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June 6, 2017 by Nicole at HomeAfter three and a half years of very part-time classes at West Valley College, I finally graduated a week ago with my A.S. in Apparel Production! Since I made a new dress for my very first day of class at WVC (which was also made with Britex fabric, coincidentally!), it was only fitting that I drape, draft, and sew the dress in which I accept my degree. And that the fabric for said dress come from my favorite fabric store!
February 27, 2017 by Nicole at HomeDid you ever consider that stretch lace could be used to sew up a simple tee shirt? It just takes the right pattern and a few small sewing modifications! Here, I've used this lovely stretch lace in "Naughty Navy".
January 3, 2017 by Nicole at HomeWho says you can't wear linen in the winter? Using some amazing linen knit fabric from Britex Fabrics, I sewed up a beautiful and warm color-blocked infinity scarf, perfect for the colder months. For my version, I chose two different colors--turquoise and navy--but this tutorial would work equally well if you wanted to go with a single color of fabric. Here's what to do.
March 17, 2015 by Nicole at HomeHello, it's Nicole from Nicole at Home to show you my fabulous new Companion Carpet Bag made from this incredible silk brocade!
January 6, 2015 by Nicole at HomeThe 2014 Guest Blogger Re-cap continues—because you’ve probably missed a few pretty amazing projects along the way and we’re 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 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 their individual style. In the last few years Nicole of Nicole at Home has contributed everything from outerwear to underwear. She's also created a ton of awesome tutorials and has even created a Free Cowl Neck Top Pattern exclusively for Britex and Nicole at Home blog readers. Nicole's fabric choices are fun and sophisticated---a good balance for her job as a college level biology teacher. The other thing you can trust Nicole with is a perfect small bust adjustment (a.k.a. SBA). So, if you often find yourself in the situation of having to minimize the bust, follow Nicole. Really. She works with great indie patterns, and blogs about her alterations all the time. You can thank us later.
December 29, 2014 by Nicole at HomeFor my last-of-the-year Britex blogger project, I chose the pattern first: the unusual and lovely design from Decades of Style, the Collar Confection blouse. The blouse design is interesting and a bit more challenging than a basic top, but still very doable. The blouse style dictates a fabric with drape, but it also must be fairly opaque because there are facings along the armholes. This midweight dotted ivory silk fits the bill and, in my humble opinion, is the ideal fabric for this top!
October 6, 2014 by Nicole at Homewool/silk tweed, a slim fit skirt such as the Charlotte by By Hand London really begs to be lined. Adding a layer of smooth and slippery fabric makes a wool skirt more comfortable to wear (especially with tights) and extends the life of the garment. Sewing a lining is fairly simple, however, there's another technique that serves the same purpose: underlining. Since I'll be showing exclusively images of the inside of this garment for this tutorial, I wanted to remind you of what it looks like on the outside (you can find many more at Nicole at Home):
September 24, 2014 by Nicole at HomeI was so thrilled to receive this gorgeous wool/silk tweed from Britex to sew my own version of the Charlotte Skirt from By Hand London. The Charlotte is a lovely high waisted, slim fitting pencil skirt, with a below-knee length. It's a great shape for work, but with all the walking and stairs I have to do around campus, it's a tad narrow around the legs. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to draft a simple kick pleat, which would work for any skirt or dress with a back seam and I've written the instructions to coordinate with a special underlining method that will be posted soon.
August 11, 2014 by Nicole at HomeMyrtle dress by Colette Patterns, I used the most incredible stretch silk from Britex (unfortunately no longer available). I washed and dried the fabric (on gentle and low heat) and it looks just as good as it did when before pre-washing. The stretch is significant and the fabric has an easy-to-sew texture and weight. It's a gorgeous fabric and was a pleasure to sew.
June 24, 2014 by Nicole at Hometiny Houndstooth stretch silk charmeuse, with hot pink picot elastic and matching 1/2" lingerie strap elastic. For the patterns, I used the Clara camisole and Grace panties from Ohhh Lulu.