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How To Sew On A Button

HOW TO SEW ON A BUTTON
(This process works  best for shirt, suit, or pant buttons)

What You Will Need:
1 sewing needle
1 thicker sewing needle or a toothpick to use as a spacer
Button or Buttons
Scissors
Silk Buttonhole Twist

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STEP 1: Thread the Needle and Knot the End of the Thread

To start, be sure you have at least 12” of thread to work with. If you have 24” or more, double over the thread, which means you slide the thread through the eye of the needle, folding the thread in half until you have 2 equal sides of thread. Put a square knot in the end of the thread, using both sides together.

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STEP 2: Create an Anchor X Point

Starting on the back side of the fabric, run the needle through the front where the button will eventually live. Run the thread through to the back, and again to the front, to create a small X where the button will be centered. This X will also act as reinforcement for the thread so that the button doesn’t loosen from stress.

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STEP 3: Position the Button

Put the button on the anchor X and begin sewing from the back side of the fabric. Push the needle through the first button hole. At this point you will want to use a spacer. A second needle or a toothpick will work fine.

Push the needle through the second hole from the front side of the fabric to the back side, encasing the second needle in a loop.

Push the needle from the back side of the fabric and through the third button hole and pull the thread all the way through, while using your fingertip to keep the button in place.  Then push the needle back through the last button hole, while sliding the second needle in place to encase it a second time by a second loop.

Repeat 3 sets of this process for each set of holes. (A total of 6 times)

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Vintage-inspired Linen Sundress and Petite Adjustment Tutorial

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Aloha!  I was so excited to have the opportunity to make a garment out of one of Britex’s beautiful linen fabrics, and I knew immediately what I wanted to sew: a fabulous sundress for the summer (and my family’s trip to Hawaii!).  The timing of this project meant that instead of photos from my sewing studio or my neighborhood in Northern California, I could model the dress in Haleiwa, Oahu!

 

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The linen I chose for this project is a Midweight Cross-Dyed Turquoise Linen is fairly lightweight, though slightly more opaque than you’d expect.  Linens are always a bit shifty while cutting and sewing, so I had to take care not to distort the fabric, but overall, I found it very easy to sew and was the perfect choice for this dress.

 

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For the pattern, I selected the vintage-inspired Siren Sundress by Decades of Style.  The dress has a faux-wrap front bodice, with secured wrap skirt in the back.  However, the highlight of the design is the cross-wrapping straps that wrap around the waist to tie in the back.  Lots of wrapping going on in this dress!  While it takes a while to get it on (with the aid of a mirror or significant other to keep the straps flat), once “assembled”, it is comfortable and secure.

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We Love Our Customers

Our customer Carla visited us in December and picked out a fabulous Italian Silk Cotton blend fabric. She was looking for fabric for a creation that she wanted to take on her vacation in February. The fabric she decided on screamed “tunic” to her, so she modified the Burda 6935 pattern, which she picked up the same day,  created a hi low hem, and added a pom-pom fringe and neck and shoulder trim to create a fun and breezy feel. The colors went perfectly with the waters of the Caribbean. She had fun wearing it and showing it off on the Island of Mustique.

 

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Warm Wool Camden Cape: Made with Novelty Wool Coating

It may or not be nearing the end of winter here in California and it may or may not have been the best idea to make a lined wool cape, but how could I say “no” when this beautiful fabric was begging to be sewn into an awesome cape?!? Seriously guys, I don’t even care that the weather is going to warm up shortly, this cape is going to get a lot of use. I’m going to be wearing it in the middle of summer, dripping sweat, and it’s going to have to be pried off my body. Ok, I’m being dramatic, but I am really really in love with what I made!

 

 

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Polka Dot Shirt Dress With Button Placket Tutorial

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My favorite part of the design process is fabric selection. For this new spring shirt dress design, I elected to work with a crisp, luxury cotton shirting fabric by Burberry. To add interest to the overall design, I chose a contrasting hand-dyed blue cotton for the outer cuff layer and glazed marine blue buttons to highlight the polka dot print. Oftentimes, I find button cuffs to be a little restrictive, especially when I want to roll up my sleeves. Thus, I decided to draft a three-quarter sleeve with a full slit cuff for more freedom and less fuss. (Plus, you can still see a peek of the polka dot fabric sewn as the inner cuff layer.)

