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  • How to Turn a Vest Lining

    November 5, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    With the turning of the leaves, it is vest season, although M. Du Jour claims that every season is waistcoat season! Katherine from Bloom’s Fabric Obsession wrote and photographed a beautifully clear tutorial for making a lined vest. She has included instructions how to turn the lining through the side seams. This method practically guarantees a smooth finish to your bespoke garment….and as we all know, being smooth is essential to all well-bred dandies.

  • Make a Lunch Bag

    November 5, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    It seems like everyone we know is in the midst of a creative flurry of home-cooking and virtuous thriftiness. Dorie from TumblingBlocks has a great idea for holiday gifts; super-duper easy to make lunch totes. We think they would be perfect packed with a bag of make-it-yourself brownie mix. You can sew this lunch bag of the suggested oilcloth or any sturdy fabric. We have a pal that made one of a scrap of heavy herringbone wool lined with bandanna fabric for a chic urban feel. Oilcloth can be found on Britex Fabric’s 4th floor.

  • How to Make Box Pleats

    November 5, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Pleats and autumn go together like ducks and bread crumbs! Here are clear directions from the folks at BurdaStyle on how to make box and inverted box pleats. These would be equally wonderful with an ankle-length smoke grey wool skirt, or perhaps a snappy tartan plaid hip-hugging mini-skirt.

  • How to Make a Muff

    November 4, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Winter is coming, and with it long snowy moonlit ambles at midnight. Faux fur muffs are a genteel and fashionable way of keeping your paws warm, snuggly, and free from chilblains. Muffs were introduced to woman's fashion in the 16th century and were worn by both men and women in the 17th and 18th centuries. BurdaStyle and ElaineMay have developed this step-by-step tutorial on working with faux fur and making a lined muff.

  • Yellow Graphic Floral Fabric

    November 3, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    This delightful graphic floral cotton fabric is so bouncy! It makes me want to paint my bathroom creamy pale yellow, with darker yellow accents, and then use it for curtains, with leaf green grosgrain ribbon for the curtain borders and tabs. This 100% cotton fabric is 44” wide, $14.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
    “In the town where I was born,
    Lived a man who sailed to sea,
    And he told us of his life,
    In the land of submarines,
    So we sailed on to the sun,
    Till we found the sea green,
    And we lived beneath the waves,
    In our yellow submarine,
    We all live in yellow submarine,
    Yellow submarine, yellow submarine,
    We all live in yellow submarine,
    Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.”

    (By Lennon/McCartney)

  • How to Jimmy a Brother KH-930e Knitting Machine

    November 3, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Here are hacking shenanigans from Limor at LadyAda, and Becky from SternLab! They have written instructions on how to talk electronically to a Brother KH-930e knitting machine, then create unique custom patterns and load them from your computer to the machine. Did you want to knit a portrait of your favorite bowser? A tastefulArt Nouveau pattern? A Dia dos Mortos motif? A groovy Pop art image? Now you can.

  • Halloween 2010 at Britex Fabrics

    November 2, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Scotsmen, ballerinas and super-heroes, oh my! Here is the creative and wacky Britex team in their 2010 Halloween finery.

  • Britex Halloween Costume Winner - Kaitlin

    November 2, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Our Halloween costume contest winner! Sometimes there really is a humongous pink elephant in the middle of the room. Kaitlin is the bubblegum pink winner of Britex Fabrics Halloween costume contest. We love her floppy giant ears and perky proboscis.

  • Wee Felt Bunnies Tutorial

    November 2, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    We think that bunnies are the new black. Straight from stylish New Zealand and the ever brilliant HazelnutGirl, comes a tutorial for making wee felt bunnies. She says that she was keen to resurrect this pattern because her grandmother used to make similar bunnies back in the 1950s. I’d like to see a festive flock of felt bunnies in autumn shades of warm browns, surrounding a cornucopia of pumpkins and dried corn

  • Anthropomorphic Veggies and Critters!

    October 29, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    These super-duper cute cotton prints would make colorful kids shirts, smocks, baby bibs, or playroom curtains. They are also ideal for sillier adults with a hankering for snazzy and bright apparel. One print is filled with a crowd of smiling anthropomorphic squash, broccoli, onions and other veggies. The other depicts wacky camping critters, including wide-eyed owls, marshmallow toasting squirrels, purple bunnies, and their camping accouterments. This 100% cotton fabric is 44” wide, $14.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

    Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.
    If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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