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Spats Contest – Honor International Spats Month with Britex!


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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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.
Natalie Halloween Winner 1

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