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Category Archive: Sewing

How to Make a Cadet Cap: Tutorial + Free Pattern

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Hello Britex readers, this is Mary from Craft Buds and I’m excited to be guest posting here today! I’ve put together a free cadet-style hat pattern for you. Just download the pattern from Craftsy here (you’ll need a free Craftsy account) and we’ll get started. I’ve used two fabrics provided by Britex in my hat, a beautiful midweight herringbone olive & espresso wool for the exterior, and a silky smooth chocolate brown rayon/cupro for the lining. The fabrics are both high quality and were a perfect set of fabrics for a warm and comfortable hat.

All kinds of woolens would work for this nifty cap. Try this Glen plaid wool, then line it with toasty, glorious red warm-back lining!

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How Do I Add Piping: Curvy Sewing Collective Post

Hello! I’m Tanya and I blog at Mrs. Hughes. I’m excited to be the first of the Curvy Sewing Collective editors to contribute to the Britex blog. I’m a NorCal girl and Britex is one of my most favorite places to shop!

 

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For this project, I chose this sublime royal purple worsted wool. This fabric is a midweight wool, with a nice drape that works well for the Decades of Style 1930’s Stardust Skirt. I love retro styles, but I’ve never ventured into the 1930’s silhouette as I’ve always found it to be more form-fitting than I’m generally comfortable with. However, I do like to step outside of my self-imposed boundaries occasionally and venture in to new territory, and thus entered this 1930’s skirt. Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: Adding a Waist-Stay to a Garment

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Hello everyone, it’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. Today I would like to share my new frock made from this delicious cotton batiste as well as a great way to take your garment sewing to the next level with a grosgrain waist stay!

 

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Cross-Dyed Linen Jacket with Bias Fringe

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

 

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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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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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Partaking Patrons Vol VII

Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 7!

This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information.

 

Fashion Design & Sewing 2015

 

Today we are thrilled to bring you Mrs. Pérez and her middle school Design and Sewing class! These wonderful ladies descended upon our store about a month ago, and we all just had so much fun helping everyone pick out a fabric and matching notions.

 

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Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

We know that sometimes the special guys in our lives can be difficult to gift. After hunting the stores, for what can feel like ages, it’s normal to feel down-trodden or uninspired. It’s always the same stuff! Well, we did some hunting and have compiled a list (with corresponding in-store items) of our favorite DIY Father’s Day gifts.

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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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