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Maker Faire – 2010

Yeah, Maker Faire is back! Maker Faire Hours – Saturday, May 22 (10am – 8 pm) and Sunday, May 23rd (10am – 6pm) Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.

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Seersucker Vintage Apron to Sew

One of this season’s delightful fabrics is seersucker. Seersucker makes me think of crochet, bocce ball, drinking tall frosted glasses of icy beverages, and scintillating tête-à-têtes. Springtime is also a perfect time to make aprons for all your seasonal organizing and cleaning, and here are some lovely vintage apron directions from a Canadian sister, Tipnut. All you need is one yard of seersucker fabric and nine yards of coordinating rickrack, and you’ll be set to grab your feather duster and label maker to clean and organize all afternoon….and then you can relax with aforementioned tall frosted beverage.


(All seersucker fabrics pictured are cotton/polyester blends & 45″ wide. Violet/white seersucker is $8.99/yard, orange-red/white seersucker is $6.99/yard, and grey/white seersucker is $10.99/yard)

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Bridal Veils – Alençon Lace

June will arrive more quickly than we expect, and with June come the brides! Using Vogue pattern V8569, a handful of gossamer tulle, and a couple of yards of lovely lace from Britex Fabrics you can make your own romantic, heirloom wedding veil. This imported French 4 1/2″ wide ivory Alençon lace, with a corded rose and leaf motif, and a double-scalloped border can easily be cut through the center to make trim, and would be luxuriously stunning as veil edging.

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Hat Contest at The de Young Museum!

Join The de Young Museum for a hat contest on Friday, April 23! There is still time to visit Britex Fabrics for tulle, velvet and silk ribbons, lace, silk flowers, and rhinestones to make an artistic chapeau. Hats should be inspired by the French Impressionist paintings in the museum’s collection. Let Manet, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro and more drive you to frivolous heights! Categories include, Moulin Rouge or Soiree (evening hats), Boating on the Seine River (daytime hats), Can-Can (theatrical), Glamorous Garden Party, and Professional Hat Designers (will be judged separately). And of course there are prizes.

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Cotton Boll Home Decorating Cotton

We love this taupe, cream, pink and maroon cotton home decorating fabric. Its giant wine-colored puffs remind me of cotton bolls. I want to cover wicker loveseat cushions with this, and then kick back with a glass of lemonade and an Agatha Christie novel, while listening to “Ol’ Man River” from the classic musical, Showboat.
“Ol’ man river,
Dat ol’ man river
He mus’ know sumpin’
But don’t say nuthin’,
He jes’ keeps rollin’
He keeps on rollin’ along.”
(By K. Kern and O. Hammerstein)

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Liberty of London – Art Nouveau Print

This Liberty of London Art Nouveau print has graceful flowing lines and clear muted colors. It is just the thing to segue from rainy winter mornings to the dewy newness of spring, and would make a luxuriously fabulous shawl-collared robe.

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Wool Jacket & Rayon Dress – Elena

Elana made this spring-time green casual rayon dress, and coordinating elegant wool jacket from fabric and notions from Britex Fabrics. She used a Burda pattern. The braiding on the jacket color, cuffs, and flap pockets is a lovely touch. I imagine wearing this chic outfit with a wide-brimmed white straw hat festooned with leaf green grosgrain ribbon trim.

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The Nutkin Twins – Embroidered Squirrels

Oh Mister Nutkin times two. Andrea Zuill at Badbirds Designs brings you the Nutkin twins…..which is the evil twin and which is the angelic twin? I have the feeling we will never know unless they stop looking at one another out of the corners of their eyes, turn around and duke it out with their furry little mitts! Or maybe they just want to get together and bake a springtime yellow cake. At any rate, these squirrels would be adorable embroidered on just about anything…..pajamas, a child’s top, an apron, or tea towels. All you need is the ability to form a simple chain stitch, and a smidgen of patience.


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Green Wool Dress – Mashia

Mashia made this stunning fitted dress from an Italian wool and polyamide from Britex Fabric’s first floor. The dress is lined in red, picking up the tiny bright specks in the evergreen wool fabric. She self-drafted it from a dress that fit her particularly well (but usually works from Burda or Vogue patterns.) We love this sheath dresses ¾ length sleeves, glamorous fit, and the insolent way Mashia has accessorized it with a violet braided belt and rayon scarf.

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Liberty of London – Paisley

I long to make a pair of pajamas in this paisley Liberty of London print! I’d make a long sleeve pajama shirt with a button front and mother-of-pearl buttons, banded flap pocket, and banded sleeve cuffs, and drawstring pants. Then I’d lounge about reading “Cleopatra: A Biography”, by Duane Roller, nibbling on flat bread wrapped around feta cheese and mint leaves, and drinking sweet hot tea that I’ve brewed in my brass samovar, with the sun streaming in like honey over my bare feet.

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