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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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Free 1873 Paletot Pattern


The folks at Ladies Treasury and Tudor Links have reproduced a slew of free patterns to ensure that we never are forced to gad about unfrivolously. The patterns are reproduced from original period patterns and from cutting diagrams found in English, French and American publications of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This one is for a vintage 1873 women’s beribboned paletot. We adore the dramatically wide cuffs and excessive rows of cording. This would be a lovely fall jacket in black wool melton with black velveteen trim, and perfect to wear while feeding bread crumbs to ducks in the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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Marcy Tilton Trunk Show at Britex – June 15!


Come to a Trunk Show Presentation at Britex Fabrics with Marcy Tilton on Wednesday, June 15 from 7PM to 9:30PM! See a trunk show of Marcy’s inspirational & wonderfully creative wardrobe, the result of experience and research, including garments from her own closet as well as original garments and accessories from her Vogue designs. Marcy will discuss current fashion, sewing and textile trends, how to recognize foolproof fabrics, and choosing the right style/designs/patterns. You’ll be treated to a lively collection of tips, techniques and ideas from one of the premier mavens of the sewing world and will go home with a fresh set of eyes’ so your sewing ‘to do’ list; your closet will contain clothes that work together, look and feel great on you, and fulfill the needs of your current life, including extraordinary everyday clothes. The class fee is $60 and includes 30 minutes of shared consultation time with Marcy. Call Britex at 415-392-2910 to make your reservation for this workshop.

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Britex Fabrics In-Store Home Decorating Fabric Sale – June


During the month of June, the entire in-store home decorating fabrics department is on sale. Take your pick from every fabric in Britex Fabrics’ home decorating department, including soft chenilles, tapestries, luxurious jacquards, and exciting prints. Take 35% off a selection of over 70 home decorating fabrics. And, so that no one leaves unsatisfied, the rest of our home decorating fabrics will be 10% off.

* Sale excludes Sensuede. In-Store only! This sale ends June 30th, 2011. We are open Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.

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Iconed iPad Case – Apfelbluete


Apfelbluete, BurdaStyle member from Duesseldorf, Germany made this amazing iPod case as a gift for her husband’s birthday! This level of creative and fastidious silliness is fabulous to behold, with each icon a tiny doll-sized wonder.

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Make a Kindle Case of Wool Felt!


When I was three, my favorite book was “I Can Fly”; “I can squirm, like a worm” I’d gleefully hiss as I flailed about on the Persian rug. Now I snuggle up with books by Agatha Christie and Paul Monette… lounging rather than flailing. Reading’s charms have not dissipated, even if books have taken a leap into the future. Laura from Brooklyn and the blog TheLittleHouseInTheCity made a pleasingly simple case of wool felt for a Kindle (or any portable electronic reader). We love the colorful contrasting thread and vintage looking pinked edges! Of course, Britex Fabrics is fortunate to carry a plethora of gorgeous heathered and plain wool felt fabric in their San Francisco store! http://thelittlehouseinthecity.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-make-diy-felt-kindle-case.html

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Make & Mend Contest – Ends June 11


Shelley at the wonderful sewing blog, NewVintageLady: Vintage Sewing for the Stout Woman is holding a quick and dirty Make & Mend contest whose prize is this original pattern for a 1940s daytime frock. Make it up in a saucy lime polka-dotted cotton, then pack your hamper for a lazy summertime picnic of lemonade, hard-boiled eggs, pimento cheeses sandwiches, and oatmeal cookies, followed by an afternoon slumber under a weeping willow tree.

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The Fox & the Crow Vintage Lace


Here is another vintage lace from our online store. I long to wear a pair of chocolate brown lawn pajamas trimmed with this charming lace, and curl up with a cup of heavily sweetened Ceylon tea and Janet Flanner’s “Paris Was Yesterday, 1925-1939”. This charming 1 1/8″ wide ivory vintage lace depicts a scene from the Aesop’s Fable, “The Fox and the Crow”. As Jean de la Fontaine said:
“Perched on a lofty oak,
Sir Raven held a lunch of cheese;
Sir Fox, who smelt it in the breeze,
Thus to the holder spoke:
“Ha! how do you do, Sir Raven?
Well, your coat, sir, is a brave one!.”

http://www.britexfabrics.com/lace/vintage/ivory-vintage-lace-4.html

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