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Guest Bloggers

Meet our growing team of Guest Bloggers! Hand-picked for their unique styles, they each contribute a fresh perspective to the Britex Blog through project highlights and complete tutorials. Our Guest Bloggers will inspire new projects and walk readers through the skills needed to tackle those intimidating little details.
SOPHIE

Ada Spragg

When I decided to learn to sew, a few short years ago, I didn't expect it to take over my life. Sewing my own clothes was something I always wanted to do but it seemed so out of reach. And then there was the problem of the ugly patterns. In fact, if I'd gazed into a crystal ball in 2010 and seen a future filled with sewing, blogging and abandoning recreational shopping, I probably wouldn't be alive today. But fast forward a few years and a period of sewing puberty later, I'm a walking stitching testament to the fact that everyone can learn to sew. And now thanks to the rise of some great independent pattern companies, I'm on the way to creating my ultimate hand-made closet!

The highlights of my sewing journey so far being: taking first place in series one of international sewing competition Project Sewn and spreading the joy, leading sewing workshops at The Craft Sessions retreat in the Yarra Valley, Australia in 2013. 

When I'm not sewing or sharing my makes with the blogging world, I can be found ankle deep in lego with two little lads in Brisbane, Australia.  

Connect with me via my Blog, Pinterest, Instagram or Kollabora.

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SHAMS
Communing With Fabric

I am Shams, and I love to sew! I have been sewing since I was a wee thing. I sew to express my creative side, but also to fit my body. Compared to most sewers, I seem to have a rare body shape: large bust, no waist, small hips and legs. Most pattern companies do not draft their patterns for my silhouette, so my sport of choice is Xtreme Pattern Hacking. I particularly specialize in altering patterns for the uber busty. (A term I coined several years back, because a "large" bust can mean anything from a DD cup, to my morebodacious G cup, and beyond.)

I also like to write: By day, I am a mild mannered, funky dressing, technical writer working in Silicon Valley. By night, I am an enthusiastic fabric lover with a penchant for interesting hardware and unusual designs.

I am thrilled to join the ranks of my sewing sisters, the Britex Bloggers. My two daughters are now grown up and have left the nest, which means that I have more room in my house to accommodate fabric, notions, patterns, and machines.

You can follow me on my blog, Communing with Fabric.

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JEN
Grainline Studio

I’m a professionally trained designer and patternmaker living in Chicago, IL. In addition to running my blog, Grainline, I produce a line of modern, fashion forward sewing patterns that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe and work as a patternmaker for local designers. When I’m not sewing or making patterns you can find me drinking tea, doing crossword puzzles, running, or hanging with my amazing cat Roamy.

You can follow me on my blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest

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JAMIE
I’m a self-taught designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, author, and native San Franciscan based in Brooklyn, NY. I received a sewing machine for my twenty-fifth birthday and haven’t put it down since. I left the world of government cubicles to intern at BurdaStyle in 2010, where I then went on to co-author BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern and become the site's Editorial and E-commerce Manager from 2012-2013.

For my line Jamie Lau Designs, I enjoy transforming simple silhouettes into fashion-forward frocks sewn from Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, and ikats. In addition to doing custom work (including bridal) I teach sewing courses at Textile Arts Center and across the country. Follow me on my blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for the latest updates and inspirations.

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LAURA MAE
Hello! My name is Laura Mae and I blog about my sewing/knitting/creative adventures over at Lilacs & Lace. I adore vintage styles and take any and every chance to play dress up, much to the amusement of strangers, who are perhaps not aware of the fun that can be had wearing a poofy crinoline. My sewing room is embarrassingly full of vintage and vintage-reproduction patterns, and my closet is overflowing with self-made clothing, yet I am continually searching for the next artistic challenge, to the consternation of said closet. Hand sewing has a calming effect on my life, and I have an unhealthy obsession with rayon seam binding! I strive to create garments that are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside and that will stand the test of time.
I can be found on my blog, Pinterest, Facebook and Bloglovin'.
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NICOLE
Nicole at Home

