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Felted Boutonnière by Moxie


We deeply desire this grey and cherry red felted boutonnière made by Moxie, President and Director of Vendor Relations of Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle’s largest indie craft show. Wouldn’t it look smashingly swell on the lapel of a black velveteen three-piece suit? It makes me yearn for a toaster to plug into.

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Black Midi Skirt – by Heidi


Heidi from Oakland School for the Arts whipped this chic high-waisted black skirt together overnight. Really…overnight! She did not use a pattern; it is essentially a sewn rectangle with an attached sash and pockets. We love the style’s combination of carefree insolence and practicality. It is made with 1 ½ yards of 55” wide cotton. The cotton she used cost $5.99 a yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Sew a Shirt Collar with a Stand


Kathie of RaMonsterWear and SewMamaSew has ganged up to present this tutorial on making a shirt collar with a collar stand. And if anyone can slap together a collar with stand, it is Kathie….check out these pictures of custom-made glitzy Western wear shirts that she made! Now there is no excuse not to fashion a glorious new shirt for yourself (or your favorite dandy)

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The King has No Clothes Japanese Cotton


Yikes! It certainly appears that the Emperor has no clothes. We love the swindler tailors in their fezzes, and the king in his majestic crown and striped shorts. This sturdy fabric would be perfect for a child’s a-line jumper…..worn with a red turtleneck, red ribbed tights, and black ankle boots. It is Japanese cotton/linen fabric, 45” wide, $29.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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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How to Sew a Sleeve Placket


It is often the minutiae that separate bodacious hand-sewn garments from the rest. Mary Beth from TheStitchery developed these fabulously clear and explicit illustrated directions for making a sleeve placket for a dress shirt. I adore the stitching detailing.

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Luxury Cotton Shirtings at Britex


Britex Fabrics is the place to come to when you are looking for fabric to make bespoke shirts. We carry amazing pima shirting cottons, including imported Sea Island and Swiss solids, newly arrived Etro stripes, and more. These cottons make wonderful shirts; so soft that they almost feel like silk, long-wearing, and in a plethora of solids, tone-on-tones, tartans, plaids, and stripes. A well-dressed dandy will dress in subtly striped shirts with the marvelous spiffiness of contrasting Liberty of London collar linings, cuff linings, and collar stands. We like this combination of an espresso Etro stripe, plus a graceful Arts & Crafts-inspired Liberty of London print. Très chic!

Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy either of these two fabrics.

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

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Ice Cream Plushie by Antibromide


It is a deliriously scorching day in San Francisco. In honor of our wee heat wave, here is an Instructable by the talented Carly or Antibromide on how to make a felt ice cream sundae plushie, complete with tuile cookies. Yum!

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New Missoni Knits at Britex


Britex Fabrics has received a shipment of luscious Missoni knits, just in time for sewing additions to your autumn wardrobe. These fabrics would be stunning made into a pair of elephant -belled lounging pants, a slinky wrap top, or a simple fitted shirt. Fabric content includes poly/metallic/wool, polyacrylic, wool/poly, and wool, the width ranges from 48” to 54”, and the prices range from $69.99 a yard to $125 a yard. This fabric is found on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor (no mail-order swatches please)

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3 Stitches – Running, Basting, and Gathering Stitches


Here are several very basic hand stitches, the running stitch, basting stitch, and the gathering stitch, all illustrated and written up by the wondrously talented Gail, at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos. Hand-sewing is perfect for making smaller items such as doll clothing or clip-on bow-ties, or for mending tears or hem mishaps. Hand-sewing is also invaluable for finishing more finely constructed or tailored garments; nothing can beat the art of a hand-sewn hem!

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Rooster, Toadstools and Alarm Clocks, Oh My!


This print is so lively and kitchen-licious that it makes me want to can some late summer peaches into vanilla-infused white peach sauce, and Marisa at FoodInJars can tell me how to undertake this fragrant and yummy task! I love the melody of toadstools, wee marching birds, tulips, fruit, and roosters that prance helter-skelter across this cotton; it would be perfect as kitchen café curtains and trimmed with giant puffs of white ball fringe! This apparel-weight cotton fabric is 44” wide, $14.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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