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In this tutorial, I will discuss how to draft a standard button placket with a straight fold-back facing using a basic shirt sloper (base pattern used as a template to develop patterns). In womenswear, buttonholes are placed on the right-hand side of a garment that closes at the front. Since I am sewing a shirt dress similar to a classic button-up shirt, I will be providing instructions for marking vertical buttonholes – the measurements for horizontal buttonholes are slightly different. In this design, the buttonholes run vertically down the placket, with the buttonhole on the collar stand sewn horizontally.

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We Love Our Customers

Britex Fabrics customer Adam Arnold created a fabulous blouse and skirt set from some amazing Viscose Crepe fabric with a brightly colored print, from his own pattern.  Since viscose is light in weight, it makes for excellent skirts or shirts for spring. Visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store to check out our amazing selection of Viscose fabrics.

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Adam is an independent fashion designer in Portland, Oregon. He designs, drafts, and constructs clothing for men and women. Adam has collaborated with the Portland Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Oregon Ballet. Adam graduated from FIDM in San Francisco in 1996, and has been sewing his entire life.

For more information on Adam Arnold and his work, visit his website
or follow him on Instagram

 

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Nima Shiraz’s First Fashion Video – Featuring Fabulous Designs Created With Fabrics From Britex Fabrics!

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Simple DIY Suspenders Tutorial

SUSPENDERS TUTORIAL SUPPLIES LIST
A simple way to make suspenders with seven items, in only eight easy steps.

What You Will Need


1. Elastic
(no wider than 1″)

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2. 4 Straight Pins

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3. Needle and Thread

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4. One 1″ Metal Back Patch

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5. 1 Garment Tape Measure

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6. Scissors

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7. Four 1″ Grips With Brackets

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STEP 1: With the tape measure, measure from 1 inch below your left front pant loop, bring the tape measure over your left shoulder and down to 1 inch below and to the right of your center pant loop, or 1 inch below your right back pant loop. This is the length of elastic you will need. Be sure to cut 2 strips of the elastic in this length.

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STEP 2: With the scissors, cut 2 straps from the elastic in the length you measured in step 1.

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STEP 3: Use the straight pins to pin a horizontal line to hold the elastic end around the grip, making sure that when the grips are clipped onto your

pants, the elastic is snug but comfortable.

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STEP 4: Hand sew the end of the elastic so that it’s around one of the grip ends. (This will be the back right end)

STEP 5: Take the end of the elastic that is not yet sewn, and put it through the metal back patch, so that the point of the triangle is facing up.

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STEP 6: Sew the unfinished side so that it’s around a second grip end.

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STEP 7: Take the second strap of elastic and repeat steps 3-5, making sure both straps of elastic form an overlapping X.

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STEP 8: Trim off most of the excess elastic that remains, clip on all 4 grips.

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How To Properly Iron a Dress Shirt

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Have you ever wondered how to easily get the creases and wrinkles out of a dress shirt? I know that I have. Whether you are looking for work in this incredibly competitive job market, or trying to impress a new date, having this skill is handy to have. The Dude Society has come up with a pretty simple process to do just that. You’ll first need a good ironing board and iron, and they have recommendations listed. They suggest that the width of your board, be as close to the width of your shirt as possible. (This will make your task easier.) They have a recommended shirt ironing strategy, which includes temperature, motion, and sequence. They have broken down the process of ironing a standard button down shirt into a specific sequence:
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For specific instructions on how to iron a shirt, be sure to check out The Dude Society “How to Iron a Dress Shirt Correctly”.

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: Aprons

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We here at Britex have one last Valentine’s gift idea for you. The people over at Momtastic put together instructions for a lovely heart pocket apron that requires less than a yard of canvas fabric. Come check out what we still have in stock! Gems like the popart cotton pictured above won’t last long.

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