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  • Pintucked Wedding Shirt by Melissa

    June 10, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We love helping folks get married! After 4 1/2 years together, Melissa and Z decided to tie the knot. Melissa is a singer and songwriter with 13 CDs tucked under her belt, and Z is the author of a Lambda nominated novel; creativity and talent runs happily in their family! Melissa decided to sew Z’s wedding shirt, miscalculated in cutting for the collar, and emailed us hoping we still had the fabric she’d bought from us earlier. She mailed us a swatch to match. Fortunately, we still had it……so now Melissa and Z are blowing bubbles, noshing on chocolate macaroons, and blissfully wed. Z’s shirt was made by Melissa with assistance from her mother, Connie. They used Burda men’s shirt pattern 7767, with several alterations. Melissa says that Z was so ecstatic with her shirt that they have returned to Britex for several more lengths of cotton shirting. As we all know, there is nothing like a well tailored shirt to make us feel fabulous. A selection of Britex Fabrics’ shirtings can be found online...and are 20% off from June 15th to  June 30th.

     


  • Felt Underwood Typewriter by Blyth

    June 7, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Who makes a sculpted felt Underwood typewriter? The amazing Blyth from Halifax, Canada! Tabulator – cadmium yellow round keys – Underwood logo, they are all here. Looking at this, and I can easily imagine Dame Ngaio Marsh cloistered in her book-lined study pounding out witticisms from Troy, Alleyn, and Francophile Detective Sergeant Fox.


  • Kristin & the Washi Summer Frock

    June 6, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Wow! Our fabulous Guest Blogger, Kristin from SkirtAsTop made a simple summer sundress from Britex Fabrics’ cotton. The simple lines and full skirt really play up the abstract print and rich colors of the fabric, and the pattern is the Washi, a downloadable pattern from MadeByRae. No zippers or closures are needed due to the lovely back shirring. The fabric is 100% cotton, 57" wide and $22.99/yard. It is available in-store and can be bought by emailing us at service@britexfabrics.com.


  • Calling all Glamour-Pusses - Online Novelty Category Fabric Sale Ends June 14th

    June 6, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Sale ends Friday, June 14th! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Novelty category from Saturday, June 1st to Friday June 14th. Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Many of our novelty fabrics have a beautiful metallic shine which helps them stand out in the crowd, and many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen! Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand, while brocades possess a unique elegance. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Sale ends June 14th. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Novelty Categories fabrics only – in-store novelty fabrics are not included in this sale) P.S. As a bonus, and in order to make room for new additions to the Britex fabric collection, one third of our Novelty Category fabrics are 50% off until July 8, so don't hesitate to fall in love with glamour!


  • Super Messenger Bag Tutorial

    June 6, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Papa's got a brand new bag! Aleah from the blog NoTimeToSew made this nifty messenger bag tutorial with a three panel front and an interior zipper pocket.  We love the Japanese cotton linen blend that she used, but think it would be equally fabulous in wool; a little bird told us that our favorite dandy, Monsieur Du Jour, longs for this sewn in classic heathered grey wool flannel.


  • Interfacing, Interlining, Underlining, and Lining---Knowing the Difference

    June 3, 2013 by Geana

    The world of linings and interlinings can sometimes be mysterious, and because of that, can often be an afterthought. That's why, when our POP-UP Britex sponsor Apparel Arts ran an article explaining the differences between these unique layers, we asked if we could share it on the Britex Blog. Read on and let us know if you found it helpful!

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  • Japanese Indigo Cotton

    May 30, 2013 by Monsieur Du Jour

    I set the phonograph needle down carefully, and Etta James’ husky voice pours into my living room like wild honey, sweetening the night and my soul in equal measures. Wrapping my cotton dressing gown tightly around me, I admire the hand-stamped wheat sheaves print and the deep indigo color . Despite the fact that it is May, the fog has rolled in bringing a chill. As Mark Twain supposedly said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco"...and he is correct. Etta, a steaming bath, Earl Grey tea, the full moon, and a cat upon my lap keep me warm.
    Oh, it's so good
    On a cold night
    To have a fire
    Burnin' warm and bright
    ” (R. Newman)
    Monsieur Dandy Du Jour


  • Silk Organza – The Perfect Addition to Any Sewing Room

    May 28, 2013 by Lilacs & Lace

    Hello everyone!  I am back with a new vintage dress and an underlining tutorial. Along with this yummy fuchsia chenille, I received a length of silk organza for this project. Silk organza really is a miracle fabric, in my opinion.  It is crisp, lightweight, and can perform so many different functions.  First off, it makes truly beautiful garments, especially when embroidered.  At the other end of the spectrum, it can make an excellent press cloth.  Tear it into strips, and it can help to stabilize a zipper opening.  I even substitute organza for fusible interfacing on facings.  I could go on and on, but perhaps I should get back on point!

  • Make a Pressing & Sleeve Board

    May 20, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    As we all know, pressing as you sew is tantamount with heirloom and couture garment construction. Sewing blogtress, Kaitui Kiwi of The Curious Kiwi from Wellington, New Zealand posted this power tool heavy tutorial for making that most coveted of pressing equipment, a pressing and sleeve board. Sigh - what a lovely tool!


  • Make a Shirt for Your Favorite Dude

    May 20, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Father’s day is June 16th, which we see as an occasion to brush up on our oft neglected sewing-for-dudes skills. Tasia from Vancouver, Canada, and proprietress of the blog, Sewaholic produced this timely tutorial on making a fitting muslin for a men’s shirt, and then goes on to explain the process in which she alters the collar stand for a huskier neck.  Although she used a McCaLLS pattern, we’re enamored with the Negroni Shirt by Colette; a slightly retro shirt with a more modern cut. The Colette instructions and booklet guide you gently through every step of creating a well-crafted casual shirt: felled seams, a lined back yoke, and sleeve plackets on the long sleeve version. Why not make two shirts - one in delicious party mint pink organic cotton , and the other in ride-em-cowboy county fair blue gingham?


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