When I saw the thick, bold charcoal and oatmeal colored stripes on this textured linen blend, I immediately thought of playing with contrasting stripes and creating a strong, structured silhouette for a high-fashion fall look. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through how to update an existing pattern and share some helpful design and patternmaking tips along the way.
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At our house, we’ve been exclusively using cloth napkins for a while now. I typically use quilting cotton for our “regular” napkins, so when I received the cotton and linen yardage from Britex, I almost felt guilty for using such incredible, beautiful fabric essentially for wiping dirty hands and mouths. But as I worked with the linen in particular, I came to the realization that I wasn’t making a throw-away, disposable item; well-made table linens, from high-quality fabrics are the type of item one might inherit. That thought made me especially happy since I chose the linen fabric to coordinate with a set of German breakfast dishes handed down to me from my grandmother. How fitting!
Napkins come in all shapes and sizes, for all occasions. For more “casual” napkins, I sew a narrow hem and little mitered corners. For formal, special occasion linen napkins, I use a wider hem and the traditional sewn mitered corner. This tutorial shows you how to make both! Click here to read more »
Spring is finally here. The plum trees are shedding their pink petals like cats losing their undercoats. I’ve found an empty park bench, its dark green paint peeling slightly and the wood planks warmed by the afternoon sun. As flower petals drift onto my lap, I toss the starlings, sparrows, and pigeons the remains of my brioche and take another sip of my cooling latte. A particularly social songbird hops upon the shoulder of my wheat colored linen shirt, so I whistle a bar of “Non, je ne regrette rien” as I try to tempt her with a palm of cakey crumbs.
Some of us do not feel the need to grow out of playing with paper dolls (you know who you are!) Here is a new linen home decorating fabric at Britex scattered with vintage paper dolls and their outfits. From officious nurses, to playful ocean swimmers, to be-smocked artists…..these paper dolls are handsomely clothed. This print is oversized, and the children are 18” and 12” tall. I can picture this as lovely sweeping bed canopy curtains! This fabric is printed on natural 100% linen, is 55” wide, $59.99 a yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Julie Gallegos emailed us a picture of this graceful and lovely embroidered linen dress that she made from Britex Fabric linen. She says, “I was in Britex today, working with the delightful and very knowledgeable Melody, who referred me to you. The dress I am attaching photos of was made using sky-blue cotton-linen fabric I purchased at after working with Gigi, who was a wonderful salesperson and helped me in choosing the right fabric with a quick understanding of what I needed. I brought the original 1920s garment from my collection into Britex and she really nailed the right fabric choice for me. The originals are nearly always too small through the shoulders, so I just decided to use the original as a template, and make my own. It turned out wonderfully and I’ve worn this to Gatsby Summer afternoon two times now and get nothing but compliments. I hope to someday market these kits either for adult women, or for little girls. This blue dress is the #1 prototype. All the sales representatives at Britex have been really helpful and I look forward to each time I need to shop at Britex.”