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Category Archive: Guest Blogger

New Workshop — Fashion Design w/ Jamie Lau

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Calling all fashionistas and fashion enthusiasts! Have you ever wanted to learn real world fashion skills from a full-time designer? Well, now is your chance. Jamie Lau, of Jamie Lau Designs, will be here on August 29th to show you the basics for beginning a successful move into the world of fashion. She will cover starter fashion drawing techniques, creating mood boards for color selection, and will help with fabric awareness. Students will have access to croquis (fashion figure templates), colored pencils, and markers for sketching. In addition, you will also create inspirational mood boards using magazine tears, fabric swatches, and collage.

 

Because space is limited, we encourage you to sign-up right away! See our events page for information on reserving your spot.

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Metallic Pleated Skirt

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Greetings friends of Britex! Sophie here from Ada Spragg. I’m very excited to share this hand-make with you because it is fabulous. And yes I’m allowed to say so myself because I still can’t believe it worked out. Plus after hand-pleating 4.2meters of fabric you kind of become your own hero! Let’s start with the fabric, because it is something very special. When I first saw the Brilliant Metallic Gold Stretch Linen & Cotton Blend I thought hey, that could be fun to play with. Then it turned up and I realized I had no idea what I was going to do with it.

 

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Meet Our New Guest Blogger(s)!

As many of you know, Britex was on the hunt for a new Guest Blogger for our team. The response was overwhelming! We received so many wonderful applications from so many lovely and talented sewists that we had a terribly difficult time trying to narrow our search. It was not easy! We wanted to thank everyone for sending in blogs, photos, beautifully written letters, and excited emails; so much so that we wish we could have responded to everyone personally. So, please know we appreciate all of your efforts: thank you!

 

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But, as with all things, a decision had to be made and so, without further ado, we would like to introduce the new addition to our team…

 

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Calling All Bloggers

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Are you an avid blogger with an engaged following? Do you love Britex, our blog, and our gorgeous items? Then we’re looking for you! Join our team of diverse and talented seamstress Guest Bloggers for the chance to sew using our materials and post on our blog. What we’re looking for…

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A Lacey Fairy Princess Dress

Welcome to another post from Kristin of skirt as top!

Sometimes timing just works out perfectly.  My daughter was invited to be the flower girl in a family wedding early next month (which she loves doing), and the bride asked me to make her flower girl dress (which I love doing).  Lucky for me, the upcoming Britex sale category of poly/rayon/lace gave me plenty of wonderful options to choose from!

 

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Father’s Day Necktie Tutorial

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*Please Note: We have sold out of our online tie fabrics! We suggest perusing our Liberty of London cotton or our patterned silk selections in the online store.

 
Would you like to try your hand at tie-making this Father’s Day? It isn’t difficult to make your Dad a tie since the internet abounds with beautiful tutorials and even free patterns for all skill levels! Since a quick search for “tie tutorials” can lead to fairly overwhelming results, I decided to compile the fruits of my research into one handy blog post and a tutorial that brings together all of my favorite elements from the instructions already available on the web! Britex has a wealth of tie making supplies that can be very difficult to find elsewhere. For my tie I used a sunshine yellow Italian silk faille featuring nothing less than hot pink embroidered crabs! Since ties are cut on the bias, this silk was ideal for my purposes – the crabs run 45 degrees to the selvage!

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Linen Silk Skinny Pants

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

Since spring fashions hit the stores earlier this year, I’ve been a little obsessed: I keep seeing a style of skinny pants called “joggers”. I was particularly taken with joggers made from linen. Joggers typically (though not always) feature an elastic waist with a drawstring, patch pockets, and hems finished with either elastic or ribbing. You can see a few on my Joggers Pinterest page.

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Tutorial: Hemming with Rayon Seam Binding

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Hello everyone, it’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace here to share a tip using my favorite sewing notion . . . rayon seam binding! Hemming a garment is generally one of, if not the last, steps in the construction process – this means it is often rushed. But a bit of extra time and effort can make a huge difference to the quality of a garment. It really is all about the little details!

 

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Tutorial — Silk Linen Curved Seam Midi Dress

Silk Linen Curved Seam Midi Dress + Tutorial by Jamie Lau Designs

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In my latest design, I chose to work with a slubby textured silk linen blend. One of my top-selling dresses is a relaxed fit ikat midi dress with short kimono sleeves. I wanted to create a new midi style with three-quarter sleeves in a slightly heavier weight fabric.

 

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New Workshop — Drafting Collars with Jamie Lau

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One of our lovely guest bloggers, Jamie Lau of Jamie Lau Designs, is traveling from the East Coast next month and will be hosting a workshop while she is here. We are so excited to have her in the store, and we hope that you will join us for her demo. Jamie will be here on May 21st to show us how to draft our own collars, including Peter Pan and Mandarin collars, and also how to alter pre-exisiting pattern pieces. Make sure you sign-up soon to reserve your spot!

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