Hello everyone! It’s Tori again from One Eleven Studio and I’m back with another tutorial! This time I’ll be teaching you how to make a foldover clutch with an emphasis on how to install a zipper. Now, I know zippers can be very intimidating, but I assure you it’s not bad at all. There are a few different ways to install zippers into bags but I find this way to be very simple, and because I produce bags in bigger quantities, installing a zipper this way helps me cut back on time. I love a good print so for this project I used a beautiful Woven Ikat Striped Cotton fabric and for the lining I used this extremely soft Reversible Two-Toned Rose and Chocolate Cotton Twill fabric. That being said, let’s get started!
When we got the online order for Honeycomb Black & Ecru Cotton fabric from Judy we were super excited! Judy is the mother of Kristin, a Britex Fabrics’ employee, a photographer, and a roller skating fiend. We love helping our family create new items, and were wondering what Judy would sew from this sophisticated print. As it turns out, Judy was attracted to this because she loves anything that is black and white, and enclosed a photo including her cat Titus to prove her point. Judy used an older McCalls pattern, and happily reports that although the fabric is cotton, it does not wrinkle. She says, “There was an option for using a contrasting trim and belt – and luckily I had a piece of textured heavy cotton in my fabric stash and it was just the right amount. I lined the front and back – not the sleeves – and did not use muslin. I found I had a piece of ecru thin cotton lining fabric and I used it because it was soft and not as bulky. My stash finally paid off and I was able to use these fabric pieces that I had saved for a long time.” We love how the black trim and the simplicity of the kimono lines accentuates the geometric pattern of the fabric!
Emily made this summertime frock from Britex Fabrics’ cotton from our 2nd floor. Her dress fabric is splashed with humongous baby pink and sand daisies, and accented with a delicate pink ribbon belt. Emily did a great job; we particularly like the gently pleated skirt and bodice shaping…and her pink and white spectator heels. Emily said, “I am honored to be on the Britex blog! I actually made this dress on my own without a pattern – I’m a self-taught sewer so I don’t use patterns too often. As for the occasion, I mainly made it just to have a fun 50’s inspired summer dress as I love and find much of my inspiration from the 1950’s. Just an extra tid-bit: there’s an attached pink tulle underskirt under the outer floral skirt :).” We think this cries out for matching pink lemonade and strawberry frosted cupcakes!
Wow! Our fabulous Guest Blogger, Kristin from SkirtAsTop made a simple summer sundress from Britex Fabrics’ cotton. The simple lines and full skirt really play up the abstract print and rich colors of the fabric, and the pattern is the Washi, a downloadable pattern from MadeByRae. No zippers or closures are needed due to the lovely back shirring. The fabric is 100% cotton, 57″ wide and $22.99/yard. It is available in-store and can be bought by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The circus has arrived at Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor cotton area! This cotton quilting-weight fabric is inspired by the folk art masterpiece, The Kirk Bros. Circus, a miniature carved circus made by Mr. Kirk between 1910 and 1954. I love the aerial bicyclist, and can almost taste the peanuts and hear the galloping horses. This fabric is 100% cotton, 44” wide and $14.99/yard. Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric, and you will be guided to the correct department.
These super-duper cute cotton prints would make colorful kids shirts, smocks, baby bibs, or playroom curtains. They are also ideal for sillier adults with a hankering for snazzy and bright apparel. One print is filled with a crowd of smiling anthropomorphic squash, broccoli, onions and other veggies. The other depicts wacky camping critters, including wide-eyed owls, marshmallow toasting squirrels, purple bunnies, and their camping accouterments. This 100% cotton fabric is 44” wide, $14.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Here is a mélange of our Liberty of London cotton lawn fabric. This swooningly soft cotton sews up into a glamorous bathrobe, luxurious pillowcases, or chic bespoke French-cuffed shirt…..and of course Liberty of London is the classic dainty floral fabric to use for a child’s hand smocked frock! To buy a length of Liberty, either come into our store, or contact us via phone at 415-392-2910 or email.
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)
A tiny tawny mouse whispered into my dozing ear that Britex Fabrics will be getting a new shipment of Liberty of London cotton lawn in the next week! Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. In 1975 Liberty celebrated its centenary, which was heralded by a major exhibition at the esteemed Victoria and Albert Museum. Direct from England, Liberty is taking the U.S. by storm! I yearn for a standing collar fitted shirt, with wide French cuffs made of this spectacularly soft cotton fabric in a peacock feathered print.
Jennifer sent us photos of her handiwork. She says, “All of these Japanese-style fabrics are from Britex. Two of the coats are “personal designs”, and three are from combined patterns to make each more unique. Each coat is lined with silk, and has an inside pocket with a Betty Boop button, just for fun. Working with beautifully weighted cottons, rayon, or tapestry fabrics is the best reason to sew!” Photos were taken by Paul Kirshner Studios.