Like many seamstresses, I’ve been sewing since I could hold a needle thanks to my mom. I sew quite a bit for the house and my beautiful two boys, but beginning as a little girl drafting Barbie dresses, I’ve always most-enjoyed sewing clothing. It’s a great feeling to wear something you’ve made yourself! A couple days a week, I pack my bag with me-made work clothes, hop on my bike and cycle to my job as a part-time biology instructor at a local community college. Essentially, when I’m not teaching or cycling, I sew!
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TORI
One Eleven Studio

I’m a self- taught sewer with an entrepreneurial spirit, born and raised in the sunny state of Florida. My love of sewing is deeply rooted in all things that inspire me, be it childhood memories, art, nature, music, or vintage fashion. When I figured out how to turn my ideas and inspirations into something tangible, I never looked back. I love sewing and creating pretty things (mainly bags) that make me happy, and I hope that the things I make will connect with others and add a bit of happy into their lives as well. Find me on Twitter, Flicker, my blog and Etsy.

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KRISTIN
Skirt as Top

I'm Kristin and I blog at skirt as top.  I like to mix it up, sewing clothes for my kids, clothes for myself, quilts, home dec projects, the works. I learned the basics from my mom when I was little, but sewing didn't really take for me until a few years ago. As an adult, I have learned so much from independent patterns and online. Sewing is now my passion, and I love building my skills and trying new things. Taking a flat piece of fabric and turning it into something useful is hugely satisfying, and I love making kid clothes that are unique and bit playful too.

I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, four year old daughter, and two year old son. I also enjoy coffee, movies, and eating the kind of pizza you cut with scissors. Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Flicker

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MORGAN & MATTHEW
Thread Theory Designs

I am a sewing fanatic who, along with my husband Matt, operates a menswear sewing pattern company called Thread Theory and its accompanying blog. I live in Comox, a little town on Vancouver Island, where I am thrilled to be living the dream of sewing for a living. I love blogging about my sewing experiences because there is nothing more satisfying than encouraging others to pick up this re-emerging skill and art form!

Our company, Thread Theory, strives to provide sewers with inspiring designs, accurate patterns, and easy to follow instructions for their menswear sewing projects. I create the designs, work with our professional pattern drafter to perfect the patterns and write the instruction booklets.  Matthew is our photographer, website developer, PDF pattern creator and ideas-man.

When I’m not sewing and Matt and I aren’t working on Thread Theory, we love a rainy west coast hike and summer camping. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

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Supporting Indie Pattern Companies

 

What are the amazing patterns our Guest Bloggers are using? Here are some of our favorite independent pattern companies contributing to our projects:


 




 

   

 

Sophie Parslow

Ada Spragg

 

When I decided to learn to sew, a few short years ago, I didn't expect it to take over my life. Sewing my own clothes was something I always wanted to do but it seemed so out of reach. Like maybe it required some special talent or level of patience I didn't have. And then there was the problem of the ugly patterns. In fact, if I'd gazed into a crystal ball in 2010 and seen a future filled with sewing, blogging and abandoning recreational shopping, I probably wouldn't be alive today. Having choked on my dagwood dog in the gypsy woman's tent. But fast forward a few years and a period of sewing puberty later, I'm a walking stitching testament to the fact that everyone can learn to sew. And now thanks to the rise of some great independent pattern companies (think patterns you actually want to wear, not just hoard for grandkids amusement), I'm on the way to creating my ultimate hand-made closet!

 

What I love most about sewing is creating something from nothing. Which sums up my sewing journey thus far, the highlights being: taking first place in series one of international sewing competition Project Sewn and spreading the joy, leading sewing workshops at The Craft Sessions retreat in the Yarra Valley, Australia in 2013. 

 

When I'm not sewing or sharing my makes with the blogging world, I can be found ankle deep in lego with two little lads in Brisbane, Australia.  

 

Connect with me via my Blog, Pinterest, Instagram or Kollabora