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5′ Long Hot Pink Zipper = A Vibrant Guiter Case! (by Aniyia)


What do you do with a 5′ long hot pink zipper? Aniyia crafted this joyously vibrant guitar case from Britex Fabrics’ goods; one hot pink zipper, cushy batting, and sturdy strap materials…..all from Britex! She says, “I couldn’t have done it without you ♥”

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Quilt of Mossy Green & Plumy Purple – Mel


From Britex Fabrics to Mickey; Melody machine-sewed this exquisite quilt, and Sharman picked out the charming Japanese focus print. This friendship quilt is constructed of a lively mélange of mossy green and plumy purple fabrics, with the patterns of each swirling square being reminiscent of an open camera aperture. The quilt is 44.5” by 61”, and took Melody 173 hours to complete.

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Using Antique Patterns – Men’s Outing Shirt

We love how Andrea at Unsung Sewing Patterns: an archeology of home sewing reconstructed this 1898 men’s shirt pattern in tracing paper, and then stitched it up in working person’s blue chambray. She used Cosmopolitan Fashion Company 655 – Men’s Outing Shirt for this fascinating glimpse into the world of antique commercial sewing patterns. Typical for patterns of this era, it came with minimal instructions. I adore the hip gussets; they add a wonderful detailed touch!

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Make a Chic Birdcage Veiling Hat!


Amber and Brandi of Hip Hostess, and our hostess’ with the mostest created a cunning bridal birdcage veil…and then graciously shared the tutorial! This confection is fashioned with Russian veiling, silk organza and feathers. You could just as easily make this millinery bon mot for other occasions; it would be a chic chapeau in dove grey netting, with black feathers and a gleaming silvery silk flower……perfect to wear to the opera!

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Drafting a Pencil Skirt Pattern


Jessie from Some Things I Have Made created a four part tutorial on drafting a bespoke pencil skirt pattern, including a très chic French back vent. Once you’ve drafted this, you will have a pattern exactly unique to your charming curves! This style is perfect made up in nubby fall wool tweed. Jessie says, “It’s not that hard! Really. While a circle or A-line four-gore skirt may be simpler to fit, the classic pencil skirt is just as easy to construct, especially when you know it inside and out because you’ve drafted the pattern yourself. Furthermore, it’s a great one to make yourself because it’s so fitted–why wrestle with a pattern made for somebody else’s smaller hips and bigger butt when you can take careful measurements and make one that fits you perfectly? This pattern is unlined–I just wear a slip with mine and wash the slip instead.”

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Cyanotype Print on Knit Items

Christina of MeadowLarking has an amazing tutorial on CraftZine, How-To: Cyanotype Print on Handknits and Crochet! This hand printing technique is uniquely suited for knit and crocheted items. We adore the wonderful effects one can achieve by varying the yarn color and design motifs! Perhaps you could make a collection on handmade potholders emblazoned with William Morris motifs…… or maybe baby sweaters adorned with vintage alphabet illustrations.

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Sew a Shirred Summer Frock!

Whew! We are grateful that we live in San Francisco, where fog and chilliness are the summer norm….but it is the dog days of summer everywhere else. Charity over at IndieTutes has a lovely tutorial on making a shirred (not shaken!) top or dress from a length of lightweight cotton fabric. These breezy garments are perfect for hot humid days, so mix up a pitcher of icy lemonade, set up your sewing machine with some elastic thread, and whip up a summery frock!

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Make Baby High Tops!

Ahoy, matey! Aimee at Homespun-threads made a PDF tutorial for these super adorable baby high-top shoes out of scraps of fabric from her fabric stash. These would be fetching made up on gingham and chambray, or even silk (for the wee-est member of the wedding)

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Dark Garden & Britex Fabrics!


Kristin from Dark Garden shared this amazing corset and skirt made for Jonelle from Britex Fabrics’ goods! Jonelle says, “I love how it looks sedate and tailored and “daytime” from the front, but the lacing in back is like a shot of Sriracha. Corsets make me feel beautiful. And I love that after I put one on, I can be confident that it’ll stay exactly the way it looked in the mirror until I take it off again. It does all the work of looking good so I don’t have to worry about it.” This sophisticated and stunning outfit is constructed of classic wool fabric, piped with in a coordinating blue, and finished with metal buttons.

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Vintage Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine Blog!


Sewing machine mechanic par excellence, Rain, blogs about refinishing, tuning, and repairing vintage all-metal Singer Featherweight sewing machines on his The Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog! Check out his specific information on models 15-91s, 201-2s, 206s, 221s and 222s, along with directions on such topics as how to remove and replace the rotating hook assembly, polishing the silver bits, and how to restore your stitch length indicator plate. These vintage machines are beauteous black enameled stitching workhorses!

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