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How to Sew a Sleeve Placket


It is often the minutiae that separate bodacious hand-sewn garments from the rest. Mary Beth from TheStitchery developed these fabulously clear and explicit illustrated directions for making a sleeve placket for a dress shirt. I adore the stitching detailing.

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Luxury Cotton Shirtings at Britex


Britex Fabrics is the place to come to when you are looking for fabric to make bespoke shirts. We carry amazing pima shirting cottons, including imported Sea Island and Swiss solids, newly arrived Etro stripes, and more. These cottons make wonderful shirts; so soft that they almost feel like silk, long-wearing, and in a plethora of solids, tone-on-tones, tartans, plaids, and stripes. A well-dressed dandy will dress in subtly striped shirts with the marvelous spiffiness of contrasting Liberty of London collar linings, cuff linings, and collar stands. We like this combination of an espresso Etro stripe, plus a graceful Arts & Crafts-inspired Liberty of London print. Très chic!

Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy either of these two fabrics.

If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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Ice Cream Plushie by Antibromide


It is a deliriously scorching day in San Francisco. In honor of our wee heat wave, here is an Instructable by the talented Carly or Antibromide on how to make a felt ice cream sundae plushie, complete with tuile cookies. Yum!

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New Missoni Knits at Britex


Britex Fabrics has received a shipment of luscious Missoni knits, just in time for sewing additions to your autumn wardrobe. These fabrics would be stunning made into a pair of elephant -belled lounging pants, a slinky wrap top, or a simple fitted shirt. Fabric content includes poly/metallic/wool, polyacrylic, wool/poly, and wool, the width ranges from 48” to 54”, and the prices range from $69.99 a yard to $125 a yard. This fabric is found on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor (no mail-order swatches please)

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3 Stitches – Running, Basting, and Gathering Stitches


Here are several very basic hand stitches, the running stitch, basting stitch, and the gathering stitch, all illustrated and written up by the wondrously talented Gail, at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos. Hand-sewing is perfect for making smaller items such as doll clothing or clip-on bow-ties, or for mending tears or hem mishaps. Hand-sewing is also invaluable for finishing more finely constructed or tailored garments; nothing can beat the art of a hand-sewn hem!

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Rooster, Toadstools and Alarm Clocks, Oh My!


This print is so lively and kitchen-licious that it makes me want to can some late summer peaches into vanilla-infused white peach sauce, and Marisa at FoodInJars can tell me how to undertake this fragrant and yummy task! I love the melody of toadstools, wee marching birds, tulips, fruit, and roosters that prance helter-skelter across this cotton; it would be perfect as kitchen café curtains and trimmed with giant puffs of white ball fringe! This apparel-weight cotton fabric is 44” wide, $14.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Italian Velvet Home Decorating Fabric


This soft and scrumptious home decorating velvet is imported from romantic Italy, and comes in four color ways, taupe, mossy green, burnt orange or ocher. The design is a graceful Arabesque pattern, accented with open pomegranates and thistles. This velvet would be elegant made into drapes for a home library, with each window flanked by ceiling-high mahogany bookshelves, and facing a stone fireplace. This home decorating fabric is 56” wide, $145 a yard, and 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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Make Leather 1750’s Fly-Front Breeches


It is official; we are head-over-heels in love with Gail Art, at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos. Here she gives step-by-step instructions with photos on how to make leather 1750’s fly-front (or French Fly) hand-sewn Braintan breeches. Being a bit button-crazy, I am particularly enamored with the carefully constructed button-fly and the buttons running down each leg. So you can plan ahead….Britex Fabrics carries leather hides on the 4th floor that are suitable for this amazing project.

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Kelim-Inspired Home Decorating Fabric


I want to make a window seat, and cover it with this amazing kelim-inspired home decorating fabric. I love the diamond-shaped serrated medallions and the bold colors. The seat would be oh-so-cosy piled with bolsters and pillows in lush paisley velvets and stuffed Kurdish saddle bags. This gorgeous home decorating fabric is 54” wide, $95.00 a yard, and 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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How to Make Hand-Sewn Buttonholes


Gail Art, clothier and blogger at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos has made wonderfully clear tutorial on how to make hand-sewn buttonholes. Sarai comes through with reproductions of vintage sewing book buttonhole directions; three styles are depicted including plain, with a bar, and with a corded edge. We love how delicate, yet elegantly sturdy hand-sewn buttonholes look. Hand-sewing is an art that deserves to be rediscovered for everyday use. Remember, practice and silky buttonhole twist thread makes all the difference in the final quality of your work.

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