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How to Pick a Simple Sewing Pattern


At BurdaStyle, the talented Sandra Betzina from PowerSewing.com shows a novice seamstress (her daughter, Kim) how to pick a pattern that will result in a beauteous garment. Sandra shows you how to read patterns, and which patterns will be easier for beginning sewers. Our recommendations are to pick fabrics that you genuinely enjoy, buy matching thread, and to read and follow pattern directions.

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Gardening Gnome Fabric


We found a few gardening gnomes; we found one 2 ¾ yard piece of gnome fabric. It is all or nothing, baby. Please email Britex if you want to buy this fabric.

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The Princess and the Frog Fabric


Attenzione! The gnomes have left the building, all squirreled away for warmer climes. Instead we have the very royal princess and her cohort, the rollicking but princely bullfrog. This beautiful and sturdy Japanese cotton-linen fabric is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, is 45” wide, and $29.99/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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Knit a Pair of Pirate Socks


Pamela from KatyDidKnits.com claims these are Jack Sparrow’s all-time favorite socks. I’m not so sure, but I’m positive that these are the grooviest striped skull and crossbones adorned socks you’ll ever see! They would be perfect to keep your tootsies warm while tramping about on All-Hallows-Eve. As Pam says, knit these up and then “Go sail the high seas and plunder a village or two!” (Click here for a PDF for this pattern)

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Free Skirt Pattern – BurdaStyle


We love free patterns! The ever-fashionable BurdaStyle has scads of open source patterns on their website. We were particularly taken with this 6-buttoned straight skirt. It only takes 1 3/8 yards of fabric, 1/2 yard of lining…and six snazzy buttons!

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Britex Sign – Kari


Kari, our all-around craftress on the notions floor of Britex made this brilliant sign highlighting Britex buttons, lace, sequins, and miscellanea. We love how she constructed the famous vintage neon Britex Fabrics sign, the Transamerica Pyramid made of trims, and the be-buttoned road to San Francisco, our own Baghdad by the Bay. Look for this sign on the 1st floor, and over the elevator.

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Felted Skull Scarf


Named after Yorick, the deceased court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1, of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this very dapper felted skull scarf was designed by the talented Kate Kuckro of Knitty.com. It is straightforward; one knits across each skull opening and then cuts out the yarns crisscrossing the eyes and nose without having to worry about anything unraveling. We love it in white, but imagine it would also look marvelous in a subtle bone-colored yarn.
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now?” (Hamlet, V.i)

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Steampunk Doily


These crocheted steampunk doilies by Severina of VintageStitchORama would make charming gifts; use them as trimming for a ladylike chemise, as a trim for an antimacassar, or to protect your Stickley tiger oak dresser top from unsightly scratches.

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SewStylish Fall Jacket Challenge Contest – End October 18th


The Fall 2010 issue of SewStylish, demonstrated jacket tailoring techniques, including tailoring the perfect hem, sewing a professional-looking lapel, and personalized fitting. To enter this contest, upload a photo of a jacket you’ve made to the craftstylish.com contest gallery. First place will receive a $200 gift certificate from Spoonflower (your place to create your own fabrics and find unique pieces designed by other sewers), a copy of Pattern Boutique Version 5 pattern-drafting software from Wild Ginger, and an adjustable dress form from Singer. Be sure and upload your designs before October 18th for a chance to win!

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Wine-Colored Fedora – Josh


Josh Rotter has dreamt of wearing a wine-colored fedora with a pink silk ribbon and black lace veil à la Prince, ever since watching the classic “When Doves Cry” video when he was a precocious child of six. Tricia of House of Nines Designs provided personal hat-making instructions, and Britex Fabrics provided the black tulle for the veiling, pink silk for the brim ribbon, and black lace trim. We think Josh did a splendid job making this marvelous chapeau.

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