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Button Fly Instructions


The ever talented, charming and handsome Peter from the sewing blog, MalePatternBoldness features these giddily detailed instructions for making a button fly. These directions are a small part of his current men’s jeans sew-along!

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Make a Vintage Scalloped Collar


Casey, the creative marvel behind ElegantMusings posted a delightful and detailed tutorial for making a two-tone 1930s scalloped collar. We love her clear directions for drafting the neckline and the curves! Can’t you see this collar with a navy polka-dot silk blouse with this daffodil yellow polka-dot sheer silk organza forming the contrast.

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Double Helix Chantilly Lace


We call this lace, “When Scientists Marry!” If Gertrude Belle Elion (renowned research scientist in chemistry) had ever decided to tie the knot, her gown would have been trimmed with this enchanting Chantilly lace. This is a 2 1/2″ wide ivory Chantilly lace in an oh-so-scientific pattern of double helixes, on a loose netting background and framed by a wee picot edge.

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Fabric Tea Set


It is officially tea time! Kris from the blog, technoplastique posted a tutorial for this charmingly tasteful soft-sculpture tea set on Instructables. I would love to see the teapot, cups and saucers made up in a collection of Japanese cotton/linen prints, or scraps of men’s dapper suiting fabrics. Then we could hold an invite-only midnight tea party, and gently gossip while nibbling delicate crustless cucumber sandwiches and buttery scones.

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Snappy Orange & Grey Silk Fabric


As Ethel Merman said “You can’t get a man with a gun”, but mixed metaphors aside, I know that you can’t keep a good flâneur down. This month has been one of frantic decision-making, peevish hair-pulling, two-fisted java swigging, and hunks of tea cake to wash it all down. It is now time to relax; I’ve loosened my orange and grey silk cravat, my wool-stockinged feet are propped up cozily on my tooled leather ottoman, and my Russian coal-fueled brass samovar is blowing soft billows of pale smoke into my living room. I take a bite of spicy Pain d’Epices and a polite sip of sweet steaming Moroccan tea. I’m back.
“i En primer lugar se me afriad se mantuvo petrificada
pensar en cómo voy a vivir sin ti a mi lado?
Pero, entonces me pasan tantas noches pensando cómo
me hiciste mal, pero me hizo fuerte y he aprendido a llevarse bien
y ahora desde el espacio exterior
No des la vuelta,
hacer que su satisfacción no más,
no se tú el que intentó
a herirme con el adiós
Yo viviré”

(By D. Fekaris and F. Perren)

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5/2/11 IN-STORE REMNANT SALE!


Monday, May 2 from 10AM-7PM. For one day only, remnants will be marked down 50% off from already reduced prices. Stash builders and fabric librarians, this sale is for you! Luxurious silks, all varieties of wools, fun cotton prints, stretchy knits, beautiful linens, silk-like polyesters, …and much much more, steeply discounted for one day. Be prepared to do some heavy lifting as you leave Britex with bags full of the best deals. Join us early or come late to beat the rush. Store hours will be extended until 7PM for this extraordinary day.

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A Spankin’ New Website!


Whew! M. Du Jour and company have been busy little critters this spring; the gang at Britex Fabrics and their talented assistants have redesigned the Britex Fabrics website. Not only is it marvelously au courant, but it is also fantabulously urban! New online goodies include a selection of imported silk fabrics, wools and suitings, necktie silks, decorative elastics, lingerie elastics, carded Japanese silk buttonhole twist, and corozo nut buttons!

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Glorious Butterfly Tote – Constance


Constance lives in the beauteous Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, and made a charming tote from fabric purchased from Britex Fabrics. We love the stunning over-sized butterfly printed linen, and the way she picked up the papillon wing color in the muted green of the straps and trim. This mid-weight home decorating linen is found on Britex Fabrics 2nd floor.

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Striped Dress by Jamie & Pattern by Angela


Jamie wrote that she finally got to cut into this striped wool that she bought from Britex Fabrics! She made a dress out of it, which is featured as BurdaStyle’s project of the week (where she is currently doing her internship). She says, “I have always been inspired by the simplicity and playfulness of children’s clothing, particularly from the 1950s and 1960s. Working with a classic pinafore pattern, I added a Peter Pan collar to sweeten up the dress a bit….. “ This charming creation is based upon Angela’s free dress pattern that she posted on BurdaStyle! We love the inclusion of both front and back pockets.

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Embroider a Platypus for Spring!


A wee flat-tailed platypus (courtesy of über talented craftster Andrea of Badbirds) has been spreading stories about Britex; rumors of corozo nut buttons, Chantilly lace, sportif elastic. Is spring and rebirth in the air?

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