Hey, sailor! As we all know, everything goes better with a saucy dollop of trollop. With this in mind, Vivian of VivianVonDimples made this tutorial for an adorably flirtatious sailor hat.
Avery is très officious in this vest made of Italian black and natural striped linen, featuring gold metal buttons with engraved sailboats, and sewn from McCalls pattern 2447. A stupendous selection of imported linens can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, linen remnants on our 4th floor (up to three yard pieces!), and the exceptionally snazzy buttons and pattern are available on the 3rd floor.
Just in time for lazy summer cook-outs, here are a bushel of fruity, easy to crochet trivets and potholders brought to you by The Purl Bee. These are so easy to make that you could practically make one up while your zucchini and ricotta galette bakes!
This fabric would be pop-art chic sewn up in a pair of wide-legged overalls. This pattern for retro 1930’s overalls is from Decades of Style (#3008.) This vintage pattern from the late 1930s has inset pieces at the waist to provide a flattering fit, and a center back zipper at waistline. Cross-over straps have button closure at the shoulders, and the bodice and waist insets are lined. The fabric is Japanese 45% cotton/55% linen, 45” wide and $29.95 a yard. The fabric can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, and the pattern on our 3rd floor.
Chloé looks summery in this coat made of pale lavender daisy-strewn cotton from Britex Fabrics. The coat is trimmed with purple ruffles and appliquéd flowers, bought at Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor. Chloé’s dad, Sam, explained that she was difficult to fit and that this sweet outfit was made for her by a friend.
This amazingly crafted wedding gown was designed by Louise Fairburn. Louise is an award-winning sheep breeder who decided to get married in a fleece from her own flock. She designed the gown and took wool from her favorite rare Lincoln Longwool, Olivia. The dress, which cost $2111, took a spinner and dressmaker 67 hours to make. (Lincolnshire, Great Briton)
Jungrrl from Craftster wrote this lovely tutorial on how to make covered buttons. We think this is another old-fashioned skill whose time has resurfaced. A black cardigan would be charming with vintage kimono fabric covered buttons, a grey wool suit with bespoke matching sleeve buttons, or perhaps leaf green gingham check café curtain tabs fastened with pink Swiss dot covered buttons! Britex carries all the supplies you need to make covered buttons in both flat and half ball styles, ranging in size from 7/16”, all the way up to a humongous 2 ½”!
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Fabulously tasteful Sarah of TotallySevere.com’s Marie-Antoinette paper dolls were the inspiration for Britex Fabric’s Bastille Day window display. This display was created by the ever-glamorous James. Although Marie-Antoinette never actually said “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”, we have no doubt that she would have loved the cupcake confection that she is holding aloft. Incidentally, the culprit for that quotation is thought to be Marie-Thérèse, the wife of Louis XIV.
The Art of Manliness and Du Jour believe that it is time to bring back the daily boutonnière for suit lapels, and we agree. Worn above your heart, your choice of flower can either convey a secretive message, or it can handsomely accent your attire. One can use fresh flowers, or knit hand-made ones such as these felted flowers. All you need is a suit with a lapel buttonhole. If the buttonhole is unopened, slit it open carefully with a blade and trim any loose threads. Attach the flower by carefully threading the stem through the buttonhole, and fastening it with a tiny safety pin on the lapel underside. A more debonair method is to sew a silk loop one to two inches underneath the lapel button hole to balance the flower’s stem.