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  • Free Child's Swing Jacket Pattern

    August 8, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    It’s always time to sew for growing children! Destri from the blog TheMotherHuddle created this free Central Park swing coat PDF pattern and tutorial for a charming child’s short-sleeved, reversible jacket. It is sized in 3t-5t, but she provides instructions for resizing the pattern. This would be enchanting made up in cheery carmine red Guatemalan cotton...add buttons up the front and your sprouting youngster can wear it through autumn and winter as a jumper!


  • Tips on Pretreating Wool Crepe Fabric

    August 8, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Just in time to take advantage of our current online midweight wool sale, Carolyn, the talented seamstress from the sewing blog Diary of a Sewing Fanatic wrote a wonderful series of tips on pretreating wool crepe fabric. She mentions four methods, and writes in detail on the forth; the London shrink method, dry-cleaning, washing and drying, and her practically patented steam the heck out of it method. Although dry cleaning is the easiest method, it is expensive. If you choose to take your wool into your own hands, we recommend trying it out on a small price of test wool first.


  • Boned Waistband by Amy

    August 8, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We can’t resist writing more about the collaboration between Britex Fabrics, BurdaStyle and Amy; Amy’s meticulous work on her skirt’s waistband is what tipped us over the top! Her tailoring makes our heart beat quickly, and we sigh. Jenny is modest, and talks about her technique with scientific precision, “A structured waistband is not an essential part of the pattern, but I think it adds a lot of elegance to this high-waisted skirt. Marina von Koenig, BurdaStyle’s expert in all things couture, recently wrote about her experiences making a structured waistband for a high-waisted skirt. What I’ve done here is very similar. My waistband is essentially a sandwich of Rigilene, a plastic boning found in many sewing shops. The bottom layer of the sandwich, the facing, is made up of a layer of the fashion fabric, a layer of silk organza, and a layer of horsehair canvas – all quilted together. On top of this layer are silk organza channels into which the Rigilene strips are threaded. The top layer of the sandwich, which becomes the outside of the waistband, is made up of a layer of the fashion fabric and a layer of cotton flannel interfacing. The flannel helps give the waistband a smooth look from the exterior. The two halves are stitched together along the top and then the seams are graded and understitched so that everything looks lovely and stays put.”


  • Free Vintage Cloche Pattern and tutorial

    August 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    This free vintage 1952 cloche pattern and tutorial published by Bramcost Publications is the epitome of urban chic! Although they recommend making it in linen fabric for a springtime feel, we think it would be the perfect transition hat for the beginning of autumn...make it in a lush slate blue worsted wool, sip cider, and watch the leaves change from late summer green to fiery orange! Of course, Britex Fabrics carries all necessary supplies to make this charming hat, including lining, crinoline, millinery wire, and rayon grosgrain ribbon.


  • Guatemalan Cotton Chevroned Corset - Dina

    August 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics’ store manager Dina, retrieving refreshments for our Designer Spotlight Series: Costume & Corsetry event in July. Dina’s enchanting deep purple corset was made from Guatemalan cotton from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor collection by the talented folks at Dark Garden. We love the rich plum-tastic colors and the unique chevron pattern formed by the fabric’s stripes!


  • Wee Felt Birds Take Flight!

    August 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    It isn’t too early to get started making holiday decorations, and Abby from the craft blog, WhileSheNaps made this darling tutorial and pattern for wee felt birds. This would make a wonderful group project – assemble a stack of felt scraps, some tea and cakes, and a gaggle of pals for an afternoon of fun. Make them in a rainbow of chipper colors and let them take flight from one end of your home to the other!


  • Contributing Sewer - Amy's Dusty Rose Jenny Skirt

    July 31, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Amy, from the blog Sew Well: as by reflection, is a bioorganic chemist, cat lover, BurdaStyle member, and sewing enthusiast. Amy describes her interest in sewing as a gratifying balance to her science research; she enjoys the relatively immediate results she gets with a sewing project, compared to the often less timely results with scientific research. Amy made BurdaStyle’s Jenny Basic Skirt pattern #6058 with Britex Fabrics’ Italian Dusty Rose Lightweight Stretch Wool Blend and had lots of helpful comments.

  • Couture LED Wedding Gown - Elizabeth

    July 27, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Douglas from Britex Fabrics’ 1st floor assisted Elizabeth for several months a few years ago as she created and sewed her wedding gown. She writes, “As promised, here are a couple of pics of the white LED wedding dress...Thank you so much for your help on this wonderful and very fun project.  We got married at Vizcaya in Miami, just after dusk, on a warm beautiful evening in March 2002.  The dress worked perfectly and was a great hit with all the engineers.” Elizabeth’s brilliantly lit dress is based upon a vintage frock designed by Charles James, with bias-cut lace gores, and adorned with sparkling firefly-like LED lights!


  • Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 with the V&A

    July 27, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Glamour-rama! We may not be able to make it to the V & A, but we can daydream. In this video by the Victoria & Albert Museum, we are privy to interviews with designers Nicholas Oakwell, Bruce Oldfield, David Sassoon, Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda Illincic as they examine the significance of the ballgown, and what it is to be truly gorgeously, over-the-top glamorous.


  • Fashion Institute of Technology Online Museum

    July 26, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Is it another restless night in the smoldering summer heat? The online collection of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has expanded! Pour yourself a glass of icy orangeade, curl up with your laptop, and prepare to take a virtual voyage through the world of couture fashion. Collections include the 18th and 19th Century, 1900s, 1920s and 1930s. 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Accessories, and Menswear. Sigh...were these dapper suits worn in 2012 by your local barista, or are they circa 1850?


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