The cravat has returned! The ingenious Baroness Violet von Mickelsburg from SteamIngenious: Steampunk creations, thoughts, photos, and tips has graciously provided a tutorial on cravat construction. All you need is a scrap of luxurious silk fabric from Britex Fabrics, a wee bit of sewing, and some skill with knot-tying, and this elegant frippery can be yours to wear. We can’t guarantee that tossing on a cravat will make you as suave as Laurence Olivier, but we can promise that heads will swivel and knees will buckle as you saunter by.
It is not too soon to think about the chilly days of winter, and we can all agree that everyone needs a toasty, debonair winter coat! Josephine from TheSilkFutures.Blogspot modified and made this coat for her boyfriend, William from Burda’s pattern 6039(also avialable at Britex!) We’d love to see this coat made up in classic imported fine English wool camel hair coating, and adorned with Italian Corozo buttons…the asymmetrical double-breasted front with its parade of buttons, and the stand-up collar gives this style dash. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Join notable fashion designer and entrepreneur Mary Adams at Britex Fabrics for a book signing celebration of her new book “The Party Dress Book” (pub. Random House) at Britex Fabrics is Tuesday, September 27 from 2pm-5pm. Mary will be signing books and showing off her collection of one of a kind pieces for special occasions. Mary grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she started her business designing and sewing dresses. She migrated to New York City in the 80’s where she was part of a group of unique individuals that set up shops and pursued their goals, revitalizing the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Mary has continued her creative endeavors through dressmaking, developing her own techniques and style which she shares with you in her book, along with her inspiration and influences which include Japanese prints from the Edo period, jellyfish and the fabulous 50’s. Mary’s collection embodies her particular style that comes out of years and years of following her own distinctive vision. Receive 20% off on regular priced fabrics with your book purchase. Visit http://maryadamsthedress.com/ to learn more about the book and the beautiful dresses.
Britex Fabrics is proud to announce Kika Hewel, an upcoming San Francisco Fashion Designer. The award-winning collection called Transforms, where a cape becomes a skirt and sleeves transform to a vest, is sponsored by Britex Fabrics in collaboration with the fashion department of City College of San Francisco. After a Couture education in Germany, Kika now creates elaborate custom-made garments and collections at her SF studio. Find out more at kikahewel.com
Just in time for cool autumn schooldays, Ros from SewDelicious has made a tutorial for a kicky retro-inspired pleated skirt. Her skirt is sewn in navy denim and polka-dots, and adorned with bright red buttons, but it would be delightful in just about anything…perhaps a check or a plaid. This skirt is perfect for shuffling merrily through piles of dried leaves and sipping apple cider. Her directions makes a child’s size 3, however it would be très simple to size up or down!
We love spats-spats! Here are photographs taken by the über talented Kate from September’s Craft Bar at The Museum of Craft and Folk Art. These stylin’ spats were made by local dandies with Britex Fabrics’ oilcloth and buttons. These colorful, charming and practical ankle-high protectors will come in handy during San Francisco’s upcoming rainy reason!
Attention all quilters in the Bay area and beyond! Heather from Modern Day Quilts has organized a movement to assist folks in central Texas who have been affected by the recent fires. She says, “Families have lost everything, let us start to rebuild their lives with a quilt. This weekend in central Texas, hundreds of people have lost their homes, families have lost everything. This is where I live…Quilts should be at least 45” x 60”, although twin size bed quilts are encouraged. Please ship quilts to Valli & Kim Quilt Shop, Attn: Wildfire Quilts, 700 West Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com.” If you are in Austin, she’ll pick the quilt up, just send her an email.” (restful blue quilt made by Sarah from FairyFaceDesigns in Ireland)
Elaine, otherwise known by the moniker of The Selfish Seamstress, says that she loves to design and sew garments, but only if she gets to keep them. What a greedy gal! Although she likes to swagger and say that she is tough as nails, we don’t think she is as selfish as all that; look at this free downloadable PDF sewing pattern she has on her blog! She says, “This is a pattern for a dress inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s….. The dress is a lined sheath with armhole princess seams on the front bodice, darted skirt, darted back, and side invisible zipper.” We adore the elegant back, with its unique cut-out shaping that mimics swooping butterfly wings, and know the perfect black stretch wool tricotine it sew it in!
Amanda visited Britex Fabrics all the way from Ely, United Kingdom, and bought two jacket lengths of Italian wool tweed to make jackets for her children. One of them was this Italian olive and turquoise tweed wool blend. and the other was another coloration of this luscious tweed fabric. She used Vogue patterns, and we think they turned out superbly! We especially love the red buttonholes, which act as a charming foil to the blues.
CRAFT BAR with ETSY LABS – Thursday September 1 – 6-8pm! Where: Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103. September’s CRAFT BAR is sure to delight the dressiest of dandies and dandizettes! Join us in welcoming back local favorites Britex Fabrics, whose fashionable staff will teach you how to make your very own pair of spats. Choose from beautiful fabrics provided by Britex, learn the basics of hand sewing and construction, and get inspiration from the Museum of Craft and Folk Art’s gallery. After this CRAFT BAR, you’re guaranteed to want to strut through town looking snappier than ever in bespoke spats. $5 includes admission, tips and tricks. Drinks kindly provided by local (and MOCFA) favorite Trumer Pils.