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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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Knit Skull Stockings


These knit thigh-high stockings by Severina of VintageStitchORama are amazing, with lacy skulls and crossbones tramping up the leg from foot up to garter top.
Like Sparkle Moore says…….
You should be labeled with a skull and a-crossbones
You’re a jinx to my soul, oh yeah
You should be labeled with a skull and a-crossbones
You’re a jinx to my soul, oh yeah
You’re a menace to women, better lock you up in prison
‘Cause you’re like child that’s drivin’ everyone wild
Uh-uh-uh, a big X that means a-crossbones
I said, a big X that means a-crossbones
My heart sighs, my heart moans
Then it cries and then it groans

(By B. Morgan)

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How to make Flat-Fell Seams by Hand or by Machine


French and flat-felled seams are innately glamorous. The folks at the Vintage Sewing Reference Library can assist you with hand-sewing techniques that will cause the underside of your garments look as neat and beautiful as the other side. Several seam finishes are depicted, including fell, French, rolled, bound, and French fold. These directions are from American Dressmaking Step by Step by Mme. Lydia Trattles Coates [1917]. And for a more modern set of instructions, BurdaStyle has directions on how to sew neat and beauteous French and flat-felled seams with a sewing machine.

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Crocheted Pony Reins


We all know at least one child who is convinced that they are a pony, and while away their afternoons galloping with their model horses up and down the hallway. Every wee horse fancier would adore these reins to wear while racing about! Tonya Gunn at LivingCrafts presents a marvelously easy-to-make crochet project, saying “We’ll guarantee hours of fun outdoors for your little ponies.”

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Sew a Middy Top


The generous folks at the Vintage Sewing Reference Library have posted these instructions from The New-Way Course in Fashionable Clothes-Making [1926] for sewing a middy shirt, and we knows, everyone needs a middy for when they go a-ferrying. This classic vintage middy can be made in traditional white cotton, navy wool, or whatever fabric seizes your imagination. And, of course, fabrics and trims for this project can be found at Britex Fabrics.

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Pop Art-Inspired Home Decorating Fabric


I have decided to throw a little September potluck and invite Eva Perón, John Lennon, Ann Frank, and Jack Kerouac. Seriously, I love this pop art-inspired fabric with a montage of 4” squares depicting international luminaries. One of our regular customers just bought some for a vest, but it would also be fabulous as floor cushions or mounted on stretcher strips as wall art. This home decorating fabric is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, is 57” 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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