For an extra-special version of the lovely Myrtle dress by Colette Patterns, I used the most incredible stretch silk from Britex (unfortunately no longer available). I washed and dried the fabric (on gentle and low heat) and it looks just as good as it did when before pre-washing. The stretch is significant and the fabric has an easy-to-sew texture and weight. It’s a gorgeous fabric and was a pleasure to sew. Click here to read more »
How was our big workshop space launch party, you ask? Amazing!
These ladies were spectacular, making our party a huge success. Each one offered their own unique glimpse into sewing, and consequently, there was something to inspire every type of sewer. Click here to read more »
Hello everyone! It’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace here with a few tips to help you tackle invisible zippers. For this project, I am working with Colette’s Parfait Dress and this yummy textured basket-weave linen blend.
Hello! Nicole at Home, here. Even with the onset of colder weather in California, I’ve not wanted to give up on wearing dresses. But tights with dresses, and the static that clings them together, make me completely crazy. So, with an opportunity to use some of Britex’s beautiful silks, I just had to make a slip. Click here to read more »
With the chill of Fall settling on the Bay Area, a new jacket was definitely in order. With the classic double-breasted Anise pattern by Colette in mind, I selected this incredible Rose Madder and Plum Tweed Wool fabric from Britex. I loved the striking color and texture of the fabric and it seemed both modern and classic at the same time. Click here to read more »
Father’s day is June 16th, which we see as an occasion to brush up on our oft neglected sewing-for-dudes skills. Tasia from Vancouver, Canada, and proprietress of the blog, Sewaholic produced this timely tutorial on making a fitting muslin for a men’s shirt, and then goes on to explain the process in which she alters the collar stand for a huskier neck. Although she used a McCaLLS pattern, we’re enamored with the Negroni Shirt by Colette; a slightly retro shirt with a more modern cut. The Colette instructions and booklet guide you gently through every step of creating a well-crafted casual shirt: felled seams, a lined back yoke, and sleeve plackets on the long sleeve version. Why not make two shirts – one in delicious party mint pink organic cotton , and the other in ride-em-cowboy county fair blue gingham?
These two go together like blinis and caviar! Pair Colette’s Sencha Blouse with this geometric silk from Britex Fabrics. Rated for beginners, the vintage influenced Sencha sewing pattern has a discreet je ne sais quoi that only flatters the sedately boisterous silvery silk. Sew this up over the weekend, and be prepared for moonlit adventures. To make it all even sweeter, this diamond patterned silk is now 50% off in our newly created half off fabric section!
After getting our first shipment of patterns from Colette, we’re officially going steady with each and every one of the Portland Colette folks! These patterns are awesome; each pattern comes with a handy book that in includes beautifully clear and concise step by step instructions and drawings. The actual pattern is folded into a pocket in the back cover, and some patterns include additional online variations. The Clover pants pattern is made for beginning sewers. Classic beautifully simple slim pants with a side zipper – they would be oh so groovily Mad Men meets Kerouac made up with Britex Fabrics’ vintage-inspired Italian cotton/lycra puppy-tooth olive and mauve stretch cotton.