Anytime is top hat time, and here are instructions from the über talented Jenn at Instructables on how to make a leather top hat and from Katie at BurdaStyle on how to make a fabric one (part I & part II). Everyone looks more glamorously mysterious in a top hat; like someone who eats caviar and blini for lunch, cavorts in Trevi Fountain at midnight, and breaks into tap dance moves….well, at the drop of a hat! Britex carries many hat-making materials on the 3rd and 4th floors including buckram, hat pin findings, millinery wire, veiling and silk flowers.
“I just got an invitation through the mails:
“Your presence requested this evening, it’s formal
A top hat, a white tie and tails”
Nothing now could take the wind out of my sails
Because I’m invited to step out this evening
With top hat, white tie and tails
I’m puttin’ on my top hat
Tyin’ up my white tie
Brushin’ off my tails”
(By I. Berlin)
Stefan, costumière extraordinaire has documented making his progress making a corset for a friend. His instructions span several months of process of corset creation, and include extremely clear written instructions and photographs. The busk insertion section is amazingly clarifying. He uses professional corset-making supplies including busks, coutil, and spiral boning….all items that Britex now carries on the 3rd and 2nd floors! Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy corset-making supplies, and you will be guided to the correct department.
We couldn’t wait to post this teaser of Natalie from Britex’s 3rd floor, and her husband, Chris en route to the Dickens Christmas Fair. Natalie made her beautifully simple ruffled mauve dress and Chris’s gentlemanly plaid vest herself, and has promised to give us details. We think the two of them look charmingly suave and fabulous!
Linda, StitchNation, and VogueKnitting have joined forces to bring us unstoppable cuteness in the form of a pattern for a knit infant and toddler size hat and mittens. From the glowing pink ear interiors and chubby paw pads, to the practical under-the-chin button fastening, this set will keep your little bear toasty all winter!
Melody created this charming bib apron of Britex Fabric cotton strewn with wine connoisseur gewgaws including corkscrews, wine stemware, oak wine barrels, wing corkscrews, wooden corkscrews, corks, and bottles of wine….and then she trimmed the hem with brown rick-rack! This would make a lovely gift for any host or hostess.
Secretary made these chic overalls for her nephew, “Little Hog”. They are sewn out of sturdy Japanese cotton/linen from Britex that is adorned with wee planes, helicopters and floaty little clouds. We love Secretaries attention to detail; the slash pockets are lined with natural linen, she used brass snaps for fasteners, and she fashioned these pants from a vintage pattern. “Little Hog” is going to be one stylin’ dude! Japanese cotton/linen is 44” wide and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
Kristy is a designer, blogger at SewKansas.blogspot.com, and seamstress in Wichita, Kansas. She visited Britex for the first time during a recent trip to foggy San Francisco. She bought some beautiful wool tweed on our 4th floor at a bargain price and made a skirt from McCall’s pattern #3830. She tweaked the pattern by adding a lining and higher vent in the back. She says, “Love the fabric. Love the skirt!!” We adore the classic simplicity of this straight skirt.
Molly came into Britex the other day with her mother, Kathy. Molly is 11 years old and an ice-skating artist; she has studied ballet for six years, and ice-skating for 2 1/2 years. She considers her costumes sewn from Britex fabrics and notions to bestow good luck upon her, and has won several performances wearing these glamorous skating costumes. The one-sleeved costume on the left is from her dramatic piece, ” The Dying Swan”, and the be-feathered costume on the right is from her light piece, “Mungojerrie and Rumpelteaser” from the musical “Cats”. Her mom says that “Costumes are a big part of skating presentation – they must accurately reflect the music choice and mood of the skater’s program. We’ve been asked at several competitions where we’ve been able to find such beautiful fabrics and trims and we always let people know it’s Britex.”
Heidi of MyPaperCrane crafted a PDF tutorial for this groovy Harry Potter felt doll! He even has a removable robe and gigantic round spectacles….just like the real Harry Potter! All you need is felt, embroidery floss, and a needle, stuffing, a couple of pipe cleaners, fabric glue, a stick, and pins. She made it using a sewing machine, but it would also be easy to hand-sew. This is a great toy for Potter fans of all ages.