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  • Sew Reversible Cloth Napkins

    April 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Maggie from the super homemaking and crafting blog Smashed Peas and Carrots, created this simple tutorial on Kirtsy for making double-sided cloth napkins. Cloth napkins are luxurious, thrifty and ecologically sound. Make a handful from cotton or linen fabrics in your stash, pack a picnic basket with cherry scones & a thermos of tea, and spend a lazy afternoon reading under a shady tree in the park!

  • Venice Lace Bridal Gown - Michele

    April 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Here is a romantic bridal gown designed and created by local designer Michele for the wedding of Brie and Brian. This dress is made with a lovely Venice lace fabric from Britex Fabrics - we love the simple lines, v-neck, empire waist-line accented with silk satin ribbon, and the delicate scalloped hem that floats around Brie’s ankles. Photography by Mike Milne.

  • Free Improv Sewing Workshop at Britex Fabrics: Make Your Own Scarf

    April 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

  • Make an 18th Century Petticoat for Spring!

    April 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Lauren of American Duchess fame, created this tutorial on crafting an 18th century petticoat.....and who doesn’t need a new petticoat for spring? She says, “The cool thing about 18th c. petticoats is that they have a special and awesome way of being both adjustable to the wearer, and including secret pocket-slits so you can access your secret hanging pockets. Petticoats can be worn as underskirts, just on their own, or you can pile them up to create extra-huge puffy skirts. They can also be worn for other big-skirted centuries.” We love the knife pleating details. A poufy petticoat would be whimsically perfect to wear while swinging to and fro under a weeping willow tree, cloud watching, and day dreaming. Then afterwards, a wee tea-time picnic would be marvelous!

  • Sale - 20% Off all Online Silk Sheer Fabrics

    April 19, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Online Sale of Silk Sheer Fabrics: Thursday, April 19th to Friday, May 4th, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Silk Sheer Fabrics category! Sheer silk fabric is the most gossamer of textile delicacies! From airy silk chiffon to delicate silk organza, Britex Fabrics carries a variety of sheer silk fabrics. This is the ideal fabric to perfect the art of making French seams. Sheer silk fabric makes elegant blouses, beautiful ribbons, and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie. (This sale is good for online silk sheer fabrics only – in-store silk sheer fabrics are not included in this sale)

  • It is Raining Cats and Dogs!

    April 16, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    [vimeo clip_id="9248054"] It’s raining cats and dogs! Howie, of the blog crochet creations for the playful at heart made this outdoor installation for Davie Village Community Garden in Vancouver, BC. We’re in love with the silly raindrops with their wee feline and canine faces. Here is Howie (with assistance from his girlfriend and his girlfriends’ mom) stringing up the drops.....of course, in the rain!

  • Free 1740 Men's Waistcoat Pattern

    April 11, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    The folks at the Costume and Textiles Department at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)worked with Thomas John Bernard, a theatrical costume designer, to draft several men’s clothing patterns, including this man’s waistcoat. Originally made in silk plain weave (faille) with silk embroidery, and circa 1740, we crave this in iridescent brown taffeta lined with cool wintergreen silk....marvelous for a starry late night riverside picnic. Download this PDF for an annotated pattern.

  • Cover Your Shoes with Fabric

    April 11, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    What a fantabulous idea; Brookelynn from CraftZine has a tutorial for spiffing up old shoes with fabric. All you need are 1/2 yard of fabric, and a pair of sad, ugly shoes. We’d like to make like an urban Marie Antoinette, and cover a pair of sky-high wedgies with this lithesome embroidered silk fabric.

  • Make a Bespoke Necktie

    April 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Kathleen from Fashion-Incubator has a wonderfully detailed post on making bespoke men’s neckties via reverse engineering. I am practically enamored with the photo of her father’s military necktie, and the nifty idea of sewing button-holes in the back of the tie in order to keep it in place by fastening it to ones shirt.

  • Tetris Quilt Tutorial

    April 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Julie from QuilterGeek made this awesome Tetris quilt, and then created a Tetris quilt tutorial so you can make one too. Julie says, “I'm still practicing my machine quilting, but I really like this freehand design. I approached it like a curvy meander, but turned 90-degree angles instead. I was a bit wary of using the variegated thread, since any wonky quilting would show up very clearly on the back fabric, but I really like the way it turned out.”, and we agree!

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