Did you enter one of the sew-along contests for Sewing Indie Month? I just finished my entry using the Out And About dress pattern from indie pattern company, SewCaroline, and a wonderfully soft and drapey bamboo jersey knit from Britex. I made a number of alterations to the pattern (since I’m entering my dress in the Pattern Hacking contest) and am really happy with how the dress turned out!
The Out and About Dress has two sleeve options – elbow length and full length – but Caroline has also made a tutorial to create a sleeveless version. I thought a dress with full sleeves and a full length skirt in a distinctive stripe would be a bit too stripey and I am glad I went with this sleeveless version as ever since I finished the dress it has been so hot that there has been no need for sleeves!
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Despite popular belief, it really isn’t that bad being short. At 5’1″, I’ve got step stools all around the house and I can manage just fine, thank you very much. My biggest beef with being petite is that non-petite clothing just doesn’t fit. It’s one of the main reasons I sew my own clothing: with some small adjustments, I can shorten bodices, rises, sleeves, and pants to suit my size. You can imagine my excitement, then, a few months ago, when I did a search for “petite Indie sewing patterns” and stumbled upon Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick! So when given the chance to participate in Sewing Indie Month with Britex, I immediately knew I wanted to make a whole outfit from SBCC. What fun! Click here to read more »
Sewing Indie Month is going strong. If you’ve been missing some of the activity, check out our previous post to find out what pattern companies are participating. Also, don’t forget about the sewalongs. Here’s an update from each of our sewalong leaders…
Wanett of Sown Brooklyn just posted this summery look last week. She chose a blue Britex linen (so sorry, it’s all gone). This drop waist pattern by Pauline Alice would also look mighty fine in our Sweet Wine Linen or Rust Linen & Viscose blend.
Jenny of Cashmerette will be posting this project on May 22 using our super fun Perky Floral Silk and this pattern by Sinbad & Sailor.
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Guess what? Britex is a proud supporter of Sewing Indie Month happening right now! Sewing Indie Month is an online party with 21 independent sewing pattern designers and their best friends (that would be you)!
In the organizer’s own words…
“Sewing Indie Month is all about making new friends and sewing great garments. See, when you’re an independent sewing pattern designer sometimes you really wish you could ask your fellow designers’ advice, or even just commiserate about how little sleep you get when there’s an error in one of your patterns. That can seem weird and presumptuous though, asking a stranger, a competing business owner, to chat about certain things they’d rather keep private. But that’s the great thing about being an indie designer, your fellow designers aren’t your competition, they’re your allies.”
You won’t want to miss the sewalongs lead by some mighty awesome bloggers (including our very own Guest Blogger Laura Mae). Sewalong themes and blogs follow:
Indie Love Affair – Wanett of Sown Brooklyn
Dressed to the Nines – Laura of Lilacs and Lace
Everyday Casual – Jenny of Cashmerette
Pattern Hacking – Rhonda of Rhonda’s Creative Life
The best part is that you can participate and win! Click here to read more »
Every year, for as long as any of us can recall, Britex has a staff Halloween costume contest that is off-the-wall. We invite our customers to be judges of creativity and sewing skill by casting their vote for best costume. This year, Natalie was the winner with her Magpie costume. Jeanette, as a Fairy Ice Queen, took second place.
Get ready to be amazed by the other contestants, which run the gamut from absolutely hilarious to awesomely witty. Join us next year and judge for yourself. Click here to read more »
Join us for two events as we celebrate this festive season. Visit our Upcoming Events page for details.
Halloween Costume Contest
Saturday, October 26 – all day
Rendezvous at Britex
Saturday, November 2 – 3 PM – 5 PM
These events are free of charge, so bring your friends! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Laura’s daughter proudly wearing the adorable “play dress.” Looks intentional to me!
Our winner is Laura from Seattle, WA–where she will certainly put the beautiful new Poppy Von Frohlich coat to good use. Here is her sewing blunder-turned-triumph tale…
“I was making a top from the free Sorbetto pattern from Colette Patterns. It calls for a center pleat. I had happened to read in the Coletterie blog about adding rickrack under pleats for a design twist so I put some black pompoms instead because I had no other rickrack in my stash. The fabric I chose was a very busy cotton with Japanese kokeshi dolls. Well, by the time I finished and showed it to hubby for an opinion he gave me a side eye look. Fail. Never got that look before.
Failure turned out ok because I altered it by adding more pleats to be my little girl’s dress. I had enough fabric to make long sleeves and two tiers of ruffles. My little girl loves it despite the pompoms being reminiscent of spiders dangling in the middle pleat!”
Thank you to everyone who participated!
Have a happy new year!
Giving season is here and Britex Fabrics in collaboration with Poppy Von Frohlich has a big present for you! Tell us about your biggest sewing blunder-turned-triumph to enter to win this one-of-a-kind coat by Poppy Von Frohlich. Win it for yourself or gift it to a very special someone.
Submit entries here or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on December 19. Winner will be announced on December 21.
The talented designer and owner of Poppy Von Frohlich, Trudy Hodges, shares with us the many blunders that have led to an impressive San Francisco business.
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Designers Tony Sananikone (left), Bethany Meuleners, Justin Jamison and Tamara Jaric watch models show off some of their designs during the first SF Fashion Incubator show at Maiden Lane in San Francisco. Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle / SF
The Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FISF) is now accepting applications for six new Designers in Residence for its second annual session which begins February 5, 2013.
The year-long program nurtures and mentors promising local design talent and provides them with the tools and resources needed to establish and grow businesses of their own. FISF offers training in business operations, sales, marketing, branding and merchandising from experts in the San Francisco fashion and economic development communities.
Application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5 p.m. PST. Applications are available on the FISF website, where submission details are provided.
The National Make It With Wool contest is upon us! With categories for all ages including preteens, juniors, seniors, and adults, this renowned sewing contest is a wonderful venue for sewists of all ages. Check out their website for state-by-state deadline details and entry information. Fabulous prizes range from $2,000, to serger machines, to merino wool…and more.