We love the devil-may-care attitude of plus-fours, plus-twos, and knickerbockers. Made with a spiffy buckle holding the bottom cuffs in place and of linen or wool, these sportif trousers are the height of chic for all genders! They are practical for bicycling, traditional for all manner of lawn sports, and the height of steampunk or dandy fashion for urban adventures. Here is a knickerbocker pattern from BurdaStyle….I’d like a pair in navy blue linen for summer, and another in bittersweet chocolate brown wool for fall.
Don’t let sartorial dejection impede success! Sock garters are for everyone, not just kilt-wearers! Haley of wildwoodflwrv posted this easy-peasy tutorial on how to make sock suspenders. Make them in several colors and coordinate with your suit trousers! Sock garters add a hidden suave finishing touch to any attire.
We have peered into our glittery glass ball, and predict that detachable collars are making a come-back! Here are over a dozen patterns for men’s and women’s detachable collars from the 1850s to the 1930s – update: you must log in to see these now! These are copied from collars in the collection of Tara Maginnis, and brought to us courtesy of the fine folks at The Costumer’s Manifesto. One culd make starched and snowy white linen collars, paisley Liberty of London collars, or a plethora of colored collars to match ones mood. I am quite enamored with the “Lido” gent’s wingtip collar…..now all I need is a dove grey frockcoat and an ebony cane! Of course, Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor has many luxurious cottons, linens, and shirtings that would be eminently suitable for your next detachable collar.
These crocheted steampunk doilies by Severina of VintageStitchORama would make charming gifts; use them as trimming for a ladylike chemise, as a trim for an antimacassar, or to protect your Stickley tiger oak dresser top from unsightly scratches.
The Spats Contest end date has been extended a month to Monday, August 2nd! Britex Fabrics honors International Spats Month with a spats contest! Whether you call them spats, gaiters or jambieres, Monsieur Du Jour loves them. Spats add a debonair spark to anyone’s attire. Tan suede spats are foppish with summer seersucker pleated pants, and sparkly bubblegum pink patent leather spats are charming for prancing in parades. Here are two directions for making spats; one is an easy pattern from Minnie at thankyoufornotbeingperky, and the other is more complex directions from Threadbanger and Zoh Morrigan.
Contest Details: Send us a photo of your stupendous handmade spats by Monday, August 2nd at high noon. Judges include M. Du Jour and cohorts. The glorious grand prize includes a gift certificate to Britex’ online notions store, plus an additional, extraordinary surprise gift from Britex Fabrics.
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