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  • Tutorial: Tote Bag in Two-Tone Linen

    July 8, 2014 by One Eleven Studio


    Hello all!  It’s Tori from One Eleven Studio here to teach you how to make a tote bag that’s roomy enough to pretty much fit whatever you need for your summer outings! For this project, I used a beautiful two-toned heavy weight Belgian Linen fabric that has an amazing texture and is soft to the touch. I wanted to create a tote bag tutorial that was super simple and relatively quick to make so let’s get started!

  • Tutorial: sewing picot elastic

    June 24, 2014 by Nicole at Home


      I've been sewing a lot of silk underwear lately; I'm positively addicted. There is something thoroughly satisfying about making something that is beautiful, useful and a quick sew. And it might even be cost effective, considering how little fabric is needed. In this post, I'll show how to sew the picot edging and straps to make camisole and panties. For my matching set, I used this sophisticated tiny 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.

  • Welcoming Polka Dot Rayon Dress

    June 24, 2014 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace welcomed another polka dotted dress to her wardrobe. She chose a beautiful and very popular rayon from our online store for this design. Fortunately, she ordered the fabric in time, because it's all gone now!

  • Tutorial + Free Pattern! Cowl Neck Top

    June 18, 2014 by Nicole at Home


      Remember my cowl neck top from last week?  I finally finished drafting, grading and writing up the instructions for the pattern, and here it is, free (and in multiple sizes!).  In this post, I'm going to walk through the steps for sewing this very simple top, but please contact me if you have any questions (nicole[at] Cowl Neck Top pattern and instructions.  (For best results when printing, download the file to your computer, then open in "Preview" or "Adobe Reader".)

  • French Cuff Modification!

    June 12, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

  • Make an Abstract Expressionist Doggie Raincoat!

    June 12, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

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    Noppa’s Sewing Club made a reversible waterproof jacket for her speckled pooch, and then shared her tutorial and pattern. We think Janet Sobel would sew her dog a dapper raincoat from this drip painting influenced nylon water repellent fabric from Britex Fabrics. Oh, how marvelously chic it will be to bark and frolic in the rain!

  • Cowl Neck Top in Sheer Viscose

    June 10, 2014 by Nicole at Home


      When scanning my syllabus at the start of the pattern making course I took last semester, I was most excited about learning how to draft cowl neck tops.  When we finally got to it toward the end of the course, I was surprised how simple they actually were!  Using a basic bodice sloper, it's just a matter of lowering the neckline and slash and spreading to create fullness.  The self-facing in the front keeps it pretty no matter how the cowl falls!  Clearly, putting my new knowledge to use was in the forefront of my mind when I had the opportunity to use one of the fabrics from the Novelty category at Britex. This unusual ruby and black sheer viscose fabric seemed like a fun and modern choice for a fairly classic cowl shape.

  • Sewing Indie Month: Voting Time

    June 9, 2014 by Britex Fabrics

    Somehow I doubt that Chuleenan of C Sews was the only one sewing into the AM hours of the night in order to meet the Sewing Indie Month deadline last week. We are glad she stuck with it because she made it to the short list with a gorgeous cotton print from Britex. She stopped by the store today, and we could not help but snap a few pictures.


  • Self-drafted Outfit in Khaki & Silk

    June 9, 2014 by Nicole at Home


      Here, fellow sewists, is the culmination of my semester-long pattern making class!  Throughout the semester, we did a few guided full-scale garments (such as my button-down shirt and an unblogged bias-cut skirt), but this assignment was to draft a garment of our own design, then sew it in fashion fabric.  We were allowed to make our final project in our own measurements, and being the pragmatic that I am, I designed a fairly basic work-appropriate outfit.  Perhaps I should have made something a little more exciting, but this way, I'll get a lot of use out of my hard work!   Both fabrics are from Britex, and I selected them for just such an outfit.  

  • Sewing Indie Month: Bamboo Jersey Maxi

    June 2, 2014 by Thread Theory Designs

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    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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