The Spats Contest end date has been extended a month to Monday, August 2nd! Britex Fabrics honors International Spats Month with a spats contest! Whether you call them spats, gaiters or jambieres, Monsieur Du Jour loves them. Spats add a debonair spark to anyone’s attire. Tan suede spats are foppish with summer seersucker pleated pants, and sparkly bubblegum pink patent leather spats are charming for prancing in parades. Here are two directions for making spats; one is an easy pattern from Minnie at thankyoufornotbeingperky, and the other is more complex directions from Threadbanger and Zoh Morrigan.
Contest Details: Send us a photo of your stupendous handmade spats by Monday, August 2nd at high noon. Judges include M. Du Jour and cohorts. The glorious grand prize includes a gift certificate to Britex’ online notions store, plus an additional, extraordinary surprise gift from Britex Fabrics.
Email Britex and Monsieur Du Jour!
Estee and Judd made this amazing headboard using Britex Fabric home decorating fabric. We love how they utilized the beautifully detailed sea creatures linen. She said: “I am happy to report that the headboard project went extremely well and we absolutely love the sea creature fabric we chose! This project took us the entire weekend, but we had the headboard installed first thing Monday morning! Judd and I are both crafty and love working on home improvement projects. He had made some readymade-esque items for the kitchen and I have reupholstered some dining room chairs. Other than that, this is our first major project together.” Just click here for printable illustrated directions.
For a queen-sized bed – by Estee and Judd
1. 4 ½ – 5 yards of 55” – 60” wide home decorating fabric
2. 25 – 11” by 15” wooden panels
3. 1 – 4’ by 5’ hardboard for the backing board
4. 1 – 4’ by 5’ piece of foam such as egg crate mattress pad
5. Staple gun and small staples to avoid sharp staples from poking through front of board
6. Glue such as Liquid Nails
7. 100 – ¼” screws (4 for each panel)
10. 2 – D-rings and D-hooks
1. Cut fabric down to size (large enough to wrap around board and foam), approximately 16” by 20”. Cut a piece of test fabric first to make sure the size is sufficient.
2. Cut foam down to the exact size of the panels
3. Place foam (egg carton side down) on panels and wrap the fabric around the panels.
4. Staple fabric into the back of the panels, starting in the center of each side and working outwards. Be sure and keep the fabric evenly taunt.
5. Place the large backing board on the floor. Arrange individual panels in the configuration you desire, paying attention to design and color
6. Glue the panels to the backing board using liberal amount of liquid nails, and lining panels up as straight as possible.
7. Allow liquid nails to dry overnight (we weighted the tiles down with heavy books and magazine in order to help the glue adhere to the tiles)
8. Carefully flip over entire headboard. Using 1/4″ screws, secure the panels to large backing board.
9. Hang on the wall using two D-rings and D-hooks. Look for the studs in your wall when mounting the headboard. Sweet dreams!
Britex Fabrics was very pleased to be able to donate fabric to Joanie, Jenna, and Kathy, three generations of women who donated their time sewing gift bags for the local non-profit, My New Red Shoes. My New Red Shoes helps homeless children look and feel confident as they start the school year while educating the community about the challenges facing homeless families. They provide homeless children with brand new clothing and shoes, and it rallies youth and adults around this effort by raising awareness about homelessness. Join My New Red Shoes in delivering the magic of back-to-school shopping by packing gift bags for homeless children on Sunday, July 18th. Bring your whole family for this wonderful volunteer day. Email rebecca AT mynwredshoes.org for more information.
Dresses are a girl’s best friend in the summer. In the spirit of all things summer, we want to see your summer dress creations! Show off your sewing stuff in our SewStylish Summer Dress to Impress Contest. To enter, simply upload an image of a summer dress you’ve made. Don’t forget to include up-close shots of the details that make your design unique as well as a shot of the entire garment. Your dress can be made from a pattern you purchased or an original design. Please be sure to include a detailed write-up describing how you made your dress along with any special sewing details you want pointed out.
Entries must be received by July 23rd, 11:59 p.m. to qualify. You could win great prizes including a StyleBasic Dress Form from Manne-King and a $50.00 gift card from us (Britex Notions.) SewStylish will chose their favorite 5 dresses based on originality, technique and quality, and then you’ll vote on the winner!
We adore Liberty of London! Melody made this gorgeous 2 ½ yard long, patchwork scarf out of over 30 Liberty of London cotton lawn prints. Every type of Liberty print is represented, from swirling paisleys, to dainty florals, to charming conversationals. Each patchwork piece is 2 ¾”, and the entire scarf is double-faced. It is for sale on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor ($225)
Sophia (age 5) designed this vibrantly-colored knit summer dress. We love the cascading tiers of scrumptious orange ruffles, and how she has paired her dress with knit pants. Her grandmother Tita sewed it for her, and is planning on whipping up another one. The fabric is called Cha-Cha Ruffles, is 93% polyester/7% lycra, 47” wide, and $24.99 a yard.
This is a brilliant frock for cavorting in the cool waters of Trivali Fountain at 4am while singing “Dancing Queen”. The full skirt is created with exquisite imported Swiss silk fabric that is embroidered and appliquéd, then sprinkled with a scattering of clear crystals. The appliquéd fleurs are charmingly three-dimensional. This is a 2 7/8 yard piece, 54” wide, and costs $1,995 for the length. The bodice is made of a soft ivory silk Mikado which is 56” wide and $59.99 a yard. The waistline is enhanced with pliant double-faced black satin ribbon, and the choker is fashioned of a pair of beaded trim appliqués. The silk organza skirt is held beautifully aloft by 50 yards of 72” wide black nylon net.
Father’s day will be here in a few weeks. Knit ties are the latest fashion for the jaunty dad in your life. A pirate blue cotton knit tie would look perfect paired with summer whites while paddle-boating in Hyde Park on Serpentine Lake. This chic knit necktie is made using a garter stitch and one skein of fingering weight cotton blend yarn.
Who could ever guess the amount of structure that goes into making this lacy waist-enhancing confection? Mary made this wide belt that is reminiscent of a waist cincher, of delicate French Chantilly lace. Beneath the lace, there are multiple layers of buckram, power net, silk chiffon, Swiss batiste, all fastened in the back with a leather buckle. (click photo to see a similar Chantilly lace trim)
Basting is crucial for constructing well-fitted garments. Chapter 8 from the book “Paris Frocks at Home” (1930), covers basic basting techniques, including armhole basting, basting tucks or pleats, and basting points and curves to ensure sharp points and curvilinear curves. (Thanks to VintageSewing.info for providing us with this resource!)