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  • Compass Rose Quilt by Priscilla

    August 14, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Melody, Britex Fabrics’ quilting second floor mistress, sent us an email with a photo of this stunning quilt. Priscilla made this lovely compass rose quilt from fabric from Britex Fabrics. The wider outer border is a Liberty of London fabric that she had saved for many years in anticipation of using it for something marvelous. We love Priscilla’s finely detailed trapunto work!

  • Free BurdaStyle Shift Pattern - 8/10/12 Only

    August 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Today, Friday the 10th only, BurdaStyle is offering this easy, but sleek shift pattern for free! This pattern comes with two neckline versions – either a mandarin collar, or collarless and with a gentle rounded neckline. It only takes 2 3/4 yards of fabric, and is a breeze to whip up...make it in Italian imported slate grey stretch wool for a flattering and sophisticated frock.

  • Free Vintage Shrug Pattern - Make it in Missoni!

    August 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Isis, Canadian blogger and seamstress extraordinaire, found a tattered vintage kimono-sleeved shrug in the dress-up box at her Grandma’s house, and set about duplicating it; here is the pattern (in three sizes) and instructions for making this snazzy little number. It requires only one yard of a sweater knit fabric….we think a luxurious bit of this Missoni fabric in Urban Smoke would the perfect splurge for this wrap.

  • Britex Struts Down Project Project Runway!

    August 8, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics, Susi and her talented sewing cohorts, and the super crafty blog JustCraftyEnough are now strutting down Project (Project) Runway! Each week they’ll create an outfit for their doll-sized model based on that week’s Project Runway challenge. The Challenges will be posted on Friday and the finished outfits on the following Wednesday, allowing themselves the same amount of time to work as the designers on the show are given...whew, the pressure! The first collaboration between Britex Fabrics and Susi is the casual, yet fashionable House of Cornish. We love how Susi combined the delicate Italian paisley bandanna cotton voile with jaunty Italian stretch cotton. Molto di moda! You can see more from this Runway episode at the PPR Flickr group!

  • Free Child's Swing Jacket Pattern

    August 8, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    It’s always time to sew for growing children! Destri from the blog TheMotherHuddle created this free Central Park swing coat PDF pattern and tutorial for a charming child’s short-sleeved, reversible jacket. It is sized in 3t-5t, but she provides instructions for resizing the pattern. This would be enchanting made up in cheery carmine red Guatemalan cotton...add buttons up the front and your sprouting youngster can wear it through autumn and winter as a jumper!

  • Tips on Pretreating Wool Crepe Fabric

    August 8, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Just in time to take advantage of our current online midweight wool sale, Carolyn, the talented seamstress from the sewing blog Diary of a Sewing Fanatic wrote a wonderful series of tips on pretreating wool crepe fabric. She mentions four methods, and writes in detail on the forth; the London shrink method, dry-cleaning, washing and drying, and her practically patented steam the heck out of it method. Although dry cleaning is the easiest method, it is expensive. If you choose to take your wool into your own hands, we recommend trying it out on a small price of test wool first.

  • Boned Waistband by Amy

    August 8, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We can’t resist writing more about the collaboration between Britex Fabrics, BurdaStyle and Amy; Amy’s meticulous work on her skirt’s waistband is what tipped us over the top! Her tailoring makes our heart beat quickly, and we sigh. Jenny is modest, and talks about her technique with scientific precision, “A structured waistband is not an essential part of the pattern, but I think it adds a lot of elegance to this high-waisted skirt. Marina von Koenig, BurdaStyle’s expert in all things couture, recently wrote about her experiences making a structured waistband for a high-waisted skirt. What I’ve done here is very similar. My waistband is essentially a sandwich of Rigilene, a plastic boning found in many sewing shops. The bottom layer of the sandwich, the facing, is made up of a layer of the fashion fabric, a layer of silk organza, and a layer of horsehair canvas – all quilted together. On top of this layer are silk organza channels into which the Rigilene strips are threaded. The top layer of the sandwich, which becomes the outside of the waistband, is made up of a layer of the fashion fabric and a layer of cotton flannel interfacing. The flannel helps give the waistband a smooth look from the exterior. The two halves are stitched together along the top and then the seams are graded and understitched so that everything looks lovely and stays put.”

  • Free Vintage Cloche Pattern and tutorial

    August 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    This free vintage 1952 cloche pattern and tutorial published by Bramcost Publications is the epitome of urban chic! Although they recommend making it in linen fabric for a springtime feel, we think it would be the perfect transition hat for the beginning of autumn...make it in a lush slate blue worsted wool, sip cider, and watch the leaves change from late summer green to fiery orange! Of course, Britex Fabrics carries all necessary supplies to make this charming hat, including lining, crinoline, millinery wire, and rayon grosgrain ribbon.

  • Guatemalan Cotton Chevroned Corset - Dina

    August 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics’ store manager Dina, retrieving refreshments for our Designer Spotlight Series: Costume & Corsetry event in July. Dina’s enchanting deep purple corset was made from Guatemalan cotton from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor collection by the talented folks at Dark Garden. We love the rich plum-tastic colors and the unique chevron pattern formed by the fabric’s stripes!

  • Wee Felt Birds Take Flight!

    August 1, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    It isn’t too early to get started making holiday decorations, and Abby from the craft blog, WhileSheNaps made this darling tutorial and pattern for wee felt birds. This would make a wonderful group project – assemble a stack of felt scraps, some tea and cakes, and a gaggle of pals for an afternoon of fun. Make them in a rainbow of chipper colors and let them take flight from one end of your home to the other!

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