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Category Archive: Sewing

Wheat Striped Linen Drawstring Pants

We now have oodles of linen in our online store! This is a favorite with a warm wheat color, variegated stripes, and the rough loveliness of linen. It’d make a splendid pair of drawstring pants, and Liz at SewForHome made a tutorial for comfy drawstring pants — perfect sunning on an island boulder under a paper parasol. Pass the pink lemonade, peel me a grape, and then let’s take a lazy afternoon siesta!

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Ascots for All!

Mister Wolfenbloode, honored member of the London Victorian Strollers worked up this ascot tutorial for a dignified and chic ascot, and Messrs. Andrews and Pygott (with the assistance of their cat, Pusspartout) graciously and meticulously constructed one. This method involves the laborious “snake giving birth to a baby snake, but the baby snake’s actually bigger than the mother snake, and it’s a snake that gives birth to live young instead of an egg” method of turning ones ascot right side out, but all turns out in the end! Gentlemen and chaps, snag some silk from Britex and make a stack of ascots for daily savoir-faire!

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Sailor Pants for Summer Fun!

Strut your stuff in a pair of 8-button sailor pants made with fabric and buttons from Britex Fabrics, and a pattern from BurdaStyle! We love the way the buttons curve up to the high waist. This snappy nautical number will be a humongous summer hit – so grab a pal, hit the boardwalk, and saunter in the twilight while slurping juicy slushies. Oh, and feel free to add five additional buttons for true blue 13-button authenticity!

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Sew a Winter Coat (or Padded Under-Collars Make Me Swoon!)

Brilliant yellow daffodils are blooming and peppy red-breasted robins are chirping; long lazy summer days are on the way. What better time to learn how to properly tailor a winter coat, then when we have months before winter arrives. Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing: A Modern Homage to Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (Published 1952) has a detailed guide to coat tailoring on her blog, the Lady Grey Sew-Along. From padding the under-collar, to back stays, working with hair canvas, bound buttonholes, and making a muslin…Gertie covers it all! We would love a new coat in this scrumptious saffron wool flannel!

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Dotted Silk Chiffon Top

What a marvelously pretty summer top by FabricAddict from South Africa and at BurdaStyle! Although it is simple to make, cool, and loose, using silk chiffon turns up the glamour by several degrees. We love the understated coffee brown and white polka dotted fabric, but think it would look lovely in black and cream dotted silk chiffon too. And to make it even more impressive, this charmer was made without a pattern!

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Sew an Airy Chiffon Skirt

We love sheer chiffon – its delicate drift as it swirls airily and the way lining changes its colors. Lorenna from Lorenna Buck Designs and CraftGossip made this tutorial for a swishy ankle-length chiffon skirt, and Threads magazine has some handy tips for sewing with chiffon, this most gossamer of fabrics! Larenna says that this is “a silk chiffon maxi skirt that is versatile for daily wear and packs down small”. Britex Fabrics’ silk sheer chiffon is on sale through Friday, May 4, 2012.

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18th Century Cockades – A Perfect Accessory

Everyone needs a vanity box of cockades – perfect for spiffing up a warm weather cap or enticingly dapper as lapel ornamentation. Lauren from American Duchess put together this beautiful tutorial on making an 18th century cockade from grosgrain ribbon and a centerpiece (we think a sweet glass button center would be terrific!) Make several double cockades in contrasting colors; olive and turquoise to channel Emma Peel, taupe and slate for dandy elegance, and coral and blush for a dainty afternoon tea.

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Sew Reversible Cloth Napkins

Maggie from the super homemaking and crafting blog Smashed Peas and Carrots, created this simple tutorial on Kirtsy for making double-sided cloth napkins. Cloth napkins are luxurious, thrifty and ecologically sound. Make a handful from cotton or linen fabrics in your stash, pack a picnic basket with cherry scones & a thermos of tea, and spend a lazy afternoon reading under a shady tree in the park!

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Make an 18th Century Petticoat for Spring!

Lauren of American Duchess fame, created this tutorial on crafting an 18th century petticoat…..and who doesn’t need a new petticoat for spring? She says, “The cool thing about 18th c. petticoats is that they have a special and awesome way of being both adjustable to the wearer, and including secret pocket-slits so you can access your secret hanging pockets. Petticoats can be worn as underskirts, just on their own, or you can pile them up to create extra-huge puffy skirts. They can also be worn for other big-skirted centuries.” We love the knife pleating details. A poufy petticoat would be whimsically perfect to wear while swinging to and fro under a weeping willow tree, cloud watching, and day dreaming. Then afterwards, a wee tea-time picnic would be marvelous!

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Free 1740 Men’s Waistcoat Pattern

The folks at the Costume and Textiles Department at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)worked with Thomas John Bernard, a theatrical costume designer, to draft several men’s clothing patterns, including this man’s waistcoat. Originally made in silk plain weave (faille) with silk embroidery, and circa 1740, we crave this in iridescent brown taffeta lined with cool wintergreen silk….marvelous for a starry late night riverside picnic. Download this PDF for an annotated pattern.

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