so thin, wispy, and roll like crazy, so I’m here to show you how I work with them.
I was lucky enough to be able to make two tees in this amazing Japanese tissue knit, the first I went with these classic tomato and cream stripes and in the second I did a bit of color-blocking with this amazing neon yellow and charcoal grey. These knits are so light and airy, I couldn’t believe it. Serious dream town. In this tutorial I’m using my Hemlock Tee pattern which I created just for these tissue knits. You can download the pattern for free here at Grainline Studios.