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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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Giving Through Knitting


Kate from Knitty has compiled a handful of non-profit organizations that needs hand-knitted items, and the generous folks at InterweaveKnits have posted another gigantic list of non-profits. This is a great way to help others, work your way through your yarn stash, while further developing your mad knitting skills.

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Easy-to-Make Circular Vest


Nicole from Threads designed this elegant, yet easy-to-make vest. It is a cozy addition for autumn wear, and would be delightful made from any of the fine double-faced wools or a sporty plaid mohair fabric that Britex Fabrics has on our first floor. The yardage required is based upon your bust size, plus a few inches for room; ex. a woman with a 32” bust needs a 35” circle of fabric or 1 yard of 45” or wider fabric, a woman with a 36” bust needs a 40” circle of fabric or 1 yard of 45” or wider fabric, and a woman with a 44” bust needs a 47” circle of fabric or 1 yard of 54” or wider fabric.

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Make Shoe Sole Inserts


Dawn at dhbuscher.com has the marvelous idea of making shoe sole inserts to rejuvenate an old pair of shoes or to or customize a new pair, and has written step-by-step instructions. My brain is spinning with the possibilities; imagine sweet princesses and toad cotton in a pair of shiny black Mary Janes, or a dignified red paisley fabric in a pair of Kelly green high-tops. (And if you use thin foam instead of batting, you can also make your shoes that much more soft and comfy)

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Alençon Lace Trim


Alençon lace or point d’Alençon lace was first made in France in the 16th century, and is renowned for its fine netting ground, corded outlined floral patterns, and heavenly detailing. Alençon lace is also called the “Queen of lace”, and is superlative to use as trim for wedding gowns and bridal veils. This 1 1/4″ wide imported French Alençon lace is an edging lace with a floral corded motif, netting background, and a shallow scalloped border. We offer it in both soft white and creamy ivory, and it costs $5.96/yard.

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Italian Linen with Songbirds


Here is a fabric that is perfect for any bird lover. This blouse or shirt-weight Italian linen is embellished with a flock of songbirds on a natural-colored background. It would be a lovely addition to your fall or winter wardrobe….bringing the pleasures of spring in to combat the chill of winter. This fabric is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, is 56” wide, and $59.99/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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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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