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  • Knit a Sweater for Ken®!

    July 1, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    We heard that Peter sewer extraordinaire from MalePattenBoldness has a weakness for the ever iconic Ken® doll by Mattel. Here are some swingin’ free knit patterns fromClothes for Fashion Model Dolls (Hilda, 1963) for that handsome all-American dude, courtesy of the fabulous folks at VintageKnitting. We are particularly enamored of this bulky turtleneck pullover sweater, and would love to see it made up in a hip-tastic heathered charcoal grey yarn.

  • Free Art Deco Monogram Patterns

    June 30, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    We love monogram and font aficionados! Why not get a head start on hand-sewing holiday gifts? Embroider initials or a secret message on a beloved’s shirt cuffs, or personalize a set of luxurious new towels with Art Deco monograms. We adore the retro chopstick-inspired font on page 13, and the rose adorned letters on page 35! Monogrammes is a collection of charming monograms published by Cartier-Bresson in 1915. This pattern, along with a plethora of other free needlework instructions, is also available at The Antique Pattern Library.

  • Sew Sportif Norfolk Jackets for Fall!

    June 27, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    There is hardly anything better to do with the hot lazy days of summer than to make an icy pitcher of mint tea or tangy lemonade, learn new sewing techniques, experiment with patterns, and make autumn duds. We forecast the recurrence of fabulously dapper casual clothing; the suave vintage-inspired Norfolk jacket is perfect for chilly days spent drinking hot chocolate while strolling through fall foliage. Kass at ReconstructingHistory has published patterns and directions for men’s Norfolk jackets and women’s Norfolk jackets, including embellishment suggestions, historical notes and period tailoring. We are planning on making our own sportif Norfolk jacket from coffee brown and cream wool tweed, lined with brown and cream geometrically patterned silk, and fastened with woven brown leather buttons….with all fabrics and buttons are available at Britex Fabrics!

  • Très Cute Measuring Tape Pouch!

    June 22, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    The ever clever Jodie from VintageRicRac made this zippy little pouch out of spare tape measures, a scrap of cotton and a zipper..and then posted instructions on how to make one ourselves. It would make a dandy pencil, knitting needle or luncheon utensil case! (Perhaps you could even make a matching bag to carry your sandwiches)

  • Child's Mushroom Jumper - Jody

    June 22, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    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!

  • Chiffon Dancing Skirt Pattern

    June 16, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    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.

  • Free Drivers Cap Pattern

    June 15, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    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.

  • Japanese Honey Quilt - Erin

    June 14, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    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!

  • Selvage Frock - Jodie

    June 13, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    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.

  • 1810 Lace Wedding Gown - Karen

    June 10, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    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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