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Easy to Crochet Trivets and Potholders


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!

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Japanese Cotton-Linen Fabric & Overalls


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.

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Lavender Summer Coat – Chloé


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.

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Wool Wedding Gown – Louise Fairburn


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)

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How to Make Covered Buttons


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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Read us in 43 Languages!


The Britex blog has gone global! Just click the sidebar link, Translate This Blog! to read us in any one of 42 languages including Armenian, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Persian, Russian, Welsh, Yiddish and more……

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Bastille Day at Britex


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.

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Boutonnières and Felted Flowers


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.

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Vintage Paper Doll Linen


Some of us do not feel the need to grow out of playing with paper dolls (you know who you are!) Here is a new linen home decorating fabric at Britex scattered with vintage paper dolls and their outfits. From officious nurses, to playful ocean swimmers, to be-smocked artists…..these paper dolls are handsomely clothed. This print is oversized, and the children are 18” and 12” tall. I can picture this as lovely sweeping bed canopy curtains! This fabric is printed on natural 100% linen, is 55” wide, $59.99 a yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Japanese Retro Fabric


This Japanese fabric featuring authentic vintage advertisements is charmingly retro. It would make a nifty apron, sewing room café curtains, ironing board cover, or tote bag. My favorite saying is “Here’s Mildness You Can Measure All Day Long!” This fabric is printed on a natural 45% cotton/55% linen blend. It is 45” wide and $29.99 a yard, and can be 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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