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  • Delicate Vintage Influenced Lingerie

    January 17, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Stephanie, founder and designer at Honey Cooler Handmade makes scrumptious vintage influenced lingerie with silks, lace, and ribbon from Britex Fabrics. We’re particularly enamored with these two camisoles, with their use of delicate heirloom insertion lace and Art Deco motifs. (Photography by Antonette Streeter Photography)

  • Tutorial: Silk Tassel Scarf

    January 10, 2013 by Grainline Studio

    Hi, I’m Jen from Grainline Studio and I’m super excited to present my first project in collaboration with Britex Fabrics, a tutorial to make this super cute polka dot chiffon scarf with tassels! This scarf is the perfect thing to throw on with your sweaters this winter, it dresses things up a bit and also adds a new texture to a typically knit heavy season. The silk was a dream to work with, softer and silkier than any chiffon I’ve worked with before and with a most beautiful sheen. Also can we talk about the color and print? It’s not just ivory, it has a subtle blush hint to it that makes it super flattering on everyone who’s tried it on so far and I’m a huge fan of the scattered polka dot. It’s a perfect way to throw an updated polkadot into your wardrobe. This was actually my first time working with silk thread (other than needle turned applique) and it really added a subtle polish that probably only I will notice, but isn’t that the best kind really? I think so. Make this scarf with or without the tassels, I think they’re pretty fun but unfortunately so does my cat who tried to steal one right before we took these finished project photos. You can follow the instructions below to make your own, click on the project supplies to order your own scarf materials!

  • Satin Ribbon QR Code for Valentine's Day

    January 8, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Trekky laboriously wove a QR code from ribbon for her blog, Trekky gets Crafty!. This reminds us of a charmingly geeky version of woven Valentines cards. She describes her process, “Firstly I created a QR code here (for this very blog!), and transferred the code to squared paper, so that I could follow the pattern easier. QR codes are made up a grid of 33 x 33. So I laid down 33 strips of white ribbon, and set to work weaving the black ribbon in.” Sigh! One could create a love message blog post for February 14th, get the QR code for that post’s URL, buy a handful of satin ribbon from Britex, and then weave a Valentine QR code for your sweetie. So romantic.....

  • Free Vintage Sailor Embroidery Transfer Patterns

    January 7, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Hello Sailor! We’re already dreaming of spring; according to Lord Tennyson, a young sailor’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love...or something like that. If you have nautical inclinations, now is the time to show them. These charming embroidery transfer patterns were given away with soap by B.J. Johnson Soap Co., copyright 1914 http://tiny.cc/dcfkqw. I think the anchor would be perfect upon a collar!
    “In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove;
    In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

  • How to make Functional Sleeve Plackets

    January 4, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Sherry from the New Zealand sewing blog, Pattern Scissors Cloth, created a clearly written tutorial on making tailored jacket sleeve plackets. We’re all about the mitred corners and buttonholes, and although she notes that one does not need to make the buttonholes functional by cutting them open, we believe that you should go for full-on luxurious ostentatiousness and hand sew your vent buttonholes in imported silk buttonhole twist.

  • Free Pleated Skirt Pattern

    January 4, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Do you need a project utilizing the sale fabric in our current Mid-Lightweight Wool category? Wenlan of Twinkie by Wenlan and BurdaStyle team up to give you a free pattern and tutorial for this gently pleated skirt. We would love to make it in this oh-so studious skirt in our cardinal red twill wool fabric, then burn the midnight oil researching textiles...and for all you library fans, the Dewey call number for wool fabric is 677.31.

  • Baby Bow Tie & Booties Tutorial

    January 4, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Shwin & Shwin: sisters that create, have a plethora of free children’s patterns and tutorials on their sewing blog. We are particularly enamored with these dandy baby bow tie and bootie instructions.  Make them from scraps of plush plaid flannel for a mini-lumberjack look!

  • Yun Yun in her Cat Bus Costume

    January 3, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    What can you create with some scraps of felt and a hot glue gun! Betty, local blogger with sweet ipomoea, made her cats two costumes. This simple declarative sentence does not begin to do her feline frippery project justice though! Betty clothed the ever patient Yun Yun as the Catbus from Miyazaki’s animated film My Neighbor Totoro, and Bumbe as Totoro. Yun Yun is the clear diva of the pair…check out the glittery eyed mousie headlights! Betty is an inspiration to us all.

  • Vivid Floral Men's Shirt - Britex Fabrics plus Scissors & Cloth

    January 3, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    We love this vivid floral cotton fabric in shades of blue, violet, and puce. Alex sent us this photo of himself wearing a bespoke shirt made of Britex Fabrics’ cotton created by local shirt-maker, Carlos from Scissors and Cloth. Our scrumptious imported cottons are found on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor. This one is made in Italy, 61” wide, and $39.99 per yard. To buy this fabric, come into the store, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com.

  • Wool Felt Waistcoat on Douglas

    December 28, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The dapper-licious, delightful, and debonair  Douglas in what Judy calls his Western yin-yang vest made of wool felt from Britex Fabrics.  We love his use of warm, delectable color-blocking and the leaf green buttons...and we also adore his oh-so dashing moustache (not sold at Britex.)

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