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2014 Blog Re-cap: Skirt as Top

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The 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap is here—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way this year and because we are so proud of each blogger’s ability to transform Britex fabrics into beautiful garments and accessories. During the next few weeks you’ll be treated to exclusive re-caps of our favorite guest blogger projects. We’ll show you the best of the best from each of our guest bloggers with all of their individual style. First up: Kristin of Skirt as Top.

If you haven’t already visited Skirt as Top, go now. You’ve got to check out Kristin’s Film Petit series where she replicates costumes from cult favorites such as Life Aquatic, Psycho and Back to the Future in miniature versions for her kiddos. Also, keep this blog in mind for awesome indie pattern recommendations—Kristin always knows about the coolest kids clothing patterns and the newest ladies patterns from independent pattern-makers.

hood2 Click here to read more »

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Embrace Fall, Make Your Own Cardigan

Hi it’s Kristin from skirt as top and I’m back with a project that has me ready for fall.  The changing of the more “extreme” seasons (winter and summer) to the more “transitional” ones (spring and fall) always cause me to want to refresh.  The temperature dipped into the 60s here for a couple days and suddenly I was very excited for it to be cardigan and jeans weather again.  So for my project today, I chose this heathered gray and navy stripe cotton knit for a lightweight cardigan to ease me into the new season.

britex stripe julia cardigan Click here to read more »

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Portland/San Francisco Undercover Hood in Rayon

Hi, I’m Kristin from skirt as top and I’m happy to be here with a review of the Undercover Hood by Papercut Patterns, sewn in Britex’s amazing charcoal Double Faced Rayon Knit.

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Tutorial: Ristretto Dress with Lining

Hi, I’m Britex Guest Blogger Kristin from skirt as top, and today I’m back to share a dress I made using Britex’s Smoke & Coffee Stretch Cotton, which I reeeally loved working with.

This dress is actually a remix of my favorite dress pattern, Made by Rae’s Washi Dress, and though as I sewed it I was calling it “Frankenwashi,” I came up with a prettier moniker now that it’s all done.  Named after one of our favorite coffee shops and alluding to the rich and complex color of the fabric—I’m calling it the Ristretto Dress!

ristretto dress tutorial

My favorite sewing challenge is to take a proven, great-fitting, well-written pattern and modify it into something new.  I do it when I sew for my kids all the time, but haven’t ventured into doing it for myself too often yet.

ristretto dress tutorial

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Kristin & the Washi Summer Frock

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 service@britexfabrics.com.

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Tutorial + Scoop Top Pattern

Hello, Kristin from skirt as top here again! I was really excited to see that Britex is now offering knit fabric online! For this project I picked out a super cool Japanese tissue knit with scribbles all over it. I thought it’d be a great fabric to turn into a simple t-shirt using my favorite J.Crew shirt as a launch point, with plenty of my own modifications to get the perfect fit. And because I want to share the love of my new favorite shirt, I thought I’d offer a free pattern along with the tutorial today!

scoop top pattern & tutorial Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: Adding Sleeves to Wiksten Tank in Flocking Bird Silk

Hello again, I’m Kristin from skirt as top and today I’m here with a pretty silk shirt. This navy and ivory flocking bird print was completely irresistible to me, and I was so excited to make a beautiful flowy top out of it for my sister.
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I started with one of my favorite patterns, the Wiksten Tank. As I’ve done before, I decided to add three quarter sleeves, which gives the shirt a bit more substance and slightly more formal look, while maintaining the ease of the pattern.
flocking bird silk shirt (sleeve tutorial)
Today I’ll show you my method for adding the sleeves. Click here to read more »

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Child’s Wintery Cape by Kristin

Hello Britex readers, I’m Kristin from skirt as top and I’m so thrilled to be here today! I have wanted to sew a cape for my 4 year old daughter for about a year now, and partnering with Britex Fabrics was the perfect opportunity for me to sew a soon-to-be-released cape pattern by Oliver + S with some truly wonderful wool.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

I chose this peacock blue midweight wool for a playful twist, since my daughter is only four years old and I always aim to make her clothing both beautiful and fun. Sewing with this gorgeous wool was a dream, and in person it almost shines. My husband even remarked on how nice it looked – it’s a level above the fabrics I typically sew with and the fabric quality is apparent at first glance!

forest path cape in britex fabrics Click here to read more »

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