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How to Make a Cadet Cap: Tutorial + Free Pattern

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Hello Britex readers, this is Mary from Craft Buds and I’m excited to be guest posting here today! I’ve put together a free cadet-style hat pattern for you. Just download the pattern from Craftsy here (you’ll need a free Craftsy account) and we’ll get started. I’ve used two fabrics provided by Britex in my hat, a beautiful midweight herringbone olive & espresso wool for the exterior, and a silky smooth chocolate brown rayon/cupro for the lining. The fabrics are both high quality and were a perfect set of fabrics for a warm and comfortable hat.

All kinds of woolens would work for this nifty cap. Try this Glen plaid wool, then line it with toasty, glorious red warm-back lining!

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How to make Harem Pants with Shams!

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Hi, it’s Shams from Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a lovely Britex fabric!

When Britex asked me to choose one of their polyester fabrics, I was drawn to their Japanese-Influenced Polyester Crepe. The pic on the website doesn’t show its true glory, so here it’s draped over a chair:

 

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I love the texture of a pebbled crepe and this fabric came through the washer and dryer like a champ.

But how to use it?

I wanted to sew it into harem pants, but I could also see this as a stunning kimono jacket. The fabric resists wrinkles and would be great for travel.

I decided to use Sandra Betzina’s harem pant pattern, Vogue 1355. This harem pant is unusual in that it is close-fitting through the crotch. The fullness is located on the inside leg, not at the outer hip.

 

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How Do I Add Piping: Curvy Sewing Collective Post

Hello! I’m Tanya and I blog at Mrs. Hughes. I’m excited to be the first of the Curvy Sewing Collective editors to contribute to the Britex blog. I’m a NorCal girl and Britex is one of my most favorite places to shop!

 

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For this project, I chose this sublime royal purple worsted wool. This fabric is a midweight wool, with a nice drape that works well for the Decades of Style 1930’s Stardust Skirt. I love retro styles, but I’ve never ventured into the 1930’s silhouette as I’ve always found it to be more form-fitting than I’m generally comfortable with. However, I do like to step outside of my self-imposed boundaries occasionally and venture in to new territory, and thus entered this 1930’s skirt. Click here to read more »

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Where Magazine & Britex Fabrics!

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September’s issue of Where: San Francisco mentions Britex Fabrics on page 22. Britex is the West Coast’s destination couture fabric store. Snuggled cozily between Chanel, John Varvatos, Bottega Veneta Leather Goods, Jimmy Choo Shoes, and Valentino, we carry a plethora of high-end and moderate textiles. As the ever suave Douglas on our first floor says, “Touch everything! Start at the top and work your way down!”

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Partaking Patrons Vol XII

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Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 12!

This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information.

 

Here at Britex, many of our staff’s parents are seamstresses, too. Apparently the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree! And today we are so thrilled to be able to share one of our Moms of Britex projects.

 

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We are Closed on Labor Day!

Britex Fabrics will be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.

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Reminder: Yard Sale Challenge!

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Don’t forget, sewing friends, that our Yard Sale challenge is quickly coming to a close. Head on in to our 4th Floor to snag some super fun fabrics for your chance to win. And pro-tip: many of these pieces would be perfect for Halloween projects or costumes on a budget; so, even better! See our entry rules to get started.

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Tutorial: Adding a Waist-Stay to a Garment

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Hello everyone, it’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. Today I would like to share my new frock made from this delicious cotton batiste as well as a great way to take your garment sewing to the next level with a grosgrain waist stay!

 

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Partaking Patrons Vol. XI

Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 11!

This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information.

 

Whether it is a large ballroom gown, upholstered couches, or a small and nuanced doll, Britex is home to all things creative! In this installment of PP, the lovely Joseph Coloff shows us the latter. With his detailed and precise handiwork, Joe has made a beautiful roaring 20s doll for a competition in Texas.

 

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Sneak Peek: Gorgeous Beaded Trims

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The Britex Notions department on our 3rd Floor has always been fantastic at keeping amazing beaded trims in stock. But, lately, the new round of trims and laces that have been hitting the floor have been outstanding.

 

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