We love free patterns! The ever-fashionable BurdaStyle has scads of open source patterns on their website. We were particularly taken with this 6-buttoned straight skirt. It only takes 1 3/8 yards of fabric, 1/2 yard of lining…and six snazzy buttons!
Kari, our all-around craftress on the notions floor of Britex made this brilliant sign highlighting Britex buttons, lace, sequins, and miscellanea. We love how she constructed the famous vintage neon Britex Fabrics sign, the Transamerica Pyramid made of trims, and the be-buttoned road to San Francisco, our own Baghdad by the Bay. Look for this sign on the 1st floor, and over the elevator.
Named after Yorick, the deceased court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1, of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this very dapper felted skull scarf was designed by the talented Kate Kuckro of Knitty.com. It is straightforward; one knits across each skull opening and then cuts out the yarns crisscrossing the eyes and nose without having to worry about anything unraveling. We love it in white, but imagine it would also look marvelous in a subtle bone-colored yarn.
“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now?” (Hamlet, V.i)
These crocheted steampunk doilies by Severina of VintageStitchORama would make charming gifts; use them as trimming for a ladylike chemise, as a trim for an antimacassar, or to protect your Stickley tiger oak dresser top from unsightly scratches.
The Fall 2010 issue of SewStylish, demonstrated jacket tailoring techniques, including tailoring the perfect hem, sewing a professional-looking lapel, and personalized fitting. To enter this contest, upload a photo of a jacket you’ve made to the craftstylish.com contest gallery. First place will receive a $200 gift certificate from Spoonflower (your place to create your own fabrics and find unique pieces designed by other sewers), a copy of Pattern Boutique Version 5 pattern-drafting software from Wild Ginger, and an adjustable dress form from Singer. Be sure and upload your designs before October 18th for a chance to win!
Josh Rotter has dreamt of wearing a wine-colored fedora with a pink silk ribbon and black lace veil à la Prince, ever since watching the classic “When Doves Cry” video when he was a precocious child of six. Tricia of House of Nines Designs provided personal hat-making instructions, and Britex Fabrics provided the black tulle for the veiling, pink silk for the brim ribbon, and black lace trim. We think Josh did a splendid job making this marvelous chapeau.
Secretary made this loose top for her mother’s upcoming birthday. Her mother lives in southern Florida, and this will be perfect for those hot, humid days! We love the soft drape of this light-weight silk-linen knit fabric. This fabric is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, is 50” wide, and $39.99/yard. We also offer a fabric mail order service and can ship to most countries. Please contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.
Britex just got in eight new bolts of Liberty of London cotton. We are particularly enamored of this grouping of soft tawny prints. Someone told us that you could finger-press Liberty lawn to remove wrinkles, and to our surprise we discovered that they were correct. Liberty is incredibly drapable, long-lasting, and luxurious. The wee pairs of parrots would be chirpingly perfect for a child’s heirloom smock, and the rained-out looking abstract cityscape would make a stunning tailored shirt. Liberty of London cotton is 54” wide, $49.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy any of these four fabrics.
If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.
The immensely talented Sugardale from San Diego wrote and illustrated this set of instructions for making a poufy petticoat. It is constructed from 4 yards of 54” wide tulle or crinoline, and 16 yards of 7/8″ wide ribbon. This petticoat is guaranteed to make your skirt stand at attention, and swish and twirl most delightfully! Petticoats are gorgeous under wedding gowns, and add a saucy fillip to vintage shirtwaist dresses. http://sugardale.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-petticoat.html
Lynne from Sacramento stopped by Britex while visiting her sister. She made this simple, yet lovely loose shirt from floral print linen bought at Britex. Linen is perfect for hot summer days. She used a Vogue pattern, and we particularly liked the detail of the topstitching on the collar. This 100% linen print is 56” wide, $29.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.