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Make a Clip-On Bow Tie!


It is Britex Fabrics mission to rescue the clip-on bow tie from fashion disgrace! Here is an easy-peasy tutorial on how to make a clip-on bow tie, using under ¼ of a yard of fabric. Britex now carries metal hardware clips for both adult’s and child’s clip-on bow ties online. The foppish clip-on bow tie is one of the quickest methods of dandifying and dignifying an otherwise dull outfit. They add swagger to every collared shirt, whether made of quirky cotton fabric, menswear suiting fabric, or more formal necktie silk. Anyone can sport a bow-tie; hard-boiled detectives, bookish academicians, girlish debutants, or the always fashionable Beau Brummels!

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1880s Steampunk Wedding Gown – Karen


We are in awe of this stunning red silk steampunk wedding gown sewn and designed by Karen. It is a reproduction of a 1880s bustle dress, and includes such historically accurate details as a corset, bloomers, bustle pad, under skirt, over drape, detachable train, jacket, bodice and the hat. Karen bought the scrumptious red silk and the lining at Britex Fabrics (with the assistance of the always effervescent Douglas on the first floor!)

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American Girl Doll Outfit – Cinnamon


Cinnamon, the marvelous craftsperson and designer behind Liberty Jane Clothing made this summery American Girl doll outfit from delicate, flowery Britex Fabrics sheer silk fabric. I love the tiny neckline ruffle! (And Cinnamon and her cohorts also make très cute American Girl doll clothing patterns, including a selection of free patterns and fabulous seasonal fashions.)

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Button Fly Instructions


The ever talented, charming and handsome Peter from the sewing blog, MalePatternBoldness features these giddily detailed instructions for making a button fly. These directions are a small part of his current men’s jeans sew-along!

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Make a Vintage Scalloped Collar


Casey, the creative marvel behind ElegantMusings posted a delightful and detailed tutorial for making a two-tone 1930s scalloped collar. We love her clear directions for drafting the neckline and the curves! Can’t you see this collar with a navy polka-dot silk blouse with this daffodil yellow polka-dot sheer silk organza forming the contrast.

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Double Helix Chantilly Lace


We call this lace, “When Scientists Marry!” If Gertrude Belle Elion (renowned research scientist in chemistry) had ever decided to tie the knot, her gown would have been trimmed with this enchanting Chantilly lace. This is a 2 1/2″ wide ivory Chantilly lace in an oh-so-scientific pattern of double helixes, on a loose netting background and framed by a wee picot edge.

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Fabric Tea Set


It is officially tea time! Kris from the blog, technoplastique posted a tutorial for this charmingly tasteful soft-sculpture tea set on Instructables. I would love to see the teapot, cups and saucers made up in a collection of Japanese cotton/linen prints, or scraps of men’s dapper suiting fabrics. Then we could hold an invite-only midnight tea party, and gently gossip while nibbling delicate crustless cucumber sandwiches and buttery scones.

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Snappy Orange & Grey Silk Fabric


As Ethel Merman said “You can’t get a man with a gun”, but mixed metaphors aside, I know that you can’t keep a good flâneur down. This month has been one of frantic decision-making, peevish hair-pulling, two-fisted java swigging, and hunks of tea cake to wash it all down. It is now time to relax; I’ve loosened my orange and grey silk cravat, my wool-stockinged feet are propped up cozily on my tooled leather ottoman, and my Russian coal-fueled brass samovar is blowing soft billows of pale smoke into my living room. I take a bite of spicy Pain d’Epices and a polite sip of sweet steaming Moroccan tea. I’m back.
“i En primer lugar se me afriad se mantuvo petrificada
pensar en cómo voy a vivir sin ti a mi lado?
Pero, entonces me pasan tantas noches pensando cómo
me hiciste mal, pero me hizo fuerte y he aprendido a llevarse bien
y ahora desde el espacio exterior
No des la vuelta,
hacer que su satisfacción no más,
no se tú el que intentó
a herirme con el adiós
Yo viviré”

(By D. Fekaris and F. Perren)

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5/2/11 IN-STORE REMNANT SALE!


Monday, May 2 from 10AM-7PM. For one day only, remnants will be marked down 50% off from already reduced prices. Stash builders and fabric librarians, this sale is for you! Luxurious silks, all varieties of wools, fun cotton prints, stretchy knits, beautiful linens, silk-like polyesters, …and much much more, steeply discounted for one day. Be prepared to do some heavy lifting as you leave Britex with bags full of the best deals. Join us early or come late to beat the rush. Store hours will be extended until 7PM for this extraordinary day.

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A Spankin’ New Website!


Whew! M. Du Jour and company have been busy little critters this spring; the gang at Britex Fabrics and their talented assistants have redesigned the Britex Fabrics website. Not only is it marvelously au courant, but it is also fantabulously urban! New online goodies include a selection of imported silk fabrics, wools and suitings, necktie silks, decorative elastics, lingerie elastics, carded Japanese silk buttonhole twist, and corozo nut buttons!

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