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Child’s Mushroom Jumper – Jody


Jody, San Francisco mommy blogger of RocketCityDigs and newly hatched seamstress, whipped up this sweet jumper for her toddler from Britex Fabrics mushroom-sprinkled cotton.  This simple style is perfect for wee ones, and once they have gotten too tall to wear it as a dress, this frock performs admirably as a top!

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Chiffon Dancing Skirt Pattern


Elaine from the SelfishSeamstress made up this classically simple ballet skirt pattern for grown-ups: a simple and elegant ballet skirt with no frou-frou! It is practically tailored. This floaty skirt only needs about a 1 1/2 yards of polyester georgette or polyester chiffon, and about 2 1/2 yards of narrow grosgrain ribbon. This skirt would be lovely in this Italian lemony floral silk chiffon…perhaps with a charcoal leotard and leggings.

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Free Drivers Cap Pattern


Ashley from BandyCanyon created a pattern and tutorial for this spiffy drivers cap on her blog and on SewingCrafts! Make it out of a scrap of suiting or vintage fabric for a swank retro look. This is perfect for summer; just tilt this chapeau to one side, take a long draw of your sweetened iced coffee, and hunker on down for an afternoon of doing absolutely nothing.

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Japanese Honey Quilt – Erin


This golden hexagon quilt is sweet as honey! It was made by Erin, inspired by Malka Dubrawsky’s book Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design and Inspiration, got design assistance from the gals on Britex’s 2nd floor, and fabric from Britex Fabrics. We love the inclusion of all the quirky Japanese fabric, and ‘specially the spotted jaguar!

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Selvage Frock – Jodie


Jodie blogs from Ballarat, Australia and at VintageRicRac. We can unequivocally state that she does not have that little understood disorder, selvage-phobia. We are head over heels crazy for this dress she constructed entirely of strips of fabric selvage. It is not a reach to say that this artistic frock rocks abstract qualities and a pop art sensibility…..not to mention a lovely vintage fashion feel.

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1810 Lace Wedding Gown – Karen


Here is another stunning wedding gown made of Britex Fabrics fabrics and lace by Karen. She says, “It’s a beautiful Italian ivory lace which was hand pieced to configure into this gown. My inspiration was the 1810 Empire style made famous by Napoleon’s Emperess Josephine….or the fashions of Jane Austen.” She worked with the debonair Douglas on this wedding gown also. This makes me yearn to waltz in the starry moonlight at midnight.

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New! Cotton Piqué at Britex Online



Just in time for the sweltering dog days of summer, Britex Fabrics brings you a selection of beautiful cotton fabrics in their online store! We are particularly taken with the cotton piqué and imported Italian cotton voile fabric. BurdaStyle’s free online shift pattern and this splashy orange poppy floral cotton piqué print fabric team up to make you cool as the proverbial cucumber. We love the hook and eye front fastening detail and the pockets!

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Scientific Sewing Periodic Table


Carla from the inspirational and intellectual blog ScientificSeamstress made this Sewing periodic table to spiff up the décor in her sewing studio. As we all know, Db is for Double breasted and Mn for Muslin. The burning question is, what will Elements 114 and 116 become?

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Vintage History of Sewing Newsreel Clip


From the knowledgeable media folks at British Pathe, one of the oldest media companies in the world, here is a video newsreel clip illustrating history of sewing, from sewing with hair in the Stone Age, to electronic sewing machines…30 stitches a minute to 2,000! We love the shorts clad picnickers towards the end.

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Japanese Twill Shirt for Father’s Day!


Are you looking for a handsome fathers’ day gift for that special guy in your life? This downloadable men’s shirt pattern from the folks at BurdaStyle sews up into a shirt that would be stylin’ on any bloke. Make it up in this beautiful deep tea green and milk chocolate brown, Japanese cotton twill fabric for a shirt that could be dressed up with a dapper bow tie and vest, or down with a pair of favorite worn jeans!

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