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Dizzy the Unicorn Visits Britex Fabrics

 

Dizzy bottom copyWe were astonished when Dizzy the Unicorn paid a visit to Britex! Dizzy’s namesake is the notorious dandy, Queens’ consultant, and Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass inhabitant, Benjamin Disraeli. Unfortunately, Britex Fabrics was plum out of plum-cake when they stopped by, and Dizzy neglected to bring any. Dizzy’s splendid attire was made by Mr. Silver, Beach Blanket Babylon’s Mad Hatter. We loved the wee rhinestone twinkle in Dizzy’s eye! Mr. Silver and Dizzy had spent a taxing day in downtown San Francisco, and informed us that “all the girls like unicorns.” Judging by the clamoring fans, that appears to be true! We’re pleased to report that Dizzy was clothed by Britex Fabrics!
The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.

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Owlet – Paula and Billie

Every day is owlet day. Paula made this adorable owlet costume for her daughter Billie’s first Halloween, and then gave a shout-out to Britex special helpers Casey and Abraham. I love Billie’s feathery tufts, calico beak, and button eyes. What a chirpy bouncing baby owl!

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Make a Tutu Peacock Costume

It is looking like an avian All Hallows Eve! Shauna from the creative blog, Shwin&Shwin made up a tutorial on how she created a tutu-esque peacock costume for her daughter from some knit fabric for the top, and poufy netting and felt for the tail…..and a generous dollop of talent. It would be super lovely with some sparkly sequins added to the feather eyes! All materials are available at Britex Fabrics. We love the way the tail bellows out, and her attention to peacock feather detail and coloring.

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Natalie, Victorian Chicken Woman (& contest winner)

Natalie from the notions floor was our Halloween costume winner. She was seen clucking and flapping her faille winglets in her Victorian chicken costume. The dress was cobbled together from several patterns. The hoop was made of steel boning and took two days to construct, while the dress was sewn in four days. The yellow-beaked hat was made from materials from our 3rd floor. It was inspired by historical Victorian fancy dress costumes. To learn more about Victorian costume dress read “Fancy Dresses Described; Or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls” by Debenham and Freebody, [1896], or “Fancy Dress in the Victorian Era” by A. Jarvis & P. Raine.
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Soccer Ball Costume!

It will be Halloween in a couple of days! Jack and Olivia came into Britex Fabrics with Lindsey, their nanny. Jack is dressed like a soccer ball, and had a hard time restraining himself from rolling down our isles. His sister, Olivia likes to help Lindsey with her knitting projects, and graciously agreed to wear the kitty-cat crown that our cashier, Judy had on hand.
Jack and Olivia Halloween 2009

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Wee Gnome Costume

Every home needs a lucky little gnome! Now you can outfit your shortest household member and have your very own wee mischievous gnome. Stavro from Instructables made up these delightful gnome Halloween costume directions. Find out more about gnomes by reading historian Thomas Keightley’s book “The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves & Other Little People”, a definitive tome on mythology and folklore published in 1880.
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The Mad Hatter by ThreadBanger

From the folks at ThreadBanger comes (drum roll!)……The Mad Hatter costume tutorial! Throw a wee tea party, with unanswerable riddles and nonsensical poetry!
“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world …you fly,
Like a teatray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!”
mad hatter

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Flapper Headband Tutorial

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Supplies
• ½ yard 1” wide stretch sequined trim
• 1/8 yard ostrich feathers
• 1 large decorative rhinestone or appliqué
• Needle and thread

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