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Sew an Easy-to-Sew Reversible Bag


Novita from VeryPurplePerson and Tokyo made this free pattern for an easy-to-sew reversible bag for BurdaStyle. Here is in a version with black and white linen hounds-tooth on one side, and a graphic mustard and brown cotton print on the other side; we love the mixture of menswear and modern floral prints! This bag is roomy enough for a quick run to the farmer’s market to pick up vegetables for soup, or even an afternoon’s worth of shopping errands.

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Free Knit Dog Sweater Pattern


And from the folks at FreeVintageKnitting……..winter is coming; knit a ribbed coat for your favorite pooch. The ribs add a dashing touch, reminiscent of beatniks and midnight doggie rendezvous.
“You know my girl just called me up
And she woke me from my sleep
You should have heard the things she said
You know she hurt my feelings deep.
I’m gonna buy me a dog
‘Cause I need a friend now.
I’m gonna buy me a dog,
My girl, my girl, don’t love me no how.”

(By T. Boyce and B. Hart)

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Necktie Silk at Britex


Here is a snazzy necktie silk from Britex Fabric’s 1st floor collection. This nautical print is in a seaworthy navy blue with boldly contrasting woven orange 3/8”caption’s wheels steering across its width. Sew this into a snappy waistcoat….perhaps in a double-breasted style with gold fouled anchor buttons. Silk necktie fabrics are found on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor. This particular fabric is 100% silk, 55” wide, and $39.99/yard.

Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.

If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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Free Infants Knit Middy Top Pattern


This free knit child’s sailor middy top pattern by Crystal Palace comes in four sizes, 6m -9m, 12m, 18m -24m, and 2 years. We love the stripes along the sleeves and waist, the v-neckline, and the middy. This sweater would make any gurgling wee one into a hearty mate, calling out seafaring shanties and consulting compasses with the caption!

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A Chapeau of Necktie Silk – Diana


Diana is a professional hat designer from San Diego, and often shops at Britex Fabrics for millinery supplies. She sent us a photo of a très jaunty striped chapeau with an over-sized fleur. It is made of necktie silk from Britex Fabric’s first floor in toasty autumnal shades of wine and rust.

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Free Vintage Knit Clothing Patterns for Fashion Dolls


These vintage patterns from the folks at FreeVintageKnitting for 15” fashion doll’s knit clothing are the cat’s meow. Here is a pair of suave slacks and a spiffy v-neck cardigan for both Miss B. and Mister K, along with a chic Chanel-style suit for Miss B. These projects can be made with leftover yarnage, knit up quickly and would make fabulous additions to any child’s doll collection’s wardrobe.

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Learn to Sew with Sewing Cards for Children


OTTOBRE Design, a Finnish magazine specializing in sewing for children’s and youth, published this free charming set of sewing cards on their website. They designed these doggie-tastic sewing and coloring cards in to introduce children to sewing, and to keep their little hands busy while mom’s working on her own sewing project. I remember being amused for hours with similar sewing cards as a child, and can only speculate that it lead to a lifelong love of sewing.

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Free Midsummer Night’s Dream Tu’Tu’orial


Kathleen of GrosgrainFabulous contributed this gossamer child’s free tutu pattern to BurdaStyle. Not only is it dreamily fairy-like, it is made mostly by knotting tulle to an elastic or ribbon waistband. We love the addition of greenery vines to the dandelion puff of a skirt. This would be sure to please every wee fairy in your life!
“The moonlight fades from flower and rose
And the stars dim one by one;
The tale is told, the song is sung,
And the Fairy feast is done.
The night-wind rocks the sleeping flowers,
And sings to them, soft and low.
The early birds erelong will wake:
‘T is time for the Elves to go.”

(By Louisa May Alcott)

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Forest Creature Shirt and Wool Waistcoat – Avery


Here is Avery in another Britex Fabrics-inspired, and curiously debonair shirt and vest. Both are sewn from McCall’s pattern #2447. The shirt is populated with whimsical forest creatures in bright hues, and the waistcoat is made of pea green wool. This is just the thing to wear to the next way-too-gloomy poetry reading. Although we are currently out of this forest animal fabric, new wonderfully wacky cottons are always coming to Britex.

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Turkish Home Decorating Fabric


This exotically stunning home decorating is imported from Turkey. We love its unusual coloring of a deep charcoal background accented with turquoise, salmon, pale gold, and teal green. This large pattern is a graceful Arabesque floral design adorned with scattered thistles and medallions, with each circular medallion measuring 6 1/2” across. Its boldness would lend itself to an accent piece such as an ottoman cover, or overstuffed lounging pillows. It is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, and 84% rayon/16% polyester, 58” wide, and $95.00/yard.
“Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it’s Turkish delight on a moonlit night
Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you’ve a date in Constantinople
She’ll be waiting in Istanbul”

(By J. Kennedy and N. Simon)

Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.

If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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