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Japanese Town Musicians of Bremen Fabric


Here are town musicians of Bremen; it is raining cats, dogs, donkeys, and roosters in this quaint little town. Wouldn’t this be enchanting made up into a full swirly square dance or contra-dance skirt? This border print fabric is Japanese 45% cotton/55% linen, 45” wide and $29.95 a yard. It can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Vintage Knit Hat – 1938


Who could resist this hat? This jaunty knit hat is a study in chic, urban sophistication; it goes with red lipstick and a tailored wool suit like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This pattern was originally printed in “Knitted & Crocheted Chic Hats” (1938), and is here courtesy of the kind folks at vintageous.com.

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Fabric Sailor Hat


Hey, sailor! As we all know, everything goes better with a saucy dollop of trollop. With this in mind, Vivian of VivianVonDimples made this tutorial for an adorably flirtatious sailor hat.

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Striped Linen Vest – Avery


Avery is très officious in this vest made of Italian black and natural striped linen, featuring gold metal buttons with engraved sailboats, and sewn from McCalls pattern 2447. A stupendous selection of imported linens can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, linen remnants on our 4th floor (up to three yard pieces!), and the exceptionally snazzy buttons and pattern are available on the 3rd floor.

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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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